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


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RATINGS: 990   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

RORO's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RORO (6) - - OCT 22, 2009
une bière tres désalérante, et équilibré il manque un peu a mon gout de houblon aromatique

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TEJA (2420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle sampled at Dan thanks. Small grey head. Cloudy golden color. Tired malty aroma with some wild strawberry tuch. Fruity taste and low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (781) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Tap into a wineglass showing lightly filtered yellow with 2 fingers of clean white foam. The nose shows clean hops and tart lemon. The palate is light bodied with smooth carbonation. Drinks like a reverse pilsner, clear, clean, and crisp bitterness up front but the finish and linger shows light bready malts. Strange but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (2015) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle @ home Appearnce: A very hazy pale yellow with a mall white head. aroma: citrus, graas Taste: light bitter, moderate sweet, lemon peel, hops, sellery. average carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Vaaleankeltainen, samea olut melko runsaalla, mutta kohtalaisen nopeasti laskevalla vaahdolla. Jättää hieman pitsiä lasin reunoille. Tuoksu aika mieto, hieman viljaisen maltainen ja hedelmäinen. Maku heti alusta alkaen erittäin kuiva. Hieman hedelmäinen, yrttinen, saippuainen ja sitruksinen sekä yllättäen vehnäinen. Pitkä kuiva aavistuksen katkera ja havuinen jälkituntu. Vähän turhan saippuainen kokonaisilme, mutta ihan toimiva kokonaisuus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kustie (878) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle. Light yellow color with white head. Aroma has citrus, yeast and hay. Taste is fruity with quite long dry and bitter aftertaste. Flavors of grass, fruits and malt.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Michael27 (804) - 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 (2500) - 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 (218) - 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 (2594) - 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 (123) - 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!

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