Taras Boulba
Brasserie de la Senne

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From:
Brasserie de la Senne
 
Belgium
Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #27
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,966
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Ratings:
570
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 02, 2022
Added:
Sep 19, 2006
Wants:
  54
Gots:
  58
SCORE
87
Very Good
Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba
Notes: 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.
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1.51/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25
by MichaelKristensen4

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.

Aah, det er en ganerenser. Den er ret bitter, og ikke meget hvis nogen aroma.

May 02, 2022
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Bright gold. crisp and clear., with a bright white lacing head. Noticeable, refreshing hop presence leading to a super dry finish. As the beer warms, a delicious bready malt backbone emerges in the aftertaste. Billed as a sessionable brew--and it is--but with suprising complexity.

Apr 26, 2022
 
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

11.2oz bottled 6-9-21, opened 1-2-22.
Huge hiss upon opening leads to a 3+ finger white meringue-like head that rises out of the glass and over the rim and holds. Soft, pale gold color - bright but with limited clarity. Tons of carbonation streaming up and holds the head in place for an extraordinarily long period. Thick, sticky and full lacing.
Subtle nose with a hint of minerality, yeast, and grassy hops with a light fruitiness.
Refreshing with a mild but bracing bitterness that's grassy, floral, spicy and just works.
Light body with high carbonation. Moderate persistent hoppy and dry finish.
Outstanding.

Jan 03, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a large, white head of bubbly foam. It left lots of sticky patches of lace on the glass. It smelled of fruit, yeastiness and biscuity malt. Very dry taste with some sweet fruit and toasted caramel.

Oct 25, 2021
 
4.13 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Oct 15, 2021
 
3.83 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2021
 
4.25 by FZR23 from Romania on Jul 04, 2021
 
3.57 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Jun 12, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

More like a bitter table beer, super drinkable and refreshing. Great for drinking in the hammock in the backyard on a summer evening.

Jun 08, 2021
 
3.32 by deereless from Colorado on May 17, 2021
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2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#1706 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Very pale straw, slightly hazy. Massive rising CO2! And it's my usual clean tasting glass. One of those very unusual beers where despite being chilled and carefully handled the head *continues to grow in the glass* after being poured. It's like watching bread dough through the oven door rising before your eyes hehe... Currently has a 5CM pillowy white head.
S- Quite bright, with a mild citrus note.
T- Ooph! 1st sip of beer today and this is citrus-DRY. It's that kind of dryness you get from unsweetened grapefruit juice, ie serious. In fact the citrus aspect tastes very much like grapefruit. My palate is going to take some adjusting to this. I find it very harsh, austere, there is no warmth or richness here that might move the citrus towards an element of balance.
F- Hipster, contemporary, New World citrus notes. It feels thin and harsh on the palate.
O- This is a very contemporary profile indeed, but being of an age where I favour subtlety and balance over a shouty beer equivalent of the sour-candy challenge it is not my style at all. Disappointing and not one I'd wish to drink again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Bottle conditioned (I left most of the sludge in the bottle). Ingredients include 'fermentable sugar'. The lable notes: 'Noble hop session beer'.
330ml bottle £2.90 BB: 27/10/2021 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 26, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a fairly clear straw with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is crisp and hoppy with a hint of yeast. Notes of apples, pears, rye and white pepper.

Taste is crisp and light with a sturdy bitterness. Notes of citrus, yeast, rye, apple peel and some floral, fruity hints. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium with frothy carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, hoppy everyday beer.

Mar 09, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clausthaler from Massachusetts

This one's kinda fuckin weird. This is a little past expiration (maybe a year, sorry but I don't care enough to get up and get the bottle out of recycling I am 1 trillium POCOTOB and 2 fingers deep in eagle rare) and has been on a shelf at room temp, I dug in the back for the most sheltered back of the shelf bottle but it still had a fuckload (~1tbsp) of sediment and foamed all over after opening, definitely some refermenting going on here.

