When you’re the popular brewer on the block, other breweries want to brew collaborations with you. For only being in existence for a few years in their current location/incarnation, Brasserie de la Senne has been getting their collaboration on quite a bit!
Taras Runa is another one of those collaborations. This one is with Italian brewery Birrificio Montegioco. Runa is one of Montegioco’s beers, in fact it’s their main “base” beer. They use it to add other ingredients or to modify it, although they sell it on its own as a tasty “session” beer.
This beer is a blend of recipes between Br. de la Senne’s Taras Boulba and Montegioco’s Runa. They’ve also combined the label themes to make a great label collaboration.
Appearance: Hazy blonde, white head, great retention.
Aroma: Pepper, mango, spice, floral, grassy.
Taste: Honey notes, graham crackers, white pepper finish.
Overall Impression: This is an excellent collaboration beer with a nice bitter finish. It’s soft, crisp, round with a long finish. At a low ABV, this is an excellent session beer. It’s already sold out though, so if you see it on the shelves you’ll have to jump on it fast. It’s tasty; it’s drinkable; it’s great!
Availability: Dwindling quickly if not already gone. This one wasn’t imported into the US as far as I’m aware. Restricted to Belgium, probably Italy, and maybe a few other Western European countries. If you’re wanting to try other De La Senne beers, they’re imported into the US by Shelton Brothers.
Note: Special thanks goes out to Kevin Desmet of Belgian Beer Geek for sending this beer to me!