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

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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tanazuka (23) - - SEP 16, 2013
33cl bottle bought in Brussels.What a great beer! Clear fruity notes with strong bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llkc (2262) - rhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2017
duft: citrus lime frisk humle svag krydret smag frisk svag krydret lidt grn kant humle

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kto (1202) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 18, 2017
0.33l bottle from strasbourg. bb 2016. pours a cloudy pale golden with a frothy white head. mild aroma of grass, yeast, citrus. flavour of yeast, soap, pepper, grapefruit, slight funk. grassy bitter finish. nice, not overwhelming, easy drinking

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndreasP (247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2017
Rather bland and boring ale with very few ale characteristics and the extra hoppy that is promised on the label only manifests as a grassy bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (2008) - ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2017
Draft at Poechenellekelder, Brussels. Hazy yellow with a huge fluffy head. Aroma of floral and earthy hops. Grainy malt, fruity, bitter hops. Light-bodied, easy drinking. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trolleo (1486) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 9, 2017
Mild citrusy aroma, some grain and yeast. Hazy pale yellow body with medium sized white head. Nice citrusy refreshing taste, slightly bitter with long lasting mild bitter aftertaste. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Nothing spectacular but something you could drink all day. Nice session indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3648) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2017
Draft at the Brick Store. Cloud orange color. Frothy white head. Looks awesome. Light grain flavor. A little rye like spice. Big presence and flabors. Peppery spice. Grassy and herbal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arcanor (408) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2017 On tap at Pit Caribou Montreal. Hazy pale yellow with a small dense foam. Aroma is hoppy and from season yeast. Taste is bitter and from bread. Medium body and medium carbonation. Medium bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1577) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
En ft au TDD. Robe jaune ple un peu trouble et surmonte dun col de mousse blanc et rocailleux. Armes de grains malts, zestes dagrumes, citron, levures belges, poivre. En bouche, citron, poivre/pices, orange et autres agrumes moins dominants, levures belges caractre saisonnier. Finale amre de pamplemousse et grains entiers. Texture lgre et corps mince.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carlom (36) - ITALY - MAR 10, 2017
Colore chiaro leggermente torbida, schiuma media compatta e persistente, aromi di malto, limone, erba. Al palato limone, una belgian ale particolare con un accentuato retrogusto amaro e secco. Birra molto semplice e particolarmente beverina, meno dissetante di quello ci si aspetti..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimbo2 (425) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2017
Completely decent, if slightly unremarkable. Classic, belgian-style dryness, marked hoppy bitternes and yeasty on the tounge.


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