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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toomuchrugby (2) - - OCT 27, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 Smells like a sour... draws like a sour... doesn't taste like a sour (thankfully, since it isn't supposed to be). Hits the middle of the tongue but is nice, and very satisfying to finish.

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2017
bottle. Hazy golden with two finger head. Light body, mildly estery. Floral hops with moderate bitterness. Simple, but solid flavors with a nice crisp finish.

madnorwegian (258) - FRANCE - OCT 20, 2017
Solid but not amazing. Great bright yellow color with bright white head. Very saison-like. Lemony flavors and cereal.

SebstienV (11) - Villeneuve d’Ascq, FRANCE - OCT 18, 2017
Bottled @Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels). Nice foamy look and mid-temperature touch. Overall looking as pale with clear colour, medium head. Light sweetness taste with a touch of citrus. Ending by a medium body.

redders1974 (1757) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Clear gold easy drinking some stone fruit on tap at cafe beermoth manchester

Jabic (761) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2017
Ar: Peach and hay; moderate-low sherry-like oxidation; lots of ripe stone fruit--plum, apricot--along with some mango. Ap: Golden and clear; small white head with moderate-low retention, settling into a ring of fine bubbles and some splotches of foam. T: Cracker malt and hazy; moderate nougat and sherry; a bit of butter; peaches, plums, and tart cherries; toasted malt; grassy and herbal hop flavor, with a medium-high accompanying bitterness; finish is chalk, bitters, and crackers. P: Light body with very high carbonation; finish is dry. O: This beer certainly is showing some travel fatigue--based on the nougat, sherry, and buttery flavors; however, there is a solid beer that still shines through--lots of great fruit, minerality, and lean maltiness; very quaffable yet full of flavor.

culchiem (4339) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle from Fleurs. Cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of grainy wheat. Flavour is lemon bitter wheat, dry base, hop grain finish, long lingering palate.

fbuil (12) - - SEP 28, 2017
El aroma es afrutado con notas de levadura y trigo ligero. El sabor es suave y moderadamente dulce. Notas generales de fruta y algo picante. Final amargo y herbal.

Thehoppycraft (10) - Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2017 Soon as you open the bottle you get that Belgian yeast smell. grassy,earthy and beer of the world vibe. It is a slightly hazy golden colour with plenty of carbonation rolling up the glass, a strong white head sticks around. It smells of freshly cut grass, lemon for days and a yeasty overtone. highly carbonated and very citrus forward. very light on the palate and the bitterness is enough to make you go back for more. cracking example of a Belgian pale beer

Lobster15 (101) - - SEP 25, 2017
One of my all time favorite! Indeed the perfect session ale with layers and layers of flavors and complexity. Never boring, tastes a bit different depending on the food and the mood, yet very drinkable.

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