Boréale Blonde | Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
Quebec, Canada
boreale.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with low activity. A boring foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of caramel, sweet roasted grains, coriander, lemon, herbal spices. Bready and sugary, slightly sharp on the herbal side. Slick medium body with soft prickly and crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, fresh wheat and barley feel, toffee, and balanced leafy hops. Basic but refreshing, nice intensity with no adjunct feel. Good taste and a satisfying body. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden body with a fair amount of persistent white head and evidently effervescent carbonation. The scent is very grainy and has lots of cereal malts with some lemony hops and crackers notes in back. Taste is clean and crisp with some lemon hop going over a clean, lager end body with a crisp finish. The aftertaste is grassy yet still very clean, a highly enjoyable beer that deserves more than the current 3.19 average it has.

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Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dazka
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mack
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boo-urns
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricknelson
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12pk for $15.00 plus taxes and deposit. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for nearly 3mins before film out. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here. Typical Boreale scent.... musty

T- Not that bad. Touch sweet and not bitter. Nice brew. Good for a few instead of one. Malt and hops are defiantly there. Nice balance for a mass produced brew.

M- Nice and creamy going down and then dries out

O- Nice brew. Good everyday light drinker if you want.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with.......... Tacos!

Enjoy

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mynie
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been to Montreal twice, and drank heavily both times, and I never once found a place that had any Unibroue or Dieu Du Ciel on tap (aside from the Du Ciel brewery, but that doesn't count). Instead, nearly every bar has Molson Export, and then stuff from Boreale. I brought home a few cans to give them proper reviews.

This is an American Blonde--clearly billed at being all-malt--and I think they're going for a Molson Export-y taste and body. I can't quite describe it, but the domestics preferred by Quebecois are just firmer and fuller than the ones you see in most other parts of Canada (Molson Export vs. Molson Canadian, Labatt 50 vs. Labatt Blue). Boreale's blonde is forged in a similar mold, with a surprisingly thick and full body and robust grain bill.

This isn't to the taste of most American beer geeks, but it's fascinating to see people's preferences in macro-ish beers changes region to region. That's especially interesting considering the homogeneity of these beers that's taken place since the near-total ascendance of national brands. Quebec is isolated enough, culturally and commercially, for these types of regional specialities to persist. And it's really great to see smaller breweries getting in on the scene, too.

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Photo of theDuck
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of CanadianBacon
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a clear straw color, 1 finger head that disapears quick.

Aroma - some cereal grains and light hops nothing much else.

Taste - Tastes fairly low end. Rather similar to budweiser with a little more bitterness in the back.

Mouth feel -light watery body with prickly carbonation.

Overall - Nothing special almost tastes slightly better than an AAL good for a hot day but budweiser would be cheaper.

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Photo of mbrehne
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good solid beer. Very refreshing and could be enhanced with a bit of orange with it

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Syracuse12
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jul_dredd
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rugene
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Niceroad77
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rickfos
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R11415
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Demian
4.25/5  rDev +32%

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Dewso
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Boréale Blonde from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
3.22 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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