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


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RATINGS: 988   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
kromamc (191) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2010
Una birra di una freschezza inconfondibile... d’estate me ne berrei litri!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
capoccetta (171) - roma, ITALY - DEC 21, 2009
un corpo eccellente per il grado alcolico molto legero.bel sentore floreale all’olfatto e buoni sentori agrumati.finale amaro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Draft. Pours a hazy orange body with a white head. Citrus, wheat, and pear notes. Coriander, perfume pear notes, wheat dry earth tones. Sweet and bitter notes. Decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Not nearly as hoppy as it’s promoted to be. Gold color and thin white head - similar appearance to a Tripel. Aroma of lactic acid, resin hops, doughy yeast, and spices. Taste of light hops, vanilla, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
proesti (58) - Lille Nord, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2009
Golden blonde beer with white mosse. Aroma is like herbes and very dry with a hint of flowers and hop. taste is fresh, dry and very hoppy. low in alc, lots of taste and very clean flavour with nice btter finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
This golden ale poured with a rich off-white head and a fruity yeast aroma. There is a musty bitter grass flavor with a yeast feel to it. Not particularly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earls Court 04/08/2009 Yeasty aroma. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance with some alcohol present in a crisp and dry malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RORO (6) - FRANCE - OCT 22, 2009 does not count
une bière tres désalérante, et équilibré il manque un peu a mon gout de houblon aromatique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Pours a murky yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is a really nice balance of grassy hops, a bit of citrus, and some good Belgian yeast character. had no idea this was only a 4.5%. I could drink a lot of this one. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Medium sized fizzy white head that mostly diminished, sparse amount of lacing, and slightly hazy with a pale yellow body. The aroma was musty, lightly hoppy, fruity, spicy, and some barnyard notes. Ditto for the flavor along with some bitterness. Mildly tingly mouthfeel and light-medium bodied. I did not care for the flavor of this beer as the flavors just did not come together for me. Something seemed to be amiss.

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