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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 117   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...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (540) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Light nose, some caramel and fruity notes. Nice subtle sourness and tartness - a little different for the style. Light-bodied and not overly flavourful, but interesting, well balanced and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddyBeer1 (949) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2013
Bouteille de 2012. Brun acajou, effervescence faible, col beige foncé et assez fin. Caramel, fruits noirs, un rien d’épices et de réglisse. Comme elle a bien vieilli, cette Noël sort du lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9143) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Clear deep dark red color, small to medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, slightly herbs or spices. Medium body and carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (611) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2013
From tap @ delirium. Very dark brown, brown head. Malts, dried fruity aroma. Taste is dried fruit, earthy, slightly honey, banana, some coffee bitter but alas also a mettalic finish. sweet. Overall not that balanced, nose that great, missing on something. Could do better than this with not from ta, and/or some aging.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjerkeaa (180) - NORWAY - NOV 10, 2013
Aroma is a bit sour, sweet and lively. Dark brown in colour, with LOTS of sediments in bottom of glass. Taste is not very much of anything, pretty well balanced between sweet and bitter. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Light body and fizzy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3356) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2013
On bottle at Vinnonopolet Økern, ABV 9%. Brown color, ok foam . Immediate malty, dried fruits, figue & good yeast influence- also some light honey notes . Medium/ full body & complexity . Some sweetness - good balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (556) - - JAN 20, 2013
750ml bottle. Hazy amber-brown with thin off-white head. Spicy aroma, caramel, plum, dried apples, cinnamon, heavy on the Belgian yeast (doughy). Sweet-leaning and mild -- taste doesn’t keep pace with the strong aroma. Dry and light. Small, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3714) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draft at rustico Arlington. Pours a dark murky brown with a tan head. Spicy nose. Flavors of red currants and root beer. Crisp finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2858) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2012
I runde syv på den store juleøltesten ombord på Fridtjofen des-12: den mørke fargen til tross var den lys i smaken. Meget smaksrik og med god drikkbarhet.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. Diffuse aromas of dark fruits and dark malts. Something metallic also. Fruity in the mouth, dark malt, dried fruits, some balsam. Some unbalanced sweetness - a bit syrupy. OK Belgian Christmas beer although somewhat one dimensional.


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