Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) | Brasserie de Saverne

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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne
France

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the standard 5.5% Boris that comes in bottle and can; white label.

Added by Todd on 01-29-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
68
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
22.69%
 
 
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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small dark green 8.5oz bottle. No Freshness date.
For starters, this is an Alsatian Ale, not a "Euro Pale Lager".
It pours a copper-hued gold color with a thin, but lasting white head.
There's a mild fruity smell and a background smell of a just opened grain sack. A faint smell of a musty cellar comes to mind.
The malt possesses a pleasant lightly sweet herbal taste and a dry, raw harshness in the back of the throat. A taste reminiscent of over-cooked mixed vegetables peeks through at times.
The hops provide a sharp and edgy bitterness, yet not in an overwhelming way. A little taste of vodka is noticed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future. I pledge allegiance to only one flag: my own".

--Boris beer label


What a bunch of self-absorbed, pretentious, navel-gazing, existentialism-lite twaddle from a wannabe Jean Paul Sartre. Just brew the damn beer.

Minutely flecked orange-amber; a roughly equal contribution from each color. The jaundiced ivory colored head is reasonably firm and is a good match for the beer beneath. Some lace is beginning to stick and some of the bile that I was feeling after reading the label is beginning to abate. Not a bad look, Monsieur.

Not a great nose. Not a good nose. Not even an average nose. It is, however, an average EPL nose, and despite what some may think, an average nose on a below-average style doesn't equate to an average score. In other words, I'm all for taking style into consideration, but it's far from my overriding consideration. Subpar beer is subpar beer, non? Nothing new here (less than fresh grain and drab, floralish hops), move along.

Boris is so indistinguishable from hundreds of other Euro pale lagers that I'm dreading trying to come up with anything novel or interesting to say. It tastes less vibrant and less hoppy than the better examples of the style. The flavors are also muddled (as opposed to being distinct entities), but not in an 'all for one, one for all' cohesive kind of way. Moderately strong metallic notes seal the deal on worse than mediocre.

The mouthfeel isn't too bad, though it isn't a positive either. Unfailingly light, it lacks even the slightest sense of volume in the mouth. A fine, low-level carbonation isn't enough to pull it up to average.

The first rule when proclaiming one's personal philosophy on a beer label, especially one as self-important as this, is to back it up. Boris doesn't. Sure, this mini bottle went down easily enough, but it's a lackluster example of a lackluster style. Pass.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not only did I get the cool little bottles but I got a cool little glass that fits on e Boris. Ok , the packaging is above average but what about the beer? Well it is simply slightly above average in taste and finish. Better than Becks and Heineken but not at the level of Konig or Topvar. I liked the glass enough to reccomend buying a 6 pack to get it as it really is an ok euro lager.

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Photo of mortarit
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Time to insert another review

The little green bottle caught my eye

You know come to think about it. This comes close to the Panamain beer I have been searching for but this isn't cheap like they were.
Like williamt states that it's a lager but the bottle has imported ale written on the label. It taste like a lager to me but I'm no expert. Still learning.
Be advise that tis is only a 8.5 oz bottle, to small but it packs a punch.

It's alright not the greatest but not a throw away either.

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Photo of williamt
2.98/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I keep reading lager in some reviews, my bottle's say French Ale on them. Are we reviewing the same thing? Boris is an average ale with not much nose but a fairly balanced malt to hop flavor. I have not found a skunked bottle yet. All have come in covered 6 or 12 packs. I keep them around because they are affordable and imo better than the macros.

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Photo of Barraclou
1.89/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: I found this lonely single 250 ml bottle today. It was damn cheap. So, it was a good opportunity to give it a try.

Appearance: Another yellow fizzy lager. Usual suspect. Not much else to say.

Smell: The classic skunk smell of the euro pale lagers, but this one is really awful when you uncap it. After that, it is tolerable.

Taste: A very boring hoppy water with malt. Dull.

Mouthfeel: I never reviewed a so watery beer. Some carbonation will create the so-called mouthfeel. Otherwise, it is really b

Drinkability: It is ok, if you're a unexperienced underage drinker who want a really cheap euro pale lager. Otherwise, you desserve better products (almost everything else). I am glad to have only bought one of their stupid 250 ml format bottle. Why they don't bottle by 11.5 / 12 oz standard format? At least, their label is nice. Boris has a malternative sister: Boris Cool. In this type, Boris is doing much better than its beer, but Boris Cool is not beer...

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden color, with a thin white head and some sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma, light graininess with a bit of soapy character. Flavor is pretty simple, light malt, faint hopping with a light peppery finish. Not too bad, this is better than Bud and I would drink this again.

