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

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RATINGS: 1044   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RORO (6) - - OCT 22, 2009
une bière tres désalérante, et équilibré il manque un peu a mon gout de houblon aromatique


3.6
koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a lighter foggy pale yellow with a thicker white head that falls down slowly, leaving a chunkier edge on the thick ring. Looks pretty swell. The aroma is pretty good. There is a strong yeastiness up front with a grassy citrus and a bit of lightly bitter zest. There is an earthy hop and a lingering citrus and maltiness about it. Definitely not what I was expecting. The flavor is light and clean up front. There is a good yeast balance with a touch of spiciness and a nice citrus addition. The finish is overpoweringly bitter. The earthy hop just goes down. The mouth feel is lighter bodied with a strong carbonation that I feel takes a little away. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter and overpowering. Interesting beer. 8 4 7 3 14

3.7
ebone1988 (1932) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Bottled 5/13/2015. Aroma is wheat, yeast, hop bitterness, some spice, citrus, dry, downright decent. Appearance is hazy, golden straw, and a white head that will not leave. Taste is very bitter, zest, wheat, citrus, spice, yeast, dry, good but almost too bitter. Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation, bitter hop wheat and spice aftertaste. Overall, classically good but I doubt I could make a day out of this beer.

3.4
HogTownHarry (6942) - 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.

3.2
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.

4
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

3.3
tbonde (363) - 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.

3.6
garthicus (2929) - 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.

4.1
SylvainCFC (251) - 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.

4.1
onceblind (9708) - 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.

4.6
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.


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