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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
88
very good

365 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 38
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden hazy yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, classically Belgian-looking, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, a little bit of pine, perfume, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

This is much hoppier than the typical Belgian Pale Ale, for sure. It almost reminds me of it Carton Boat was fermented with a Belgian yeast, and was a little less hoppier. There's a very clean bitter hoppiness here, lots of floral and grassy notes, a bit of pine, and a bit of Belgian yeast twang. There's a kind of a perfume and soap thing going on here that I don't dig, really, and I find is an off-flavor in a lot of hoppy Belgian beers I've had. Clean up the finish a bit, and this is much better.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp and biting mouthfeel. As per the usual, the carbonation is pretty high. It's very drinkable.

The finish knocks this down a few pegs for me, however, up front is a nice hoppy pale ale.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Petertauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy* golden in color, topped with a massive, fluffy off-white head. In the bulb this one looks spectacular.

As with the initial, visual impression, the aroma from the hops is pretty outstanding for the style: HUGE blast of complex hop notes, dominated by a lemony-citrus character which I perceive as being from an abundance of traditional "European Pils" hop variety, rather than Pacific Northwest "C-hops." There's a lighter hint of "pine" resin character as well, and regardless of where the origin, the focus of this beer at some level is clearly on the hops, but there are yeast and malt notes lurking in the nose as well.

Crisp, brisk, and astringent on the first sip, this one has much of what I expected from the hopping, and the lemony character is prominent. Malt character is very, very light -- much like a pale lager, but I don't get anything in the way of "adjunct" character. Maybe some candi sugar? Very, very dry all things considered. Dry on the finish, light in body...

As I drink this and as the beer warms a bit, I catch a very, very light "mint" character (think: spearmint), and this is a character I get from some hops, but rarely. It's not a bad thing at all, but adds a touch more complexity to this beer within the context of it being an: "extra hoppy ale."

Easy-drinking, reasonably low in alcohol, and light-bodied, this would be a nice beer to try in the summer -- "session" style.

This is a pretty solid beer altogether, and I am thankful that there were both Bottled-On-Date and a Best-By-Date codes printed on the crown (bottle cap.) As such, this beer is given a full 12-months, and while it is within two months of its Best-By date, it is still quite a decent ale altogether.

*Wheat malt and coarse-filtered (rather than bottle-conditioned) for sure.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -49%

A bit hoppy but mainly bitter. Not particularly nice floral tones from the hops. A little boring. Just had a second bottle and it just really reminded me of PBR. Maybe I got a bad batch but I really didn't enjoy this.

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4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.69/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.