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Photo of Sammy
2.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another boring lager brought in by the LCBO. At least it was a broken pack single. Not too watery, and some head in initial pour. Not a pourout, some malt in there. Minimal carbonation. Clean taste, could be a palate cleaner. A tad of fruit and malt on tongue at finish. Beats a Heinekin!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with a persistent ivory head and decent lace. The aroma is somewhat grainy with some adjunct notes and sweetish malts. The taste begins with a honeyish malt and a slight hoppiness. Unfortunately a soapy processed taste becomes evident very quickly. Fortunately this defect isnt overpowering. The mouthfeel is somewhat soapy with insipid carbonation.

This beer is pretty drinkable, at least more flavorful than North American Adjunct lagers. The bottle, however, is too small. Only 250ml for this bland beer?

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Photo of brentk56
2.09/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with little head and no lacing

Smell: Skunks, corn and a bit of petroleum

Taste: Not much on the front end, a little bit of hops in the middle and somewhat sweet on the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied for a lager

Drinkability: You could argue that this is a refreshing beer to serve on a warm summer's day; on the other hand, why bother?

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 8.5oz bottle. My half glass poured a clear golden color with a medium thick white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sometimes sweet, sometimes skunky. Light-bodied with very little flavor. Mild hops and sweet corn are about all. Actually the flavor was better than expected, in that it actually had a little. The finish is clean and relatively flavorless aside from a mild bitterness.

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Photo of tatterdash
2.98/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle, fills a pilsener glass with an effervescent clear golden with a fizzy white head. Smell was a bit of hops, very little else. Taste was rather crisp, with a lot of hops up front, and bit of graininess in the middle. Rather highly carbonated, but definitely not as bad as I thought it would be. This is an odd little beer, nothing special... but not hideous.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A good golden yellow, with tiny buttles. A small head that dissapear very quickly just shy to say hell and "hop" its gone! Leaving an oil firm on my glass.

Smell: Malty, tiny bit fruity and watery

In mouth it felt a bit oily, the malt was taking over, and an after-taste I cannot identify.

Not impressed at all....

10 min after I finished my beer, I purped and a nice taste of wet cartonboard was there, god bless the small green bottle!

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Photo of santoslhalper
1.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend bought this beer thinking it was the Heavyweight B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Orignal Russian Imperial Stout), but it wasn't. Pours a nice looking amber with a decent sized off-white head. Smells like complete ass. Grainy and wheaty, and absoolutly hop presence anywhere. Tastes grainy, with no complexity anywhere. I have to give it to this beer though, it's quite crisp and clean. That's about all that it's got going for it. Avoid it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.18/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A coworker gave a bottle of this for me to try, I'd never heard of it before. Came in a small 250 ml green bottle. The blurb on the front label says in scripted silver: "My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future." Oblique marketing, could just as easily fit into a Pepsi or IKEA ad.

A decent clear golden colour in appearance, small fizzle of carbonated head on the pour. The aroma is that of metallic grains and sweet corn, and some other adjunct that I can't place, possibly preservatives. In the flavour department it starts out with a raw grain husk character, melding into a sweet corn finish, the faintest hint herbal hops appearing on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and a bit caustic from the carbonation, and possible additives. Am glad this was a free one and I didn't have to pay for it, and won't be buying any myself. My values are those of a generation that won't go near sub par beer like this, no matter how psuedo-inspiring the marketing campaign tries to come across. I'd take a PBR over this stuff.

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Photo of granger10
1.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Strongly pungent aroma, bitter corn, and sweaty socks. Not too good. Taste has less pungency but its still there. Lots of adjunct taste here, maybe even stronger than in most of the BMC beers. Grainy huskiness and sour notes, but not in a good way. Decently carbonated but not much to this beer. Good for novelty's sake with the 8.5 oz bottle and talks of the French Rev (maybe?) but that doesn't make the beer any good.

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Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In an 8.5 oz green bottle. Pours light yellow with a little white head, I really like the carbonation. Does smell a little skunky, theres not much there anyways. The taste is kind of light and pilsnery. An average beer, but I think it has high drinkability, the small bottles make it easy to transport, and I can put down many of these in short amounts of time, plus its a decent price. So not so great on taste but it has other assets.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.09/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours to a miserable small level from an 8.5 oz. bottle, wtf? Small white head, leaves a solid layer on top of the beer. Wow. Taste and smell is about as average of a euro lager as you could hope to find anywhere. Lots of grassy malt, but has more skunk than it should. Not very good, a trendy waste-your-time beer, if anything.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some kinda socialist beverage!
Probably not, just Narcissistic.
Pours a light golden color with a nice full soapy head. Nicely carbonated with a sticky lace. Aroma is quite pilsneresque and a little skunky; a light sweetness with a crisp hop presence. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with very little hop in the finish (shows up late). The palate is light and creamy with a lively effervescence and a lingering bitterness. I found it a fair brew, but nothing special. It appears to be more about form than content.

