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Taras Boulba - Brasserie de la Senne

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88
very good

193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 403
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 40
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 403
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey DC, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a big tight white head.

Beer is yeasty and sweet in the nose, mild hoppiness.

Beer is sweet in the sense that Duvel is sweet beer, it is an interesting beer. Yeasty and mildly dry on the finish with a little hops in the midpalate, mild bitterness at the end. I enjoyed it a lot. (364 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"It was the best of beers, it was the worst of beers..." Well, there's no downside to this Belgian offering but with a foral delicate character up front and a biting bitter note in the back, this really is a tale of two beers.

Pouring with the delicate light straw hue that's typical with Belgian blonde ales, the beer casts a mild yeasty cloud and uninterrupted streams of carbonation. The spritzy bubbles build a fluffed cottony head that sits lightly on the beer and laces the glass intricately.

Very floral to the nose, the beer's supple malt sweetness gives a rounded and somewhat fuller scent to the bouquet of orange blossom, honeysuckle, lavender, lemongrass, and soft coriander. Underpinnings of soft bready pilsner malt allows for a light grain and yeast scent to give impressions of cookie dough.

Just when you think that the aroma profile translates effortlessly to taste, the beer gives a few surprises. Of course the supple sweetness of malt touches the tongue and then seemingly dissolves like powdered sugar while the floral notes march onto the mid palate with a developing earth, grassy, and pepper tone. But the procession toward finish continues to grow into an intensely hopped bitterness that wasn't expected. Finish much like many Belgian IPAs, the bitter bite that's only illuminated in the back of the throat reminds me of lemon pepper, sassafras, and sandalwood.

The finesse of the beer's upstart plays light on the palate with the creamy effervescent that lifts and whimsically dissapears- again, much like powdered sugar or cotton candy. This powdery note hides its bittering power very well and never allows it to pronounce until deeper in the finish. But that bitterness does bring about a sharp, peppery, and somewhat astringent bite that's much like biting on raspberry seeds. Lightly acidic, the beer closes with pleasant alcohol warmth, aided hop dryness, and a fast-fleeting malt presence.

This beer would work perfectly with some of those delicate fish entrees that are also a bit oily. The floral notes of the beer will complement that of the fish preparation, and the bitterness will cleanse the mouth and allow the champagney carbonation to refresh the palate and ensure every bite tastes like the first. (2,248 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pale straw color. Hazy appearance. White, medium bubbled, froth. Rocky, fairly good retention, crown. Floral & citric aromas with subtle tropical fruit hues. Maltiness & Belgian yeast at first sip is blown out by heavy hoppiness that lingers into the finish. Medium to light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture, slightly watery in the middle . Lemon juice sensation, heavy astringency. Long bitter finish. Resiny & piney aftertaste. A devilish refreshing & amazing Belgian Pale Ale. (544 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 on tap at O'Brien's

A: Hazy light golden color with a thin white head.

S: Pretty faint but some light notes of citrus and earthy hops.

T: Really subtle but great flavor profile. Some light citrusy notes: lemon and orange peel with a nice grassy and spicy hoppy finish. Maybe some pale malt as well. Light and refreshing. I'd definitely drink this again. (361 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Very cloudy, hazy yellow pour with two finger foamy white head with good retention and nice lacing. Pretty typical Belgian Pale Ale nose with lots of grass, lemony citrus, and yeast. The taste follows suit with a really intense citrusy, grassy, yeasty tang. Hints of lemon, orange rind, spicy herbal hops, and a touch of pepper as well. Mothfeel is slightly fizzy with a nice crisp, dry, tangy, bitter finish. It definitely stands out as a Belgian Pale Ale. (525 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a light yellow-orange amber fine white yeast particles floating from pouring the whold bottle, half finger fine white head that slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of earthy citrus light fruit, faint Belgian yeast and mild hops. Flavor of light bready malt, citrus and hops. Finishes with a light lemony bitterness and light malt. Light to medium bodied. A refreshing pale ale with a distinctive dry, hoppy, citrusy finish. (474 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this an ideal beer to drink during the afternoon when in Belgium, not too strong alcohol wise and hoppy enough to satisfy my thirst. I’ve also had it in cask form in the UK; this review however is from a bottled one: taken at The Red Rose in Brugge.

Correct glass; bronze to amber body, white coloured head with staying power.

The smells are of yeast, citrusy hops with a somewhat earthy nature.

The taste is hoppy and yeasty, with some malty undertones, becoming a little more bitter towards the end of each sip.

Carbonisation about right even though it can look and be a bit fizzy on occasions, it didn’t on this tasting.

A Belgian beer to chat over, or even have a mini session on: no great, wonderful or exotic flavours to enthuse about, just a pleasant beer and well worth having. (801 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

My wife asked for the Zinnebir Christmas, but after reading the profile/reviews, I'm about 99% positive that she was given this beer instead by mistake, and she ended up not caring for it, thus swapping it for my De Struise Tsjeeses. Who got the raw end of that deal? I'll let you decide. I liked both beers fine, so...

Anyway.

Served in a pint glass, this beer poured a hazy golden-yellow with a decently foamy white head. Hoppy aroma, grassy, and a bit bready. Biscuity malts in the taste, generously hopped, floral and some citrus notes, almost IPA-ish in nature, and touches of light fruit and light peppery spice. Bitter finish. Decent, but not overwhelming. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable. (748 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice clear golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had some light spice notes on the nose but really gives off lots of nice grainy aromas with some floral hops in there too. The taste of the beer was a little on the light side. It had some decent bitter notes along with some sweet grain too. The mouthfeel was light and pretty refreshing. Overall this brew was good, just not has strong as I thought it might be. Very easy going brew. (488 characters)

Photo of osusullins
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (432 characters)

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

814th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
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. (686 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (615 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of skypup
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of avaldivia
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (507 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (684 characters)

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