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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 39
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006)
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clearlydiluted

New York

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 15:25:21 | More by clearlydiluted
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osusullins

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Jake Melnick's in Chicago.

This is a very nice BPA. I've had quite a few of this style and found this one to be one of my favorites. The hops are a little more aggressive than are typical of the style.

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Attractive beer.

Smell is subtle hops and earthiness with some citrus.

Taste is very nice. Hops are presant, but not over powering. I'm tasting some citrus (maybe tangerine), and a touch of biscuity malts. Very funky and interesting beer. Nice carbonation and overall a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 04:36:48 | More by osusullins
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illidurit

California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Opaque bronze, lightening to gold at the edges, with a compact white head. Aroma is immediately reminiscent of Westvleteren blonde - pale malts, subtle esters, and a blast of noble hops. Flavor doesn't quite live up to the Westy, although who really does? A nice clean malt profile gives the resinous hoppiness plenty of room to stretch its legs. Pleasant lasting bitterness with a nice grassy twang. Very clean and dry on the palate, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 08:46:13 | More by illidurit
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readbaron

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at West Lakeview's Zwanze Day. This followed double black - a hard act to follow.

Pours out a bright golden sunshine yellow with plentiful carbination - evidence by billowy, sparkly, white foam.

Smell is pleasant - there's some sweet clover honey followed by faint grassy hops, and spicy belgian yeast.

Taste is nice - it's light, crisp, and initially a bit malty, with a smooth transition to belgian spicy yeast, and a subtle earthy hop finish.

Feel is light and crisp despite the nearly medium bodied feel of the beer. It is very well carbonated, but not in a distracting manner. Just lends the beer a refreshing crispness.

Overall, a solid beer - worked well as a palate cleanser between Double Black and Cantillon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 19:26:41 | More by readbaron
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day on-tap @ Stone.
Pours a very murky goldes straw color with a large head the lingers and sticks to the glass, somewhat odd looking.
The nose is very earthy, with heavy yeast notes, lemon zest and some brett?
In the taste there is a noticable hop presence, with spices, lemon peel and some funkiness.
The mouthfeel is best described as creamy, it still sticks to the mouth and has decent carbonation.
Very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 13:58:00 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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FosterJM

California

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

814th Review on BA
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8oz

@Stone Zwanze Day

App- A solid orange color with 0 head on it. Interesting being a pale ale to not have a head. A little bit of yellow highlights and no cling or lace.

Smell- Lots of fruit with a wheat note and a bit of deeper grass on this one. Not too much here but was kinda non- offensive.

Taste- Not the best pale ale in the world but was still pretty tasty. A bit of a deep tangerine and grass note. Had a little spiciness behind it, could be mistaken for a bitter malt note.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A bit of spicy malt aftertaste.

Drink- It was okay, Didn’t compete with the other beers at Stone for Zwanze 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 18:57:28 | More by FosterJM
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 14:06:11 | More by bishopdc0
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HopHead84

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/17/2011

On tap at Stone for Zwanze Day.

A: Hazy yellow with a big foamy white head.

S: Grassy and floral hop notes with a little bread. Fruit is faint, redolent of orange and lemon.

T: Moderately bitter with notes of lemon and grass. Lightly spicy with floral notes. Malt is light and bready.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall: Refreshing and drinkable but pretty simple.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2011 04:04:45 | More by HopHead84
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Sideswipe

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Zwanze day

A- Hazy, pale yellow body with minimal snow white head.

S- Pale malt, Belgian yeast and spice, coriander?

T- Spicy belgian yeast, followed by some nice citrus notes. Orange, tangerine and mango. Mild bitter hops enter mid- palate and the finish is spicy, fruity and bitter all at the same time.

M- Feel is on the lighter side with a medium to low level of carbonation. There is an almost creamy quality in the finish.

O- Very nice! I enjoyed this more than I thought I would going in. The citrus qualities and spicy, hoppy bitterness really made the experience for me. Recommended b

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 21:16:45 | More by Sideswipe
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a De La Senne cervoise.

Pours a semi-hazy straw color with a huge white head and gobs of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some straw and wheat with some faint hops. Nice and inviting, but nothing too exceptional. The flavor really takes a turn in a positive direction with plenty of floral hops to combine with the light malt. Light body and good bitterness. Solidly-dry finish. High carbonation and super crisp. DLS does it again. Fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:04:37 | More by Thorpe429
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skypup

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.33L bottle served in Brasserie de la Senne Tulip Glass; Bierhaus, Ghent Belgium

A: Light straw color with mild carbonation and very small, brief head.

S: Lots of hop and floral aroma.

T: Beer as a distinct hoppiness and turns slightly sour.

M: Light bodied; Balanced floral and bitter aftertaste.

O: Low alcohol and great drinkability. I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 10:26:26 | More by skypup
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 17:07:01 | More by Squelch
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avaldivia

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Fairly clear golden color. Decent head but not much retention or lacing

S: A bit of spices. Some nice floral, piny hop aromas. Not really any yeasty scent which I have come to expect with just about all Belgian beers (I know this is a Belgian Pale Ale, but I have tried a few in this style and they still had that yeast scent).

T: Hoppier than I was expecting. Nice pine notes. Some bready flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish. Good carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. Probably wont order it again for a while, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 07:59:07 | More by avaldivia
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a somewhat hazy straw color with a touch of orange and a white head.