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Photo of hero27
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well, let's start with the best part of this beer...the bottle. The tiny 8.5 ounce green bottle with the weird little, anarchist message on the front..says "My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future. I pledge allegiance to only one flag: my own." Anyways.. the beer pours a nearly clear, pale color with virtually no head.

Smell: I'm firmly convinced that every green bottle from Europe smells skunky. This had less of a "skunky" smell than most, but it was still quite apparent. I can sort of pick up a citrus aroma and some grains maybe? not too impressed.

Taste: pretty bland, actually. Tastes like beer-flavored water, no joke. Reminds me of watered-down Heineken.

Mouthfeel: Light but relatively smooth. Nice carbonation...finish is dry and fairly bitter.

Drinkability: Do the French do anything well? I'm not quite sure, but they could start by improving this brew. You could easily down 6-10 of these babies sitting around the campfire or somewhere where you'd want tiny, portable bottles...but the portable size is it's only asset.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cute green bottle. My son liked it. I like the little guy with the flag. Disagree completely with the narcissistic message. It probably made this beer taste worse to me. Funny how a words can affect one's perception of a beer.

Crystal clear light gold with decent head which dissipates rather quickly, not to reappear.

What is that aroma? Grainy, perhaps? Kind of non-descript, like the flavor. Some bitterness from the hops, not a lot more. I would be surprised if this is really an ale.

A slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a fairly non-eventful beer. Not a lot of serious flaws, just not anything very exciting about it. Maybe I'll try one from the bottle next time? (OK...I went back and drank one from the bottle and it was no better...even got a skunky taste when I first opened it.)

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Photo of Suds
2.91/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tiny 8.5 ounce bottle with a some Alsatian political overtones (and a little guy running with a flag). Pours with a big white head that leaves generous amounts of lace. Deep golden color. There’s a touch of sulphur in the aroma…maybe it’s just a little light struck. Also a hint of floral hops. Taste has a grainy quality. Also there’s a sweetness that seems a bit mis-placed in that it doesn’t accompany a maltiness or other, similar flavor. Soft, simple mouthfeel. Watery, but clean finish. Not bad, but a very middle-of-the road beer.

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Photo of inebrius
2.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label is enough to make you want to revolt! Against tacky labels that is. Aroma of rotten lemon rinds and wet grass waft around flavors of watery wort and a simplistic bitterness that tastes like nothing. This beer is the same even with your nose plugged. The producers and importers must be hoping to cash in on some latent social revolutionary tendencies congregating at the beer store not understanding that the REAL revolution lies in the cells of wild yeast and quality raw materials.

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Photo of putnam
1.36/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are at least two insulting things about this beer. The phony appeal to "values" on the label and the quality of the beer itself. First, the beer:
Sourish pale grains on the nose are instantly recognizable as junk ingredients on a par with Busch, Red Dog or Stella Artois. Fizzy with neutral, slightly toasted sugars, there is plenty of room for the intrusion of searing husk tannins, cloying sugar and naked alcohol flavors. Sour, bitter and - somehow - appallingly bland. Masochist's beer.

Here's the text:
"My values are..."
Great - can't wait to hear about the values of this 'me' speaking from a beer label. Values are what defines us. This must be 'personal' beer.
"... those of a generation..."
What?! 'Me' is 'we'? My values = generation's values? Get out! This is purposely vague, pandering bullshit that sounds like it might mean something, but of course does not.
"... that has taken control of its existence..."
So 'you' control your existence by gobbling up grandiose prose wrapped around depression-era styled, industrial, corporate beer.
"... and future."
Beware of anyone waving a flag and offering you a beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a tasty and refreshing German lager. Well, it says its an ale on the bottle, but this is a lager. Trust me. Wait a second... " Le Flacon D'Alsace?" That doesn't sound German! I guess the guy at the liquor store lied to me. Ah well, even if it's French it still tastes like a German Pils.

Comes in a cute little green bottle with a pretty and plain label. Pours out a dark golden with a nice head with okay retention. No lacing. This beer was meant to be drank from its bottle, though.

It's got a very nice bitter zip to it. I've heard people compare this to Heineken but I have to disagree. Whereas Heineken tastes like grains and skunk, this has complex adjunct malt taste and really nice bitter aftertaste. Some have complained of skunkiness, which is common in these green bottle beers, but I bought a 12 pack, not a sixer, and the bottles were shielded from light by a cardboard box. Maybe that's the difference maker.

It has a nice fizzy body and it goes down like soda pop.

This is a really nice summer beer. Crisp, smooth, refreshing, and tasty.

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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
2.6 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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