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Boréale Rousse | Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Boréale RousseBoréale Rousse

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance - gorgeous dark-brown copper hue with 1-inch sustaining head. The beer glows beautiful ambience when held to the light. Decent ring of lace around the edge.

Smell - right from the get-go you notice the roasted barley malt smell, deep and complex. Very fresh undertones of cut hay, nicely rolled together in a very light caramel bouquet.

Taste - the good malt flavour hits right up front and then gives way to the subtleties of coffee cake and roasted nuts. Ends wet with a long finish of over-roasted cereals.

Mouthfeel - this stuff is not boring. Sufficiently active but distinguished, you can have this out of a nice glass or right out of the bottle, same enjoyment.

Drinkability - possesses a good flavour profile to make multiples enjoyable, yet worthy of some moderation to keep it special.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of the42ndtourist
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rousse is the french term for red, when considering beer (ever had a rouge beer?).

Poured out with a good reddish copper colour and 1 finger of head. More or less a textbook example of an american red. The taste is quite dry and malty - this actually leans towards the Irish Red somewhat. Boreale's "pure malt" claim (all barley malt) has credence here. Feels nice and smooth with a proper amount of carbonation.

This is a prime example of a style which is too often populated by dumbed down macro brews. Definitely worth a try, and good for long session drinking.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a reddish amber color, with a thick full white head. The head lasts forever, well past the beer itself.
Aroma is malty, with a pleasant hopping. Light estery fruitiness. Pretty good.
Flavor is malty, with a good crisp hoppy finish. Actually very good when you really want a beer, particularly when you can't find the brewpubs. Clean and refreshing. Not half bad.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 341ml bottle, 5,0% ABV, reviewed 03-08-2005 and 04-26-2005.

Appearance: Red with some orange reflects and a short-living white head.

Smell: Roasted malts with some fruity hops. My second sample is really more hoppy rather the first one.

Taste: Roasted malt with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Foamy, good carbonation and no visible alchool presence. Also, my second sample was quite acid and sour for a beer.

Drinkability: Decent, but not that exceptionnal. Compared to the others Boreale brands (not that worst), it is an average product, not that so-called leader claimed to be.

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Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap...pour saw a amber-chestnut colored ale with a smallish cap that laced moderately. Good fruity nose with some hint of musty herb. Good caramel malt body, stiff shot of grassy hop near the clean finish....a nice draft ale for a meal...I had one with an Angus filet...excellent.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty red ale. Boreale Rousse (Red) was presented to me with a nice dark red colour with a fluffy white head. The aromas are of malts and faint hops...tending to stay towards the malty side of the spectrum. The taste of this beer is very simple yet very full flavored for a red beer. I have to agree that this is more of an 'Irish Red' beer than a standard red beer. The mouthfeel is very full and the carbonation is just right. Of course, all of these factors add up to make this a very drinkable red ale.

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Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap. boreale rousse is easy to find in greater MTL. i highly recommend this one.
"rousse" is generally compared to a red ale up in quebec, at least according to what i was told. the color was a nice rich brownish, red color. nice fluffy head on this one. very appealing visually. tastes of biscuity malts. very complex malt on this one. nice body that really brings out the nutty, biscuity goodness. mild hops bitterness, but it's primarily a very drinkable, malty brown beer. i love this stuff. complex, but drinkable and thirst quenching. seek this one out.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Julie K. for the sample bottle. The label makes sure the buyer knows this is a barley-is-the-only-malt brew.

Delicate mixed-bubble head sits on top of an intensely reddish brown hued brew. Aroma is of roasted malt, but with no caramel notes. First tastes have no fruity or nutty or hoppy notes, and my first swallows were disappointingly all about bready malt dominance. But! The hops caught up mid-bottle and provided the much needed balance that put this one over the top of just OK for me.

A malt lover's brew and a definite step up from Canadian rice/corn based lighter beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got this from a friend who recently went up north. Pretty excited for a brew I cant get here in CT. Sample is in a 12 oz bottle with both french and english labeling. Cool part is that the french is actually first.
Onto the beer.

