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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
88
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 40
Gots: 16 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

erbu, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Limon80, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

HeadyTheElder, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MQ3867, Jun 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

pknyc, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of pkalix
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

pkalix, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

animal69, May 28, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

LoveStout, May 26, 2014
Photo of Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Idrankthat, May 25, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, May 22, 2014
Photo of jwhancher
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

jwhancher, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bcornwell74, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

afsdan, May 13, 2014
Photo of shleepy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

shleepy, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

BraisingCain, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Lothore
3.91/5  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.

Lothore, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jongullotti, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

RonaldTheriot, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

brureview, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

EmperorBevis, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

berkshire413, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

chickenm, Mar 27, 2014
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.