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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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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Bottled 2013-11-07, best by 2014-11-07
Glass: Tulip

De la Senne's Taras Boulba is a hop-forward, yet not palate annihilating, mild ale that manages to find its way as an easy-drinking session beer at 4.5%. The not-overwhelming character would allow this to be enjoyed multiple times in a row during an evening at a bar in Brussels. The major shortcoming of the beer is its fairly limited malt range and single-minded focus on bitterness; a bit less early hops and some more malt complexity could bring this beer to new levels. Good, but a bit expensive as an import from Belgium, definitely one to enjoy if affordably priced on tap, but also to conjure in one's home brewery.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, somewhat frothy looking. Retention is average, about one minute, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a moderate sized island lingering atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with moderate numbers of medium-sized dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. The beer's body is a fairly bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, but fairly active in movement.

Aroma is fruity and hoppy, with vague citrus undertones, slight mustiness, somewhat like Saphir, most likely from hops of German origin. Generally noticeable enough to be pleasant and interesting, and not at all overpowering.

The mid and back-palates are a bit flat in terms of bitterness overwhelming the very mild other flavors, but otherwise this is a flavorful, hop-forward pale beer. Front of palate tastes floral and musty-citrus hops with a very faint pale malt sweetness behind them. Mid-palate detects moderate hop bitterness with light grapefruit-like undertones, slight floral notes, and slightly grainy pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate experiences moderate bitterness with undertones of grapefruit peel, bitter herbs, and flowers, a bit of yeast, but little malt presence. Aftertaste of moderate bitterness with a bit of musty grapefruit peel, and pale malt graininess (not sweetness).

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, leading to a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth/creamy (1/10) mouthfeel. Carbonation nears the border of fizziness, but never gets quite there, thankfully. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 06:36:43 | More by falloutsnow
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.6%

01-07-2014 19:01:14 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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KristofH

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-24-2013 15:48:38 | More by KristofH
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

"Extra hoppy ale" is all I can understand from the label, which I consider a good sign. This is a fairly light Belgian pale ale, bottle conditioned with some awesome hoppy characteristics.

Yellow/light gold color. Light head with tons of great retention and lacing all down the glass. Aroma is grassy, slightly tart, citrus, and a bit of yeasty funk. Tastes incredible. A perfect blend, for me, of refreshing light malt, yeast complexity, slight sour/tartness and of course, a good helping of bright hops!

I can't remember how much I paid for this bottle, but I fear it is a lot more than I'd hope for such a potentially perfect session ale. I'll definitely be trying to reproduce this in my own home brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:31:04 | More by AaronHomoya
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FLima

Brazil

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with one finger thick head with low retention. It became milky amber at last pour.
Light aroma of bready malt with floral and herbal hops and a citrusy touch.
Superb and assertive flavor, predominant lemon note with hints of green apples, recent cut grass, pears, white grapes, just a touch of grapefruits, wheat, earthy and citrus hops, spicy yeast and coriander. Hops feel incredibly fresh.
Light body with firm and perfect carbonation and a slight acid citrus sensation.
A very original beer, a hoppy Belgian that worked amazingly well. Huge drinkability and very refreshing. It is like a mix of Witbier and Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 17:21:21 | More by FLima
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-06-2013 23:00:00 | More by aszatk01
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bouncepass

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-30-2013 07:50:29 | More by bouncepass
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-24-2013 03:23:02 | More by Thomas_Picton
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2013 06:57:14 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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EnemyAnemone

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-19-2013 02:54:03 | More by EnemyAnemone
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desint

Belgium

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-17-2013 20:20:16 | More by desint
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babaracas

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon color with billowing dense white head. Foam settles slowly leaving big chunks behind. Smell: lemon peel, pils, spicy. Taste: lemon pie, intense grassy flavor, finishing with a blast of spiciness over more custard-like sweetness. Drying, hop strewn finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 05:09:16 | More by babaracas
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-10-2013 18:36:59 | More by nmann08
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-09-2013 23:16:29 | More by GuitarIPA
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-09-2013 17:44:03 | More by ste5venla
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Nicky_J

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

11-06-2013 18:56:44 | More by Nicky_J
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-03-2013 20:05:29 | More by fionn13
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cestlavie

New York

3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-03-2013 04:38:02 | More by cestlavie
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magnusdave

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-29-2013 04:58:41 | More by magnusdave
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StJamesGate

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon yellow with piles of craggy, crusting white froth.
Lemon curd, flowery perfume, and beeswax nose - alluring.
Saltines, a touch of yellow apples, some yeast spice and crushing grass and hay hops.
Pear finish and clove + long lingering bitterness.
Crisp, light, soft.

Super lean, with some outrageous bitterness - makes XX Bitter look like a cream soda. There are little hints of fruity esters peak through, making the 4.5% all the more sessionable. Complex but drinkable, begs for sun and food.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:47:28 | More by StJamesGate
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as an extra hoppy ale. I'm curious as to what is going on in the scene represented on the label....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with chunky floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of bubblegum, clove, spice, phenolics, faint banana, grass and earthiness. Mildly sweet, with satisfying depth.

Tastes of earthy, fruity yeast with a dry finish. Notes of tart apples, cloves, spice, phenolics, mild bubblegum, faint banana, grass/hay, earthiness and a whisper of stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with a twinge of harsh cardboard and solvent in the background. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, bone-dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Very astringent, followed by an aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruity esters and cardboard.

Pretty good, though I can't say the hops really make themselves felt. Perhaps this is too old - without a date it's hard to tell. Looks nice, with a rounded, yeasty aroma. Flavour is OK but various off-notes spoil the effect. Satisfying body. Goes down easily enough; I'll certainly have another if opportunity knocks. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:57:56 | More by jazzyjeff13
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12owls

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-08-2013 20:28:39 | More by 12owls
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t8s8l8

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very diverse, the color is a cloudy yellow, gold. the head on this thing screams Belgian. the retention stuck around the whole time drinking and an interestingly it appeared the head retention created an island within the middle of the glass. The aromatics mostly yeast driven it seems gives of an interesting phenol, that plays well with the soft spicy citrus notes present from the hops. the flavor is very similar to the aroma. Its semi sweetness finishes comfortably dry. what makes this beverage above average is the mouthfeel. It has a high carbonation level that does not effect the creaminess in the mouthfeel. There is no alcohol warmth and very approachable. This is overall something to share with friends not an everyday beverage but overall impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:38:50 | More by t8s8l8
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msondel

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-29-2013 04:05:17 | More by msondel
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Anatole

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-19-2013 11:13:18 | More by Anatole
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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