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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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88
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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 403
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 40
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006

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Photo of skaboom420
1.94/5  rDev -50.6%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -49.1%

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. (217 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
2.22/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

From XXXII, from summer sale. In Duvel glass. Playing Memoria. Nice color, but the acidic touch it has isnt of my liking. Its also dry and not refreshing. I could finish it, but didnt enjoy it. Maybe it was contamined? (218 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Taras Boulba" Extra Hoppy Ale. 4.5% ABV. Brasserie de la Senne Brussels.
.33cl bottle served into a S'Feuillien goblet. Reviewed from notes taken in Belgium in June 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light fluffy head of nicely thick cream and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent copper with visible floating yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering hops. Cream.

T: Barley and cream foundation with a restrained bittering hop climax - a bit like a tame IPA. Pleasant. Some yeast does pull through, adding a pleasant biscuity aspect to the flavour profile.

Mf: Lacks the terrible coarseness of many similarly hopped beers. There's a sharp carbonation bite, but the mouthfeel features welcome coarseness to bring out the flavour and provides needed wetness in an attempt to refresh. That said, it doesn't really suit the flavours all that well. It's passable.

Dr: Highly priced by locla standards. Somewhat mundane. Drinkable enough, but not a session beer. Pedestrian and forgettable.

C- (991 characters)

Photo of 3leggeddub
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BanditBrewingCo for the trade.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Nice 2 inch head of rocky white foam. Sticky lacing all the way down as the glass drains. Cloudy golden yellow. This is a damn good looking beer. Basically, when I think of beer this is what I see I my head. The mouth waters.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department. Mild hops in the background some floral hints, but mostly it's just kind of grassy.

Taste: There's astringent hops bite mixed with an sulfurous tinge. Dry finish with sharp metallic bitterness in the end. Makes me think of the unpleasant tang of mainstream Euro imports.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the tongue with a decent amount of carbonation. Crisp, dry finish. All in all a slightly above average feel to it.

Drinkability: Not a compelling beer, average at best.

Overall: I don't see myself seeking this one out again. Taras Boulba isn't awful, but it's not what I thought it would be. I was not expecting the sulfur/skunk tang of it. It looks great and feels pretty good, but to me the flavor just wasn't good at all. I have to wonder if the problem is my lack of familiarity with the style given the high rating of this by fellow BAs or even maybe a light struck bottle. I actually chose to trade for this because it is supposed to be an nearly top shelf example of a Belgian Pale Ale. I must be missing something, though because for me this was not a reassuring introduction to the style. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: A murky, yet a rather vibrant hue of yellow. Similar to what I would typically expect from a witbier. A big, rocky and foamy head of stark white billows on top.

S: Not the most pleasant thing to my nose... quite a soapy, and almost skunky aroma. There are herbal elements there, but they are quite overwhelmed by the other scents.

T: The taste doesn't come across as so much 'skunked.' The big, soapy kind of flavour is there, as the aroma suggested. A notable hop bitterness is there, but certainly doesn't present itself as aggressively as many American hopbombs will.

M + D: Feels great... it's a shame I'm not blown away with the scent and flavour, as this would really top it off. A nice, crisp carbonation to begin, followed by a fairly slick and even oily body which makes for a smooth and easy finish before basically 'vaporizing' with a bit of a post-finish dryness. This may be a case of an "off-bottle" and it may simply be that I am not too keen on the hops used or the method in which this beer was made. I'd be happy to try it again to ensure I am not throwing a perfectly good beer out the window with this one, becasue it looks fine in the glass and the feel is fabulous. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the extra!

Pours a hazy gold with a billowing white head that threatened to overwhelm fist the bottle, then the glass. Looks a bit filmy, and the head brings to mind soap foam.

Smells ... well, the bottle says "hoppy," but this smells like Belgian yeast in a familiar "gold ale" format.

Taste, again, has some citrus and lemony hops, but is by no means "hoppy." If anything, it tastes like soapy lemon zest. Not particularly appealing, and this is one of the few times I think a beer is overly carbonated. The flavor could have used a dampening down. (564 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Cloudy. Billowy white lacing head. Very pretty.

Smell: Slight hop aroma. Noble hops.

Taste: tastes like an american pale ale. good balance

Mouthfeel: light and bubbly.

Overall: crisp and refreshing an average beer. nothing to write home about. (259 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to schmoopsbeer for this extra, cheers!
Best by 5/10/2012

A: Pours a hazy light bronze ale. Single finger, meringue head which dissipates over a few minutes with shredded sheet lacing. Yeast flecks scatter the bottom 1/3.

S: Classic belgian yeast with tones of metal, clove, and a hint of banana. Noble hops take the back seat.

T: Taste follows the nose well. The beer has decent bitterness and a near tartness to it. Okay.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Fairly foamy while in the mouth, actually. Could use a little less carb.

D: Drinkable and decent. I would not purchase myself again, but would pass along to another to spread the wealth. (661 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small 1 inch head that becomes an oily film on the top of the beer. Spotty bits of lace on the drink down. Smells of yeast, watery citrus hops, and malt. Tastes of watery malt, subdued citrus hops, and yeast. Somewhat abrasive hop bitterness after each sip. Not too good. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, I am glad I got to try this hard to find Belgian beer but it is not my cup of tea. (457 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a light gold with a big, foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

The smell is fruity and malty with a hint of tang.

The flavor is first light and airy and it ends in a very bready finish that has a little bit of bitterness.

It is a decent beer. My bottle might be old. (303 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clouded light golden with an uneven white head that leaves good lacing.

Spicy and fruity, clove, cardamom, banana and apples.

