Taras Boulba – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)


  • My Rating: C+

Taras Boulba – Brasserie de la Senne, 4.5% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

some info about the Brasserie de la Senne via wiki; (Smeirlap means ‘fool’ in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow [via the web])

  • Style: (extra hoppy) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Bitter grapefruity hopped hell (or heaven)
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try, if you can handle hops

Visual: Lovely art deco style label. Unfiltered, pours cloudy golden orange with a large lasting foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose: Sour pineapple-tangerine with some puke. (5/10-pungency)

Attack: citrus fruity, impending hops

Mid-palate: fizzy-bubbly mouthfeel, citrusy (3/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt, grapefruit peel, bitter citrus oils

Finish: burpy, razor-sharp off-dry grapefruit bitter hoppiness,

Summary: Although a relatively low ABV beer, this has structure and a lot of bitter hoppy bite. Mix in some citrus and malt flavours, this is a decent a brew for hopheads. Not my fav style, but I can appreciate the brewmaster’s prowess.