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Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006

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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 471
Photo of MoohMooh
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with 3/4 finger airy head. Pretty lacy. It smells of apple, banana and citrus mainly; it's pretty sweet, with a touch of alcohol. Hay. There's something that reminds me of a pilsner, but I don't have the slightest idea of what causes this. Taste is bready, with some apple and citrus. Definitely on the bitter side. Body is medium and prickly. It feels a bit watery sometimes, too clean perhaps.

It's... good, I guess. Pretty refreshing, but nothing really special. I wish I liked it more, because as always with the Brasserie de la Senne, the label art is terrific, but no dice.

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy lemon/straw yellow, chunky white foam head made up of medium to large bubbles. The dissipation medium but a rather sparse lace as the liquid dwindles.

Aromatics: Sweet almost bubblegum aroma starts first, then carries into some banana and tropical citrus. A tiny bit of yeasty-ness in there that gives it a creamy smooth nose

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. A little more coarse than smooth as it bumbles over the tongue. Medium body has a rising crescendo in bold bitter that almost drop to nothing; breaking clearly in intensity leaving behind just a few weeping stragglers of juniper spiked hops.

Overall: It says “extra hoppy ale” right on the label, and I think it was actually really good. I’ve had some real doozies but this level of hoppy is what I’d classify as “extra hoppy”. It’s not extreme, and is kept in check with a good level of malted barley and sugar. I absolutely love the bubblegum scents wafting in my nose, I think in the end that is the main reason I drank it with a little more gusto than normal. It’s an unusual scent to have in a beer in the Western part of Canada for sure.

Pairing: I real want to play on the scent here more than the flavour, but I will try to accommodate both.. I’m going to actually try a dessert of angel food cake with strawberries and cream to cut that bitter down and capitalize on the bubblegum sweetness aroma. I’m also going to suggest this would pair nicely with a nutty cheese combo - maybe an almond/cashew coated cheddar and cream cheese ball common around the fall and winter holidays, spread on “everything” bagel pieces or multi/ancient grain crackers.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly mild in all respects. Best by wasn't on bottle so could've been quite old. On sale as well so could've been old stock. All the qualities of a Belgian Pale were there, just muted.

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Photo of woomThomas
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is hazy yellow light. The foam is white with large bubbles. The foam will slowly disappear, leaving great trails. Smells of hops, citrus, a little yeast and flowers. Are some grass and pine. The smell is a bit anonymous and had been expected more. The flavors of the hops and hops. Then comes the lemon and pineapple, a little grass, grapefruit, spices and a little orange zest. Small yeast tones and fresh bitterness. A little bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body, medium bitterness bitterness, medium carbonation. A little dry and bitter in the end. Refreshing with fruity notes.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm guessing this was categorized "BPA" before the "BPA IPA" style was made.
But to the credit of Taras Boulba, there are not too many hops... actually, just enough. A delicate beer.
Reviewed in the "1001", you could easily make the case for it being their if it was the ale that made the BPA IPA style. If not the case, you got an argument defending it being on the list.

And the name? Credit the "1001" reviewer with doing his research: it is a play on how cultural differences are silly in light of the universal language of beer.

And the food? I'll tell you about my pairing mistake. I drank half of "TB" waiting for the microwave to heat up last night's leftovers from a pan-Asian restaurant. The other half of "TB" did not go well with a spicy dish that seemed to have jalapeños in it... which, know I know, is better with an American IPA.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I have the possibility to get hold of a beer from Brasserie de la Senne I haven't tried I'm diving right in to it!

This beer was released at #Systembolaget, Sweden in April 8, 2016.
ABV: 4.5% so this is a "low-alcohol" beer :)

It pours hazy, light yellow with a two finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: Not much here! Light sense of citrus, yest, bread, floral notes, grass and pine.
Taste: Citrus, grass, grapefruit, spices and orange zest.
Mouth: Light to medium body. High but soft carbonation. Dry, bitter ending.

Very refreshing beer! Great for a summer picknick.

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Photo of Jow
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very bitter beer and I am more of fan of the zinnebeer that the Brewery produces.

