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Taras Boulba Beer Pic

Beer Review: Taras Boulba – Belgian Pale Ale

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Belgian Pale Ale

Let’s do some adventurous tasting this year is my motto!

Let’s start the New Year off right shall we?!  Making it a plan to meet new people and drink MORE new beers. Let’s do some adventurous tasting this year is my motto! Just plunge right in there and grab beers blind just to find that “jewel” that I would not have discovered otherwise.  Well, today is that day.  My wife went to pick up a few groceries this morning and asked if I needed anything at the store.  I told her to pick me up a couple of “Belgian” beers.

Daring, yes? I’m letting go of my”control of choice” and it’s hard.  The store she was going to had a healthy selection with close to 30-40 different varieties of Belgian beers to choose from.  I’m anxiously awaiting her picks.  She comes home with the bag of beer and my adventure now begins….

Enter my little bottle of Taras Boulba, Extra Hoppy Ale. Brewed and bottled by Brasserie De La Senne in Brussels, Belgium.  Produced by two young brewers, Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq whom make it a point to make beer the old fashioned way. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and free of any additive, using only the finest raw materials of the highest quality. 

Now for the Beer Review!

Grabbed a new goblet-styled glass, cleared the table and popped the cap.  This my friend, is the beginning of me being “more” adventurous.

Pours a hazy straw color surrounded by a nice island of white foam.  Looks like a creamsicle that melted.

Smell is bitter hop nose upfront with a nice biscuit tail.  Some heavy yeast notes come through with a smack of citrus which follows.

The taste is smooth with some mild carbonation.  Bitter hops hit you first, followed by bread.  There’s a funky chalkiness to this with a soapy after-taste. Yes, it goes down easy, has that nice hoppy tinge, but there is a very musty tone to this beer which I find a bit off-putting.

Overall, this beer is just “ok”.  To me, it’s a very light version of a Belgian IPA. Extremely easy to drink but nothing in the middle that pulls it together.  I’m sorry Taras Boulba, I met you at the beginning of a “new” me. It will take me awhile to get used to meeting new beers, but just love me for being open and honest, ok.

Taras Boulba| ABV 4.5% | 11oz
Brasserie De La Senne

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