Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Per bottle cap: BOT 12/08/13 BBD 12/08/14 00623

The pour produced a nice soft, hazy, light yellow body with a thick, billowy, sticky white head; lots of lacing. Mildly zesty citrus scent; black pepper; yeasty and grainy. Peppery and hop bitter flavors ride over a light malt body; faint citrus character. Light bodied; a little coarse on the tongue; dry finish.

A very interesting and flavorful Belgian pale ale. Spiciness and hop bitterness really standout.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Singler

Feels odd drinking De La Senne now after all the time spent politely ignoring their presence when in Belgium, but sometimes its just takes time. Pale golden body - nice healthy head, little bid of sediment. A little bit of euroskunk at first whiff that departs quickly. High bitterness, light clean hoppiness, crisp yeast, a bit grainy. OK, but not something I'm likely to buy again. It may be 4.5%, but the dry bitterness limits its sessionability

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Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale yellow color. Tight bright white head.Spicy yeast and and spicy, floral/herbal/earthy hop. Richer and silkier body than expected. Carbonation is very bright bu flatter than expected too. Dry semi-sweet fruits up front, taffy, some spice, extremely dry finish with some bitterness for balance. Pretty good, could use more bitterness, has a nice savory flavor to it though from the hop/yeast combination. A boldly flavored session ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Bottled 2013-11-07, best by 2014-11-07
Glass: Tulip

De la Senne's Taras Boulba is a hop-forward, yet not palate annihilating, mild ale that manages to find its way as an easy-drinking session beer at 4.5%. The not-overwhelming character would allow this to be enjoyed multiple times in a row during an evening at a bar in Brussels. The major shortcoming of the beer is its fairly limited malt range and single-minded focus on bitterness; a bit less early hops and some more malt complexity could bring this beer to new levels. Good, but a bit expensive as an import from Belgium, definitely one to enjoy if affordably priced on tap, but also to conjure in one's home brewery.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, somewhat frothy looking. Retention is average, about one minute, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a moderate sized island lingering atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with moderate numbers of medium-sized dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. The beer's body is a fairly bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, but fairly active in movement.

Aroma is fruity and hoppy, with vague citrus undertones, slight mustiness, somewhat like Saphir, most likely from hops of German origin. Generally noticeable enough to be pleasant and interesting, and not at all overpowering.

The mid and back-palates are a bit flat in terms of bitterness overwhelming the very mild other flavors, but otherwise this is a flavorful, hop-forward pale beer. Front of palate tastes floral and musty-citrus hops with a very faint pale malt sweetness behind them. Mid-palate detects moderate hop bitterness with light grapefruit-like undertones, slight floral notes, and slightly grainy pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate experiences moderate bitterness with undertones of grapefruit peel, bitter herbs, and flowers, a bit of yeast, but little malt presence. Aftertaste of moderate bitterness with a bit of musty grapefruit peel, and pale malt graininess (not sweetness).

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of fairly high intensity, leading to a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth/creamy (1/10) mouthfeel. Carbonation nears the border of fizziness, but never gets quite there, thankfully. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

"Extra hoppy ale" is all I can understand from the label, which I consider a good sign. This is a fairly light Belgian pale ale, bottle conditioned with some awesome hoppy characteristics.

Yellow/light gold color. Light head with tons of great retention and lacing all down the glass. Aroma is grassy, slightly tart, citrus, and a bit of yeasty funk. Tastes incredible. A perfect blend, for me, of refreshing light malt, yeast complexity, slight sour/tartness and of course, a good helping of bright hops!

I can't remember how much I paid for this bottle, but I fear it is a lot more than I'd hope for such a potentially perfect session ale. I'll definitely be trying to reproduce this in my own home brewery.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with one finger thick head with low retention. It became milky amber at last pour.
Light aroma of bready malt with floral and herbal hops and a citrusy touch.
Superb and assertive flavor, predominant lemon note with hints of green apples, recent cut grass, pears, white grapes, just a touch of grapefruits, wheat, earthy and citrus hops, spicy yeast and coriander. Hops feel incredibly fresh.
Light body with firm and perfect carbonation and a slight acid citrus sensation.
A very original beer, a hoppy Belgian that worked amazingly well. Huge drinkability and very refreshing. It is like a mix of Witbier and Belgian IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bouncepass
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of desint
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon color with billowing dense white head. Foam settles slowly leaving big chunks behind. Smell: lemon peel, pils, spicy. Taste: lemon pie, intense grassy flavor, finishing with a blast of spiciness over more custard-like sweetness. Drying, hop strewn finish.

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Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne
3.9 out of 5 based on 498 ratings.
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