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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba

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BA SCORE
89
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 282
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006)
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Reviews by MarcGetty:
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the 11.2 ounce bottle at a local bottle shop and was intrigued by the "extra hoppy ale" label. As it was "extra hoppy" and from Belgium, I knew this would be more towards regular hoppy than extra hoppy for American tastes (a good thing to me).

Pours a light, almost golden color that is far from transparent, almost cloudy. It has a small head at pour, but retains this all the way through the beer which is a nice touch.

The taste is really great. Slightly more hoppy than a Houblon or Local 1 and very tasty. I'm definitely going to go find some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:09:06 | More by MarcGetty
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BraisingCain

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-23-2014 14:39:02 | More by BraisingCain
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Lothore

California

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, hazy yellow with a small, off white head.

S- Yeasty, wheat.

T- Yeasty and bready up front, moving in to a sharp grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M- Creamy, medium/low carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable brew. Not really my cup of tea but I don't mind it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:06:14 | More by Lothore
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-16-2014 01:06:07 | More by jongullotti
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taras Boulba has a very thick, creamy, whipped cream-like, off-white head, an opaque, pale-orange appearance, numerous, angry bubble streams, and a heavy lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is zesty- yeast, hop oil, bread, sweaty wool, and sugar. The taste is also intense- sweetness, light fruit, yeast, bread, strong bitterness, and grain husk. It comes across as though it has more alcohol that its 4.5%. Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, and Taras Boulba finishes semi-dry, dirty, and harsh. Overall, it’s certainly and oddity but one to try.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 14:07:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned Bottled in 5/13. BBD is 5/14

Poured a very light, cloudy lemon color in an Orval Trappist glass.
One of the lightest colors I have seen in a Belgian ale.

I could smell the lemon from the bottle. The strong lemon aroma is just like
fresh lemon, and the aroma lingers through most of the tasting.
I have never smelled a beer with so much lemon. Quite a selection of
aromatic hops ( not indicated on the web site) http://brasseriedelasenne.be/EN/?portfolio=zinnebir

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The strong lemon carries to the taste, which has light grapefruit.

The finish is a strong bitter hoppiness.

The brewery refers to this beer as an extra hoppy ale.

Overall: this is quite distinctive. Trés Different. I have never tasted any light Belgian ale quite like this one.
If you want a beer which is quite different and stands out from the rest in the "style" go for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:48:05 | More by brureview
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-27-2014 02:08:01 | More by chickenm
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tylerstravis

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-18-2014 02:36:50 | More by tylerstravis
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-16-2014 11:47:24 | More by Fettpopps
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beergoot

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Per bottle cap: BOT 12/08/13 BBD 12/08/14 00623

The pour produced a nice soft, hazy, light yellow body with a thick, billowy, sticky white head; lots of lacing. Mildly zesty citrus scent; black pepper; yeasty and grainy. Peppery and hop bitter flavors ride over a light malt body; faint citrus character. Light bodied; a little coarse on the tongue; dry finish.

A very interesting and flavorful Belgian pale ale. Spiciness and hop bitterness really standout.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:03:56 | More by beergoot
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Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-07-2014 02:03:55 | More by sd123
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Belgium

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-02-2014 18:58:30 | More by SStein
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Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-01-2014 12:49:20 | More by BelgianBeerPope
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-22-2014 15:28:56 | More by Apathetiq
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Aash

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-15-2014 21:35:15 | More by Aash
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dirtylou

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Singler

Feels odd drinking De La Senne now after all the time spent politely ignoring their presence when in Belgium, but sometimes its just takes time. Pale golden body - nice healthy head, little bid of sediment. A little bit of euroskunk at first whiff that departs quickly. High bitterness, light clean hoppiness, crisp yeast, a bit grainy. OK, but not something I'm likely to buy again. It may be 4.5%, but the dry bitterness limits its sessionability

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:47:01 | More by dirtylou
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-09-2014 04:12:01 | More by Krakpoff
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-08-2014 17:29:59 | More by Kappakoosh
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale yellow color. Tight bright white head.Spicy yeast and and spicy, floral/herbal/earthy hop. Richer and silkier body than expected. Carbonation is very bright bu flatter than expected too. Dry semi-sweet fruits up front, taffy, some spice, extremely dry finish with some bitterness for balance. Pretty good, could use more bitterness, has a nice savory flavor to it though from the hop/yeast combination. A boldly flavored session ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-02-2014 20:08:04 | More by Janeinma
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-17-2014 18:40:26 | More by Mattias
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Bottled 2013-11-07, best by 2014-11-07
Glass: Tulip

De la Senne's Taras Boulba is a hop-forward, yet not palate annihilating, mild ale that manages to find its way as an easy-drinking session beer at 4.5%. The not-overwhelming character would allow this to be enjoyed multiple times in a row during an evening at a bar in Brussels. The major shortcoming of the beer is its fairly limited malt range and single-minded focus on bitterness; a bit less early hops and some more malt complexity could bring this beer to new levels. Good, but a bit expensive as an import from Belgium, definitely one to enjoy if affordably priced on tap, but also to conjure in one's home brewery.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, somewhat frothy looking. Retention is average, about one minute, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a moderate sized island lingering atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with moderate numbers of medium-sized dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. The beer's body is a fairly bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, but fairly active in movement.

Aroma is fruity and hoppy, with vague citrus undertones, slight mustiness, somewhat like Saphir, most likely from hops of German origin. Generally noticeable enough to be pleasant and interesting, and not at all overpowering.

The mid and back-palates are a bit flat in terms of bitterness overwhelming the very mild other flavors, but otherwise this is a flavorful, hop-forward pale beer. Front of palate tastes floral and musty-citrus hops with a very faint pale malt sweetness behind them. Mid-palate detects moderate hop bitterness with light grapefruit-like undertones, slight floral notes, and slightly grainy pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate experiences moderate bitterness with undertones of grapefruit peel, bitter herbs, and flowers, a bit of yeast, but little malt presence. Aftertaste of moderate bitterness with a bit of musty grapefruit peel, and pale malt graininess (not sweetness).

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, leading to a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth/creamy (1/10) mouthfeel. Carbonation nears the border of fizziness, but never gets quite there, thankfully. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 06:36:43 | More by falloutsnow
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.6%

01-07-2014 19:01:14 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.