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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 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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fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle @ Chris_o shindig 2007. Hazy light yellow color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate yeasty, light hoppy, flowers, fruittrees. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft.

yespr (48954) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a creamy white head. Pineneedle aroma, slight soapy. Carbonated mouthfeel. Flavour is slight soapy, watery. Has a minor bitterness in the finish. Mellow flavoured. Nice but somewhat thin.

Ungstrup (38986) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Bottled. A hazy light yellow beer with a white head. The aroma is acidic citrusy with continental eurpean hop notes. The flavor is sweet and acidic with notes of wheat and citrus, leading to a dry wheaty and citrusy end - reminds me of a Wit - very refreshing. The body is a bit thin

joergen (29625) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle at home. Hazy yellow coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of sulphur, soap aand pine needles with notes of yeast. Fruity flavour of belgian yeast, hops and grape fruits. Hoppy and yeasty finish.

anders37 (27658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2006
Draught at ZBF 2006. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Grassy malty aroma. Grassy and slightly fruity flavor with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2007
Bottled. Hazy golden colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is strong hops along with some yeast, earth and spices. Flavour is flowery hops along with some fruity hints. Also some nectary sweetness.

madmitch76 (26456) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
4th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Smooth fruity start with nice wheat beer like orange citrus and some hop bitterness. Nice.

Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2008
The hoppiest beer of the night, smeirlap. Cloudy straw, aroma of bananas and smeirlap flowers, full bitter hoppy flavor smeirlap with a dry and bitter smeirlap finish. VERY drinakable.

cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2009
Cask at GBBF 09 ....light yellow ... banana lemon nose ... soft fruit ... little lemon easy.

omhper (25958) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Draught at Akkurat, Stckholm. Hazy golden, rich creamy head. Fruity buttery nose. Fairly sweet amd orangey with light to medium body. Notes of pears, butter and almonds. Drier finish with grass and pine needles as well as butter. A very drinkable, well balanced beer. Something special.

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