This hoppy session beer draws its name from the 1835 novel by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. In the story, Taras’ son marries a Polish girl while the two countries are engaged in a religious war. As depicted on the label, Taras ends up killing his son to spare himself the shame. See the wikipedia page for a better recap of the story.
According to the beer’s importer, the label says that this is “just the beginning of the story,” so keep an eye out for more in this line from Brasserie de la Senne. Also, be sure to check out Jean-Sébastien’s other brilliant labels at the brewery’s website (English version not yet available).
I probably shouldn’t be surprised that 19th century Russian literature has already found its way into this website, but I am.