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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
88
very good

372 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 187
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa i trwała, sztywna, w szkle pozostaje do końca degustacji.
Aromat hm, wyraźna sucha trawa, chmiel i trzeba się naprawdę namęczyć, żeby wyczuć niesamowicie delikatne nuty owocowe. Trochę to wkurzające.
Smak, to dokładnie to samo co zapach. Wszystko ukryte (może specjalnie :D). Tylko goryczka, której nie trzeba szukać, grejpfrutowa, minimalnie zalegająca.
Wysycenie niskie, alkoholu nie czuć wcale. Jestem zawiedziony, na etykiecie wysmarowane "extra hoppy ale", a ja się pytam: gdzie ten extra chmiel?
Wg. mnie jedyny jasny punkt Taras Boulba to piana. Tylko czy to wystarczy?. Jak ktoś potrzebuje "odhaczyć" to piwo, to i tak spróbuje. Jeśli masz wybór to kup coś innego.

Photo of skaboom420
1.94/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

very light, similar to coors light. super bitter but without any actual hop flavor. over carbonated. possibly a bad/old bottle? pretty much undrinkable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that fizzes away. Bubbles busily rise to the surface. The aroma is stinky with noble hops, pungent,citrus, farmhouse dirt, even slightly stanky, suggests that the Tettnang variety was more than likely used.

Bitter flavor which helps since the nose was a bit intense. Light peppery/spicy farmhouse flavor from the Belgian yeast strain and the hops contribute to the spice, as well as all due bitterness. Lemon grass, roots, hop flowers. Semi sweet malts are quickly neutralized. It is nice to see a Belgian pale ale that actually packs in the pungent noble hop flavor. Grainy in the finish with hops cleansing that and a slight cracker character. Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and semi dry.

Not a bad Belgian pale ale here, this has more hop flavor than many so credit where its due. The nose is pungent and musty, body light and crisp, and flavor more or less balanced. A beer I could session though it is slightly abrasive.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamato14
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of little_star
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of DeepJello
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Petertauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of parintele
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MarkDeming
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -48.8%

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.

Photo of clund
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Whatup14
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.