Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne
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3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
served in a tulip at The Dirty Truth
A - more yellow and pale than i expected, almost golden and very hazy, a full finger of white head with scant carbonation
S - the first element i get is yeastiness, some poignant lemon zest citrusness, some subtle spiciness and a clean grassy note as well
T - wow, surprisingly hoppy for the stlye, a nice floral hop profile, definitely dominated by classic belgian funk and those elements of the nose that transferred to the taste, the grassiness, spices, and lemon zest
M&D - medium bodied and easily drinkable, nicely combined flavors and not so funky to turn people off, a nice classic belgian
11-11-2009 12:39:18 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.88/5 rDev -2%
My local purveyor warned me this bottle had some age to it. I was wondering how the hops were gonna hold up. The answer is wonderfully.
It poured a very hazy gold with a huge cloudy head leaving a good amount of lace down the sides of the glass.
If this beer shows any age it's in the nose. A little hop up front, maybe saaz, something noble. But it quickly gives way to a dank mustiness.
Luckly that does not carry over to bottle. The distinct fruity belgian yeast is fighting hard to keep up with the amount of ultra grassy bittering hops put into it. Crisp apple and light oat round out the palate.
The beer actually didn't last this long. It was quite smooth and creamy. I guess that's all that needs to be said about it's drinkability as well. It's a good thing it's only 4.5%
10-30-2009 22:53:51 | More by deathdealer666
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a generous white head, lots of lacing. The smell is flowers, clean minerals, grain. The taste is up front minerals, sweetness and biscuit in the middle, and a long bitter finish. It's highly carbonated, a little viscous. Nice and easy to drink as it warms. Wish this were available around here, and were a lot cheaper. All in all it's a lot like a mellower version of a Belgian IPA. Fine stuff.
10-11-2009 23:42:41 | More by gory4d
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
I kinda like BPales and the mix of the yeast and hops that usually gives the beer a crisp sensation at the end. This one is no different, although the flavors are abit subtle. Pours a dark, hazy golden with a rounded fluffy head. Some sediment in the head..weird?
Zest is prominent in the nose. Not quite orange as it's missing some zip. Maybe asian pear or something. The familiar Belgian yeasts give it a good, semi-sweet bready nose. Juicy.
Taste pretty much follows, although I would say this has a lightness to it that American Pales don't usually have. The malt is richer and not as wide, if that makes sense. Low abv makes this a good session beer for me.
09-29-2009 20:52:29 | More by Mebuzzard
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Wasn't sure what to expect, but liked the idea of a "hoppy" Belgian ale. This poured a nice rich golden color in the tulip glass it was served with with a good amount of head that clung for a few minutes. Well-balanced smell with hops dominating. The taste was also hoppy up front, but none of the bitter aftertaste of IPAS. This beer finished with a sweet, smooth flavor that was refreshing and different. I had no idea until I got home that this beer was less than 5% alcohol. If it didn't cost me $7.50 a glass, I could drink this one all night. A delicious ale!
09-19-2009 03:47:38 | More by PhillyMonk
4/5 rDev +1%
A cloudy bright gold colored beer. A massive rapidly forming airy white head faded over a few minutes. Large carbonation bubbles were scant and rose fast. Minimal lace spots.
Earthy scents with strong grass and yeast presence. Hops have a subdued quality and only hint at a bitter aroma. A buttery finish on the back of the nose.
A bitter subdued hops flavor up front. Straw and grass flavors. AS it warms a light fruity essence comes out stronger without having any specific flavor to note.
A nice thickness on the tongue. Few minimal carbonation tingle. Flavors cling very nicely well after swallowing.
A good brew. This one would work nicely with chicken Francaise. A great session brew. Well worth trying if you see it out and about.
07-06-2009 06:55:47 | More by RedChrome
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
This is probably my favorite sub-5% abv Belgian that I've tried so far. It tastes like a light Belgian IPA, which makes sense given the self-applied label, "Extra Hoppy Ale." I chilled it down a bit in the refrigerator and side-stepped the overflow other BA's have reported. Consequently, the head was probably a bit less than it could have been. The beer is a glowing, hazy yellow-gold liquid with a puffy white head. The aroma is a bit weak. Dry yeast is the main aroma, but there is a noticeable tangerine hop undercurrent. The beer really shines on the palate. It's a pretty exceptional beer given the truly sessionable 4.5% abv. Both malt and hops shine and work well with the yeast. The malt is light but fresh and flavorful. The hops give the beer a great bite in the aftertaste and provide pleasing bitterness and flavor throughout. The yeast flavors are a refined and restrained Belgian complex of earth and must. This is one of those great foreign session beers that's sadly too expensive to drink in quantity here. I'm deeply envious of Belgians (and anyone else lucky enough) who can find it easily and cheaply.
