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


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RATINGS: 992   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (8117) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 bottle@home: lots & lots of hops, floral/herbal, grass, minor lemon, a bit dry & bitter hop aftertaste, no sweetness, very enjoyable & memorable, extremely drinkable, easily on of the best low abv outside of lambic’s & geuze’s, bottle < 2 weeks old //// had this one a couple of times more, decided to increase the score from 4.3 to 4.6 for now. This is easily one of the best Belgian Ale’s to be found in Belgium // uped to 4.7 - I need to drink this more /// I have to re-rate this, I have been drinking this regularly recently & this is right about the perfect session beer, put it at 4.9 right now //////////// 5/5 because it is the perfect beer at all occasions & just keep drinking it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZwartePiet (60) - BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2011
Une de mes bieres favorites. Si pas la favorite. Belle couleur blonde. Tres legere. Une tres belle amertume rafraichissante. Une legere note fruite en fin de bouche. Les nouveaux brassins sont beaucoup plus subtils. Une adorable petite biere de soif et de degustation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
On est stupéfait par la bd de l’étiquette en brusseleer (bruxellois ancien, mixte de flamand et français du peuple...). On est aussi stupéfait par le petit niveau abv à 4,5 %, mais on va voir bien vite que ce petit est un grand... et n’a rien à voir avec les pilsener de mazettes et majorettes des grands groupes brassicoles !!! Couleur jaune tendre, quasi paille, comme une blanche. Texture un peu voilée, aussi comme une blanche, mais nettement moins. Bulles fines partout par centaines, très belles. Mousse blanche épaisse et très crémeuse en haut, comme des œufs battus. Arômes d’un merveilleux houblon fleuri, du blé d’été, du pain blanc, pointe d’anisette et de fruits blancs dont la groseille blanche, rare et belle. 1ère bouche à la texture très douce, avec une superbe prise houblonnée, à la fois amère et fleurie. Arrière-bouche sur le blé d’été, avec une pointe d’épices et de poivre blanc. 2ème bouche sur l’extraordinaire houblon. On se prend à rêver. 3ème bouche au fantastique équilibre houblon/blé/épice fine. Arrière-bouche tout en finesse et désaltérante. La longueur développe tout cela sur des registres divers, à la fois houblonné et doux. Des notes superbes de fleurs, fruits, bois blanc, etc. La levure est tout à fait digne de cet ensemble : fine, douce, pure, et quasi suave. L’alcool fait son travail de soutien, et même si je ne suis pas du tout 4,5, je dois reconnaître que dans ce cas-ci, c’est parfait et permet de maintenir le côté rafraîchissant jusqu’au bout. La finale est de pure beauté, fine et nette, avec de la pomme, du citron, de la menthe, etc. Conclusion : une vraie bière de la capitale que tous les touristes qui y passent doivent absolument déguster à une des nombreuses terrasses. Un ciel bleu comme l’étiquette.... et du bonheur dans votre verre.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
extrahoplover (7) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2011 does not count
Perfect beer when you are thirsty and you don’t want to be drunk or you are already too drunk :) Good taste, nice bitterness, a lil bit unbalanced but it is because of the light alcool she got.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Provided by mj. Cloudy, very pale body with a large chunky white head, thick sticky lace. Big herbal, floral hop nose with great, doughy, cracker malts and a touch of citrus fruit. Taste is dry, light to moderate bitterness with cotton candy, grass, herbs, lemon and cracker. Medium body is very soft with light carbonation. Definitely most awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeanbxl (4) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2008 does not count
Non filtered, dry, refreching, hoppy, one of the best beer we have in belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2010
This is excellent. A "wonderful" aroma, according to my wife, this is very crisp, has a nice tasty light hop, a hint of sweetness. Really top notch.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2011
(Bottle) Pours light hazy dark golden with a large white head. The aroma is fantastic and lively with tones of minerals/wet stone/dew, spices/mild white pepper, bread dough, hay, roses, perfume, wood, green apples, grapefruit, unripe tropical fruits, almonds, melon, grass, penicillin, mint/fruit/vanilla bubblegum and crackers. Clean and fresh, yet some dirty undertones. Almost no phenols and only a whisper of esters. The flavour is light sweet to dry, near medium bitter and light acidic. Tones of spices, grapefruit, light tropical, minerals, dew, crackers, dough and grass. The mouthfeel is clean, bright, silky and soft with near medium carbonation. Minerals, grapefruit and mild cracker notes on the finish. Light bodied. Rustic but fancy. A perfect balance beer, there is nothing to dislike.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Fresh 2007 bottle, 750mL, drunk on 9/27/07
Perfect appearance in every way. Sheets of lacing coat the glass, and a dense layer of white head is immovable atop a sparklingly clear pale-golden body.
One sniff and I know this is something special. Clean, fresh yeast is soft and elegant, with muted esters and very low phenol production. An ever-so-slight corky-mustiness hangs in the background, giving the beer a rustic charm as well. The malts are deliciously dry and snappy, adding sparse bits of honey and hints of vanilla. The hops burst forth, incredibly resilient and very dry. Not the lush grassy, juicy type at all, but more dusty, hay-like and peppery. It matches the overall dryness of the aroma, and even increases it. Aroma strength is second-to-none, with yeast, hop and malt all sharing space and complementing each other. Just when you think the hops might get too starkly dry, honey-vanilla sweetness jumps in to balance. Meanwhile, the yeast adds complexity to the finish. No alcohol or flaws.
I’m always much more impressed when a beer of such a low gravity can put forth such massive flavors, and leave such a supple impression on the palate as well. Taken to the perfect attenuation, it’s near bone-dry, but never are the malts scratchy or washed out. The soft, almost nutty yeast nuances help soothe the palate, while the simple, but very effective hoppiness throws out an appropriate bitterness and plentiful pepper and hay notes that add to the farmhouse feel of this beer. Absolutely exquisite, tight carbonation (but it needs a LOT of time to breath), no wateriness and no letting up on the flavor. I think this is probably as good as you can make a beer without multiple yeasts. It’s extremely dry, flavorful, perfectly hopped and both clean in its presentation, but still rustic in its overall character. I’m not saying it should have gobs of brett and lacto falling out of it for it to be perfect, but I would like to see a little extra charm from the yeast. That’s the only leg-up that I think Orval has on this one. And to be sure, this one certainly is better than 90% of Orval bottles out there, it’s just those absolutely stunning bottles of Orval that make me hesitate to give this one a perfect score. I still might....more samples in order for sure.

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