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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2017) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
This is probably my favorite sub 5% abv Belgian that I’ve tried so far. It tastes like a light Belgian IPA, which makes sense given the self-applied label, "Extra Hoppy Ale." The beer is a glowing, hazy yellow-gold liquid with a puffy white head. The aroma is a bit weak. Dry yeast is the main aroma, but there is a noticeable tangerine hop undercurrent. The beer really shines on the palate. Both malt and hops shine and work well with the yeast. The malt is light but fresh and flavorful. The hops give the beer a great bite in the aftertaste and provide pleasing bitterness and flavor throughout. The yeast flavors are a refined and restrained Belgian complex of earth and must. This is one of those great foreign session beers that’s sadly too expensive to drink in quantity here. I’m deeply envious of Belgians (and anyone else lucky enough) who can find it easily and cheaply.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours a hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderately sweet, highly alcoholic, with a nice hop bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2010
A lightly hazed golden ale with a thick onctuous white head. A lightly herbal hops aroma with light catnip, wild grass, a bit of soap. In mouth, a good crisp malt with nice herbal hops, light wildness, smooth, light and pleasing. Bieropholie import.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2010
Hazy orange pour, small creamy head, thick lacing. Aroma is very fruity with lot´s of orange (peel). Also quite hoppy with some yeast. Flavour is a smooth bitterness evolving to some sweet fruits back to a long lasting bitterness. Very nice, especially with the low ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (3681) - Weelde, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2010
gold blond coloured little sparkling body with a huches white head a spicy yeasty hoppy aroma a spicy yeasty hoppy bitter taste with a spicy bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Draft… Hazy straw-colored ale with very little head. Phenolic, hoppy aroma. Light-bodied and astringent with tingly carbonation. Hoppy, spicy, lightly acidic flavor. Fairly bitter and a touch pungent with a pinch of clove. Crisp, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2851) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2010
Clear goldblond coloured beer with large white head and lots of carbonation. A hoppy aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is spicy hoppy ending bitter and dry. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parket (582) - Bruges, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2010
Tap, yellow colour with very nice white head. Smell: very hoppy. Taste: hoppy, yeasty, nice spices. Not a spectacular palate but when you hear the beer contains 4.5% alcohol you’re more impressed. Very nice and refreshing ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (4334) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours a clear golden color with some yeast floaties and a thick foamy white head with excellent lacing. Intense bitter hop aroma, grassy and a bit citrus and coriander. Intense bitter flavor with spices. Nice hoppy ale and very drinkable.

   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!!!!!

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