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 Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a Hefe--hazy tan yellow with a large foamy white head.

Smell is banana, wheat, lemon, and pear.

Taste is much more bitter with a lot of hidden hops, grass, a little horse blanket, hay, finishing somewhat astringently. Prima Pils in its own way reminds me a little of this--which makes me wonder why this isn't or wasn't more popular stateside. Anyway, I can see how this would inspire other brewers, but, it's not my cup of tea.

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

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

Photo of banshlily
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deltoro
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoohMooh
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with 3/4 finger airy head. Pretty lacy. It smells of apple, banana and citrus mainly; it's pretty sweet, with a touch of alcohol. Hay. There's something that reminds me of a pilsner, but I don't have the slightest idea of what causes this. Taste is bready, with some apple and citrus. Definitely on the bitter side. Body is medium and prickly. It feels a bit watery sometimes, too clean perhaps.

It's... good, I guess. Pretty refreshing, but nothing really special. I wish I liked it more, because as always with the Brasserie de la Senne, the label art is terrific, but no dice.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.

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Photo of blisscent
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JonCorbett
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy lemon/straw yellow, chunky white foam head made up of medium to large bubbles. The dissipation medium but a rather sparse lace as the liquid dwindles.

Aromatics: Sweet almost bubblegum aroma starts first, then carries into some banana and tropical citrus. A tiny bit of yeasty-ness in there that gives it a creamy smooth nose

Taste: a slightly tart lemon citrus start but is quickly replaced with a rather in your face freshwater logged bark-like earthy bitter and an odd tanginess that may or may not have a spicy tinge to it, depends on your sip/swig ratio. There is a touch of biscuit and yeasty malt.

Mouth: A well blended mix of carbonation and creamy liquid. A little more coarse than smooth as it bumbles over the tongue. Medium body has a rising crescendo in bold bitter that almost drop to nothing; breaking clearly in intensity leaving behind just a few weeping stragglers of juniper spiked hops.

Overall: It says “extra hoppy ale” right on the label, and I think it was actually really good. I’ve had some real doozies but this level of hoppy is what I’d classify as “extra hoppy”. It’s not extreme, and is kept in check with a good level of malted barley and sugar. I absolutely love the bubblegum scents wafting in my nose, I think in the end that is the main reason I drank it with a little more gusto than normal. It’s an unusual scent to have in a beer in the Western part of Canada for sure.

Pairing: I real want to play on the scent here more than the flavour, but I will try to accommodate both.. I’m going to actually try a dessert of angel food cake with strawberries and cream to cut that bitter down and capitalize on the bubblegum sweetness aroma. I’m also going to suggest this would pair nicely with a nutty cheese combo - maybe an almond/cashew coated cheddar and cream cheese ball common around the fall and winter holidays, spread on “everything” bagel pieces or multi/ancient grain crackers.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly mild in all respects. Best by wasn't on bottle so could've been quite old. On sale as well so could've been old stock. All the qualities of a Belgian Pale were there, just muted.

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Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grittybrews
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcorn
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jribeiro025
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such sweet notes of pineapple. Bitter ending.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is very pineappley. The taste is a little dry and bitter for me. Overall it's pretty unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woomThomas
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is hazy yellow light. The foam is white with large bubbles. The foam will slowly disappear, leaving great trails. Smells of hops, citrus, a little yeast and flowers. Are some grass and pine. The smell is a bit anonymous and had been expected more. The flavors of the hops and hops. Then comes the lemon and pineapple, a little grass, grapefruit, spices and a little orange zest. Small yeast tones and fresh bitterness. A little bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body, medium bitterness bitterness, medium carbonation. A little dry and bitter in the end. Refreshing with fruity notes.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm guessing this was categorized "BPA" 10 years ago before the "BPA IPA" style became a new category.
But to the credit of Taras Boulba, the hops do not overwhelm... actually, just enough. A delicate beer. But dry... possibly to a fault.
Reviewed in the "1001", you could easily make the case for Taras Boulba being on the list... if it was the ale that made an early contribution to the BPA IPA style. If others were pioneers, Taras can be defended based on its subtle taste for it being on the list.

And the name? Credit the "1001" reviewer with doing his research: it is a play on how cultural differences (an increasingly big problem in Belgium) are silly (in the U.S. also.) These fights are particularly unproductive when considering the universal language of beer. Cheers !

And how does Taras Boulba complement food? I'll tell you about my pairing mistake. I drank half of "TB" waiting for the microwave to heat up last night's leftovers from a pan-Asian restaurant. The other half of "TB" did not go well with a spicy dish that seemed to have jalapeños in it.
5/28/17 Had Taras again, this time with Indian leftovers. Kind of the same mistake, learned again with a different cuisine.
If I have Taras again (and I probably will), I'll try it with northern French food... like my world-famous ratatouille.

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