Initially a taste of sweet fruits, peach and red apples, some lemon and a distinct bitter spiciness.

Medium low carbonation, a small body, a very coarse dry feeling.

Actually, a bit to unbalanced hoppiness, I lack a body to help it be refreshing. (388 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The labeling of this beer indicates that it is imported by Shelton Brothers. Their website says they're "only interested in bringing you the very best," but I didn't this beer to be all that representative of that claim. OK to be sure, but definitely under-delivers on the big claim of "Extra hoppy ale," which I found to be typical of Belgian beers that claimed to be hoppy. A nice blonde beer, but nothing special.

Appearance was a cloudy hazy yellow (like beer + lemonade) with clove-y aroma and more hop than is typical in Belgian ale, although for an American accustomed to DIPAs, IPAs, and APAs, it really isn't hoppy...maybe more hops than the average Belgian golden ale, but certainly not much more. A bit of sweetness and citrus as well. Pretty thin mouthfeel, on the watery side.

I'd weakly recommend this beer - OK, but I didn't mention it on the postcards I sent home.

I bought this bottle at Beer Mania in Brussels. The bottle I got was labeled for import, which is where the Shelton Brothers URL came from. (1,023 characters)

Photo of vande
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Urine Yellow, a bright golden color with very little head... light lacing left around the top...

S - Farmy...straw/hay barnyard

T - grassy, bit of wheat/yeast/bread in there. Crisp, bitter on the back end.

M - thin...dry

D - Not bad. Worth a try, not sure how often I'll go back though. But definitely worth a try. (323 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (373 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -16%

A: Transparent pale. Light head.

2.5S: Smells skunky and uninteresting.

T: What? How is this extra hoppy? MAYBE for a BSPA. Still. Herbal boring and bad. (156 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Abe's and decided to give it a try. $4 for an 11.2 oz capped brown bottle, poured into a tulip.

Very clear on the first pour, big white head that has okay retention and leaves some lacing. Visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom, big bubbles. Color is really a bit sterile and unappealing, the second, smaller pour is somewhat cloudy but still not that appealing.

Smell is somewhat fruity as per style, maybe a little funky, but smell is actually very tame. Not a lot going on.

Taste is even more subdued, it taste like a belgian pale, but it just doesn't have enough umphh. I don't think this is a bad bottle or anything, they just got it in at Abe's, but who knows. Mouthfeel is fairly light, dry, pretty on point with all that carbonation. I could easily drink another, but i just found it pretty boring. If you are a huge fan of belgian pales and its in your price range, pick it up, but not highly recommended. (939 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy blonde, thick foamy head

S: Malts, grains, with a bit of sourness too.

T: Hops overpowering the "herbiness" of the beer. Probably also the first beer that starts bitter and becomes sweeter in the aftertaste.

M/D: Carbonation i allright, but it does have a soapy feel to it. ABV-level is fine. (303 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of mnapier
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glass, .4 Liter Balloon glass.

On the surface this orange & lightless ale has a mild frothy head with a subtle lace. Taking notice of the dry, slight apple hop profile that is wafting from the oxygen that enters the glass.

Allowing the beer to come across my taste buds, I recall belgian spices, some mild fruitiness, slight yeast and a hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slight resin. Overall drinkability is more suited for the appreciative and less the hoegarden crowd.

Cheers (544 characters)

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, poured from bottle into chalice.
Not much of an Aroma on this, the taste is really off, stale adjunct lager?
Carbonation was solid. This beere let me down, nit sure if cap date was correct bottled 4/14 best by 4/15??? Seems like most Belgian pales will last much longer, the beer seemed unfiltered, lots of particles floating around. (344 characters)

Photo of markman
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I gotta be honest here; I was expecting quite a beer. In the end, I was rather underwhelmed.

It comes across rather one-dimensional: grainy aroma, bone dry, with a fleeting mild citrus taste that could easily be missed.

A bit of earthy complexity comes in with the yeasties swirled in.

Not a bad beer, but top 10 BPA? I think not...but a more than decent lawnmower beer.

Cheers... (386 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow, big fluffy white head, nice retention.
Smells lagerish, some extra lemon and grains, "greener", but not very attractive.
Taste starts with lemon, and ends with lemon. A bit of orange sweetness, grapefruit, faint orchard and tropical fruit, followed by huge green hops, really bitter. A touch of "soapy" aromatic herbs. Finish is very aggressive and bitter, like being hit with a barrel of hops in the head (the label seemed very inspiring).
Medium body and carbonation, very dry. Damn, this is bitter.
Again, huge hops seem to cover up some probably nice notes. Bravo on the hop-bomb, not so happy about the sacrificed flavours. (647 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head white, fine bubble and durable, rigid, the glass remains until the end of the tasting.
The aroma uh, clear dry grass, hops, and you really have to toil to get the feel incredibly delicate fruity notes. A little annoying.
The taste is exactly the same as the smell. All hidden (perhaps especially). Only bitterness, which does not need to look for, grapefruit, minimal residual.
Saturation of low alcohol does not feel at all. I am disappointed smeared with the label "extra hoppy" but, and I ask: where this extra hop?
According to. I only bright spot Terrace Boulba this foam. But is it enough ?. As someone needs a "tick" is beer, it would try. If you have a choice is buy something (689 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-A gusher! A cloudy summer squash yellow, a foamy white head, no lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, peppery hops and some spiciness.

T-Peppery spice and some bitterness in the finish. The heavy champagne-like carbonation is a real distraction and detracts from the flavor of the beer.

M-Too aggressively carbonated for my taste.

D-I am not a big fan of this beer.

HV (362 characters)

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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