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

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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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

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3.4
tommann (4074) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2018
330ml bottle. Pours hazy light gold with a large head. Aroma is sweet yeasty lemon. Taste is sweet and yeasty with straw and lemon.

3.6
nimbleprop (9042) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2018
On tap at De La Senne pours a murky yellow with some sudsy, white head. Nose has straw, lemon, light grist, yeast, flowers. Flavor is crazy drinkable, light lemon, light biscuit, yeast, some flower petals, light tea. Finishes dry, lightly tannic.

3.4
MorBeers (14) - Fogliano, ITALY - FEB 18, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2018 Bottle, 33cl White shiny head with large bubbles but lasting. Light straw colour slightly hazy. Aroma: delicate, herbaceous, hoppy Flavour: hoppy, herbaceous, balanced not too bitter Body: medium , spot-on carbonation , a little astringent. Overall a nice refreshing ale.

3.4
evergreen0199 (3634) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2018
On tap at the 11th Brugge beer Festival, Brugge, Belgium. A hazy golden/yellow coloured pour with a healthy white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, yeasty, spice aroma. Tastes hoppy, fruity, citrus, yeasty, spice. Easy drinking Belgian.

3
ltgbrown (13) - - FEB 16, 2018
Definitely bitter, but not as strongly so compared to other IPAs/extra hoppy ales. Not being an IPA fan. I didn’t really like it, but “professionally” speaking, it is a pretty good IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
julesxxl (526) - Cholet, FRANCE - FEB 11, 2018
(paille, levure-grapefruit, bouche citronnée (too much), sécheresse hop, aromatique pour 4,5%, gentillet/désaltère)

3.2
MrW (776) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2018
Bottle at Honoloeloe, Mechelen. Aroma of grain, a bit pee, hay. Poured hazy yellow with a creamy white head. Lacing. Taste is grain, a bit herbs, wet grass. Light fizzy, dry finish.

3.7
TomHendriksen (1074) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2018
Fles gekregen van PatrickD, geprobeerd met Roelzie1986. Het is een troebel geel bier met een dun laagje wit schuim. Het heeft een hoppige geur. De smaak is hoppig, bitter en licht zurig.

3.3
Suco (39) - Castellon, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2018
Bebida en el Beer Attack de Villarreal, España. Fresca, cítrica y con notas herbaceas, con todo el carácter de las belgas, carbonatación media-alta, turbia y de fácil consumo. Una buena apuesta, innovadora.

3.9
MrToc () - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2018
Excellente session ale avec une belle robe blonde. Au nez, saveur de citron, caramel et d'herbes. Au goût, les agrumes restent présentent laissant place à une belle amertume dégagée par les houblons utilisés donnant ainsi une belle longueur à la bière. Belle réussite!


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