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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1041   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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jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2007
Bottled. Very grassy aroma with citrus. Yellow color, large white head, good lace. Starts quite neutral, light citrus but soon hops come in. Very bitter, very grassy, bitterdry mouthfeel. I love the grassy hops and bitterness. Very brave in these times of overwhelming sweetness. But it’s also a bit too one dimensional. A little more malty and it would be a very good beer.

mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Stop #2 on my Cedric-led hop tour at Poechenellekelder in Brussels. I enjoyed this beer and was not aware that it was lower alcohol for a Belgian. This had a nice hoppy presence in a cloudy package. I wish I could get this here in the states.

johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2007
Cloudy when poured which was a bit off putting. Lovely hoppiness and a lingering bitterness.Slightly acidic but this does not hinder what is a very pleasant beer. Lots of body for a 4.5 per center.

Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Brought @ kbw. Hazy golden color, with big white head. Aroma flower hops, yeasty, sweetness. Medium to full body. Wow what a surprise ! Taste is very nice for only 4,5 % alc. Much hoppy, good bitterness, little sweet, matls, dry aftertaste.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
On Tap, Akkurat, Stockholm. Sand-coloured, opaque unclean golden. Weird head of irregular and bubbles, frankly some of the most varied bubble sizes I’ve seen on a same beer, yet they last. Firm and bright floral hops with mandarine and tangerine nuances bringing a growing complexity a first notch up. Anoher step is taken when the more than competent malt offers a firm support, cerealic and profoundly biscuity for such a light weight. Moderate sweetness level seemingly diminishes as the hops work their way in and they are penetrating, though the yeast keeps them in check with big slaps of pineapple and exotic intricacices, rather tropical in that regard. Got it? A yeast strain with good aromas, a remarkable malt base for 4.5% and an hop dosage that is more than unusual for Belgium - integrated expertly by the deftest hands. Superb, but as low in alcohol as it is, I would not really consider so effervescent a beer as a session one.

oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2007
Wow what a taste for only 4.5 % of alcohol. Tasted it from tap today, but had it before on bottle. A verry nice bitter beer with a good aftertaste. I am looking forward to beers so good as this

goozen (4122) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle 0,33ltr: This great Belgian Bitter with its golden hazy looks and the great bitter finish.

Svesse (8742) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2007
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 24 May 2007) Golden yellow colour, slightly hazy, with firm white head. Fruity nose with notes of lemon and dominant aromas of grassy hops. Malty, fruity taste with lemon and loads of grassy hops in a long, dry, bitter finish. Great balance between malt and grassy hops. And there’s loads of hops here. Great beer.

omhper (25565) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Draught at Akkurat, Stckholm. Hazy golden, rich creamy head. Fruity buttery nose. Fairly sweet amd orangey with light to medium body. Notes of pears, butter and almonds. Drier finish with grass and pine needles as well as butter. A very drinkable, well balanced beer. Something special.

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2007
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. A nice surprise! Pours out in a hazy golden colour. The white head is firm and frothy. Dryish hop aroma of grass and mild pepper. Dryish and hop bitter flavour of wet grass, metal and hay with notes of leomn and yeast. Light-bodied. Long bitter and dryish finish of grass. Interesting beer!

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