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

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RATINGS: 1061   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
I didn’t put this in my beer cellar list, so I’m not sure when I got it. If I had, I’d have cracked a low-alcohol hoppy beer much sooner. Pour is just noticeably darker than the usual golden Belgian pale lager. Lots of floaty bits, I’m guessing hop bits rather than yeast? Aroma is nice, but it’s nice for a sweet Belgian pale, nit much trace of hop. But then there’s the taste. It is bitter as advertised, just the peppery noble hop bitterness. Backed by a dryly fermented malt that just gives this the nice feel of a beer. Something your Bud-drinking uncle might enjoy if he gets curious about those funny looking beers you have.


3.3
Suco (19) - Castellon, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2018
Bebida en el Beer Attack de Villarreal, España. Fresca, cítrica y con notas herbaceas, con todo el carácter de las belgas, carbonatación media-alta, turbia y de fácil consumo. Una buena apuesta, innovadora.

3.9
MrToc () - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2018
Excellente session ale avec une belle robe blonde. Au nez, saveur de citron, caramel et d'herbes. Au goût, les agrumes restent présentent laissant place à une belle amertume dégagée par les houblons utilisés donnant ainsi une belle longueur à la bière. Belle réussite!

3.6
Rider0nTheStorm (129) - Ablis, FRANCE - JAN 9, 2018
Blonde très claire et assez trouble, légères notes de houblon citronné et floral. C'est frais, c'est léger. La levure est fine. C'est plutôt bien.

3.6
SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2017
Bottle from Cotteridge wines and drunk whilst wrapping the kids Christmas presents. Hazy pale yellow beer with large head. Aroma is citrus, floral and yeast. Taste is pale malts, wheat, citrus, yeast and floral. Good.

3.7
hohops (1162) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Pours hazy golden, a 1-2 finger pure white head. Aroma- spices, floral hops, wheaty malt. Taste- orange peel, herbs and spices, cereal malt, full mouthfeel for the abv. Nice.

3.4
sjogro (5116) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle at neighbors, straight from bottle. Grassy weedy hops, citrus. Moderate sweet, moderate nettle and earthy bitter. Medium body and average carbonation.

3.5
inbirraveritas (1622) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 13, 2017
Bottled, 33 cl. Opal yellow colour, big and stable whipped creamy white head, which laces thickly. Fruity, spicy nose. Aroma has bread, florals, citrusses and resin, mouthfeel is slick. Lingering sweetbitter, grapefruit tasted finish. Nice.

3.5
wlf (768) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 from tap; hazy bright golden; aroma is herbal and citric hoppy; taste is low in sweetness, dry, herbal hoppy, medium to high bitter, dry finish; texture is thin

3.5
rodsquad (380) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle from Beermerchants. Pours a gentle hazy peachy gold with a lovely fluffy white head. Looks superb. Aromas have a gentle soft sweet caramel malt with a mild layer of haystack. Taste has surprising citrus pithy sting that blends to dryness of the spice finish. All finishes happily balanced. Palate is light and refreshing with a sharp sparkle. It’s a balanced and refreshing sweet ale. Easy drinking and another go to session beer.

4.3
deepdrinker (369) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 As stated above this is a fab session beer that ticks all the boxes. Floral / fruity and very refreshing


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