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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brekeriet (139) - - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Aroma: fruity, hoppy, a tad brett, sulfur. Light, hazy appearance. Minimal head. Taste: Nice, strong, long lasting bitterness. Quite sweet. Medium bodied palate. Overall a modest beer.


3.5
wlf (754) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 from tap; hazy bright golden; aroma is herbal and citric hoppy; taste is low in sweetness, dry, herbal hoppy, medium to high bitter, dry finish; texture is thin

3.5
rodsquad (353) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle from Beermerchants. Pours a gentle hazy peachy gold with a lovely fluffy white head. Looks superb. Aromas have a gentle soft sweet caramel malt with a mild layer of haystack. Taste has surprising citrus pithy sting that blends to dryness of the spice finish. All finishes happily balanced. Palate is light and refreshing with a sharp sparkle. It’s a balanced and refreshing sweet ale. Easy drinking and another go to session beer.

4.3
deepdrinker (315) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 As stated above this is a fab session beer that ticks all the boxes. Floral / fruity and very refreshing

2.5
alessiavik (3) - - NOV 24, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2017 Profumo molto leggero, così come il sapore. Note erbacee e finale secco con un amaro che non disturba. Schiuma abbondante e compatta, persistente. Beverina, da bere 'molto' fredda.

3.2
maximalist (45) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 21, 2017
A beer with floral, grass flavors, light body, medium carbonisation, moderate foam easy to drink.

3.6
ACHops (1665) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2017
11.2oz bottle, into a tulip glass. Pours heavily hazy, white sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Color is a bright yellow with medium white head that laces heavily. Aroma is dry faintly citrusy hops, pleasantly crisp grain bill. Taste is likewise -malt forward and super crisp, hops are dry and add a tangy citrus kick that lingers through the finish. Well-balanced, super drinkable, tons of flavor in spite of the light body. Very nice.

3.4
Dazka (168) - Milan, ITALY - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Ar: hops, pale malt Ap: yellow, creamy head T: med bitterness, low sweetness P: refreshing, lively carbonation

3.4
FrankZappa7 (567) - GERMANY - NOV 6, 2017
2017-11-04 - ,33L Flasche - Les Boites, Ehrenfeld
Strohgelb, leicht trüb, weisser Schaum Tolles Citrus-/ Blumenaroma.
Antrunk fruchtig, leicht hefig, komplex. Gutes Sessionbier.

3.6
donalg (72) - Cork, IRELAND - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle from bradleys in cork. Pours pale cloudy colour. Really nice drinkable Belgian beer. Nice citrusy aroma. Really nice flavour with citrus, the Belgian yeast is very evident.

3.5
Fules (1395) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - NOV 4, 2017
Óriási, örökké tartó, fehér hab, szalmasárga szín. Gabonás, fűszeres illat. Gabonás, fűszeres ízek, enyhe citrusos beütéssel. Könnyed, közepesen szénsavas, közepesen keserű. Kellemes, könnyű, tisztrességesen összerakott ital.


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