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

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RATINGS: 989   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ambro206 (358) - ITALY - APR 27, 2016
Assaggio da 100ml allo Zythos Beer Festival 2016: Una classicissima belgian ale, ben luppolata e profumata. Al naso si avvertiono note di pesca e pompelmo. In bocca l’amaro domina la bevuta con un onesto contrappunto iniziale di dolce. Nel bicchiere la birra è bionda con una leggera torbidezza e uno strato di schiuma bianca. Il corpo è medio leggero e la secchezza, unita alla carbonatazione, danno come risultato un bevuta facile e piacevole.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (623) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Cloudy straw with a soapy white head. Aroma is yeast, citrus and floral elements. Taste is yeast, light malts, bread,light citrus and spice. Has a moderately bitter finish. Okay.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2563) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 22, 2016
Draft at Moeder Lambic. Hazy yellow color with big white head. Aroma is spicy yeasts, green apples, nice fruitiness. Taste is green apples, spicy yeasts, earthy hops, quite bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Amazing low ABV Belgian Ale without too much carbonation or sweetness, like so many Belgians have. Great stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
bjakk (701) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 21, 2016
Yellow, cloudy, big creamy foam. Hint of soap in the aroma. Watery soap with little aftertaste

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
darbeer75 (440) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2016
Aroma: yeasty, verging on funky; Appearance: hazy golden pour with fluffy white head that dissipates slowly; good lacing; Taste: fairly tasteless and not particularly refreshing; Palate: medium-light body with surprisingly bitter finish; Overall: would not buy again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SvanteL (258) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
Gul, disig med medelstort vitt skum som fäster på glaskanterna. Doftar gräs och örter, citrus och lite aprikos. Smaken är ganska kärv med mycket gräs och örter, fruktighet i form av citrus plus en rejäl grapebeska, eftersmaken är tyvärr lite syntetiskt tvålaktig. Mycket smakrik för sina 4,5%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (539) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
330ml bottle. Semi-hazy yellow with three finger airy white head. Aroma of citrus, soapy yeast, light bread, spices and lemon zest. Taste is also light soapy with citrus, yeast, light bread, sweet grapefruit, lemon zest and a light spiciness. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation and dry citrus aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Florya (1702) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 17, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : hazy light yellow with a hint green. Medium white head. Aroma : grassy, some citrus, pear, weeds. Palate : light body, lively carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CObiased (303) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2016
12oz bottle - pours a clear very pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grass, hay, wheat, yeast and asparagus. Tastes like a Belgian version of a Pilsner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1653) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
grass, floral, citrus, light grapefruit, bread, hay. Hazy golden colour, medium white head, lacing. Big bite, lightly sweet, hop forward, citric, yeast and hops dominate. Light body, average carbonation, bitter finish.


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