Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba
BA SCORE
69.3%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 505 ratings
Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 09-19-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,012
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
505
Liked:
350
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
11.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
52
Trade:
0
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(served in a pint)

A: pale, yellow-amber liquid... hazy as hell... gorgeous, gooey foam stand

S: noble hops galore... grassy, with a farmhouse dirt and spice... dried lemon peel, old cloth

T: grassy, floral edging... mildly piney bitterness that hums and lingers... light lemon in the finish, where a mild malt sweetness and cereal flavor emerges... bitter, yellow grapefruit flesh and a dusting of must in the aftertaste

M: soft, plushy, quiet... sanded smooth, but not polished... mumbling, fade away finish... extremely easy to knock back

O: pretty damn tasty, lovely showcase of hop bitterness... heard this guy say he's more a fan of English ales, and it shows in this one... comes across as a sort of hybrid English bitter and small Saison... curious to try it over there - held up pretty well here

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3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow, big fluffy white head, nice retention.
Smells lagerish, some extra lemon and grains, "greener", but not very attractive.
Taste starts with lemon, and ends with lemon. A bit of orange sweetness, grapefruit, faint orchard and tropical fruit, followed by huge green hops, really bitter. A touch of "soapy" aromatic herbs. Finish is very aggressive and bitter, like being hit with a barrel of hops in the head (the label seemed very inspiring).
Medium body and carbonation, very dry. Damn, this is bitter.
Again, huge hops seem to cover up some probably nice notes. Bravo on the hop-bomb, not so happy about the sacrificed flavours.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

taras boulba is my favorite beer. i could drink it anytime, anywhere and it would always be fresh and exciting to me. it is wonderfully bitter up front, then crushingly refreshing on the finish. it is perfect in every way, and if you don't like it i don't trust you.

it is also a shame that bottles of this beer just never taste as good as i wish they did. i am sure that the number of people that have had this in a bottle and never want to seek it out again is relatively high, because this is a beer that is only as good as it is fresh, and due to importing, bottles are routinely 6-12 months old when they hit the states (which is a goddamn shame). however, if you are fortunate enough to have this beer on draft, do not hesitate. it is incredibly good, and, again, it is my favorite beer. it is perfect.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of pkalix
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

whoa.... popped the cap and got a pilsner-y whiff of something akin to a French chick's armpits. gruff and growl-y aroma, very different indeed! hazy urine yellow, minor head but creamier with a more vigorous pour. bitter, but not traditionally hop-bitter... more like a pilsner/lager hop bitter. this is a hard brew to describe. Heineken/stella-like, low abv. worth a try but wouldn't purchase again...

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Photo of macher0
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful session or outside type ale. A slightly cloudy light straw color with a thick, frothy fine bubble egg shell head. The head slowly retreats with marvelous lace rings. The nose is bright and fruity with strong malt presence. A complex yeast starts off the taste. The mid point of the palate comes through with light malts and dusty grain. The end hits with mild hops. The feel is thin, light, crisp and high carbonation which equates to a fairly smooth finish. Tons of flavor, dry on the end. Go for this if you get the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwhancher
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at the bottle shop at local 44. Poured into my Bruery snifter. Bottled on date was on the cap but it rubbed off a good bit.

Pours a bright golden yellow with rocky white head. Seems cloudy with unfiltered particle bits roaming around.

Upon first sniff, loads of floral hops and some citrus - mainly orange and lemon. Seems like it has some underlying wheat malt notes. Hoppiness is front runner here. Smells like you would want this on a hot summer day.

Taste is somewhat bitter and a little astringent like biting into a lemon rind. Light pale or pilsner malt with wheat. Hop flavor is citrus like with strong notes of lemon.

Mouthfeel is light and dry but bitterness seems out of balance to me.

Overall, I want to like this beer. So much, that i want to look past the seemingly overhopped bittering hops. But the bitterness simply detracts too much. Maybe if it was a little older, the bittering would fade and the flavors would mellow out.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

Murky yellow (probably because I got some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle into the glass). Fluffy white head.

Smells of fresh, floral hops.

Very nicely balanced hoppiness and pleasant maltiness in the taste.

A refreshing and fairly light (in terms of body) pale ale.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, hazy yellow with a small, off white head.

S- Yeasty, wheat.

T- Yeasty and bready up front, moving in to a sharp grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M- Creamy, medium/low carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable brew. Not really my cup of tea but I don't mind it.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 69.3% out of 100 with 505 ratings
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