Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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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:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
490
Reviews:
212
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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47
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Stand-Out Belgian Pale, one of the finds of my obscure pale hunt. Mildly yeasty, with a good fomay head. Nice mouthfeel, medium lus mouthfeel, expirey 2008. Quite hoppy,good bitterness and a remarkable overall taste effort for 4.5% a.b.v. I would drink this regular and convert many people if this was available regularly.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small 1 inch head that becomes an oily film on the top of the beer. Spotty bits of lace on the drink down. Smells of yeast, watery citrus hops, and malt. Tastes of watery malt, subdued citrus hops, and yeast. Somewhat abrasive hop bitterness after each sip. Not too good. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, I am glad I got to try this hard to find Belgian beer but it is not my cup of tea.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by grassy, herbal and peppery spicy flavors from the hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The low alcohol content makes the beer very sessionable but it is still packed with lots of hoppy and yeasty flavors making it comparable to some of the top Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Taras Boulba" Extra Hoppy Ale. 4.5% ABV. Brasserie de la Senne Brussels.
.33cl bottle served into a S'Feuillien goblet. Reviewed from notes taken in Belgium in June 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light fluffy head of nicely thick cream and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent copper with visible floating yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering hops. Cream.

T: Barley and cream foundation with a restrained bittering hop climax - a bit like a tame IPA. Pleasant. Some yeast does pull through, adding a pleasant biscuity aspect to the flavour profile.

Mf: Lacks the terrible coarseness of many similarly hopped beers. There's a sharp carbonation bite, but the mouthfeel features welcome coarseness to bring out the flavour and provides needed wetness in an attempt to refresh. That said, it doesn't really suit the flavours all that well. It's passable.

Dr: Highly priced by locla standards. Somewhat mundane. Drinkable enough, but not a session beer. Pedestrian and forgettable.

C-

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300

For this "benchmark" review, I wanted to try something new & relatively unknown.

Taras Boulba pours a deep peachy tone into an oversized tulip glass. Slightly hazy texture with unfiltered particles of yeast, and steady streamers of carbonation. Merengue-like foam billows to form craggy peaks. Irregular, spotty lacing rings the glass as the excess foam dwindles to an iceberg-like island. It certainly looks Belgian in all aspects.

There's a light pear fruitiness to the aroma, similar to Zinnebir from this brewery. Also a mineral water element, with light earthy hops making an appearance.

It's lightly fruity and hoppy on the palate, with a residual dry, herbal aftertaste. The hops are earthy, and balance the mild fruitiness. Not over the top hops, just gently bitter, with the drying herbal aftertaste.

The feel is airy and effervescent, juicy at first, then with the dry smack on the back of the palate. It was very easy to finish a 750mL of this very refreshing summertime Belgian. Imagine a hoppier, less fruity version of Zinnebir, and that's not far off the mark.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy (lots of lees) beige color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of extra dry hops with lightly spicy yeast. Taste is a well balance mix between some spicy yeast with some really dry hops (not really bitter though) and good Belgian style malt profile. Full body with great carbonation. Well done if maybe a tad too dry but I wouldn't mind having this more often.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles from Dyan this week. Thanks!

Into a wide-mouthed goblet, Taras Boulba appears a hazy, yeasty straw color. Champagne-like effervescence feeds a large creamy head that slowly settles to a splotchy cap.

The aroma contains a subtle and pleasant mix of bready malts, spicy Belgian yeast and zesty, lemony hops.

Herbal, floral, zesty hops hit the palate first, quickly matched by bready and earthy malts, white pepper-like spiciness, strong lemon rind bitterness. This has a lot of flavor and complexity, but it never feels heavier than its 4.5% ABV. Light and thirst-quenching, dry from front to back, I'm really liking the balance between the malt, hops and yeast. There's a touch of medicinal phenols in the finish that remind me of aged Orval, faint enough to add an interesting complexity. The bitterness in the finish seems to grow with each sip, lingering for minutes in between sips, exhibiting an herbal and lemon peel-like character. Such a great beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, orange zest, pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, grape, orange zest, pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, bread, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish; expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale! All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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, plenty of Noble hop character. Surprisingly, the flavor really takes a turn in an even better 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. Damn near perfect.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
3.9 out of 5 based on 490 ratings.
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