Taras Boulba | Brasserie de la Senne

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Taras BoulbaTaras Boulba

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of sfprint
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single finger head, a beautifully bright yellow apricot in color with soda like carbonation, totally hazy with no visible rising carbonation.

Smells basically like a nice witbier. Cilantro, orange zest, citrus notes.

Extremely tangy bitterness like grapefruit rind. Citrus peel bite is first which is a bit difficult, but under that is a very nice, light, pomelo/tangelo citrusiness. However the flavor isn't super strong. The strongest thing is the intial tang.

Light with an initial mouthpuckering tang. Not much carbonation.

A friend of mine says this is his favorite beer and I do agree that it's very nice and well constructed.

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Photo of beerinNV
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a de la Senne stemmed pokal glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a huge, creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

S- Really nice aroma of hops, yeast, dough, flowers. Smells really light and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma, mild hoppiness, some yeast and pale malt dough/breadiness, really nice floral component.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel, dry finish.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, I had it on tap a few separate times at Moeder, and this is a very, very drinkable, tasty, good-for-any-normal-day sort of beer.

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Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDIT: Revisited this today (7/30/13). Much better than I initially remembered. Still a little too prickly and overly carbonated for my liking, but the flavor is exceptionally simple and refreshing. Recommended.

Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a pale golden color with a 2 finger of white head and loads of carbonation that streak the entire glass almost to the point of making it look cloudier than it really is. As it clears up, the head eventually dies down, but it does retain a lively, champagne-like feel with all of the extra carbonation. Not too viscous overall, as expected, but also looks pretty thickened. Looks like a standard, great take on the BPA style.

The aroma is surprisingly bitter and spiced up, consisting of BIG grassy, bittered dry hops, as well as slightly toasted grains with an off smoked flavor, and spices ranging from black pepper to cumin (?). Definitely not what I expected at all, but De la Senne is known for the experimental releases. At the same time, it is rather normalized as it is low in ABV and a relatively simple recipe stable... However, what they've done with the hops definitely makes it stand out. There's not much of a malty backbone to make out, but the dried, crisp grainy flavor as well as the grass and even leaves (as it warms up) is pretty interesting. Could do less with the overly toasted flavor, but otherwise, it's quite good.

The flavor is exactly what I thought it would be, with the palate getting coated with bittered, dry golden grains and grassy, floral hops. Not too much citrus here, in fact, but undeniably rustic and grassy. Super raw, although the grains at times do feel diminished with the strong hoppy character. I can make out some slight fruitiness, such as dry cider, but I'm getting loads of other wild notes such as tree sap, dried earth, white peppers, and brown grass. It's really fascinating and reveals a lot of these rustic notes in the long run, especially as it warms up. Body is slightly thin, but contains enough carbonation to hold this together in the long run.

At first I was pretty thrown off by all of the wild spicy and earthy flavors, but the more I consumed this the more I realized that a Belgium take on an American session beer is pretty great, as you do get the slightly fruity, funky yeasty phenols here, as well as the spices and dried hop resins, without having to worry about getting plastered after one or two glasses (I'm looking at you, Westmalle Tripel). A very good offering from De la Senne and probably one of the tastiest beers I've had recently that's under 5%. I could stock up on these in the future for casual evenings, no doubt.

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Photo of wer3w01f
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with some apricot highlights, light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, and a moderate amount of fine yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a medium sized finger tall thick patch (almost cap-like) along with a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, herbal and spicy hops, as well as some lighter notes of pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts that is quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of the Belgian yeast and hops - I detect spicy (peppery) as well as herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness.

O: This beer is easy to drink and sessionable, the beer has a low ABV and wonderful taste/smell of yeast and hops. I could enjoy several of these and it was refreshing on this warm spring afternoon.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

musty, hay, chalky, yeasty aroma
golden color with a bit of orange hues and a rocky bubbly head
The taste strikes you with a bit of sweetness like an orange creamsickle at first and soon follows with grapefruit pith bitterness but it's not lingering. the bitterness is a short burst and it finishes dry.
the mouthfeel is medium and creamy and well carbonated.
overall it's a very drinkable Belgian pale that could serve as a everyday beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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