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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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by grassy, herbal and peppery spicy flavors from the hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The low alcohol content makes the beer very sessionable but it is still packed with lots of hoppy and yeasty flavors making it comparable to some of the top Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy golden, with a medium-sized snow white head. Good lacing, moderate retention.

Interesting nose. Bubblegum, banana, floral notes and Belgian yeast, along with some hops: citrus notes, mainly orange. Has some similarities to a weisse, but no wheat.

Taste is quite bitter, particularly for a Belgian. Creamy, with yeast flavours. Orange and some citrus, light fruits. Bready. Again, I am surprised it is only barley making up the grain bill.

Very creamy, smooth. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, quite good indeed. Unique and nice.

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Photo of mitlinks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Poured from a 330 ml brown bottle into an unbranded tulip glass

Pours a hazy pale, straw yellow capped by a billowing two finger bright white head. Excellent retention, significant lacing. Grassy hops, Belgian yeast, hay, and flora. Typical Belgian yeastiness, pear, grass, and hints of dried dried apricot. Finishes with mildly bitter green tea and just a hint of fresh mint. Light-bodied, slick with a hint of creaminess. A personal favorite among Belgian pale ale. Throroughly enjoyable everytime.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St. Thomas chalice glass.

Pours a nice hazy yellow-golden colour with a decent sized white head.

Smells of hops: fresh, slight pepper.

Tastes fairly hop forward: not over-the-top citrus, light fruit, hint of pepper/spice; and light biscuity malts. Fairly well balanced though the hops are very much out there when cold. Fairly substantial mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty nice beer, different from the usual Belgian offerings in it's hop forward taste.

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Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint. Pours out a hazy straw. Refermented in the bottle so it makes sense. Very nice two inch head, amazing lace retention.

The smell is heavy mineral, grain and grass. A bit boring, but not bad.

The taste saves it from being mediocre by quite a bit. Pale malts start it off, with fresh mown grass and citrus quick to follow. A hint of spice and Belgian yeast follow, finished by more citrus. Tons of flavor for a 4.5% beer. Goes down very well, smooth and light.

I haven't ever had a more delicious session beer. For being so light, this beer kicks some tastebud ass!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jbertsch
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of od_sf
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Taras Boulba" Extra Hoppy Ale. 4.5% ABV. Brasserie de la Senne Brussels.
.33cl bottle served into a S'Feuillien goblet. Reviewed from notes taken in Belgium in June 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light fluffy head of nicely thick cream and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent copper with visible floating yeast particles.

Sm: Bittering hops. Cream.

T: Barley and cream foundation with a restrained bittering hop climax - a bit like a tame IPA. Pleasant. Some yeast does pull through, adding a pleasant biscuity aspect to the flavour profile.

Mf: Lacks the terrible coarseness of many similarly hopped beers. There's a sharp carbonation bite, but the mouthfeel features welcome coarseness to bring out the flavour and provides needed wetness in an attempt to refresh. That said, it doesn't really suit the flavours all that well. It's passable.

Dr: Highly priced by locla standards. Somewhat mundane. Drinkable enough, but not a session beer. Pedestrian and forgettable.


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Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a light hazey golden color, brilliant creamy white head, carbonation
S: Belgian yeast, light grain, clove, floral notes, orange, honeysuckle
M: medium with a light fresh feeling
T: creamy wheat, earthy and grassy, peppery with carbonation settling and opening up to light hop bitterness that is slightly drying on the tongue.
O: pretty cool brew and yes I would drink another.

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Photo of GRUUMSH
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of xmorgan
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Trappist, Oakland, CA
Appearance: hazy straw color, very nice lacing
Smell: straw like and yeasty
Taste: citrus slight bitter with a herbal finish
Mouthfeel:medium dry with a grapefruit rind slight aftertaste
Overall:drinkable refreshing golden ale

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

The beer is light golden hued and extremely hazy and murky. A thick, foamy head measuring approximately an inch leaves sticky lace ringlets around the glass. The aroma brings coriander, grass, light yeast, malt, floral hops. Similar to a saison in many aspects. The taste is refreshing and light, with a nice floral hop presence. The finish is tangy ith a light bitterness. Thin and quite drinkable. A nice sessionable type example of the style.

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Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem's, tasted in 2012.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : flowery hops flavors with fruity notes, a nice hoppy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of jlogan7
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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