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


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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

papat444's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papat444 (24) - Mercier, Quebec, - SEP 3, 2008
Thanks to Glouglouburp for giving this to me as a last minute extra. When i open the bottle (33cl), i see loads of bubbles rising and not long after, it starts foaming out of the bottle. No time like the present to pour... Appearance: Hazy, golden body with massive foam that doesn’t take to long to form a nice 2 finger head which is fluffed like a cloud as if it were whipped. Aroma: A sweet aroma that i can’t put my finger on (at first). Bubblegum? Not quite, more like a natural sweetness, sugar cane? Closer but not quite. More of a fresh dough smell, bordering on a fresh donut. Flavor: I like it right off the bat. First thing i taste is hops. mixed with some dry fruit maybe? Malt rounds it off quite nicely. Extremely well-balanced. Palate: Carbonation is low. Bitterness felt throughout the palate. Hops are always present but never dominant. Some find of rind-like feel (lemon?). A floral/grassy character is felt which reminds me of a meadow or pasture with are the aromas linked to that. Very easy to drink with enough taste to match. Seriously, this beer puts to shame all beers that sacrifice taste for ease of consumption. The most flavorful beer with a lower ABV i’ve had to date. A beer i would have again in a heartbeat. Definitely put one on the top of your list.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Michael27 (572) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Aus der Flasche im Bierlieb getrunken. Trübes Strohgelb im Glas. Zitrussüße im Mund.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2305) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle @ home, from Meny Bjerringbro. Light hazy golden pour with a huge head. Notes of hay, citrus, orange peel, grainy and light bitter. Refreshing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ATulloch (211) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle from flavourly.com Pours a hazed light gold with a frothy head that lasts. Aromas of lemon, celery and pale malts. Flavour is citrus, with a hop linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2501) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a bright yellow colour with a fluffy white head, aroma is light and hoppy with citrus hints, taste is light bitterness and soft and fruity with a dry fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ksiwzos (111) - GREECE - JUN 30, 2016
Very light color with some haze, beautiful dense white head. Nose is candy sugar and musty with lemon peel notes. Taste is hoppy with lemon peel, botanical notes and salinity. Low carbonation, medium bodied. Finish is a bit tart and a bit dry. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2016
Draught at Pochenellekelder, Brussels. Hazy pale yellow/golden beer with a nice head. Floral hop aroma, grapes, hay notes, citrus, caramel, yeast, some grass. Hoppy citrus flavor, grassy with floral notes, perfume, tiny yeast and some caramel. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jesperhammer (4095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2016
16-JUN-2016, bottle @home, from Boxbeers. Pale yellow with a nice, lasting, lacing, white head. Spice, lemon, straw, wheat-like. Dry, lively carbonation, thin body. Nice little one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hatzer (120) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
Ok hoppy lager very carbonated though like been smashed through a soda stream on pour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baramba (816) - ITALY - JUN 11, 2016
On tap. Golden white head. Fruity aroma, straw, yeast. Sweet flavour, yeast, bread, lemon with bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeWorm (61) - FRANCE - MAY 28, 2016
Bouteille du Caveau du Vigneron @ St Félix. Belle couleur jaune, mousse dense et persistante. Arômes citron agrumes. Fruitée et desalterante.

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