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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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L’emploi de sarrasin comme farine de base de sa fabrication fait de cette bière une exclusivité. D’une robe brune et chaleureuse, la Sara, bière double fermentation haute, refermentée sur lie en bouteille, comblera les connaisseurs les plus aguerris. Une bière unique et de prestige qu’il faut découvrir.
This beer has changed ABV erratically during the years of production. Started at 7.5%, subsequently 6%, it stands actually (2009) at 9%. Only the brewery knows whether it will stay at this level, since they never bothered to signal differences, and always considered it to be the same beer...


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Bottled. Reddish coloured. Unclear. Light beige head. Light grape, sweetness and spice in the aroma. Notes of yeast. Flavour is spicy, grapish and sweet. Medium bodied. Nice spicy and yeasty end.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2007
Bottled. An unclear brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet spicy - ginger being most dominant, but also a light touch of chili, before a dry finish sets in. Thanks madsberg for sharing.

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
Bottled. Very hazy reddish bron coloured. Very yeasty and earthy aroma. Sourish and rotten flavour. Very unpleasant.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (4642) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle 0,25l. Dark brown coloured. Hazy. A tanned fluffy head. Sourish aroma. Sourish fruity flavor with dark plums dominating. A bit thin bodied. A long sourish not-too-pleasant aftertaste. No bitterness. A lot of sediments in the bottle.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (11898) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol,sirup, apple. Flavour is alcohol,apple,sour, yeast, malt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2006
Smells quite a bit of horse-blanket(Brettanomyces). Sour, fruity aroma. Very complex taste and aroma. Long lasting sour taste and hops in the finish, but not bitter tasting. Good dark belgian ale with a very interesting character.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2006 in Essen, BE. Hazy medium red / amber color with a good off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel and some sweet and spices. Flavor is heavy sweet with a average duration.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
250 ml bottle. Dark ruby red colour, almost black. Tall coarse off-white head. Soap, yeast and black pepper aroma. Feels thin-bodied, typical of the style. Complex spicy flavours that blends nicely with the otherwise dry beer. It’s a bit hard to say what spices that are there, but I’m pretty sure black pepper is one of them. And there is definitely some secret spice in there. Gentle hop bitterness throughout, but it stays nicely in the background. Really well-balanced. Somewhat acidic at the edges. I’ve seen others put their thumbs down on this beer, but I find it really nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3833) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle: Poured a reddish brown with a off white head. Slight spicy aroma with a touch of fruit. Sweet dry caramel and fruit flavor finished dry.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8917) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2006
250ml bottle from Vinmonopolet (Harstad). Diminishing off-white foam over a hazy, dark brown body and with lots of sediments floating around. Nice fruity and spicy aroma. Sharp fruity tartness in flavour with hints of cloves and yeast in the background. Short aftertaste. Rather disappointing (11.12.2006).


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