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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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...


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5309) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 Rerate, 9% version: 330 ml bottle Christmas 2009, bought in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 9%. Beautiful chestnut colour, clear first, gets murky when the yeast is poured in. Big beige head. Strong aroma of Christmas spices, malts and caramel, some vinous notes too. The mouthfeel is fuller and richer than the 6% version. The flavour is very malty and sweet, notes of Christmas spices, figs and candi sugar. Original rating: 250 ml bottle (2006), ABV is now 6%. Available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Deep chestnut hazy colour, huge and creamy tan head. Pleasant aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar and oak, vinous notes. Flavour is slightly less complex, moderately spicy and herbal with some oaky and vinous notes, definitely acceptable but not quite as good as top notch Belgians. Mouthfeel could have been fuller.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 Bottled, 25cl, 6% ABV. Dark brown with a reddish hue, topped by a huge, dense, beige head. A bit weak, but nice aroma with dried fruits, sugar and some alcohol notes. It is a bit watery, with flavors of sugar, malt, raisins and some sourness. Sweet finish with some vinous notes and hints of alcohol. I would like more body and maybe some spices, but it is worth a try though, and maybe worth putting away for some time. Rating: 6-4-6-3-12-3.1. 061108

Bottle, 33cl. 9% ABV, 2009 vintage. A dark amber beer, hazy, and topped by a small, beige head. Raisins and other dried fruits on the nose, some buttery and sourish notes too. Figs, some yeast, caramel and sweetness in the mouth, full-bodied. Sweet finish with dried fruits. A quite nice one, definitely a step forward from the former two vintages. 100115

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
Small beige head over stunningly beautiful red-brown beer. Nice nose, nutty, slightly oxidyzed (bottle 3 yrs. old), and somewhere a salty, smoked ham impression. Sweet, but aromatic malty and port-like flavour; oxydizing is more obvious, but in a very acceptable way: red fruit, alcohol, retronasal some walnuts. Slick but not sticky MF, alcohol obvious, and quite heavy body overall. Nice, but in 3 years this has aged a lot. Thankfully in the right way.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy, amber coloured beer with a decent head. Unpleasant earthy, fusty nose. Taste mainly of cork and mildew. This bottle was definitely off. Pity. Needs a rerate sometime. 080102

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep amber bronze, no head and moderate condition. Excellent spirity nose with buttery toffee, malt and slight earthiness. More muted in the mouth, with caramel and toffee mixed with a woody bitterness. Gentle caramel in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13788) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown, NO head. Old sherry-like flavour. Creamy mouthfeel.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Bottom of a 75cl bottle: Too old. Like liquid raisins an plums. Some notes of sand in the flavour. Really bad.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2003
This beer has a dark brown body - hue apperance and a fine white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a low carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is nasty and it feels heavy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
Bottled 1995 vintage. Darkbrown cloudy beer. Sweet aroma with fruity tones and notes of chocolate and cabbage. Sweet, fruity flavor with malt and chocolate tones.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Bottled, 1995 vintage. Mahogany colour. Fruity and lightly vinous with loads of caramel. Sweet, mild, rounded and butterscotchy with notes of almond. Good, but not very complex.


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