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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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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 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 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 DoctorZombies
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold (SRM 4) pour with thick white foam; good lace and cap stays in place all the way down. Floral hop nose with a spicy aroma. Taste is spicy yeast with a hint of caramel malt; a little bitter hop middle with a spicy finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a spicy tongue coating. Overall, being "extra hoppy" (per the label) did not throw this ale off - I thought it was tasty and easy to drink (404 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super bright floral and fruity aroma. Citrus, grass, honey sweetness. Sweet pilsner malt. Bubblegum and spices. Chamomile as well.

Hazy gold yellow. Large creamy off-white head. Good lacing and great head retention.

Bitter and hoppy upfront. Surprisingly so. Grassy, fruity, spicy, noble hops, and a lot of them. Yeast esters compliment the hops with pilsner malt rounding things out. Very dry and bitter (as compared to most Belgian beers).

Medium high carbonation. Light body but hop oils seem to coat the mouth.

The aroma appears to be much more yeast driven while hops take over the flavor. Interesting. Despite the bitterness, the beer is still quite refreshing. (671 characters)

Photo of Jeremiah459
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the reasons i enjoy visiting Belgium. Only drink it there too, cause the US imported bottles go through hell getting here and taste awful.
Aroma is very noble hop flowery, low yeast esters. It is as if it was brewed at very low temps to restrain the yeast aromas, which is a really brilliant thing in the case of this beer.
Flavor is of noble hops riding on the backbone of delicious german or belgian pilsner malt.
Aftertaste is a punch in the tastebuds of delicious noble hops (58 IBUs!!!)
THIS BEER IS NOT LIGHT ON THE HOPS, NOR DOES IT TASTE LIKE COORS LIGHT OR PBR!!!! Do not be fooled by bad reviews. THIS BEER IS AWESOME, and the more beers you try, the more you wish you just had a fresh ass taras boulba. A beer i would gladly drink for the rest of my life if i could only choose one. Seriously. (824 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the better belgian pales going. two huge things working in its favor. one is that its really delicate on the yeast, almost as much saison there as it is belgian with all the fruitiness and stuff, i like that modesty. the other is the very low abv, so many of these taste and feel amazing, but hover in that 7% abv range, which really curtails how much and how fast i can enjoy them. this is a crusher, make no mistake about it, and these guys have a few of those (one even named crushable!), but this is very very tasty on the whole and the price should not deter you from trying it. its delicate, some haze to the pour, and it doesnt hold its head all that well from the tap, but carbonation is not an issue at all here. the hop profile is really nice too, lots of earthiness, a touch of spice, and its not overpowered by the yeast as so many are. more is not more all the time, and this is the classic less is more story. its excellent, creative, and very distinct. i need to try more beer from these guys, but this is one of their best i have had so far. incredibly refreshing. (1,087 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,809 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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Another localized Belgian name I'll look up later.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden yellow colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar layered weeping cloud lace around the glass as it gradually recedes - this is one purdy brew!

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, orange cream, zesty yeast, muted coriander, musty pine needles, and a subtle leafy grassiness. The taste is grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, mildly acrid yeast, subdued, and muddled citrus rind, faint savoury spice, and pleasantly leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight in its closely-held, edgy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too acerbic to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the gritty malt, yeast, and various citrus, flora, and spicy hops conspiring and colluding as such.

A generally agreeable BPA, one whose mantra of 'extra hoppy' is played out well enough, I suppose, for the conservative Brussels crowd, even if this reviewer is a little nonplussed. Easy to drink, the kind of beer that once you get through half of it, all the while relating it via words, you feel the urge to just say, fuck it, close the laptop, and sit back and enjoy it. I only mention this, because that doesn't happen very often. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(served in a pint)

A: pale, yellow-amber liquid... hazy as hell... gorgeous, gooey foam stand

S: noble hops galore... grassy, with a farmhouse dirt and spice... dried lemon peel, old cloth

T: grassy, floral edging... mildly piney bitterness that hums and lingers... light lemon in the finish, where a mild malt sweetness and cereal flavor emerges... bitter, yellow grapefruit flesh and a dusting of must in the aftertaste

M: soft, plushy, quiet... sanded smooth, but not polished... mumbling, fade away finish... extremely easy to knock back

O: pretty damn tasty, lovely showcase of hop bitterness... heard this guy say he's more a fan of English ales, and it shows in this one... comes across as a sort of hybrid English bitter and small Saison... curious to try it over there - held up pretty well here (809 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 pkalix
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

whoa.... popped the cap and got a pilsner-y whiff of something akin to a French chick's armpits. gruff and growl-y aroma, very different indeed! hazy urine yellow, minor head but creamier with a more vigorous pour. bitter, but not traditionally hop-bitter... more like a pilsner/lager hop bitter. this is a hard brew to describe. Heineken/stella-like, low abv. worth a try but wouldn't purchase again... (403 characters)

