Boréale Noire | Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Boréale NoireBoréale Noire

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
Quebec, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by the42ndtourist on 10-22-2002

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Boreale Black Velvety Dry Stout

The look of it: a black colour. With half of finger of head.

The smell of it: Some coffee and chocolate with a touch caramel.

The taste of it: some expresso with a touch of chocolate. A little bit watery. Not as good as the Saint Ambroise. A bit disappointed on the taste. The smell is definitely much better

So overall would I recommend it? As a black beer and a stout beer. No
As a regular beer. Yes.

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Photo of icormier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

This is available in grocery stores and dépanneurs in Quebec - i.e., pretty easy to get, even when coming over the river from Ottawa. I know this is a stout, but it really reminded me of a porter, i.e., a little bit thinner body. Totally drinkable, good taste, could become a winter standby.

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Photo of papat444
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before May 21, 2013.

Appearance: Thick black body, a dense brown head that pops a lot before fading completely away with no lacing. The real nice color gives it a half-point nudge.

Smell: Quite shy, can coax roasted notes, mild cocoa and light smoke.

Taste: This is all malt for sure, tail end has a bit of hickory and smoke but otherwise pretty plain.

Mouthfeel: Quite average, a bit dry, slightly watery.

Overall: Very average. Could be used as a gateway for the Guinness drinker.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Boréale pint glass I got while in Québec City on one of my many visits. Pours velvet black with a thick two and a half finger tan head.
Smells wonderful, roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate, some smoke... a bit of molasses on the nose as well.... smells delicious
The taste is amazing... bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, some smokiness, burnt caramel, and a bit of licorice with a bitter dry finish. I thought this was a very flavorful stout.
Rich and velvety, full flavored... yet easy to drink.
Always one of my favorite beers from Boréale... i only wish I could buy it here at home :(

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into an official Boreale glass in Montreal at Governer's Restaurant.

Real pitch walnut black body, making easily about two/three fingers of nice creamy tan head, good tiny bubbles in the head but not much retention and lacing.

Nose is light roasting char, mild carbon and faint burnt grain. Hints at porter.

Taste is porter and light bodied, with a good roast character. Mild coffee and grain. Wet bodied slightly, not caring much of the flavor though in the finish.

Overall not bad, seems more like a porter, could easily have again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a quickly dissipating mahogany-coloured head. Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant, without the viscous oiliness I'd expected from watching the pour.

Aroma is malt-forward; with predominantly roasted dark malt, coffee and chocolate tones. Well balanced taste contains all of the flavours in the aroma and is nicely smooth, with a milky sweetness but a surprisingly bitter underlying finish.

A pleasant surprise, bought randomly in a Quebecois grocery store, and definitely a beer I would seek out again.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as free sample with a tasting guide that included roasted grains--a nice touch. The point is that you are supposed to sample the malted grains while the beer is warming in your glass.

The appearance is jet black and the little head you get has no retention or lace. The smell is of chocolate and spoiled milk. It has a sweet taste for a stout-very little bitter notes. Like others in the style it pairs well with chocolate and spiced nuts. I could have two but no more than that, not a session stout.

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Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Dark roasted coffee, licorice, brown sugar.

T: Nice coffee flavour, a little licorice, molasses, pumpernickel rye bread, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has a light, roasted acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very opaque with a finger white head and good lacing. The smell and taste is surprisingly on the absinthe side, but slight malts and little hops could also be detected. The mouthfeel is smooth, yet true to the style, also very dry. This is a very sessionable beer and a good example of a stout. Try it if you are ever in Quebec

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro at Le Fripon, Montreal.

Poured a black hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was god retention and lacing.

The smell featured a chocolate. caramel and musty hops.

The taste consisted of chocolate milk and burnt grain elements.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink stout.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew, some amazing stregnths, starting with the highly persistant head, creamy mouthfeel, and drinkability, but the flavor is a little unusual. This brew has a malty anise, or licorice taste, with some sweetness, and very little hops. Didn't get much in the aroma department. I suspect this is one beer you either love or hate. Put me in the "love" category.

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Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle acquired in trade (another one I didn't write who sent it).

Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, some dark fruits and light coffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, with a very light coffee finish.

Notes from 09/22/06.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice opaque ale with light brown head. Head is weak though and doesn't last for long.

S: Interesting here. Roasted malts dominate the overall smell but I still could find some vanilla, dark chocolate and smoke aromas. Although very interesting, I found the smell a bit weak.

T: Roasted malts come upfront. It's definitively more a roasted taste than something like coffee or dark chocolate. Vanilla is still there, well hidden. Smoke is stronger than in the smell. Taste is weak too, but again, interesting.

M: Carbonation is a bit higher than what I'd expected (medium). General mouthfeel is mid to low (a bit watered). Nothing exceptional here.

D: Very high, I wouldn't have any problem to drink a six pack of those and asking for more.

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would call this a faux stout. It is missing some of the aroma and mouthfeel that I'd expect from a dry stout.

It does look beautiful with a nice beige head that leaves some spotty lace. Dark brown color.

The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma. Some coffee flavors with a touch of cocoa. The body is way too thin for the style. This is a flavorful stout but is not world class.

