Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Taras Boulba is the perfect session beer — loaded with complex yeast flavors, hopped to perfection, and as drinkable as any beer you’ve ever tried. At 4.5% alcohol, it’s built for drinkability — we suggest buying it by the case.

You’re no doubt wondering where the name comes from and what the hell the foreign text says. It’s all been explained to us by the brewers, but we’re still not entirely clear about it. What we can understand is that a young Flemish man has gone and married a French-speaking Wallonian girl, and his father, Taras Boulba, is very angry. (Smeirlap means ‘fool’ in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow.)

This is all a bastardization of the original story by Gogol, whose protagonist was Ukrainian (Zaporozhian Cossack, specifically), and a Protestant. His son marries a Polish girl, a Catholic, during the religious war between the two countries in the 1600s, and the Ukrainian father simply kills his son to eliminate the shame.

Packaging: 330ml bottles; 6/750ml cork-finished champagne bottles, 30L kegs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baramba (977) - ITALY - JUN 11, 2016
On tap. Golden white head. Fruity aroma, straw, yeast. Sweet flavour, yeast, bread, lemon with bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeWorm (61) - FRANCE - MAY 28, 2016
Bouteille du Caveau du Vigneron @ St Félix. Belle couleur jaune, mousse dense et persistante. Arômes citron agrumes. Fruitée et desalterante.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of bready malt, light fruits. Flavor of bitter hops, skunk, bready malt. Somewhat bland, very malty. 5/4/6/3/12 (3/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (606) - SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Flaska från SB, Blek, pissgul, lätt disig vätska med högt fluffigt klarvitt skum. Frisk i doften med mycket citrus, gräsiga toner, fläder, äpple, gröna vindruvor. Lätt, tunn kropp. Fräsch med tydlig beska med grape och apelsinskal. Domineras av torrt humlebett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Woc (112) - BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2016
Fresh aroma, looks like a weiss bier. Was drinking Hoegaarden just before and this one looks the same. Taste is completely different. The freshness of the aroma goes away and the after taste is quite bitter. Lower alcohol is noticeable only that the taste is not so full but very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (300) - FRANCE - MAY 17, 2016
très fruitée, aromatique, fraiche, désaltérante, levures bien toniques, forte carbonatation. Très sympa !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4064) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle at home. Almost clear light straw yellow with white head. Nectarine and apricots, dry biscuits, grassy, yellow plums. Quite fruity with bitter grassy and citrus peel. There’s a very light sweetness too. Under medium bodied with dry feel and quite some carbonation. Great session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
6bottlepack (193) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle from Hops & Crafts Exeter,pours very pale gold,big loose head,fresh citrus lemon ,fresh bread & a hint of tangerine in the aroma ,taste is sharp lemon ,some flowery hoppiness & bread with good a hoppy bitter bite & dry ,very light bodied & well carbonated ,the finish is more lemon & flowery hoppiness becoming increasing bitter & dry,very quaffable ,decent session beer!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Echon (386) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
Pale golden and medium-bodied. Grassy hop aroma with notes of citrus. Spicy and hoppy flavour, with a dry and bitter taste. Overall, a bit of an odd belgian ale. I find it too dry, but it has some decent hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Furseth (2101) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle: Yellow hazy colour, with a big head, Aroma is dominated of citrus, flowery and sweet maltynes, some belguian yeastynes in the end. Flavor had a citric, dry fruity and bitter medium finish. Thin body.

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