Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne
Belgium | website

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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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden, light orange beer with lots of carbonation and a thin, but creamy head.

Smell is malty and has a definate Belgian yeast character with some spicy notes. The beer also has a nice hop aroma.

Taste is light malty and strong spicy, like a combination of a pils and a tripel, light but powerfull and full-bodied. A nice bitterness which is a litlle raw and herbal. The yeast gives the beer a Belgian spiciness, which reminds me of coriander and anise. The aftertaste is dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is smooth.

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB July 2008, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb wine glass.

A: pale orangey golden hue but rather cloudy; the loosely-frothy white beer head comes restrained in thickness but lasts well
S: sweet lemony+orangey as well as floral hops (as from German noble hops?), with touches of flower-estery fragrance and juicy gristy grainy pale maltiness behind. Intense and reasonably complex.
T: a mouthful of chewy, bitter yeasts comes before the dry-ish, herbal hoppyness and floral bitterness catch up; the finish has lots of mild bitterness to entertain the tongue. Throughout the drink, the light pale malts play a subtle second fiddler to highlight the hop theme, and yeastiness adds up a wee bit of spiciness as support in the end.
M&D: creamy in texture, subtle in carbonation and medium-bodied, this is a very nicely flavoured, heavily hoppy ale, just like what it says on the beer label: "Extra Hoppy Ale". That said, with due respect, it lacks the kind of complexity that other good Belgian Pale Ales have, and is not as bitter as a real Bitter fan would satisfyingly contemplate... extremely quaffable and more-ish, though.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE aug 08. Nice and lasting white head and a cloudy golden beer. Nose is quiet hoppy belgium goldings like so spicy with bit of sour orange and some pale maltyness. Sparkling and inviting fresh. Taste is bitter and dry without missing some maltbody. Good mouthfeel and full taste despite only 4.5%. Great session beer IMO.

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer was very hazy yellowish amber wtih a white, moussy, and frothy head which lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and earthy with and extremely interesting hop character. The aroma was also lightly floral with a low fruity character.

The flavor contained a low caramel and a menthol and spicy hop presence which lasted but was never overpowering.

The finish was dry with a lasting low bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A really nice beer. More than an Ordinary Bitter, not enough caramel presence for an ESB, it must be a Belgian Pale Ale then.

Draft at Bruxellensis (9/9/06). Also brought a bottle home and saw it for sale at a few establishments around Brussels.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
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