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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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 pkalix:
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pkalix

California

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

whoa.... popped the cap and got a pilsner-y whiff of something akin to a French chick's armpits. gruff and growl-y aroma, very different indeed! hazy urine yellow, minor head but creamier with a more vigorous pour. bitter, but not traditionally hop-bitter... more like a pilsner/lager hop bitter. this is a hard brew to describe. Heineken/stella-like, low abv. worth a try but wouldn't purchase again...

06-01-2014 22:31:39 | More by pkalix
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-06-2013 23:00:00 | More by aszatk01
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

02-02-2013 21:27:22 | More by Todd
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Shared with my wife at Novare Res's Zwanze day.

The look is pale golden straw with a big thick white head it laces very nice.

The nose is sweet with hints of pale malts and the hops are subtle in the nose slight grass straw.

The taste is thin at first but becomes more bitter hops and mix with a pale malts to become bitter and fresh. All in all a nice refreshing beer.

09-19-2011 14:06:11 | More by bishopdc0
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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

11-15-2012 22:04:35 | More by VernonKell
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

Belgian bomber, no freshness/brewing date info. Capped and corked, I also found a bit of darker liquid betw. the cap and the top of the cork. The cork seemed to have a slight blue cheese sheen to it, Funky....This one pours cloudy medium tangerine, with an initial huge, wild head, after a minute or two the poor was more controllable and resulted in a real nice slowly fading merainge, and then a thick, wildly undulating film and leaving the now expected extensive thick sheeting and lace. Nose is of candied and spiced cotton candy and popcorn. Earthy, lightly peppery, plenty of yeasty interest. Notes of some light grapefruit, herbal and flowery hop notes and more mild, lingering peppery spice. Very Saison like. Fairly light bodied, quite complex and interesting. I love to come across a new (at least to me), vibrant and very tasty offering like this one. Yeast filled final pour, adds some nutty notes, medium chunks and perhaps a more pronounced hop presence, very nice beer. Not cheap @ $9.99, but oh so worth it

01-11-2008 23:08:27 | More by Billolick
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-09-2013 21:22:32 | More by Guinnsslvr
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-25-2012 15:55:02 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Kraken

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -2%

Poured from capped and corked 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. This unlike the Zinnebier did not have beer between the cork and the cap. Firm pour yielded a 3 finger head with good staying pour and nice lacing. Beer was a pale translucent amber. Smell was of slight hops, straw and Belgian yeast. Taste was slightly sweet, straw/grassy flavors, very light with a hop bitterness in the finish. Long finish. Very easy drinking, light and somewhat mild. Beer was a little thin. Very nice.

07-04-2008 16:00:05 | More by Kraken
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-02-2014 20:08:04 | More by Janeinma
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +1%

11-03-2013 20:05:29 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as an extra hoppy ale. I'm curious as to what is going on in the scene represented on the label....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with chunky floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of bubblegum, clove, spice, phenolics, faint banana, grass and earthiness. Mildly sweet, with satisfying depth.

Tastes of earthy, fruity yeast with a dry finish. Notes of tart apples, cloves, spice, phenolics, mild bubblegum, faint banana, grass/hay, earthiness and a whisper of stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with a twinge of harsh cardboard and solvent in the background. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, bone-dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Very astringent, followed by an aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruity esters and cardboard.

Pretty good, though I can't say the hops really make themselves felt. Perhaps this is too old - without a date it's hard to tell. Looks nice, with a rounded, yeasty aroma. Flavour is OK but various off-notes spoil the effect. Satisfying body. Goes down easily enough; I'll certainly have another if opportunity knocks. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-11-2013 21:45:28 | More by doremite
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a golden-yellow body that is clear but gets hazier with each glass. There is a sea of carbonation that supports an off-white head that turns into thick odd-shaped clouds.

S- A yeasty green aroma has a fresh rain quality to it but not really any hops or malt notes come through. Pretty clean aroma even when warm.

T- The soft water flavor has a white plastic note to it with some herbal qualities coming through as it warms. There is a green bitter not in the finish that increases as the beer warms. There is a big pungent dandelion bitterness after each sip that lingers.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy note that cleans out any hint of flavor except for the pungent bitterness.

D- There is not a lot of flavor in this beer other than the pungent bitterness after each sip. The hops due linger but there is just no real aroma or flavor hops and not much to support the bitterness of the hops that are there.

10-29-2008 01:58:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-22-2014 03:19:44 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-09-2013 17:44:03 | More by ste5venla
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alex667gbg

Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

I was glad that this was still available here in Sweden this week, as is was a temporary release for this spring. So here is my review.

You can notice the yeast floating around in the bottle before opening it. Pouring up a cloudy, almost glowing yellow liquid with a really thick small bubbled creamy head. Beautiful!

Nose is Yeast, herby and a bit hoppy. Not a very big nose however.

Something that describes this beer in taste is its balance! Great hops and malts in a great balance and it gives you a fruity citrus, apple touch that really seem strange for a belgian beer. Good hops for us hoppy freaks too. Great beer!

A really good beer!

04-20-2011 21:55:43 | More by alex667gbg
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

33 cl bottle. The beer poured a cloudy golden color with a one inch plus head, thick and fluffy. The nose gave me notes of citrus and an earthiness. Taste was smooth, lemon citrus on the tongue. There is a nice hop kick in the mouth but it is not overpowering bur rather pleasing to the taste buds. Overall this is a fairly easy drinking well balanced beer.

02-20-2008 20:55:17 | More by ggaughan
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle. Another localized Belgian name I'll look up later.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden yellow colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar layered weeping cloud lace around the glass as it gradually recedes - this is one purdy brew!

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, orange cream, zesty yeast, muted coriander, musty pine needles, and a subtle leafy grassiness. The taste is grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, mildly acrid yeast, subdued, and muddled citrus rind, faint savoury spice, and pleasantly leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight in its closely-held, edgy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too acerbic to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the gritty malt, yeast, and various citrus, flora, and spicy hops conspiring and colluding as such.

A generally agreeable BPA, one who's mantra of 'extra hoppy' is played out well enough, I suppose, for the conservative Brussels crowd, even if this reviewer is a little nonplussed. Easy to drink, the kind of beer that once you get through half of it, all the while relating it via words, you feel the urge to just say, fuck it, close the laptop, and sit back and enjoy it. I only mention this, because that doesn't happen very often.

07-30-2014 04:49:12 | More by biboergosum
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%

11-23-2013 06:57:14 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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nikigava

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-10-2014 21:19:55 | More by nikigava
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nkersten

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into St Feuillien tulip. Beer is a light slightly hazy yellow with a half inch white head. Nice retention and some lacing. Smell is incredibly floral hops, very fresh smelling. Belgian yeast in the background, the hops steal the show here. Taste follows smell, firm hop bitterness followed by a very floral hop flavor, a hint of rosewater, a very unique hop profile. Some light malts and a nice bready yeast finish to help balance out the hops a little. A light body with a medium carbonation, the hop flavor coats and gives an interesting finish. Drinkability is very good. I love finding a beer that has lower abv and great flavor. If this was easier to find I would drink it much more often.

11-16-2010 16:17:31 | More by nkersten
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

A Stand-Out Belgian Pale, one of the finds of my obscure pale hunt. Mildly yeasty, with a good fomay head. Nice mouthfeel, medium lus mouthfeel, expirey 2008. Quite hoppy,good bitterness and a remarkable overall taste effort for 4.5% a.b.v. I would drink this regular and convert many people if this was available regularly.

08-17-2007 00:23:17 | More by Sammy
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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.