Boréale Cuivrée | Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

Boréale CuivréeBoréale Cuivrée
BA SCORE
34.9%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 43 ratings
Boréale CuivréeBoréale Cuivrée
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by the42ndtourist on 10-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,026
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
43
Liked:
15
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
11.45%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says its malty, the name is Belgian. A decent little beer here. Pours whitish like a wheat beer and big white head. Aroma is a tad fruity and spicey. Easy mouthfeel, comes to a bit of funky yeast in the finish. Well quaffable.Not too sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Deep amber brew with a medium size head with more or less retention time. Alcohol is not subtle on the nose or on the tongue. The body is medium and this brew would have been better if the body had been stronger to support the higher alcohol taste. Another one in the so-so colum for Boréale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear amber topped by a thin lace of off-white head. Sweet, grainy malt aroma with some fruitiness, honey, and a bit of alcohol. Low bitterness with malt sweetness and a syrupy kind of sugary sweetness. A bit spicy, but this is quite subdued. Seems a little out of balance with too much sweetness. Very dry, slight grain astringency at the finish with just a hint of alcohol flavour and warmth. As it warms, a sugary stickiness appears in the finish as well. Carbonation is on the high side, but is well integrated as tiny bubbles.

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Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Le Fripon.

Huge showing of hanging lacing all the way to the bottom. Color of the body is a troubled orange Dry hops, lingering tea-like bitterness, bit piney, lots of dry orange. Pleasantly surprised by this one. I`d session this for sure.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average, Belgian-inspired blonde ale out of Canada. This was served to me @ McLeans, a nice pub in Downtown Montreal. It was a very nice dark blonde-gold colour with a small head that dissipated quickly. It smelled of spices and malts but there was no pronounced hop aroma in this beer. This tasted very good, as an all-malt brew should. This was very spicy and quite complex. The alcoholic strength of this brew was concealed very well and that was also nice. The mouthfeel on this beer was a bit thin and the drinkability was pretty nice.
A good beer indeed!
cheers!,
F.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. BB Apr '07.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of soem fruitiness, driied citrus rinds, and caramel. Tastes of caramel and lighter fruitiness.

Notes from 7/11/08.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (341 ml.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : amber color, with beige foamy head.
Smell : floral & spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and caramel flavors, with dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Extra Strong Bitter.

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

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

Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt and fruity esters combine on the palate. Long finish becomes dry through alcohol. Somewhat sweet, but nice brew.

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Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the Boreale brand, this is the best offered. It is labeled as a strong Belgian, although that label is a bit of a stretch in my view.

This pours a clear amber with a white soapy head that dissipates quickly. There is little carbonation to this beer, it is a bit syrupy in consistency, and tastes a bit like a sweet bock.

There are sweet malts and warming alcohol in the nose. The taste is rum soaked sweet pineapple, there is some amberish tastes, slightly peaty as well. The beer takes on more Belgian characteristics as it settles where you will find more of a throaty sweet Belgian ale with a peppery finish. There is also some caramel in the taste.

Not a bad beer. I had this recently in Canada, and compared to most other brews up North, excluding of course Unibroue, this was one of the better brews off the shelf.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, with a decent head. Recedes quickly barely leaving any lace. A touch too dark for a pale Belgian, IMO. Lively bubbles though, and not bottle refermented. Overall, looks inviting.

S - Strong sweet malt smell. A touch of grain and raisins.

T - Grainy, with a solid hop presence. Some toastiness too, but the bitterness is more hoppy than roasted. Not too sweet and some noticeable alcoholic flavours.

M - A little bit chewy. Kinda heavy actually.

D - Not a session brew. Tasty, probably good with a meal, but certainly a little on the heavy side.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent but not revolutionary ESB. Pours a beautiful copper colour with reasonable head, and an unexpected oiliness that does not translate unpleasantly in the mouthfeel.

Malt-forward aroma appropriate for the style, with nice rounded caramel notes. The finish has a hint of bitterness that does not linger.

