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


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RATINGS: 1013   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2011
pours nice pale yellow with creamy white persistant head. Nose is delicate, slight resin, slight dusty herbs. Body of the beer is very well rounded for 4.5%, a nice very slightly citrus fruitiness, then a fresh zippy clean zestyness on the palate, leading to a dry bready finish. Nice pale ale in a muted earthy dry style, rather than the much more pungent & aromatic US hopped styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
11.2 oz bottle. It pours a light gold with a big, foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. The smell is fruity and malty with a hint of tang. The flavor is first light and airy and it ends in a very bready finish that has a little bit of bitterness. It is a decent beer. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5315) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
Le liquide est lgrement dor et embrouill. La mousse blanche est large et solide. Le nez rappelle les agrumes, retient les fleurs et se laisse chatouiller par des pices tandis que les crales sont subordonnes. Le got est tout fait rafrachissant, bien aromatique de houblons fruits et empreint une amertume aux notes herbeuses. Une pointe pice saccroche aux papilles tandis que le malt se confine. En bouche, le liquide est lger, la texture somme toute douce, leffervescence modrment active. En finale, les notes amres sont asschantes et saccrochent avec une ardeur certaine. Belle surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (4575) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2011
Tap @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontaine. Sweet hoppy aroma. Hazy pale golden yellow colour with a big head. Very dry bitter hop flavour. Dry citrus aftertaste. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nisse666 (6651) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle from SB, cons 2011-03-18 Gteborg AR: belgian yeast, orange citric plums AP: hazy apple juice, wee small bubble sick? head F: strong/sharp bitterness, sour , yeast, dry appel wine in the finish, that that fruit as the aromas were promising, the feeling is also that the beer has a higher alcoholic level vs actual?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma hints of citrus and grass, there is also some raisin in there. Pours a light yellow, very hazy, liquid with a high white foam. Taste is malty and rich and moves on the a little hoppy bitterness toward the end, but somehow it feels a bit watered down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4324) - SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2011
Pours cloudy golden amber with a nice off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is malty, hoppy, sweet, citric, grapes, nutty and piny. Dry fruity mouthfeel. Hoppy, fruity, citric, peppery; very different pleasant flavor. Dry tart medium palate. Finishes with a nice fruity dry tart hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (1011) - SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 Bottle from Systembolaget, had @ home, 16/8-14.
Bottle date: 11/6-14. Best by date: 11/6-15
App: Milky hazy yellow with a big fluffy soapy off white head. Good lacings.
Aroma: Flowers and citrus fruits such as lime and lemon, but also hints of tropics with green banana and carambola create a slight tart bitter twang with underlying sweetness of sweet crackers, red apples and hay. Really nice!
Taste:Medium dry floral taste with citrus peel, lemon, green apples, hay and sweet cookie yeast. Marked bitterness with grapefruit peel.
Palate: Medium to light body, but with a nice big soft massaging carbonation.
Overall: A very well made and tasty hoppy belgian beer. Underestimated.

Initial Rating Date: 3/17/2011 5:02:03 AM. 7,4,8,3,14=3,6
Bottle. Hazy deep yellow with a good looking fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacings. refreshing fruity citrus aroma with flowery hops and some yeast. Orange, pear, apple, almondpaste. Big taste of fruit and citrus with a nice handfull of flowery hops. Bloodorange, pineapple, almondpaste and some apple and pear. Taste is first acidic sweet, then comes a well balanced grassy bitterness. Good body regarding the ABV. Small bubbles though quite foamy. A good one! Much more flavour and body than I had expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3225) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle. pours straw yellow with a white layer nice grassy hops, smooth and balanced malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (8517) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 [email protected]: lots & lots of hops, floral/herbal, grass, minor lemon, a bit dry & bitter hop aftertaste, no sweetness, very enjoyable & memorable, extremely drinkable, easily on of the best low abv outside of lambics & geuzes, bottle < 2 weeks old //// had this one a couple of times more, decided to increase the score from 4.3 to 4.6 for now. This is easily one of the best Belgian Ales to be found in Belgium // uped to 4.7 - I need to drink this more /// I have to re-rate this, I have been drinking this regularly recently & this is right about the perfect session beer, put it at 4.9 right now //////////// 5/5 because it is the perfect beer at all occasions & just keep drinking it

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