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


on tap

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RATINGS: 990   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Tap in Belgium. Pours hazy blond with a white head. Citrus hops with a nice Belgian yeast. Could tell it was lower ABV and less sweet than a lot of other Belgiums I had that weekend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Well, I wrote a real review of this an RateBeer exploded on me so you get this instead... This is a nice, hoppy Belgian Pale ale. It is something akin to a lighter APA w/ a Belgian ale yeast. I rather liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6438) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2011
330ml bottle from K-Supermarket Kamppi

Pours light yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma has hints of fruits and citrus. Taste is citrusy and hoppy. A bit light body, but overall a great Belgian styled IPA for such a low ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 Aroma of Wet grass, lemonzest, earthy grassy hops. Hoppy, crisp, refreshing, saisonesquue. Taste is toast, lightly burnt earth. Sharp. Lemon toasted earth dirt taste. Rustic. Dry. Refreshing. Awesome beer. Right up my alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1803) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2011
33cl bottle at Le Bier Circus, Brussels Belgium on 18th January 2011. Pours hazy blonde with white part-lacing head. Very hoppy with delicious floral and citric notes, touches of spiciness and grass in-mouth. Citric aftertaste on an increasingly dry mouthfeel. Nice bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Interesting ale, not too over the top hoppy, with the malts balancing out nicely. Don’t get why the place I went to labeled this an interpretation of a bitter while its labeled as a Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3807) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. Golden, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate, malty and dryish aroma, herbal hoppyness - also hoppyness is little soapy. Body is light to medium, malty and dryish flavor, lots of herbal hoppyness – hoppyness is little soapy. Finish is average, malty and dry. Nice hoppyness, but considering quite light body the hoppyneness gets soapy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBaboon (1964) - FINLAND - JAN 29, 2011
Taras Boulba on keltainen ja samea. Valkoinen ja paksu vaahto on runsas. Oluessa on sitruksinen ja havuisen humaloitu tuoksu, joka lupailee kirpeyttä. Hieman katkera ja sitruksinen olut muotoutuu suussa pehmeäksi. Kaunis olut ja miellyttävä kokemus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4138) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
Great aroma of pungent hops, and a great cereal maltiness. Some light fruit, and a touch of yeast. The flavor was upfront with the great hops, dry, and fragrant packed a great punch, and the finish was dry and bitter with some great cereal maltiness to round it off. I wish i had a keg of this for the summer. Impressive beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle enjoyed@Centrum Hotel, Beersel. Snowy white, airy head. Body is hazed, deep gold. Crisp citrussy and floral hop nose. Faint yeast and restrained pale malts. Dry grainy malt flavor. Fine bitterness, distinctly citrus-fruity hop flavor. Well-bodied for an 4.5% abv ale. Fresh in the mouth. Dryish fruity-bitter ending. A nice and quenching hoppy Belgian.

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