Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with fruity esters, light hops with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Almost no head. Amber red coloration. Sweet with a light body. Fruity and a bit spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oysteib (96) - NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
From bottle. Reddish brown. Very sweet, slightly too sweet for my very sweettoothed taste, with hardly any bitterness. That the alcohol content is as high as 9 % is hardly noticeable. Fruity, strawberry candy. Not as much spice and herbs as one could hope from a christmas beer. But very pleasant, in its sweet way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6180) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. somehat middied brown pour. Sweet malts, dark fruits, touch of Cherry Ludens in the aroma. Flavor follows prety closely to aroma.Nutty notes, earthyiness with chocolate coated cherries

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2900) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2011
Small shared bottle. Creamy, light brown head on a clear red body. Fruity, spicy, earthy nose. Spicy, light caramel, chlorine and light earthy notes on light acidic and sweet flavors. Medium to full body. Light syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1200) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2011
Clear, medium to dark brown body with a red tint, light brown head and good lacing. Very malty and yeasty aroma. Dark fruits, honey, alcohol, red wine and perfume. Nice, but a bit faint. Medium to heavy sweet taste with very little bitterness. Pleasant although a bit simple flavour profile: yeast, caramel, perfume, dark fruits and alcohol. Sweet, vinous and strong, but still very drinkable.
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Alna, Oslo]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Draught at Churchkey. Dark, cloudy walnut pour. Dark fruit but in a disappointing light manifestation, along with some bizarre grainy notes and bits of caramel and molasses. Ok, but eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2011
0.33l bottle. This is a clouded deep deep ruby red beer with a big and light fluffy quite off-white head that’s lacing down the glass. The aroma is eminently Belgian yeast. Also; it’s sweet with tons of candy, caramel and a nice alcoholboozy tone. It has a lively to aggressive carbonation level and a mild oily mouthfeel. The flavors are also packed with lots of candy sweetness, Belgian yeast and it ends with a warming Belgian ale finish - and aftertaste. Yeah, this suited me just fine for the mood I’m in right now, but perhaps it’s a bit rough around the edges if this is beer #1 in the evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (4896) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Bottle. Reddishbrown colour with a light brown head. Sweetish, alcohol and spicy nose. Mixed flavour with mostly sweet malt/caramel. Moderate fruity. Light spicy

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