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

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Added by the42ndtourist on 10-28-2002

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by citycrab:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed pack brought back to me from Montreal.

Poured into a conical Mill Street glass. Nice amber-red colour, clear, leaves an inch of creamy head that survives as a thick ring. Nice lacing.

Nose is caramel, malt, bread, tart hops.

A decent-tasting red ale, sweet and with a strong caramel malty character. Certainly nothing innovative or exciting here, but what's there is tasty and easy to drink. maltiness, finishes with a slight hop bite.

Carbonation is a bit strong, but generally it's okay.

Not a bad red ale, certainly drinkable, and a cut above some of their other stuff. My favorite of the bunch!

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Photo of Bhunter0812
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Roguer
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juliendesrochers
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Served in a pint.

A- sexy amber color. Thin patchy head.

S- dark burnt honey and malt. Tint bit of hops.

T- roasted malt. Caramel. Strong honey. A bit of cheap seltzer carb taste. Noticeable hops. Maybe a little lime zest in the end.

M- my kind of mouthfeel, full without being too viscous.

D- you can drink a six-pack of this, but the honey taste is kind of sickening.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eat
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I drank a lot of for a few years and then stopped drinking for that reason. One of the first beers to get my taste away from the big macros, although Boreal isn't exactly a microbrew anymore.

Pours a dark brown-red, cloudy with a respectable off-white head.

Bready yeast and roasted malt, some sweet corn. Pretty weak smell.

An unspecific sweetness up front followed by some cheap tasting roasted malt. No hops. No complexity and not all that well balanced. Tastes flat and boring. Bitter aftertaste of whole-wheat bread. No alcohol presence.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

While this may be better than Molson and Labatt products, that's not saying much. It goes down easy enough. Maybe I'm biased from drinking this beer to death when I was younger but I really just don't like it anymore.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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 WeizenMike
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A- Opens well and pours a small 1/2" heat that is gone in a minute or two. Medium brown colour and filtered clear

S- Nice but nothing special. Sweet

T- Typical red ale. Nothing great but definitely good

M- Dry and sticky.

O- Not the greatest of brews but nice to try. Will not buy again though

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with...... Roasted potatoes tossed with Italian seasoning and olive oil.


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Photo of rugene
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an extremely bland red ale. A copper/caramel flavour was dominant with next to no hopping. Very sweet and badly in need of a greater hop presence to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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 mendvicdog
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaslesp
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this beer isn't following the macro red ale and I like that. The appearance is more auburn that macro red ales. The smell is malty, very malty. The taste is ok but there is nothing to off about it and it is very good. The mouthfeel is crisp but when it touches your throat it becomes very smooth..

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Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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 Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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 plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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 DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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