Photo of macher0
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful session or outside type ale. A slightly cloudy light straw color with a thick, frothy fine bubble egg shell head. The head slowly retreats with marvelous lace rings. The nose is bright and fruity with strong malt presence. A complex yeast starts off the taste. The mid point of the palate comes through with light malts and dusty grain. The end hits with mild hops. The feel is thin, light, crisp and high carbonation which equates to a fairly smooth finish. Tons of flavor, dry on the end. Go for this if you get the chance. (545 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at the bottle shop at local 44. Poured into my Bruery snifter. Bottled on date was on the cap but it rubbed off a good bit.

Pours a bright golden yellow with rocky white head. Seems cloudy with unfiltered particle bits roaming around.

Upon first sniff, loads of floral hops and some citrus - mainly orange and lemon. Seems like it has some underlying wheat malt notes. Hoppiness is front runner here. Smells like you would want this on a hot summer day.

Taste is somewhat bitter and a little astringent like biting into a lemon rind. Light pale or pilsner malt with wheat. Hop flavor is citrus like with strong notes of lemon.

Mouthfeel is light and dry but bitterness seems out of balance to me.

Overall, I want to like this beer. So much, that i want to look past the seemingly overhopped bittering hops. But the bitterness simply detracts too much. Maybe if it was a little older, the bittering would fade and the flavors would mellow out. (968 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

Murky yellow (probably because I got some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle into the glass). Fluffy white head.

Smells of fresh, floral hops.

Very nicely balanced hoppiness and pleasant maltiness in the taste.

A refreshing and fairly light (in terms of body) pale ale. (328 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, hazy yellow with a small, off white head.

S- Yeasty, wheat.

T- Yeasty and bready up front, moving in to a sharp grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M- Creamy, medium/low carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable brew. Not really my cup of tea but I don't mind it. (291 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taras Boulba has a very thick, creamy, whipped cream-like, off-white head, an opaque, pale-orange appearance, numerous, angry bubble streams, and a heavy lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is zesty- yeast, hop oil, bread, sweaty wool, and sugar. The taste is also intense- sweetness, light fruit, yeast, bread, strong bitterness, and grain husk. It comes across as though it has more alcohol that its 4.5%. Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, and Taras Boulba finishes semi-dry, dirty, and harsh. Overall, it’s certainly and oddity but one to try.

RJT (556 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned Bottled in 5/13. BBD is 5/14

Poured a very light, cloudy lemon color in an Orval Trappist glass.
One of the lightest colors I have seen in a Belgian ale.

I could smell the lemon from the bottle. The strong lemon aroma is just like
fresh lemon, and the aroma lingers through most of the tasting.
I have never smelled a beer with so much lemon. Quite a selection of
aromatic hops ( not indicated on the web site) http://brasseriedelasenne.be/EN/?portfolio=zinnebir

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The strong lemon carries to the taste, which has light grapefruit.

The finish is a strong bitter hoppiness.

The brewery refers to this beer as an extra hoppy ale.

Overall: this is quite distinctive. Trés Different. I have never tasted any light Belgian ale quite like this one.
If you want a beer which is quite different and stands out from the rest in the "style" go for it. (902 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Per bottle cap: BOT 12/08/13 BBD 12/08/14 00623

The pour produced a nice soft, hazy, light yellow body with a thick, billowy, sticky white head; lots of lacing. Mildly zesty citrus scent; black pepper; yeasty and grainy. Peppery and hop bitter flavors ride over a light malt body; faint citrus character. Light bodied; a little coarse on the tongue; dry finish.

A very interesting and flavorful Belgian pale ale. Spiciness and hop bitterness really standout. (460 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Singler

Feels odd drinking De La Senne now after all the time spent politely ignoring their presence when in Belgium, but sometimes its just takes time. Pale golden body - nice healthy head, little bid of sediment. A little bit of euroskunk at first whiff that departs quickly. High bitterness, light clean hoppiness, crisp yeast, a bit grainy. OK, but not something I'm likely to buy again. It may be 4.5%, but the dry bitterness limits its sessionability (463 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale yellow color. Tight bright white head.Spicy yeast and and spicy, floral/herbal/earthy hop. Richer and silkier body than expected. Carbonation is very bright bu flatter than expected too. Dry semi-sweet fruits up front, taffy, some spice, extremely dry finish with some bitterness for balance. Pretty good, could use more bitterness, has a nice savory flavor to it though from the hop/yeast combination. A boldly flavored session ale. (453 characters)

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.