S: Lots of hop notes. The aroma is very floral, though there is a bit of grass. Malt aromas in the form of bread and crackers, giving the nose a nice bit of sweetness. Some light esters and phenols, too.

T: Sweet malt to start off the flavor. It's mostly bread and cracker malts. The floral hops stand out and there is a touch of grass. A mild fruit ester note, but a decent amount of pepper and bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

O: Another nice, light beer with a pretty solid hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 22:22:05 | More by womencantsail
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impending

California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear diluted primary yellow, minor white head was fairly brief, minor lacing.

Aroma is clean spicy hops, yeasty and happy. very nice

Taste is rather simple while appropriate. Tiny sweetness gives way to a peppery dry middle. Aftertaste is of the bittering hops, longer lasting than most pale ales. Thin creamy mouthfeel.

More than most belgian brews, this well chilled would be a welcome reward after mowing the lawn on a hot muggy day, followed by another.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:08:47 | More by impending
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting little find from Holiday Wine Cellar. On to the beer:

The flesh of glowing mango represents of the color of the beer. Some haze and tiny sediment suspend in the body. In the head department, there is almost none that forms, though it strikes a little lace to the glass. Nose is subtle, shows some hop pedal notes and light apricot. It smells refreshing.

And it is refreshing. It starts off with a refreshing bitterness and remains that way until warming the beer allows for notes of wildflowers and bitter tea to arise. It's helped by the dry, palate cleansing carbonation that bubbles any leftover flavors away.

A tough one to get into from the get go; give this some time to grow on you.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:54:04 | More by DoubleJ
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color. Produced a huge pure white fluffy head with great retention. Tons of lacing left behind as it finally dissipated.

(S)- A very dry crusty baked bread aroma. Bits of lemon and lime citrus as well. Lightly earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell in every way. Biscuit/bread-like character with bitter lemon and lime.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Much more bitter than anticipating, but it does go fairly well with the overall profile.

(D)- A crisp and refreshing take on a belgian pale ale. Not super hoppy, but it is bitter. Bigger on the bready citrus; almost like a Saison at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:23:25 | More by sweemzander
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky pale yellow with a large white creamy head that slowly dissipates into rich lacings.

S: Lot of Belgian yeast almost a bit acidic, rich citric notes. Spicy.

T: Dry balanced bitterness. Lots of fruits; lemon zest, bananas. Some wheat. Spicy.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and really bitter. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is moderate.

O: Lots of spices and a nice bitterness could go a long way, but this one lacks body.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 17:56:07 | More by Evil_Pidde
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alex667gbg

Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad that this was still available here in Sweden this week, as is was a temporary release for this spring. So here is my review.

You can notice the yeast floating around in the bottle before opening it. Pouring up a cloudy, almost glowing yellow liquid with a really thick small bubbled creamy head. Beautiful!

Nose is Yeast, herby and a bit hoppy. Not a very big nose however.

Something that describes this beer in taste is its balance! Great hops and malts in a great balance and it gives you a fruity citrus, apple touch that really seem strange for a belgian beer. Good hops for us hoppy freaks too. Great beer!

A really good beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 21:55:43 | More by alex667gbg
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours hazy golden, luminescent gold with a nice creamy head that dies back fairly quickly leaving nice Brussels lace.
Aroma is subtle but deep and complex – caramel malt and nuttiness give a sweet, coffee cake-like smell that hides beneath floral and citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice punch of refreshing carbonation.
Flavour is a bit thin, diluted notes of honey and bitter hops with a dry, hoppy finish. Bitter in a manner similar to tonic water on the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 11:04:21 | More by
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bark

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is a bit yeasty with just a little phenolic hints of oil paint and sweet almonds. Some light hoppy notes of hay and bitter herbs. It's quite mild for being a Belgian ale.

The colour is cold orange with a tint of gold; the liquid is cloudy with some yeast particles. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thin lid, leaving almost no lacing.

The taste is smooth with a bitterness that makes me think of English IPA rather than Belgian pale ale (and I like it). Some yeast and hints of plastic and paint. Sweet malty-fruity notes in the background. Light to medium bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry with a fine bitterness, some metallic hints and a touch of Belgian yeast. The metal grows in the finish.

The carbonation is light to medium strong; the small bubbles are almost sharp. The liquid is smooth.

A highly drinkable and surprisingly bitter flavour. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 19:35:39 | More by bark
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:24:33 | More by crossovert
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:10:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Intrinsic

Germany

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taras Boulba looks very good, pouring a cloudy straw colour with a nice thick head. It smells slightly fruity and has strong spice notes and an obvious hop character.

The taste is exactly what I was hoping for - very light malt flavour backed with a bitter punch that completely overwhelms your tastebuds. The spice is less pronounced in the taste but still plays an important role.

The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Taras Boulba is incredibly smooth, mostly as a result of the fine carbonation. the finish is dryer than average. It makes this beer very drinkable. A very good interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:27:30 | More by Intrinsic
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a golden, hazy straw with a finger and a half of white bubbly head that lasts a couple minutes.

Smell. Light grains and funky Belgian yeast. Some herbal hops and spoiled fruit.

Taste. Bitter grassy and herbal hops and light malt. A little sour apples and a long lasting, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. This is a case of the sum being greater than the parts. Everything works so well together in this beer. Great stuff.

Thanks, NorthYorkSammy!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:58:02 | More by Rutager
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.