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


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RATINGS: 1025   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (1688) - - AUG 19, 2014
@ Nedre Mlla 19/8-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Yeasty, fruity, notes of citrus, light hoppy. Taste: Dito. Body is light medium, the finish is dry and bitter. A bit thin overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arcanor (388) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1545) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carlom (24) - 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..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimbo2 (396) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2017
Completely decent, if slightly unremarkable. Classic, belgian-style dryness, marked hoppy bitternes and yeasty on the tounge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rferrey (114) - Huelva, SPAIN - MAR 7, 2017
Belgian ale atipica, rubia palida, algo turbia, carbonatacion alta y sobre todo bastante amarga y lupulona, alejandose eso.si, de estilos americanos, bastante aceptable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
samdee (88) - Rennes, FRANCE - MAR 4, 2017
Cloudy but bright yellow with a nice head. Nose of yeasty grapefruit. Grapefruit with a dry yeastiness at first, some herbal and grapefruit rind follow up, nice decently long finish with a slight hint of pepper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sensei5 (4) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017 does not count
Surprisingly strong taste for low alcohol level. Very bitter and dry taste and aftertaste. Pale, slightly cloudy. Light citrus aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumore (386) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 19, 2017
From 33cl bottle. Pours very pale yellow with abundant white foam. Aroma is citrusy (lemony, bergamot?), and maybe some herbal. Body is light but carbonated. Taste has some sweetness at first which is soon overshadowed by a pleasant bitterness. Finish is short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zilverenmaan (132) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2017
Poors straw-yellow, a bit cloudy with yeast particles visible but not offputting. Aroma malty with a distinctive dose of hoppy freshness! Taste a nice grapefruity hoppiness with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel maybe a little watery and may lack some complexity but given the low alcohol content a very taste brew.

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