I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. Bright whit head foams up easily but actually dissipates fairly quickly to leave only a partial cover on the surface of the brew.
Color is orangish amber with some tints of red mixed in. Very clear brew.
Aroma is all malt no hop presence or other scents anywhere.

First sip, very mild carbonation and smooth overall mouthfeel. Fairly thin but not really watery. Flavor is all malt, some toffee flavor but mostly bready. Nice though.

Overall, a fairly mild brew very drinkable and enjoyable, just dont expect strong flavors or aromas. This is definitely a brew I would drink out a bar with some friends.

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Photo of Boto
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a fairly clear dark amber color. There was a thin off white head that left some lacing. It has a lighter nose. Malts, caramel and some earthy notes. The taste is good. Caramel malts, earthy notes, a hint of roastiness. Nothing special but a nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish brown beer with a sweet refreshing taste. Small head when pourred that disapear quickly. Better then your average industrial "rousse" but no life-chaging experience... Seems to me that Boreale are brewing more and more mass-marketed beer...

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Photo of TerryW
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colour with a moderate head that settles to a film, good lacing.

Malts and caramel in the nose, not overwhelming. Taste is equally subdued. Malt and caramel again, hoppy finish. Better than most macros, but nothing too, too impressive. A bit of a bite from the carbonation.

Overall a very average brew. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CANBIF beer. I have always liked the Polar Bear label. Poured with a healthy two-fingers of bone-white head, which bubbled quite rapidly to a smaller size, but my glass is a bit wet still. The colour is a nice rich light brown with hues of light orange. Rusty water colouration. The lacing moved quickly on the glass, and the head settled a little patchily unless I swirled it. The clarity and the fulness of the beer's appearance make up for the head a little though. The aroma is not quite what I expected, but very savoury. I get a sizable dose of stout-like maltiness, spicy, a little peppery, and akin to licorice. The little bit of lactose in the aroma could almost make this pass for a milk stout! Incredibly piquant aroma, and a little different in style than most. I get root beer aromas, as well as dark chocolate, raisins, some vanilla, horehound, the sweetness of maple syrup, and all in all a heavy and full roasted malt smell that suggests health and refreshment. The hopping is there, subdued, but adding spiciness to it. A good aroma. I get a good deal of sourish maltiness up front on the tongue, along with a little acidity. The beer is a little cardboardy in the middle, but that could be from its handling. The taste is defintely not as good as the aroma might suggest. The maltiness is not as heavy as it should be, though it still dominates the flavour wheel. A little dryness and some grassy astringency from the hops in the finish. In the front and middle I get that cola-like off-flavour that does nothing for the taste. This is tasty, but very uncomplex. The vanilla wafery flavour makes me think it may have been stored improperly(or it got too warm in the mail). The mouthfeel is lighter than suggested by the aroma, but still good for the style. Medium carbonation, and a nice warming feel to the body of this beer. Unexceptional, but probably something I would buy regularly were I a resident of Quebec. It is still a cut above the rest.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish colour with initial precious small head. Caramel malty drinkable and some hop bitterness.A tad of berry mid-sip.Malty aroma. Not bad but bit of harshness and boring after a few sips. Significant aggressive and probably appropriate carbonation to keep it popular. Drying aftertaste. An amber not a pale.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Les Brasseurs du Nord has been a mainstay of the Québec brewing landscape since the early 1990's. Despite issuing no seasonals, and only one new brew since the release of its honey ale in 1998 the makers of the Boréale line of beers is still as popular with a solid foundation of followers throughout the province. The Rousse is one of its flagship brews.

Pours a stunning and warm sparkling caramel colour with scarlett tones as the light refracts through the crystal clear liquid. A thick head of beige foam forms from a normal pour and hangs around lazily for awhile, leaving spots of lace as it diminishes. Simple but attractive.

The aromas are clean but firm and well defined from the assertive malt backbone with a touch of mineral through nutty caramel hints and a soft hoppiness which fades as you breathe it in. Well balanced aromas that foreshadow what is to come in the taste.