This is a very very bitter beer, could be excellent in the summer with a certain dish but I can not drink more than 2 pieces because of the bitterness. Quite unique this beer.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle Beergium - Pours hazy gold with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - light bready, ripened fruits. Taste - Pilsen feel foretaste with a lingering bitter finish. Interesting but a little bit too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy pale ale with moderate to high bitterness, but also great aroma from the hops. Malts are more withdrawn, and the beer doesn't come off as too sweet. A good, light, bitter Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow. Skunky earthy hops, slighty malty. Bubbly and clean, very light but hop forward; earthy and oily hops are flavourful but also soft behind the clean crisp profile. Seems like an excellent summer hopped ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is grassy, pilsner like. Taste is hops, malts, grains, lemons, almost like a hopped up lager, a bit spicy at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not what I expect from this style.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice silvery-gold appearance, rather like a witbier. Haze is light with a good effervescence and a head of pillowy white foam leaving a chunky lace. I think it's especially attractive.

Smell: sweet with a dash of graininess and a lightly fruity Belgian character. The hops are milder than the label would suggest, but they're noble in character and I think perfectly balanced. I really, really like this aroma.

Taste: rather light when compared to the aroma, it is still smooth and well-balanced. There's a little more graininess to the flavor, which is a nice counterpoint to the aroma. Very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is really fantastic; refreshing and delightful. I will definitely be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, poured from bottle into chalice.
Not much of an Aroma on this, the taste is really off, stale adjunct lager?
Carbonation was solid. This beere let me down, nit sure if cap date was correct bottled 4/14 best by 4/15??? Seems like most Belgian pales will last much longer, the beer seemed unfiltered, lots of particles floating around.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.22/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

From XXXII, from summer sale. In Duvel glass. Playing Memoria. Nice color, but the acidic touch it has isnt of my liking. Its also dry and not refreshing. I could finish it, but didnt enjoy it. Maybe it was contamined?

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold (SRM 4) pour with thick white foam; good lace and cap stays in place all the way down. Floral hop nose with a spicy aroma. Taste is spicy yeast with a hint of caramel malt; a little bitter hop middle with a spicy finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a spicy tongue coating. Overall, being "extra hoppy" (per the label) did not throw this ale off - I thought it was tasty and easy to drink

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super bright floral and fruity aroma. Citrus, grass, honey sweetness. Sweet pilsner malt. Bubblegum and spices. Chamomile as well.

Hazy gold yellow. Large creamy off-white head. Good lacing and great head retention.

Bitter and hoppy upfront. Surprisingly so. Grassy, fruity, spicy, noble hops, and a lot of them. Yeast esters compliment the hops with pilsner malt rounding things out. Very dry and bitter (as compared to most Belgian beers).

Medium high carbonation. Light body but hop oils seem to coat the mouth.

The aroma appears to be much more yeast driven while hops take over the flavor. Interesting. Despite the bitterness, the beer is still quite refreshing.

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Photo of Jeremiah459
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the reasons i enjoy visiting Belgium. Only drink it there too, cause the US imported bottles go through hell getting here and taste awful.
Aroma is very noble hop flowery, low yeast esters. It is as if it was brewed at very low temps to restrain the yeast aromas, which is a really brilliant thing in the case of this beer.
Flavor is of noble hops riding on the backbone of delicious german or belgian pilsner malt.
Aftertaste is a punch in the tastebuds of delicious noble hops (58 IBUs!!!)
THIS BEER IS NOT LIGHT ON THE HOPS, NOR DOES IT TASTE LIKE COORS LIGHT OR PBR!!!! Do not be fooled by bad reviews. THIS BEER IS AWESOME, and the more beers you try, the more you wish you just had a fresh ass taras boulba. A beer i would gladly drink for the rest of my life if i could only choose one. Seriously.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the better belgian pales going. two huge things working in its favor. one is that its really delicate on the yeast, almost as much saison there as it is belgian with all the fruitiness and stuff, i like that modesty. the other is the very low abv, so many of these taste and feel amazing, but hover in that 7% abv range, which really curtails how much and how fast i can enjoy them. this is a crusher, make no mistake about it, and these guys have a few of those (one even named crushable!), but this is very very tasty on the whole and the price should not deter you from trying it. its delicate, some haze to the pour, and it doesnt hold its head all that well from the tap, but carbonation is not an issue at all here. the hop profile is really nice too, lots of earthiness, a touch of spice, and its not overpowered by the yeast as so many are. more is not more all the time, and this is the classic less is more story. its excellent, creative, and very distinct. i need to try more beer from these guys, but this is one of their best i have had so far. incredibly refreshing.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head white, fine bubble and durable, rigid, the glass remains until the end of the tasting.
The aroma uh, clear dry grass, hops, and you really have to toil to get the feel incredibly delicate fruity notes. A little annoying.
The taste is exactly the same as the smell. All hidden (perhaps especially). Only bitterness, which does not need to look for, grapefruit, minimal residual.
Saturation of low alcohol does not feel at all. I am disappointed smeared with the label "extra hoppy" but, and I ask: where this extra hop?
According to. I only bright spot Terrace Boulba this foam. But is it enough ?. As someone needs a "tick" is beer, it would try. If you have a choice is buy something

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Photo of skaboom420
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

very light, similar to coors light. super bitter but without any actual hop flavor. over carbonated. possibly a bad/old bottle? pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that fizzes away. Bubbles busily rise to the surface. The aroma is stinky with noble hops, pungent,citrus, farmhouse dirt, even slightly stanky, suggests that the Tettnang variety was more than likely used.