07-02-2009 04:04:46 | More by popery
4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.
served in tulip glass.
pale blonde with slight haze. amazing foamy, creamy head. great lace.
bold noble hop nose, herbal, grassy and upfront. faint fruity belgian yeast notes. toasted crackers. whiff of sulfur.
taste: very surprisingly malty and bready, while also hoppy with very crisp herbal tones. snappy bitterness.
light to medium body, with resins in the finish. crisp carbonation has moments of creaminess.
really, this isn't much different from the bottled version. maybe fresher, and of course no gushing. again, this has exceptional depth of flavor for just 4.5% ABV.
06-27-2009 14:09:15 | More by tai4ji2x
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
I'd like to thank Eric from Novare Red Bier Café for suggesting this last winter when we visited his location in Portland, ME. We shared on that night and I've been looking for one to enjoy/review. Finally was able to pick up a couple of bottles.
Upon opening the bottle some carbonation boils in the bottle and slowly starts building foam that would eventually make it's way out the top of the bottle. When poured a wispy white head forms and then begins to fade immediately. The beer is slightly hazy light gold color despite decanting and leaving the yeast in the bottle. No lacing occurs.
Aroma is yeast and spice and some pale grains/malt.
Flavor is quite yeasty as well, a bit dry with some black pepper and other spices.Some grassy notes and then a bready sense in the middle of the profile. Finally a surprising amount of hop bitterness. Almost crisp and definitely dry. You get some additional sweetness as it warms above the serving temperature as well as some additional fruitiness shining through.
Mouth feel is just shy of astringent and body is very delicate. Bitterness makes it seem a bit more bold than it really is.
Quite drinkable and a lot of flavor for a lower ABV beer. This could be a session Belgian.
06-20-2009 02:11:35 | More by Reagan1984
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
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
This beer poured a hazy, golden color with tall, white foam that persisted and clung to the glass, leaving some lace. The smell was a wonderful aromatic hop aroma (noble?) coupled with effervescent carbonation which tickled the nostrils. The taste was very dry and full of aromatic hop flavors, though not overly bitter. Behind the hops was a mild malt body with only a touch of sweetness. Perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good, fine carbonation. The hops were present from start to finish. This is a wonderful session beer. Thanks to Daniel from Moan & Dove for recommending this one.
05-30-2009 23:18:38 | More by UncleJimbo
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Smeirlap!
A: Light orange with a big puffy head. In fact, I barely keep it from gushing all over the counter.
S: Citrus and spicy yeast.
T: A stunningly refreshing mix of tartness, hop bitterness, and biscuity malt.
M: Light with tons of carbonation.
D: This is really easy to put down. I'd drink it all the time if it were more widely available and less expensive.
05-25-2009 01:54:22 | More by BarrelO
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured a nice straw color. Big brilliant head, which reduced to a lace minimal lace.
Aroma is a peppery and lime like.
Taste is bitter and floral, crisp and clean.
Light bodied and refreshing.
Drinkable, but nothing really stands out with this beer. It's good but as others have mentioned it's not fantastic.
All around good beer, but nothing that really strikes a fancy with me on this one.
05-23-2009 18:54:45 | More by deanhead
4/5 rDev +1%
No apparent freshness date on bottle
This is a good beer. Not a bad beer, not a great beer, not an OK beer, but a good beer. There is nothing that really stands out here but there is nothing I can pick apart either.
It has a nice thick, lasting head with more than a little yeast in the glass if you pour recklessly.
Bright citrus and tropical aromatics slightly bitter from the "Extra Hoppy" aspect of this beer. Not really hoppy at all though this seems to ride a perfect line of bitter, fruity and earthy.
Nice carbonation that keeps this fresh and lively in the mouth, a bit more than most Belgian Pale ales.
This is easily drinkable, but not something I want all the time. Only beacause there are so many great Belgian Pales out there, and this one is just good. Not Bad, but good.
05-14-2009 02:34:52 | More by bryanbrick
4.63/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured into my duvel tulip. pale yellow to hazy orange in color. finger of white head. decent retention.
nose is of grass, maybe hay. light fruits, apples and melons. cloves. smells alot like local 1. but this beer has half the alcohol, hmmmm...
initially its sweet and clovy, with faint fruits that are more dominant in nose. crisp hops clean any residual sweetness away, leaving only a slight bitterness behind. slightly peppery. marvelously balanced.
mouthfeel is perfect. carbonation is just right, flavor complexity isnt nearly overpowering to the palate. clean finish.
this beer is as drinkable as any belgian out there. it is light and clean, leaving the drinker wanting more. unfortunately it is cost-prohibitive to session with this beer, as much as id like to.
advertised as extra hoppy, it is anything but. rather the hops just serve to clean up the sweet fruity esters left behind from the belgian style.
05-12-2009 00:03:36 | More by imagineiii
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
wow. really. 4.5 abv!
pour is a murky golden. the head creeps up the bottle after popping. very carbonated beer. tight white belgian bubbles. nose of herbal straw, pilsner bitterness, and a mild floral lavender quality. taste is soap astringent. quite dry on the tongue. lavender comes through on the palate quite nicely with a pislner earthy like finish. wonderful bitter. light. effervescent carbonation that does burn but adds to the clean dryness of the beer. very mild sweet, some honey with a finish of bread. minty crisp on the tongue balance with that too. great beer. great for late spring to summer. so light and well hopped it could be had with everything... but spicy foods.
