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


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RATINGS: 1042   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, - SEP 3, 2008
Thanks to Glouglouburp for giving this to me as a last minute extra. When i open the bottle (33cl), i see loads of bubbles rising and not long after, it starts foaming out of the bottle. No time like the present to pour... Appearance: Hazy, golden body with massive foam that doesn’t take to long to form a nice 2 finger head which is fluffed like a cloud as if it were whipped. Aroma: A sweet aroma that i can’t put my finger on (at first). Bubblegum? Not quite, more like a natural sweetness, sugar cane? Closer but not quite. More of a fresh dough smell, bordering on a fresh donut. Flavor: I like it right off the bat. First thing i taste is hops. mixed with some dry fruit maybe? Malt rounds it off quite nicely. Extremely well-balanced. Palate: Carbonation is low. Bitterness felt throughout the palate. Hops are always present but never dominant. Some find of rind-like feel (lemon?). A floral/grassy character is felt which reminds me of a meadow or pasture with are the aromas linked to that. Very easy to drink with enough taste to match. Seriously, this beer puts to shame all beers that sacrifice taste for ease of consumption. The most flavorful beer with a lower ABV i’ve had to date. A beer i would have again in a heartbeat. Definitely put one on the top of your list.

HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2017
June 19, 2014 - at Volo - bottle sample. Hazy light orange-gold pour with a smallish fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma is simple and a little sweet - honey, heather and clover, lightly spicy. Taste is grassier, less sweetness - a little mineral tang. Dry, thick, astringent mouthfeel - mild carbonation with a surprisingly long gritty floral finish. Interesting.

BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Draft @ Jose Pistola’s in Philadelphia. Pours hazy straw color with a 1-finger white head. Mild aroma, with earthy and grassy notes. Light body with a dry finish. Flavor is earthy with a bit of a grassy note. A touch of citrus as well.

rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2017
From BandC. Pale yellow very fizzy huge foamy head. Lemony yeasty tart. Serving: bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tbonde (361) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2017
40 cl from [email protected] [email protected] 7 degrees C. Pours almost milky hazy yellow with decent white head with good retention. Aroma citrussy hoppy with notes of fresh cut grass and hay. Taste also citrussy hoppy with floral qualities and a hint of Belgian yeast. Medium to high carbonation and a good mouthfeel. Aftertaste hoppy bitter with grapefruit notes. Nice drinkable ale with reasonable ABV.

garthicus (2928) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 28, 2017
Hazy yellow-gold with a small semi-lasting frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty and hoppy along with grain and some light fruity tartness. Flavour is slightly tart, grainy and quite herbal along with a long bitter finish. Average bodied.

SylvainCFC (244) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2017
Blonde jaune paille claire, très voilée. Mousse blanche compacte, stable et crémeuse, aspect meringué par endroit. Nez bien houblonné, notes d’agrume (citron), notes herbeuses et florales. Base maltée présente (malt pils). Bouche houblonnée herbeuse et belle présence d’agrume (citron, mandarine, zeste). Levurée. Bouche très sèche, buvabilité maximum. Belle complexité et équilibre parfait. La sensation en bouche n’est pas trop aqueuse malgré le faible ABV. La Session belge, bien levurée, sèche et goûtue par excellence.

onceblind (9627) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Clear golden hue with a thin foamy white top. Nice herbal and grassy minty nose with a fruity Belgian ester and subtle earthy bitterness. Firm tasty flavor that’s pale malty, slightly dry, bold and grassy herbal bitterness, ending with an apricot-ish fruity Belgian ester. Crisp and refreshing and grassy/minty hops.

gachette78 (1) - Moulbaix, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
Bière excellence, pas un tord-boyau, une bonne bière d’été qui passe toute seule.

FrederikHjorth (7) - København NV, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2017 does not count
Hazy yellow color, some head. Very carbonated. Aroma of grass/hay, light citrus, some metallic notes. Taste of hops, some citrus and flowers, and light yeast. Not the most complex beer, but good quality beer, very refreshing and easy to drink.

nutjes (938) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
Proefglas van 33cl-fles op Nat en niet straf, maar ... van HOP in ’t Rusteel te Gullegem. U: Troebel stroblond met een witte schuimkraag. G: Veel brood, wat grassig en licht moutig. S: Licht moutzoet met een droge, stevig bittere afdronk. Licht floraal en een beetje pompelmoes. M: Dorstlesser met medium carbonatie.

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