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

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RATINGS: 991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Huhzubendah's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3477) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
On draft at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. The beer is light golden hued and extremely hazy and murky. A thick, foamy head measuring approximately an inch leaves sticky lace ringlets around the glass. The aroma brings coriander, grass, light yeast, malt, floral hops. Similar to a saison in many aspects. The taste is refreshing and light, with a nice floral hop presence. The finish is tangy ith a light bitterness. Thin and quite drinkable. A nice sessionable type example of the style.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1820) - 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

2.7
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (788) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kustie (884) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Michael27 (808) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Aus der Flasche im Bierlieb getrunken. Trübes Strohgelb im Glas. Zitrussüße im Mund.

3.8
   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!

3.4
   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.

3.2
   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.


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