Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne
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4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
(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
06-23-2014 16:44:28 | More by Bouleboubier
3.46/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
06-19-2014 18:16:31 | More by dcmchew
3.76/5 rDev -5.3%
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...
06-01-2014 22:31:39 | More by pkalix
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-25-2014 21:09:34 | More by macher0
3.56/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
05-22-2014 01:49:45 | More by jwhancher
4.13/5 rDev +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.
05-04-2014 20:35:55 | More by shleepy
3.91/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-19-2014 03:06:14 | More by Lothore
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-05-2014 14:07:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.24/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-05-2014 00:48:05 | More by brureview
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.