Boris Bold | Brasserie Licorne

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Licorne

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TerryW on 06-10-2005

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
2.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml can poured into pint glass june26 2010

A clear golden with bubbles of all sizes popping up from everywhere feeding a thumbs width of head that had decent retention but left no lace

S rather sweet, some toffee, a little booze but also a chemical smell that hurts its cause

T again quite sweet but has a boozy chemical flavor that leaves something to be desired

M a little syrupy and slightly sticky

D just goes downhill as it warms, hard too finish and not something I'll be looking for in the future

this beer would be great if you just want to get smashed and don't want to spend much money, other then that I don't recommend it

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
1.98/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Stored in the coolers' section of a low-rent liquor store, for some reason...

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with two fingers of thin creamy, foamy white head, which leaves some random chunks of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet corn/rice grain, and mild warming alcohol. The taste is more sweet corn, and strong fusel alcohols, very reminiscent of all those times I didn't huff the mouthwash. The carbonation is fairly moderate, the body medium in weight, somewhat smooth, and cloying. It finishes with a leveling off of the sweetness, right into an abyss of alcohol.

I see now why this was placed where it was - while still beer, it's one big sweet boozy mess.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

500ml can: Poured a semi-dark yellow color beer with large white foamy head with minimal retention. Carbonation seems quite low and the beer has a strong grainy aroma, which I didn’t enjoy. Taste is also way too grainy for my taste and this beer resemble more of a malt liquor then a European strong lager. Alcohol is not well hidden which doesn’t really matter since this beer ended up being poured in the drain.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
1/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.3/5  rDev +97.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I guess this is the first positive review of this brewery, but I actually really like it. The high abv is masked by the sweetness and it is an extremely smooth beer. The color is an attractive, clear, dark gold. To compare this to Budweiser is harsh. I find it quite delicious and I can't wait to try the even higher abv version.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
1.44/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Oh Boris beer, you and your silly idealist diatribe written on your label. I can't join in and pick up that flag, because it is coated in painfully transparent and slimy marketing department propoganda with no soul or personality.

Ideologies aside, this Boris Strong came in a 500 ml red can, diatribe and all. Pours out a decent looking lager, deep golden, massive carbonation, and a two finger tight creamy white head with nice retention. Even a bit of lacing.

Bready malt and sour grains on the nose, and the start of the slightest hints of cooked veggies lurking in the background. A thankful touch of hops can be discerned through that ether of cooked veg after a while.

Without further ado, the flavour of this stuff is truly awful, repulsive. Sour mash grains, veg and chemicals assualt your mouth and goes down your throat kicking and screaming, swearing to high hell, and vandalising whatever it comes into contact with. So this is Euro malt liquor, huh....

The mouthfeel is thick, heavy and oppressive, it holds its elbows up high.

I've managed to choke down about a third of a glass of this stuff, and I've had enough of it for the rest of my life--sink pour time. It made quite an impression, and I shall avoid this Boris Bold so it cannot become a repeat offender, I've been violated enough.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have never seen this in the States but I see it in the BeerStores in Ontario all the time. So I am always looking for singles when I am up there and this was one that kept popping up.

Appearance- A little bit on the orange side of brass maybe bronze but not quite. There was hardly any head and NO lace.

Smell- Very weak and a little beany with some yeast.

Taste- Malt liquor like. There is some corn or rice there or both not quite sure which. There is not much of a taste but more of an aftertaste that is kind of gooseberry like.

Mouthfeel. A little of a burn and a little warm going down.

Drinkability- I guess if you don’t like good beer it is alright. It will get you drunk.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml Can

Appearance – Amber colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, alcohol, grains/bread

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grains and corn. It basically tastes just alike a regular euro-lager but with some added not so well hidden alcohol. Almost like someone added rum/vodka to a beer. It finishes with a boozy grainy aftertaste with a touch of corn syrup sweetness.

Overall – Figured I'd give it a shot.. and basically got what I was expecting.. A harsh tasting beer that I'll never want to drink again.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of mrmanning
1.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an orange body, with, contrary to what others have noted, a thin white head that sits around the edge of the glass. Immediately, alcohol attacks the nose, followed by an acidic citrus rind aroma. Some malt in the aroma as well, trailed by faint adjunct and chemicalish wafts. Taste is sweet. Some orange peel, alcohol is very much here. Lots of corn and sickly sweet malt. Finish is cloying, some hops in the aftertaste. Absolutely a malt liquor. I prefer the younger brother of boris bold.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.39/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great, I can see already this beer isn't well received. I can't really respect a beer that has glucose syrup added, but I'm sure there are some others out there that I've tried and may have liked. Okay, enough with the rambling, let's try this brew out.

This isn't a terrible looking beer. There is a massive amount of clumpy off white head, and a crystal clear golden body. The carbonation looks almost soda pop. I can't dog this brew's appearance at all.

There is an aroma of husky graininess, with a hint of burnt toast. There is a slight perfumy smell that I find common in euro lagers, especially strong ones.

The taste isn't too off. Very traditional sweetness up front, but an off skunkiness in the middle, with a medicine like taste in the end.

At first this feels refreshing, but then it's ABV is so apparent, it feels like a job to drink this one down to solely get a beer buzz.