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Photo of santa109
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date on bottle July 21st, 2008. Served around 55 degrees.

A: Poured a nice opaque black with some reddish tones around the stem of my Guinness pint. Very little head that is medium brown despite a fairly aggressive pour but it barely faded and stuck around during the whole time I drank it. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Nice mild aromas of roasted grain and chocolate.

T: Mild burnt toast, coffee, cocoa and a bit more assertive dark chocolate notes. Again, nothing too aggressive. Bit of bitterness at the end that fades away before a return of the slightly bitter dark chocolate that lingers on as an aftertaste.

M: Lighter body than I expect for the style with a fairly high amount of carbonation, nothing unpleasant here.

D: I could easily have more than one. Alcohol is totally hidden which makes it very easy to drink.

Overall, better than what I remembered. Actually, this is pretty darn good. I suspect that I never had it warm enough to really unleash the flavors. Beats Guinness and cheaper. Also, pretty good with food.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of papat444. Crimson hued stout with a huge head. Nose- little bit of sweetness. Taste- medium roast, touch of smokiness and dark chocolate. slightly burnt taste and touch of sourness. low cabonation which makes for an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mondial de la Biere 2007.

Pours a clear brown/red, thick tan head, huge lace sheets on the glass, nitro style, great retention. Smell is sweet and malty, chocolate, bit of vanilla, roast, bready, pretty light but pleasant. Taste is nice, light chocolate milk, roast, sweet caramel, vanilla, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Not too bad.

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Photo of JOaikido
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle. Best before 28 February 2007.

A- Moka coloured head. Decent looking but not overly great in size or durability. Very dark, with just a hint of amber at the edges against a light.

S- Coffee with aq hint of chocolate. A hint of fruitiness.

T- Slightly sweet. Roasted coffee and chocolate. Molasses. Fruity sour middle behind the roasted flavours. Mildly bitter hops finish.

MF- Carbonation fizz. Not watery, but lacking a bit in body.

D- Quite easy to drink. A good basic stout. This one went down very quickly without me noticing. A good local alternative to Guinness (not really that many widely distributed stouts in Quebec) but not up to a comparison with St-Ambroise.

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Photo of pootz
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pour left a deep black ale with a marvelous 3 finger sticky mocha cap and phenominal galss lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: typical stout smells chocolate, roasted sweet ness, figs, nuts...but very subtle and reduced.

Solid malt spine, full bodied, molky-creamy mouth feel.

Up front you get some burnt treacle tastes, like burnt raisin bread...then a whack of tones like cocoa, tobaccco, nuts as the yeast and hops kick in...finish is wet and thick with a sour-lactic taste and metallic/salted sour cream aftertastes.

A very nice commercial of the best in Canada in a bottle.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Les Brasseurs du Nord is one of Québec's oldest microbreweries and part of the group of first generation microbrewers which includes Unibroue, Brasseurs RJ, and McAuslan.

It pours a slick ebony tone with only the slightest molasse-like highlights peering through the stem of the glass. A thick and generous cap of foam settles atop the dark liquid and shows respectble staying power, slowly fading to a dense film.

Aromas are subtle and well blended with the malt expressing itself off the start through notes of treacke and black coffee. Faint traces of black patent and hops mark the finish.

Medium dry bodied beer, a firmness of malt up front with added drying notes of charred malt and caramel come throught in the middle. Surprisingly clean with only faint fruity esters under a veil of soft hops. The finish is bitter from a blend of hops and burnt grains.

Decent drinkability, a bit more substantial than Guiness, Murphy's, or Cafferey's. I enjoy this stout very much when I purchase it which is not often enough... maybe this will change.


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Photo of mzwolinski
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with thin dark tan head. The aroma is rich and dominated by a deep, roasty malt. The body is surprisingly full, with a slight hint of dark fruit turning gently roasty in the aftertaste. A bit fizzy at points, however, and overall not quite what I expected from the style. But not horrible.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Licorice is the dominant aroma with some roasted nut notes. The flavor begins with a light malt, but the aftertaste explodes with chocolate and coffee notes. A bit thin bodied, and could use more flavor from start to finish, but this is still one worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, though too carbonated and a bit thin. Black with thin head, and certain stout taste. Malts right there making it Drinkable. Not too dry after all the malt. Some chocalte malt, coffee, and burnt attempt at roastiness. Fine with food.

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Photo of philmath
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roast bread and chocolate flavours are felt after the opening of the bottle. After having spent a short moment in the mouth, we can appreciate a nice cocoa taste. Beautiful black color. Carbonation pretty high. A good stout, sweet and accessible. Easily the best beer made by « Brasseurs du Nord ».

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Photo of Barraclou
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured the contents and I got this pitch black fluid with some brown laces.

Smell: The aroma is fun. I would say it smells like malt or roasted coffee.

Taste: The first flavour I got was caramel, then I got burnt coffee grains and chocolate. This is not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it lacks body.

Drinkability: Some others reviewers didn't like too much, but I enjoyed to drink it. I emptied my glass much faster than lots of others stouts. Conclusion: This is my favorite Boreale product I reviewed.

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Boréale Noire from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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