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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 39
Gots: 11 | 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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New York

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Vermont

5/5  rDev +25.6%

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Indiana

5/5  rDev +25.6%

06-19-2014 01:20:56 | More by tykechandler
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gregmurer

France

4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE best of...
Best of, for it's drinkability, even after tree or four of them, it's still a pleasure to order a fourth one...
Best of, for it's mouthfeel, so nice, so strong and hoppy, so good and powerfull...
Best of, for it's taste, that is about the best hop-mix of the brewing industry...
Best of, for it's smell, that only let you one way... drinking it...

and... even the appearance is nice... so, actually, it's the best when you like beers that are made by brewers that are not crawling in front of the market.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 14:45:41 | More by gregmurer
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle. Pours an opaque straw yellow with a huge white head that lasts. Characteristic sediment. Smells strongly of Belgian yeast and hops. Very floral and somewhat grassy. Light grain in the background. Tastes floral, with a definite hop presence; slightly sweet, grainy malt in the back. Faint yeasty spice. For the style and ABV, the body is as full as it gets. Nice effervescence. Crisp, refreshing, plenty of flavor, lots of character, refined, balanced, etc etc. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 19:48:35 | More by philipquarles
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Nicky_J

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

11-06-2013 18:56:44 | More by Nicky_J
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od_sf

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

12-14-2012 04:54:16 | More by od_sf
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imagineiii

Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my duvel tulip. pale yellow to hazy orange in color. finger of white head. decent retention.

nose is of grass, maybe hay. light fruits, apples and melons. cloves. smells alot like local 1. but this beer has half the alcohol, hmmmm...

initially its sweet and clovy, with faint fruits that are more dominant in nose. crisp hops clean any residual sweetness away, leaving only a slight bitterness behind. slightly peppery. marvelously balanced.

mouthfeel is perfect. carbonation is just right, flavor complexity isnt nearly overpowering to the palate. clean finish.

this beer is as drinkable as any belgian out there. it is light and clean, leaving the drinker wanting more. unfortunately it is cost-prohibitive to session with this beer, as much as id like to.

advertised as extra hoppy, it is anything but. rather the hops just serve to clean up the sweet fruity esters left behind from the belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 00:03:36 | More by imagineiii
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

served in tulip glass.

pale blonde with slight haze. amazing foamy, creamy head. great lace.

bold noble hop nose, herbal, grassy and upfront. faint fruity belgian yeast notes. toasted crackers. whiff of sulfur.

taste: very surprisingly malty and bready, while also hoppy with very crisp herbal tones. snappy bitterness.

light to medium body, with resins in the finish. crisp carbonation has moments of creaminess.

really, this isn't much different from the bottled version. maybe fresher, and of course no gushing. again, this has exceptional depth of flavor for just 4.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 14:09:15 | More by tai4ji2x
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mynie

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass because what the hell, why not, don't tell me how to live. Also, sidenote, I love creepy cartoons from European nations of no political consequence. Estonian ones especially, but Belgian ones are pretty slick. More of this please.

So this is a Flemmish hoppy pale, I take it. Which makes it my first. And it's also the best hoppy Belgian I can ever remember having, its body and flavor resembling Orval on PCP.

Then again, I don't really remember what Orval tastes like. I remember that it was damned impressive for its size, that it managed to cram in most of the best Belganiness of a good Dubbel only without much of the alcohol burn. This is like that. There's a goddamn Turkishmarketsworth of ripe fruit in there, along with maybe the nicest Belgian yeast profile I've ever come across. It's all the nice flavors you normally associate with burn only there's no burn. And the aftertaste is superb. It tastes the way an old dusty beerstore smells, only in no way gross. One sip of this and it's like I'm standing in the middle of John's Grocery.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 07:12:54 | More by mynie
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Glouglouburp for giving this to me as a last minute extra.

When i open the bottle (33cl), i see loads of bubbles rising and not long after, it starts foaming out of the bottle. No time like the present to pour...

Appearance: Hazy, golden body with massive foam that doesn't take too long to form a nice 2 finger head which is fluffed like a cloud as if it were whipped.

Smell: A sweet aroma that i can't put my finger on (at first). Bubblegum? Not quite, more like a natural sweetness, sugar cane? Closer but not quite. More of a fresh dough smell, bordering on a fresh donut.

Taste: I like it right off the bat. First thing i taste is hops, mixed with some dry fruit maybe? Malt rounds it off quite nicely. Extremely well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Very tolerable biitterness felt throughout the palate. Hops are always present but never dominant. Some kind of rind-like feel (lemon?). A floral/grassy character is felt which reminds me of a meadow or pasture with all the aromas involved.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink with enough taste to match. Seriously, this beer puts to shame all beers that sacrifice taste for ease of consumption.

Overall: The most flavorful beer with a lower ABV i've had to date. A beer i would have again in a heartbeat. Definitely put one on the top of your list.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 19:15:49 | More by papat444
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taras Boulba has a solid appearance. And while that is certainly true in the figurative sense as it is quite commendable, I meant it more literally: I can't see through the damn thing! Its fair golden tone is misleading - this has a dense complexion (such that all highlights have been squashed). Its head too is impressively solid. It is substantial and steadfast.

Its smell is like that of a lover in that while it might seem unusual and unfamiliar at first, in time it grows to arouse you. Indeed, I've become attached (nearly obsessed actually) with this reeking - but curiously attractive - bouquet that has the underlying odor of a dusty attic and stinky, soft rind cheese. Of course, those are mostly covered up by a perfume of fruity yeast and even fruitier, effervescent hops.

I'm not sure that beer (or anything for that matter) can have a taste independent of its taster. But let us not get bogged down debating philosophy and let it suffice to say that this beer tastes amazing to me. Your palate may feel otherwise. But for mine, this simple (but substantial) flavour of pale malts and pineapple-like hops is the knees. And at such a low alcohol makes possibly the most definitive session beer.

Hops! What a glorious discovery! The lingering fruity esters of the yeast would have complimented the toasty sweetness of the malts just fine on their own, as it has been for centuries, but with the help up a hop profile that is thick and bitter and sprightly, the beer is taken to new levels. This may not have been the first European brewery to experiment with American hops, but they may have conceived the best outcome.

I understand Gogol is one of the greatest of all the great Russian writers but I doubt even he could have devised a character so memorable and unique as this. In fact, this is my favourite Belgian character since Hercule Poirot. While admittedly it does a take a great deal of its character from the American hops, there's no mistaking that its intricacy, balance and the first-rate of its craftsmanship were undoubtedly the work of a Belgian mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 19:40:23 | More by biegaman
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Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent hoppy saison. Perfect appearence with a lasting froth. VIbrant nose. Tremendously flavorful for such a low alcohol brew. Extremely hoppy, but such a balanced flavor. Excellent longevity as well, i’m guessing this will keep well for at least a year (nothing like an American IPA.) Pure and clearly high in quality. Fantastic belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 04:01:36 | More by Crosling
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Vermont

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California

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California

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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New Hampshire

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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