It has an interesting.. we'll go full pretension here and call it lemon meringue pie with graham cracker crust fucked up by some like barnyardy hay notes (not full brett just a subtle subtle nod towards that direction). After the fucking annoying opening of this, some settling down in the teku it's pretty decent for $4. Getting a little more key lime pie as it warms, but that might just be because I ate a lot more key lime pie than lemon meringue in my youth. The amount of sediment was fucking unsettling to the point of considering a geuze basket but I don't have that kinda shit, but there was a lot. Not sure if it's good or bad but I tried to avoid it in this first trial. At $4 I will definitely pick up some more and try it full sediment. This is actually pretty fuckin nice, a good food beer perhaps, a palate cleanser certainly. Singing with lemon sorbet notes. The hops is not overpowering, whatever bacteria/yeasts are present are quite quite balanced with the hopping schedule and that's refreshing given I live in massachusetts and am fucking overwhelmed with NEIPAS on the regular. It's worth ticking the box on this one.

Mar 06, 2021
 
3.59 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jan 28, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by nghiem from California

Appearance: Hazy lemon/straw yellow, fluffy white head that lingers for days.

Aromatics: Sweet almost bubblegum aroma starts first, then carries into some banana and tropical citrus. Some yeast character follows through.

Taste: a slightly tart lemon citrus start but is quickly replaced with a rather in your face freshwater logged bark-like earthy bitter and an odd tanginess that may or may not have a spicy tinge to it, depends on your sip/swig ratio. There is a touch of biscuit and yeasty malt.

Mouth: A well blended mix of carbonation and creamy liquid.

Overall: Incredibly drinkable, perfect balance of hops and character from the yeast. This is what I would reach for time after time and never get bored of. After my first taste, I immediately knew this beer entered my beer pantheon. It's that delicious!

Jan 01, 2021
 
3.06 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 19, 2020
 
4.34 by igl from Russian Federation on Feb 20, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by eppCOS from Colorado

L - a bit of an unfiltered murk on this very light "Bitter Blonde"
S - has a hint of a light Belgian white ale, but bittering hops chime in at the end; doughy
T - a chameleon in the mouth for taste; always weaves between light hoppy Belgian, some spice, a blonde (sure), super dry on the palate.
F - proper liveliness and carbonation, not much weight to this @4.5% but could drink a lot of it.
O - not my favorite beer, but a stand-out for how different it is!

Feb 01, 2020
 
4.18 by caahare from West Virginia on Jan 21, 2020
 
4.18 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2019
 
3.81 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2019
 
3.8 by edthehead from New York on Nov 10, 2019
 
3.79 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 09, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HipCzech from Texas

33 cl bottle (“BOT: 12DEC18, BBD: 11SEP19”) from l’Amiral Bière in Bordeaux, France, poured into a plastic cup.

Sep 06, 2019
 
3.9 by TrojanRB from Texas on Sep 05, 2019
 
4.02 by brother_rebus from Maine on Aug 03, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a huge, stable head.

Smells of fresh cut citrus, wheat and additional lime zest atop bread dough.

Drinks utmost refreshing with a stony effervescence and a light, flavorful body.

Tastes of an initial carbonation burst, featuring a mineral quality and bread dough, enriched by a note of wheat. Immediately a noble hop quality kicks in, getting a dry punch from additional citrus and lighter lime bonbon. Finishes aqueous, slightly spicy, with white pepper and cardamom adding perfectly to a longer lasting lime finish with a prevailing bitterness.

This drinks quite explosive, intense and refreshing at the same time. The beer got a perfect balance to it, adding a gentle smoothness to its mineralic carbonation, making this as drinkable as possible.

Jul 29, 2019
 
3.84 by brentblackwell from Georgia on Jul 27, 2019
 
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Arjen from Netherlands

When in Brussels....Bottle in L'Ultime Atome, Ixelles/Elsene. Cloudy lemon yellow colour Firm white head, very dense on the top layer, with bigger bubbles underneath, good retention. Aroma is refreshingly hoppy, fruity and bitterish. Retronasal: hoppy, citrus, bitterish and grainish. Flavour is above moderate bitter and light fruity. Light bodied. Bitter finish, not too extreme but long lasting. Very flavourful and sessionable.

Jun 10, 2019
 
4.3 by TheGent from New Jersey on May 05, 2019
 
3.97 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on May 04, 2019
 
3.77 by heymikew from California on Apr 26, 2019
 
3.83 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Mar 04, 2019
 
4.18 by jross5367 from Georgia on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.29 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina on Dec 30, 2018
 
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2018
 
4.04 by AxlSkull from France on Dec 08, 2018
 
3.81 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON) on Nov 18, 2018
Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 570 ratings