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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
ttoadee (1608) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Cloudy yellow pour, strong white head, plenty of lace. Nose is yeast and herbs. Bitter. Middle is pixie sticks, wheat, and herbal hops. Finish us hoppy, dry, and a little citrusy.

4
McDear (44) - Napoli, ITALY - AUG 23, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2017 Schiuma abbondante e poco persistente. Molto amara con un in ingresso acidulo che scompare in bocca aprendosi ad un bouquet deciso e molto gradevole

3.9
sinfull (1817) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Hazy , yellow color. Huge , white head. Yeasty esters, peppers, hops and hint of malt in aroma. Dry, balanced taste with rather hoppy profile and malty background. Very well brewed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
JaKeAFC (1289) - ITALY - AUG 21, 2017
On tap at helmut Treviso, pint 6.50. Yellow color, hazed, big white head, rocky, persistent, lacing. Aroma is light spiced and heavily hopped. Sadly malt profile is very thin. Light aftertaste of grapefruit. Taste is really bitter for the style, mineral, leads to a dry finish. Light body, average carbonation. A nice bitter wit sadly lacking the smoothness i love in the style but original and good for that.

4.4
MetalNHopHead (2214) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 5, 2017
It’s a sad thing indeed to reach the bottom of the glass when you’re drinking this ale. It’s the kind of beer that just makes you want to reach for more. Champagne-like yeast esters. Lightly peppery Belgian yeast flavors and dank hops. This pale-colored brew has carbonation that shows visible liveliness, yet it’s soft on the palate. Anyone who enjoys beer from Brussels would do well to fill a large glass of this stuff. From there, rinse and repeat.

3.8
sunevdj (4137) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2017
On tap at Moeder Lambic. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head and lacings. Quite bitter with a mellow sweetness. Aromas of pale malts and piney hops. Notes of brett and white pepper. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Long bitter finish.

3.2
Sjoerdve (124) - - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle. Great beer with a full rich taste. Fresh and nice palette. Would recommend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a lighter foggy pale yellow with a thicker white head that falls down slowly, leaving a chunkier edge on the thick ring. Looks pretty swell. The aroma is pretty good. There is a strong yeastiness up front with a grassy citrus and a bit of lightly bitter zest. There is an earthy hop and a lingering citrus and maltiness about it. Definitely not what I was expecting. The flavor is light and clean up front. There is a good yeast balance with a touch of spiciness and a nice citrus addition. The finish is overpoweringly bitter. The earthy hop just goes down. The mouth feel is lighter bodied with a strong carbonation that I feel takes a little away. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter and overpowering. Interesting beer. 8 4 7 3 14

3.7
ebone1988 (2162) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Bottled 5/13/2015. Aroma is wheat, yeast, hop bitterness, some spice, citrus, dry, downright decent. Appearance is hazy, golden straw, and a white head that will not leave. Taste is very bitter, zest, wheat, citrus, spice, yeast, dry, good but almost too bitter. Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation, bitter hop wheat and spice aftertaste. Overall, classically good but I doubt I could make a day out of this beer.

3.4
HogTownHarry (7075) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 18, 2017
June 19, 2014 - at Volo - bottle sample. Hazy light orange-gold pour with a smallish fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma is simple and a little sweet - honey, heather and clover, lightly spicy. Taste is grassier, less sweetness - a little mineral tang. Dry, thick, astringent mouthfeel - mild carbonation with a surprisingly long gritty floral finish. Interesting.


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