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


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RATINGS: 1072   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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BeerandBlues2 (14517) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours sparkling orange with a large, rocky, off-white lasting head, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, straw, cereal), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of apple and dust. Light bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness, with a mineral aftertaste.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Pour is almost all whipped marshmallow. Settling reveals pale yellow. Head becomes massively cratered with complete lacing and sticky chunks. Ends up like shave cream. Wheaty hops, lemon juice and damp hay. Light pith bittering with creamy, citric carb. Soft lingering orange peel dries out and mellows. Earthy and unique with an insane Belgian twist. Head has life of its own. Glad to have found this after losing my only bitter rating.

fonefan (53396) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle @ Chris_o shindig 2007. Hazy light yellow color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate yeasty, light hoppy, flowers, fruittrees. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2007
From the bottle this pours a bubbly yellow/straw body with a monstrous rocky head that takes some time to settle dowm, leaving gobs of heavy lacing on the glass. Underneath the scents of floral and grassy hops there’s a light aroma of fresh white bread. Some citric tang is added to the flavor, but the hoppy bitterness persists throughout. Nice mildly bitter finish. Good session ale here.

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Sammy (13233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2007
A Stand-Out Belgian Pale, one of the finds of my obscure pale hunt. Mildly yeasty, with a good fomay head. Nice mouthfeel, medium lus mouthfeel, expirey 2008. Quite hoppy,good bitterness and a remarkable overall taste effort for 4.5% a.b.v. I would drink this regular and convert many people if this was available regularly.

BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
This beer had a hoppy finish and i was dissapointed by how little carbination there was in this beer.

Ungstrup (39290) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Bottled. A hazy light yellow beer with a white head. The aroma is acidic citrusy with continental eurpean hop notes. The flavor is sweet and acidic with notes of wheat and citrus, leading to a dry wheaty and citrusy end - reminds me of a Wit - very refreshing. The body is a bit thin

egajdzis (6893) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Poured a lightly hazy, deep golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread, toffee malts, almonds, lemongrass, light spices, and some citrus as well. Taste of sweet toffee malts, vanilla, light nuts, a bit of pine, and citrus, with a nice, hoppy bitterness in the finish. I bet this would be exciting on cask.

ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Provided by mj. Cloudy, very pale body with a large chunky white head, thick sticky lace. Big herbal, floral hop nose with great, doughy, cracker malts and a touch of citrus fruit. Taste is dry, light to moderate bitterness with cotton candy, grass, herbs, lemon and cracker. Medium body is very soft with light carbonation. Definitely most awesome.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris O’s Shindig. Hazy pale blonde colour but pretty damn good with it, almost a 4 to be honest. Nice hoppy nose, slight spice, not full of character but still good. Flavour has more to shout about though. Lovely crisp hops. Grassy, light and very drinkable. Very tasty citric and pear flavours emerge too. Tangy yet dry finish. Slighty too much carb in the palate but it still makes a 4. Pretty impressive stuff.

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