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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1040   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Hazy yellow with white head. Hops, grass, citrus. Fresh. Maybe a better summer than winter beer. Less yeast than expected when I poured the beer.


3.4
redders1974 (1575) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Clear gold easy drinking some stone fruit on tap at cafe beermoth manchester

3.6
Jabic (656) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2017
Ar: Peach and hay; moderate-low sherry-like oxidation; lots of ripe stone fruit--plum, apricot--along with some mango. Ap: Golden and clear; small white head with moderate-low retention, settling into a ring of fine bubbles and some splotches of foam. T: Cracker malt and hazy; moderate nougat and sherry; a bit of butter; peaches, plums, and tart cherries; toasted malt; grassy and herbal hop flavor, with a medium-high accompanying bitterness; finish is chalk, bitters, and crackers. P: Light body with very high carbonation; finish is dry. O: This beer certainly is showing some travel fatigue--based on the nougat, sherry, and buttery flavors; however, there is a solid beer that still shines through--lots of great fruit, minerality, and lean maltiness; very quaffable yet full of flavor.

3.5
culchiem (4098) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle from Fleurs. Cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of grainy wheat. Flavour is lemon bitter wheat, dry base, hop grain finish, long lingering palate.

4.1
fbuil (11) - - SEP 28, 2017
El aroma es afrutado con notas de levadura y trigo ligero. El sabor es suave y moderadamente dulce. Notas generales de fruta y algo picante. Final amargo y herbal.

4
Thehoppycraft (10) - Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2017 Soon as you open the bottle you get that Belgian yeast smell. grassy,earthy and beer of the world vibe. It is a slightly hazy golden colour with plenty of carbonation rolling up the glass, a strong white head sticks around. It smells of freshly cut grass, lemon for days and a yeasty overtone. highly carbonated and very citrus forward. very light on the palate and the bitterness is enough to make you go back for more. cracking example of a Belgian pale beer

4.5
Lobster15 (94) - - SEP 25, 2017
One of my all time favorite! Indeed the perfect session ale with layers and layers of flavors and complexity. Never boring, tastes a bit different depending on the food and the mood, yet very drinkable.

3.5
Sven1973 (523) - GERMANY - SEP 23, 2017
Gezapft in einem Brüsseler Restaurant. Gelber, trüber Körper. Aroma Zitrus, Grapefruit. Geschmack zunächst wie Limonade. Pampelmuse, leicht würzig. Leichte Bitterkeit. Sehr angenehmes Bier.

3.8
alteregoo (1671) - Kalisz, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Obfita, drobna i trwała piana, żółto słomkowa, mętna barwa. W aromacie delikatne nutki ziołowe, trawiaste, chlebowe, biało-owocowe... Smak wytrawny, trawiasty, kwiatowy, z biszkoptową podstawą i lekkim cytrusowo kwaskowym twistem. Goryczka wysoka, lekko garbnikowa, średnie do wysokiego wysycenie, lekkie w odbiorze.
Bardzo pijalne piwo, srogo nachmielone, rześkie i przyjemne, z mało intensywnym zapachem.

4.1
mysland (180) - GERMANY - SEP 14, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Klassiker. Grasig, kräuterig. Belgische Hege, aber sehr fein und leicht. Everyday beer.

3.2
Kita (2209) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 12, 2017
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear straw color with thin soapy white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of citrus, wheat, grass and elderflower. Taste starts light sweet grainy and yeasty, follows by citrus and bubblegum, mouthfeel is rather dry, while finish is light bitter. Light body, thing texture and lively carbonation in palate. Refreshing thirst quencher...


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