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


on tap

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RATINGS: 985   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5553) - 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 (3771) - 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 (1941) - 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 (4068) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2550) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2011
Cloudy, light yellow beer with beautiful, medium and white head. Aroma is very pleasant, fresh fruits, yeast, straws, sourness; honest and tastefull aroma. Taste is dry, malts, sourness, white stuff below in the orange peel and herbal bitterness in the end; refreshning, spicy and pleasant taste. Quite light beer, but it fitts nicely into fresh aroma and taste, nice to drink. Fresh, nice, witbier combine to saison -hybrid; I like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2011
Live rate! Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar at Travlr’s recommendation. Pours like dust was caught in a golden gelatin with a frothy white head of foam on top. Smells of chalk, pears, daffodils, and grain. Tastes of hops, canned peaches, and flower petals. Easy drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2011
Blond beer with a white head and hoppy aroma. The beer is surprisingly tasteful for such a low alcohol percentage. Nice herbal bitterness which lasts a long time. I had the beer on draft and bottle. Both were excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brekeriet (139) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Aroma: fruity, hoppy, a tad brett, sulfur. Light, hazy appearance. Minimal head. Taste: Nice, strong, long lasting bitterness. Quite sweet. Medium bodied palate. Overall a modest beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
4th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Smooth fruity start with nice wheat beer like orange citrus and some hop bitterness. Nice.

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