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

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RATINGS: 1049   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2012
11.2oz bottle. Looks pretty light. Aroma of pale malts, spicy yeast, and floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad but nothing special and not hoppy like it says.


3.4
Dazka (163) - Milan, ITALY - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Ar: hops, pale malt Ap: yellow, creamy head T: med bitterness, low sweetness P: refreshing, lively carbonation

3.4
FrankZappa7 (554) - GERMANY - NOV 6, 2017
2017-11-04 - ,33L Flasche - Les Boites, Ehrenfeld Strohgelb, leicht trüb, weisser Schaum Tolles Citrus-/ Blumenaroma. Antrunk fruchtig, leicht hefig, komplex. Gutes Sessionbier.

3.6
donalg (53) - Cork, IRELAND - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle from bradleys in cork. Pours pale cloudy colour. Really nice drinkable Belgian beer. Nice citrusy aroma. Really nice flavour with citrus, the Belgian yeast is very evident.

3.5
Fules (1367) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - NOV 4, 2017
Óriási, örökké tartó, fehér hab, szalmasárga szín. Gabonás, fűszeres illat. Gabonás, fűszeres ízek, enyhe citrusos beütéssel. Könnyed, közepesen szénsavas, közepesen keserű. Kellemes, könnyű, tisztrességesen összerakott ital.

3.2
Nikokaoja (379) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - NOV 4, 2017
4. 11. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Aroma is fresh but held back a bit. Straw colour with rocky head with med retention. Taste is fresh, citrusy at start. Finish is hoppy until the end, dies down a bit but lingers on in the aftertaste. Lightbodied mouthfeel, somewhat dry but mostly hoppy throughout. Resembles more to a radler than a beer even thought it has 4,5% ABV which is cleverly hidden.

3.4
brandy cools (27) - antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2017
it's the upgraded version of a regular belgian beer, a lager, like stella or jupiler. it smells a bit the same but the taste is more outspoken in a nice way with a more enjoyable way of lasting. I don't like the supermarket-lagers i mentioned before but this is something else. Hop bitternes with yeast and a bit of citrus in the background.i notice very little sweetness but that's cool. White golden colour close to that of witbier. Refreshing and enjoyable.

3.6
ardeo (539) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2017
En fût aux HoppyDays de Liège. Jaune clair trouble et petite mousse. Nez discret sur les agrumes. Bouche très fraîche avec goûts de citron, pamplemousse et une grosse amertume. Finale sèche. Bonne !

3
toomuchrugby (4) - - OCT 27, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 Smells like a sour... draws like a sour... doesn't taste like a sour (thankfully, since it isn't supposed to be). Hits the middle of the tongue but is nice, and very satisfying to finish.

3.5
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2017
bottle. Hazy golden with two finger head. Light body, mildly estery. Floral hops with moderate bitterness. Simple, but solid flavors with a nice crisp finish.

3.3
madnorwegian (252) - FRANCE - OCT 20, 2017
Solid but not amazing. Great bright yellow color with bright white head. Very saison-like. Lemony flavors and cereal.


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