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


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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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onceblind (10327) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Clear golden hue with a thin foamy white top. Nice herbal and grassy minty nose with a fruity Belgian ester and subtle earthy bitterness. Firm tasty flavor that’s pale malty, slightly dry, bold and grassy herbal bitterness, ending with an apricot-ish fruity Belgian ester. Crisp and refreshing and grassy/minty hops.

gachette78 (1) - Moulbaix, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
Bière excellence, pas un tord-boyau, une bonne bière d’été qui passe toute seule.

FrederikHjorth (8) - København NV, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2017 does not count
Hazy yellow color, some head. Very carbonated. Aroma of grass/hay, light citrus, some metallic notes. Taste of hops, some citrus and flowers, and light yeast. Not the most complex beer, but good quality beer, very refreshing and easy to drink.

nutjes (1190) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
Proefglas van 33cl-fles op Nat en niet straf, maar ... van HOP in ’t Rusteel te Gullegem. U: Troebel stroblond met een witte schuimkraag. G: Veel brood, wat grassig en licht moutig. S: Licht moutzoet met een droge, stevig bittere afdronk. Licht floraal en een beetje pompelmoes. M: Dorstlesser met medium carbonatie.

19Oracolo78 (220) - ITALY - JUN 2, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2017 Birra dal colore dorato. Schiuma bianca, non molto fine ma persistente. Al naso sentori di frutta esotica, erba e resina. Al palato abbastanza secca con sentori che riprendono tutto ciò gia percepito con l’ olfatto. Una birra che nel finale rimane molto amara e pulita. Per quanto mi riguarda non è una belgian ale ma una session ipa. In ogni caso una buona birra.

javiercrasher (622) - Granada, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2017
Buena pale ale con mucha cebada tanto en nariz como en boca y final seco. Lo que no le encuentro es el perfil lupulado. BB 27/12/2017 Embotellada 27/12/2016

dimeon (363) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 26, 2017
A: Cloudy pale straw with a small white head N: Coriander, slight dried orange peel T: Bitterness up front, then citrus, Orange pith, then a long bitter finish again. P: Thin O: Excellent beer, utter refreshment.

llkc (2672) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2017
duft: citrus lime frisk humle svag krydret smag frisk svag krydret lidt grøn kant humle

kto (1446) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 18, 2017
0.33l bottle from strasbourg. bb 2016. pours a cloudy pale golden with a frothy white head. mild aroma of grass, yeast, citrus. flavour of yeast, soap, pepper, grapefruit, slight funk. grassy bitter finish. nice, not overwhelming, easy drinking

AndreasP (310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2017
Rather bland and boring ale with very few ale characteristics and the extra hoppy that is promised on the label only manifests as a grassy bitterness.

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