As I take a hearty sip I think ''this beer tastes right''. Well balanced, on the dry side but with a firm maltiness yielding to notes of treacle that, in turn, give way to a short and stable hop bite near the end. This, to me, is as close as it comes to your daily service quaffer.

This is by no means a complex, or powerful beer and would probably not cause a ''doubletake'' as you drink it, but that is where its popularity lies. It's a solid, well crafted, all malt beer that pairs well with many easy dishes but can be just as easily enjoyed on its own while sitting on a hot, babe laden terrace, mid-july on St-Denis street. Hmmmm...


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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer review will be brought to you in haiku, since the beer was given to me by a Japanese friend
Pretty orange-red
With white head--most dies quickly
Some head remains, though

Robust and malty
Pale ale, but no hops in smell?
Still better than most...

Doesn't taste like ale
Clean lager character here
with good maltiness

Mild carbonation
It has medium body
No alcohol taste

I could have many
It's very easy to drink
I'll have another

...I kind of suck at poetry

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber and clear; good head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Grainy aroma with some smell of adjuncts. Missing the traditional malts and the hop is appears to be faint at best.

Fits the amber category best. Some crystal malt flavors. Good hop finish with some lasting power. High carbonation level but it's balanced somewhat from the fuller body (which was surprising given the adjunct smell).

This would be a good beer on a hot day, but I wouldn't describe it as a lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It feels pretty weird to review this Beer, considering it was the first craft Beer I've ever had, and the one that turned me from a Molson Ex chugger into the obsessed Beer Nerd I am today.

Appearance: Translucent and bronze red, with a light, off white head that turned into a shy ring of lace, which is sort of dissapointing, because I know it usually has more than that. Maybe the keg was getting a little old.

Smell: Slightly grassy, but mostly a flowery, honey hop smell.

Taste: Decent maltyness with a roasted touch and a lightly bitter finish. Carbonation feels soft coming down but also coated my tongue with tiny bubbles which I really liked. No wonder I spent the latter part of my University years drinking this.

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Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear coppery red colour with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention that eventually leaves a smattering of lace floating on top of the beer. Aroma is a combination of malt and earthy, almost herbal, hops. Flavour balance is on the malty side, some bitterness that comes out towards the finish, and light earthy hops throughout. Fruity esters are at a minimum, but are definitely present as well. Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Texture is a little coarse and grainy with an off-dry finish. Decent red ale, but not a style that I tend to get excited about.

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Photo of mynie
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark amber with a decent head. Smells malty with a little bit of crisp red ale hops. Tastes very much like it smells: faint, starting with not so great caramel malt and finishing with a combination of crisp hops and thick malt sweetness.

Not horrible, but bland enough to make me wish that this was a Rickards, or even a Leine's.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cooper, good head but dissipates quickly, a little lacing.

Aroma of malted barley, some nice sweet notes, a little caramel. Flavor is quite a lot of metaloidin caracter, but still light on the malt. Bitterness is restrained, well balanced. Not a extreme ale, but still its the one I keep drinking all of when I buy a taster pack.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Le Fripon, Montreal.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet cereal malts and some caramel.

The taste consisted of light malts, an earthy hop and some honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable red ale.

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Photo of Derek
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Brownish-orange/amber, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Grainy, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Caramel, grain, balanced bitterness, with a slight hint of spicy hops.

M: Moderate body, over-carbonated.

D: Easily approachable, but too sweet to session.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of MMansfield
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Le Vieux Dublin immediately after The Police concert in Montreal.

Appearance: Poured an orange/amber colour with a nice tight white head, leaving lots of lace and retaining well.

Aroma: Herbal/floral hops with a bit of spicy. Some sweetness and fruit in there as well.

Taste: Subtle sweet caramel flavour with some fruity notes, herbal hops in the finish with a very drinkable hop bitterness, finish is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium bodied, highly drinkable.

Final Statement: A nice amber ale from Quebec, I'd get it regularly if I lived there, but its probably not something to trade for. Overall, a good solid ale.

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Boréale Rousse from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 117 ratings