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


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RATINGS: 1054   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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

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RichardGretton (4793) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2007
[email protected] and Rushes, Leicester. Golden beer with a strong head. The aroma is light and the flavour is malty and lightly dry. Overall an average beer.

Ernest (7860) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2007
750mL bottle. Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of lemon zest, Juicy Fruit gum, pepper, and an entire pencil (wood, graphite, and eraser), hints of dried pineapple and mint. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. From the first whiff from my glass, I knew I was in for an amazing experience. This is an extraordinarily complex and balanced beer, and a single summary phrase for this might be "De Ranke XX BItter’s little brother". But little only in alcohol...otherwise this is loaded with similar aromas as that beer, which come from all components of beer production...malt, hops, yeast and fermentation effects are all equally weighted and just drop-dead gorgeous. Fluffy mouthfeel that’s much more substantial than expected, yet still ideal for quaffing. Beautiful clean bitterness that avoids the aggressive tongue-scraping character one might get in a similar attempt from American brewers. And all this at only 4.5%?! Unbelievable. This is a very special creation. Kinda like an extra-hoppy saison. I need a case of this.

Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2007
Dark yellow colored, cloudy appearance. Medium sized yellow head. Aroma is strongly hopped with lemon and convenient fruits, bitterness still in nice balance with some soapy tone. Medium bodied. Flavor is even more hopped, still nicely refreshing and drinkable at this hot summer day. Fine brew.

kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 750mL bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, golden yellow color; fluffy white head with great retention and lacing. Yeast and citrus in the aroma; slightly vegetal, floral. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: warming yeast and ester presence; slightly floral, toasty malts; bitter citrus and floral hops mid-palate and afterwards. Lengthy, dry hop and yeasty finish.

jonas (8156) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2007
Small bottle. Citric aroma - orangepeel, lemons. Hazy golden, creamy white head. Light body - minerallic, citric hops. Yeasy finish.

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 (750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of orange peel, florals, and citrus. Flavor of malt, hops, and herbs with a dry finish.

Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. A golden beer with a huge white head. The aroma is of hay, spices and citrus, so is the taste. Medium body with a bitter dry finish.

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Cloudy orange pour. Huge arc lacing forms from remnants of a soft-lit off-white head. The aroma is very, very yeasty with hints of coriander. Also noted are earthy hops, flower bed, lemon zest, orange peel, toasted grains and wet soil. The flavor is quite hoppy and still incessantly yeasty. Moderate bitterness and medium-high astringency. Light sweetness and moderately toasty malts don’t mingle cohesively with this much spicy yeast. Finishes citrusy, eventually drying out. Carbonation is medium-high. Medium body.

mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a medium white head. Smells pretty spicy, some hops, and orange citrus are detectable. The taste is definitely hoppy, but more on the mild side, kind of clashing with the spice and citrus. Very peppery actually. Get a little heat in the finish. Not the traditional hops taste that you would think. It comes out as more spice than anything. Very different.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Lightly hazy gold. Small dense white head. Fresh, floral, spicy hops with crisp, grainy malt. Flavor is similar, lightly musty with some fruitiness. Dry on the finish. Medium body, well carbonated yet soft. Very good, very easy to drink. Love to see it in 6 packs.

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