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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 youve ever tried. At 4.5% alcohol, its built for drinkability we suggest buying it by the case.

Youre no doubt wondering where the name comes from and what the hell the foreign text says. Its all been explained to us by the brewers, but were 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-Knig (2820) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Hopfenwrziger, aber auch hefig-zitronensuerlicher Geruch. Im Antrunk frisch hopfig-wrzig. In der Mitte leicht suerlich, angenehm gewrzig. Abgangs bitter und zitronig. Ein rundes Bier - ansprechend. Test vom 5.6.2010, Gebinde: Glasflasche

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loulan (126) - SPAIN - MAY 14, 2011
Hazed gold, creamy white head. Fruity yeasty nose rides light lemon funk and vanilla notes. Dry citric floral and peppery hop flavor mingles well with soft bready funk-like tones. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, crisp hoppy finish. A fantastic hoppy Belgian...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (8776) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours hazy straw coloured with a huge creamy white head. Aroma of yeast, fruits and hops, taste is much the same, full of hops, grass. citrus and yeast. Crisp and fresh beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexjucla (20) - - MAY 3, 2011
Wow! Fantastic ale here. The nose is perhaps the weak point, as it doesnt betray the wonderful complex taste of the beer. Perhaps my nose isnt at its best today... Golden yellow color, good carbonation. Pretty beer. Taste is fantastic. Strong fruity esters, banana and lemon zest. Strong spice qualities, that typical belgian coriander/clove spice in abundance. The hops come through nicely, they have a spicy, floral quality that really adds to the overall character of the beer. The Belgian IPA is starting to become more common, and they always fall somewhere on the blonde/tripel spectrum with the malts and the pale ale/IPA spectrum with the hops. This one is more of a belgian blonde than a tripel, and more like a pale ale than an IPA, which is right where I feel this style is at its best. The low abv is a plus for drinkers like me who love session ales. I drink a lot of big beers, but sometimes I find a well balanced, refreshing session ale with some character to be the most pleasurable beer experience. If youre of like mind, seek this one out! Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for such a small beer, I couldve easily been fooled into thinking this was a 7+%er. It has all the taste and the palate of a much bigger beer. Overall, a beer I will definitely buy again. Not the cheapest brew, but worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6843) - rebro, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a hazy yellow liquid with an orange tint. Big white head. Smell of yeast and herbal hops. Fairly bitter, but not too intense. Some herbal hops and yeast in the taste, but none of them sticks out too much. Smoth mouthfeel with a medium thick body and medium amount of carbonation. Nice beer, would definitely want another bottle, cant believe its just 4,5% with this body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2011
I saw this on tap in philadelphia before, and was always a bit curious about the name. so when i saw it in a bar in brugges i had to give it a whirl. pours hazy pale gold, strawberry blonde, big foamy white head. nose is slightly citrussy. apricot taste, is hoppy, dry citrus, with a strong undertone of star anise. its there. wheres it coming from though?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2011
A friend picked this out for a beer tasting because he loved the label. I cant exactly remember what hes supposed to be saying, but I think the man throwing a keg at an old man is shouting something along the lines of "you fool!". Poured hazy, light gold with a foamy white head. Citrus hop aroma with some floral notes. Taste is more hops, citrus, fairly light bodied with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LoFi (1714) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2011
Bottle. Pale yellow, slightly hazy, with a large white head leaving some lacing. Aroma: grass, nuts, fruit, yeast, lager. Taste: grassy, medium bitter, citrus, nuts, yeast, a bit watery, and I also get a slight wit-like spiciness. Perhaps just below medium-bodied with soft bubbles. Extra hoppy? Not this bottle at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2429) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Pale straw, white head, faint haze. Hoppy, spicy nose, hints of yeast, notes of malt, wheat and citrus peel. Medium body, dry, pronounced bitterness. Yeasty, malty, hoppy, almost smoky taste, notes of wheat, apricots and citrus. Dry, bitter finish. (2011-03-16)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap into a tulip at Moeder Lambic...A honey gold pour with a light tan head. A big clear thick off white head, good retention and lacing...A light sweet aroma of honey and grain, mostly the same on the taste. A light tasting but flavorful and easy to drink brew.

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