Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne
Belgium
brasseriedelasenne.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light blonde with 4.5% alc., generously hopped with the finest aromatic hops, giving it a very refreshing character and a scent reminiscent of citrus.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,722
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
535
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
58
Trade:
1
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Today is the occasion of my New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 711) & this is my second of the eclectic lot of bottles & CANs that will follow over the course of the day.

From the Bottle: "Smeirlap! Awel merci! Taras Boulba es roezeg van kolaire! Zanne zaune es mi een wolline getraut!" It looks like Dutch, but it could be Flemish or Walloon. Either way, it has Google Translate stumped! Would someone PLEASE translate this for me/us?!?; "Unfiltered Blond craft beer, refermented in the bottle. Pour without the sediment - it can be drunk separately. Store in a cold and dark place. Enjoy its freshness: Do NOT age this beer!"

Whoopsie! I fail to understand how aging a bottle-conditioned beer is detrimental. Oh well, their beer, their rules. I began with a Pop! of the cap & a slow, gentle pour. If nothing else, at least I can pour with clarity. I ended up with a glassful of Yellow-Golden (SRM = 4 - 5) beer with NE-quality clarity, but The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon disagreed with me, saying that it was a solid Yellow, but not deep enough to be Gold for their refined tastes. 8=( Ingrates! A finger of foamy, bone-white head formed of its own volition & then fell away to wisps. 8=( Nose had a very pronounced papery mustiness, like that bundle of newspapers from years past found up in the attic. Clearly, the yeastie boyz had done their job! I am still stumped as to why they are worried about aging a bottle-conditioned beer. Mouthfeel was medium, but tingly from the carbonation. Nice. The taste was VERY dry, lightly spicy and very musty. Mmm. I checked back on the revamped Styles & this is completely in-line with the guidelines. There was little hop bitterness, but I was down with that since I have some hoppy goodness lined up for later. Finish continued to be dry, only slightly bitter with an inherent spiciness that lingered well past the swallow. Nice.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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330ml bottle from Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£3.10):
Definitely a fresh & bitter offering, it wasn't the most complex with the pale malts dominating alongside some herbal flavours & yeast but there wasn't a huge amount going on beyond that. The beer was a very dry one throughout with some faintly funky flavours following on behind some grassy & earthy hops. It was a pleasant & flavoursome offering that went down fairly well but it wasn't quite to my liking sadly & it's not one I'd go for again.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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A remarkably flavorful beer at 4.5% ABV. Both the yeast character and the malt are bigger that one would expect in such a small beer. If only it were more readily available I could see it being a house staple. A standout session beer.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 535 ratings