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


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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

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
I didn’t put this in my beer cellar list, so I’m not sure when I got it. If I had, I’d have cracked a low-alcohol hoppy beer much sooner. Pour is just noticeably darker than the usual golden Belgian pale lager. Lots of floaty bits, I’m guessing hop bits rather than yeast? Aroma is nice, but it’s nice for a sweet Belgian pale, nit much trace of hop. But then there’s the taste. It is bitter as advertised, just the peppery noble hop bitterness. Backed by a dryly fermented malt that just gives this the nice feel of a beer. Something your Bud-drinking uncle might enjoy if he gets curious about those funny looking beers you have.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1962) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
Tap at La Cave a Bulles, 18th October 16. Straw colour. Aroma is light, yeast, hay. Taste is subtle, refreshing, slight bitterness, slight yeast, fresh hay. OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banzale (61) - FRANCE - OCT 20, 2016
Acheter à tabac&co palais des bières dans famiflora à Dottignies. Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur dorée leger, beau dégradé de couleur de bas en haut , un peu trouble. Mousse presente mais subtile. Au nez legère odeur de fraicheur. En bouche amertume progressive qui descend un a point agreable d’houblonnage, je note un présente d’un peu trop d’eau a mon gout . Peu fort en alcool et ça se sent ! trés frais , désaltérante ! ideal terrasse ! Trés bien !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bewyder (431) - FRANCE - OCT 12, 2016
Jaune claire voilée, mousse blanche abondante et persistante, notes agrumes, levures, telle une blanche, houblon légèrement résineux, apporte une petite amertume, finale sur petite pointe sèche. Bouteille 33cl achetée chez Chop’In, Paris, France, bue le 06/10/2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Draft sample. The beer is a hazed yellow with a white head of foam. Sweet, estery, herbs, and spices in the aroma Sweet and spicy taste. Medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6099) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at The Sovereign shared by MrChopin, thanks Kevin! Clear reddish pink with off-white head. Aromas of floral and herbal notes. Tastes of floral, herbs, citrus. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mateuszk (2156) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle. Supposed to be belgian IPA, but not much from belgian notes. The beer is citrusy though, light and very well hopped for bitterness. Decent pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1895) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Keg at Cafe Beermoth, Manchester. A slightly hazy straw colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of lemon peel, grape, straw, slight cereal malts, a little vanilla, a hint of yeast and subtle grass. Taste of lemon, grape, straw, some cereal malts, slight yeast, a hint of mineral and subtle grass. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A crisp, dry, grassy bitterness in the finish. A clean, crisp and refreshing Belgian ale, like a lager/saison hybrid. Good

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TEJA (2448) - 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 (846) - 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 (2028) - 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.

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