Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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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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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden color. Had a huge, fluffy white head.

Smell - Huge smell of hops with hint of fruits and citrus.

Taste - Again huge hoppy falvor with hint of citrus. Has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body, crisp with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - It was a descent Belgian but nothing too special.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a hazy golden straw colour. White head poured big, rocky and meringue like then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... lots of thick sticky lacing... quite a lot of carbonation drifts to the surface...

Aroma - Floral and grassy hops, some wheat notes - a bit like a Belgian wit.. sea saltiness, juicy and spicy fruits (apples, grapefruits, oranges and limes), peppery, very light honey sweetness, light bready / yeasty notes, faint notes of sulphur, vanilla creaminess, very little maltiness..

Taste – Just a little on the disappointing side after the good aromas although not bad by any means... light watery fruits (apples, lemons, pears), decent peppery hop bitterness, grassy, some saltiness, again some light wheat beer like notes, quite floral, light yeastiness, nice spiciness - light ginger maybe, quite earthy...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry with a little creaminess just coming through... light bodied... very very refreshing and drinkable - would be excellent on a hot summers day...

Overall - A very good Belgian pale ale although if they beefed up the flavours a touch i think this would be outstanding... certainly recommended though...

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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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Photo of jastack
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To start, this was a great looking bottle, I really love the artwork. After popping the cork, I did notice some seeping moisture, but this didn't affect the beer at all. Poured a golden/orange color with a big yet thin head. The smell immediately screams saison/farmhouse with a noticeable hop aroma. The taste suggested slight hints of fruitiness, although the dry, yet not all out bitter hoppiness is what shows through in this beer. For me, it had a very similar taste to a La Moneuse I believe, but I could be getting it mixed up with something else, either way I have had a beer that is very similar to this. I found this very refreshing, and would have no problem drinking this on a nice summer day, such as this one. If you can get your hands on this one, I would definitely try it, it's well worth it.

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Photo of Crosling
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent hoppy saison. Perfect appearence with a lasting froth. VIbrant nose. Tremendously flavorful for such a low alcohol brew. Extremely hoppy, but such a balanced flavor. Excellent longevity as well, i’m guessing this will keep well for at least a year (nothing like an American IPA.) Pure and clearly high in quality. Fantastic belgian ale.

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

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glass, .4 Liter Balloon glass.

On the surface this orange & lightless ale has a mild frothy head with a subtle lace. Taking notice of the dry, slight apple hop profile that is wafting from the oxygen that enters the glass.

Allowing the beer to come across my taste buds, I recall belgian spices, some mild fruitiness, slight yeast and a hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slight resin. Overall drinkability is more suited for the appreciative and less the hoegarden crowd.


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Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde, slightly clouded color. A finger of a white foam, not too much standing.
Fresh smell, hoppy, with some backing spicy notes.
At the taste the hop is strong, sharp, resolute, though it left the beer vey pleasant and drinkable. Again some spicy notes, orange peel. A good, strong bitterness.
Not bad at all.
A good bitterness in the aftertaste too, even if not very long.
Good new one.

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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 Absumaster
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
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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