Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne
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2.75/5 rDev -30.6%
"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.
12-05-2012 18:43:37 | More by kojevergas
2.93/5 rDev -26%
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.
05-13-2008 15:02:46 | More by 3leggeddub
3/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
10-31-2008 04:20:03 | More by Proteus93
3.03/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
06-15-2009 10:00:44 | More by Overlord
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -23%
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.
09-02-2011 17:07:01 | More by Squelch
3.08/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
03-15-2011 15:38:14 | More by harrymel
3.1/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
03-20-2011 21:10:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.13/5 rDev -21%
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.
03-23-2011 04:24:33 | More by crossovert
3.15/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
03-04-2011 17:14:34 | More by rarbring
3.2/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
10-23-2008 02:44:43 | More by BeerBelcher
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
3.28/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
03-29-2008 18:53:46 | More by wheelinshirt
3.28/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
03-15-2011 01:07:59 | More by vande
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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