I feel I can drink this one down, but wouldn't care for another. This is a gimmick beer marketed to younger folks, who want to get canned.

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Photo of DamianNYC
1.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tastes like flat stadium beer with higher alcohol.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.29/5  rDev +5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very sweet and strong beer (I can't emphasize that enough). The smell is almost equally powerfull. There is also a strong taste of malt. It's kind of like Holsten Maibock in overdrive.

I wouldn't recommend this beer for anything else but to get drunk, fast. When it comes to extremely strong beers (9-10%), I would prefer this better being how it is a bit tastier then most.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.46/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Woody's doing the CAN-CAN yet again.

An interesting credo was on its can, but despite being of (partially) Alsatian stock, I have many allegiances, especially beer.

Wow, the head looked like the top of a vanilla ice-cream cone! Round, bone-white, good retention. Nice! The color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grainy sweetness that is characteristic for lagers. The mouthfeel was medium with a metallic overtone underlain with a corn-like sweetness. Finish continued with that same metal/corn combination. Oof.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
1/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of JOaikido
3.43/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Best before 01/2008.

A- Yellowish head. Good sized head that settles down to a ring but with bubbles that stick to the glass and dissappears after a certain time. Beer is a nice deep gold colour. Little effervescence.

S- Standard beer. Slightly fruity. Average describes it well.

T- Alcohol character prominent. Mild hops. Some good malt notes hidden behind the alcohol. Watery finish. Missing something, not quite sure what.

MF- Clean with decent body. Refreshing.

D- Drinks well, especially considering the alcohol. Loses marks for not offering anything extra to make it seem more interesting. Final analysis is that I like it but am not sure why.

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Photo of Viggo
2.68/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for hooking me up with this biegaman, its a real treat!

Pours a clear golden, big pillowy white head forms, goes pretty fast, no lace. Smell is weird corn, rice, adjuncty, some caramel, citrus, alcohol, touch of vanilla, pretty standard for the style. Taste is the same, although the alcohol is right at the front, bit of graininess, corn, caramel, bit smooth in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, warmth, but not too bad for the style. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of BBP
1.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Copper with little head which immediately receeded.

S- As soon as I opened the can I could smell alcohol and a sweet aroma. Can't really smell much else.

T- Despite the initial pungent alcohol smell the alcohol taste was fairly background. It starts with more of a sweet toffee syrup taste. It's almost sticky. It tasted a bit too sweet for me and there wasn't even the bitter aftertaste that most beers have. It's almost like an alcoholic pop with little carbonation.

M- Felt strange as if it slid off your tongue but held on to everything else.

D- Not a bad drink if you want to get drunk quick. I would never recommend this for anybody aiming to try a tasty beer though. Tasty for a cheap high ABV though. It didn't offend me as much as some people, but at the same time it didn't impress me like others.

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Photo of Socialiste
2.75/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of DrJay
2.3/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Biegaman gave me this one. Thanks? Very clear and gold, this one started with a dense, white cap, but quickly fell to a ring. It produced a bit of streaky lacing too. The aroma was sweet, with grainy malt and some fruity esters. Very low bitterness, mostly sweet with a strong alcohol presence and an acrid finish. Medium/light bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Alcohol was very hot. Not very good and not overly drinkable - I didn't finish my can. It's just an alcohol bomb with little malt or hop depth. I'd be surprised if it isn't made exclusively from extract. Certainly not a good example of a strong euro-lager.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of biegaman
2.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Boris Bold is not a looker - I thought the French had a flare for fashion? There's nothing aesthetic about this (supposedly) golden lager, it is regrettable in every single aspect: the tarnished tone and dulled highlights, the polluted complexion, the total lack of head or lace.

Boris, however, is Bold alright - it smells boldly of sugar, corn syrup, and alcohol. I had someone else try it first just to make sure it wasn't poison. It's almost as if the brewery was attempting to make caramel by dissolving sugar in hot water and then, for whatever reason, they opted instead to ferment the mixture. This is sweet enough to pass for a children's cereal.

Though largely insipid, the flavour still manages to be unpleasant. It tastes like a watery concoction of white sugar, ethanol, and creamed corn kernels (with either the yeast or alcohol adding vaguely fruity esters that lend it a kind of cleaning product characteristic). Hints of brown sugar or caramel are constantly sprouting, but they are without accompanying texture (very watered down) and quickly extinguished by the burn of alcohol.

The skepticism with which I re-approached this beer has proven to be well-founded. I first tried Boris Bold at a time in my life when I found Corona and Heineken perfectly enjoyable lagers - and even back then I found this revolting. It's been years since I could consider those mass-produced lagers even remotely acceptable, so imagine what I make of this now.

Boris Bold is the polar opposite of Boris Organic, which is clean, agreeable, and flavourful - it is it's evil brother. Alcoholics looking for a quick fix could do worse - and, to be sure, that seems to be the brewery's targeted demographic - but no average drinker should subject themselves. The vintners of Alsace, like the German brewers across the Vosges Mountains, have nothing to fear of Brasserie de Saverne; this is no threat to their reputations.

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Beer rating: 2.18 out of 5 with 31 ratings