05-08-2009 21:18:20 | More by rtepiak
4/5 rDev +1%
04/30/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellar in Redwood City, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my New Belgium tulip.
Appearance- Medium to ligher golden colored pour. One inch fluffy head with some light lace patchwork and streaks remaining.
Smell- Ligher notes when cold of tropical fruits, lemon rind and yeast. As it warms, the tropical notes really get pungent.
Taste- Very well balanced between the tropical hoppy flavors and the light toasted malty base. Light lemony flavors with what seems like mango possibly as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Pretty crips and a minor hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability- All in all a really nice pale ale. Really easy to drink and refreshing.
04-30-2009 21:14:33 | More by GClarkage
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
Huge, over-carbonated head--the bottle vulcanoed when opened. When poured, there is an initial four-fingered head. Leaves chunky ring lace. Quite cloudy; golden color.
Earthy and yeasty aroma predominates...mostly yeast. Clean malt smell without the rawness that I've come to expect from Belgium. Light alcohol in the background.
Acidic without being citrusy. A balanced finish that offers a notable hop flavor. The yeast is lighter than the smell would indicate. Balanced body; leans toward the bubbly side.
04-25-2009 22:44:20 | More by smcolw
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours cloudy orangey straw with a huge white, fluffy head. Lots of floaties.
Nose is grassy, really tight, spicy, almost cool.
Taste is tight like the nose, almost odd. Cool, herbal hop bitterness seems to dominate, yeast lends a doughy malt note that gets mixed up in it and doesn't break free. Moderately high bitterness level wears on the palate. Everything ends up muddled up in a tight mass with nothing really breaking free.
Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, light bodied.
Was a bit turned off by this one, and really sure why. It didn't seem refreshing or overly drinkable, and there seemed to be a lot of bitterness instead of hop flavor. Iffy.
Edit: thinking back, this keg had been rolled down stairs into the basement minutes prior to tapping, so I wonder if that really screwed up the taste by agitating all that yeast into the beer.
04-23-2009 02:21:52 | More by JohnQVegas
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, dull golden-hued body with a tall, fluffy, white head.
Smell: Fresh, aromatic notes of dusty citrus fruits, cantaloupe juice, herbs, clean soap, and spices set against a humble backdrop of pale malts.
Taste: European pale malts, only lightly sweet. Fruity tastes of melon and lemon slide into tastes of dried herbs, lemon pepper, and watercress. Moderate bitterness. Slight Belgian yeast character. Minor acidity. Floral, soapy hop flavors in the latter half. Spicy bitterness in the brightly crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: I'm always happy to mix in a lighter alcohol brew, particularly when it's both pleasantly flavorful and irresistibly quaffable.
04-11-2009 02:03:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
A standard pale gold colour with a nice stable head - nothing mega exciting here, but all in all quite pleasant to look at.
The nose presents lovely floral fresh hops and a good sweet malty waft. Some nice fruity aromas too (pineapple and mango.) The smell is very complex for a beer of this strength!
In the mouth the hop attack comes first - this is quite a bitter beer! Its all balanced really well with a good underlying malt sweetness. The aftertaste is short but satisfying and theres also plenty of fruitiness here too.
For a beer of this strength it is really quite a remarkable brew - the balance is fantastic. It's super quaffable aswell.
Its good to see the belgians can make a great light tasty beer aswell some excellent dark, strong brews.
02-20-2009 15:38:45 | More by Rors
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
02-15-2009 02:38:18 | More by markman
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this for the second time on tap at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT.
Slightly cloudy , light gold , with a frothy head..served in a Hommel Ale chalice.
Smell is earthy and hoppy.
Taste is slightly grassy and earthy Noble type hop, with a bite for sure. There is bit of malt...not enough to balance, but enough to tame the hops a bit...not sweet. There is also a hint of lemon, yeast and bubblegum in the background.
Mouthfeel is on the light end of medium and the carbonation is just right.
A pretty easy drinking Belgian.
01-03-2009 00:55:17 | More by Hautacam
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
The Taras Boulba poured a hazy straw yellow with a wicked strong foam head which was 3-4 fingers. It left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and retention was moderate.
Aroma was enjoyable as it reminded of Belgian smells with added hoppiness. It had a nice fruitiness to it. The taste is light and fruity and was one which could be session-able. It was pretty dry in the mouth and you were left with some resinous hops. Overall a very solid Belgian Pale.
12-16-2008 02:44:24 | More by cswhitehorse
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a clouded yellow orange that's hard to see in this dark light. Nose is minor dough with spices mixed in. Milder than I expected. Flavor is quite hoppy it seems. Fair amount of dough. Earthy too. Minor citrus on the backside. Decent level of spices it seems, buy really the hops are in full effect here. Smooth feel. Low carbonation. Nice to drink. It started off off to me but soon got quite nice. Like this beer a lot.
12-08-2008 23:52:39 | More by RblWthACoz
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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