Well crafted and a beer that would appeal to a wider populace than many micros.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper colour to the body. The head is nice and fluffy, then dissipating into a foamy ring. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - This is where this beer loses a few points. The smell is rather faint, with some maltiness, caramel and grains.

T - Malts, malts, malts. That's what this one is all about. Not much hops to speak of. Hints of caramel, toffee, orange, and a little tartness. Some slight bitterness.

M - Quite smooth and a bit dry. Medium body to it. Very moderate carbonation.

D - For a 6.9% beer this drinks easily. Pretty nice and smooth. The problem I've got with this beer is it's strangeness in terms of style. It doesn't taste unique either, though...

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This copper beer, at 6.9% alcohol, from Boreale, is definitely better than most of their line. Picked up in Montreal, this is a solid cut above the macro junk, if not up to Unibroue standards.

Appearance is a gorgeously hazy amber/copper beer, with about an inch and a half of head that fell pretty quickly. The smell is complex, with plenty of malt (no hops) and a woody/spicy aroma, and it's easy to tell why this is called Boreale "Copper".

The taste is sweet, pleasant, and the malt is very strong. The aftertaste is not bitter, and the flavour really hides the strong alcohol content. It would be quite easy to throw back a few too many of these in a short period of time. It's only 6.9%, but compared to US beer, it packs a punch. The carbonation is pleasant, without being overpowering, giving this one a good mouthfeel.

The drinkability is excellent, and I'd pay to have another one (one of the higher praises I can give a beer). Strong without being overpowering, with a more complex flavour than one would expect from a Boreale. Easily the pick of their litter, and a darned good beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A:
Pours a really nice, clear copper color without much of a head. You can watch what head there is disappear at break-neck speed. There is a slight film with a tiny bit of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S:
Has a really clean malty, boozy smell. It smells like rich, warm, slightly burnt caramel; not overpowering, but definitely there.

T:
Tastes like an ESB. Crisp and kind of watery but with a tinge of malty sweetness with a barely perceptible hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

M:
Nice and smooth. A little crisp, carbonated sweetness up front, some hoppy notes in the middle and a really caramely finish.

O:
Smooth and quite drinkable. I like most of these guys' beers but I don't think that this is their best. It ain't the worst either, though. Enjoyable and (if not for the alcohol content) a good session beer. Definitely a crowd pleaser (with all the good and bad things that that implies).

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Photo of jneiswender
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a hotel water cup.

A-off-white head-very thick, gem brown amber body

S-toffee and fruit, raisin like

T-sweet malt front for most part with a bitter orange aftertaste

M-medium

D-very drinkable. Nice flavor overall but not a session beer.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought this to be my favorite Boreal. When I was first getting away from macro beers I used to drink their rousse all the time but ended up getting really sick of it. Their blonde is nothing special while their white and stout are terrible. So I'm going to start with cuivree, the Boreal with the best chance of getting a good review.

Not a bad looking beer at all. Cuivree translates to "coppered" in English and they've got the colour right on; a bright, clear copper. It started off with a decent, creamy looking head and now has a respectable layer of foam with some lacing.

Strong wild-flower honey smell along with some yeast and light roasted malt. Not a bad smelling beer at all, though it's a little sweet.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. A bit too much on the sweet side for my taste, but there's a nice honey flavour there along with some roasted malt. Not particularly well balanced; all malty-sweetness with almost no bitterness and absolutely no hops present. At 6.9% ABV, it's just as smooth as any of their standard 5% beers and sold at the same price. Not amazing in any way but if you have to drink Boreal, I think this still gets my vote as their best. Tastier and more potent than their other offerings; at the same price this is the one to buy.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated but not a bad feel.

Yeah, this is drinkable. I hold a prejudice against Boreal since they're kind of like Quebec's Sleemans but this beer is pretty alright. For the price it's not a bad deal, especially with the 2% extra ABV for free.

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Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Beer rating: 34.9% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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