Bitter flavor which helps since the nose was a bit intense. Light peppery/spicy farmhouse flavor from the Belgian yeast strain and the hops contribute to the spice, as well as all due bitterness. Lemon grass, roots, hop flowers. Semi sweet malts are quickly neutralized. It is nice to see a Belgian pale ale that actually packs in the pungent noble hop flavor. Grainy in the finish with hops cleansing that and a slight cracker character. Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and semi dry.

Not a bad Belgian pale ale here, this has more hop flavor than many so credit where its due. The nose is pungent and musty, body light and crisp, and flavor more or less balanced. A beer I could session though it is slightly abrasive.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden hazy yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, classically Belgian-looking, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, a little bit of pine, perfume, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

This is much hoppier than the typical Belgian Pale Ale, for sure. It almost reminds me of it Carton Boat was fermented with a Belgian yeast, and was a little less hoppier. There's a very clean bitter hoppiness here, lots of floral and grassy notes, a bit of pine, and a bit of Belgian yeast twang. There's a kind of a perfume and soap thing going on here that I don't dig, really, and I find is an off-flavor in a lot of hoppy Belgian beers I've had. Clean up the finish a bit, and this is much better.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp and biting mouthfeel. As per the usual, the carbonation is pretty high. It's very drinkable.

The finish knocks this down a few pegs for me, however, up front is a nice hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy* golden in color, topped with a massive, fluffy off-white head. In the bulb this one looks spectacular.

As with the initial, visual impression, the aroma from the hops is pretty outstanding for the style: HUGE blast of complex hop notes, dominated by a lemony-citrus character which I perceive as being from an abundance of traditional "European Pils" hop variety, rather than Pacific Northwest "C-hops." There's a lighter hint of "pine" resin character as well, and regardless of where the origin, the focus of this beer at some level is clearly on the hops, but there are yeast and malt notes lurking in the nose as well.

Crisp, brisk, and astringent on the first sip, this one has much of what I expected from the hopping, and the lemony character is prominent. Malt character is very, very light -- much like a pale lager, but I don't get anything in the way of "adjunct" character. Maybe some candi sugar? Very, very dry all things considered. Dry on the finish, light in body...

As I drink this and as the beer warms a bit, I catch a very, very light "mint" character (think: spearmint), and this is a character I get from some hops, but rarely. It's not a bad thing at all, but adds a touch more complexity to this beer within the context of it being an: "extra hoppy ale."

Easy-drinking, reasonably low in alcohol, and light-bodied, this would be a nice beer to try in the summer -- "session" style.

This is a pretty solid beer altogether, and I am thankful that there were both Bottled-On-Date and a Best-By-Date codes printed on the crown (bottle cap.) As such, this beer is given a full 12-months, and while it is within two months of its Best-By date, it is still quite a decent ale altogether.

*Wheat malt and coarse-filtered (rather than bottle-conditioned) for sure.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -48.7%

A bit hoppy but mainly bitter. Not particularly nice floral tones from the hops. A little boring. Just had a second bottle and it just really reminded me of PBR. Maybe I got a bad batch but I really didn't enjoy this.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Another localized Belgian name I'll look up later.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden yellow colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar layered weeping cloud lace around the glass as it gradually recedes - this is one purdy brew!

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, orange cream, zesty yeast, muted coriander, musty pine needles, and a subtle leafy grassiness. The taste is grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, mildly acrid yeast, subdued, and muddled citrus rind, faint savoury spice, and pleasantly leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight in its closely-held, edgy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too acerbic to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the gritty malt, yeast, and various citrus, flora, and spicy hops conspiring and colluding as such.

A generally agreeable BPA, one whose mantra of 'extra hoppy' is played out well enough, I suppose, for the conservative Brussels crowd, even if this reviewer is a little nonplussed. Easy to drink, the kind of beer that once you get through half of it, all the while relating it via words, you feel the urge to just say, fuck it, close the laptop, and sit back and enjoy it. I only mention this, because that doesn't happen very often.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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