Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
On Tap- Chef Paul’s with Jude. 8 oz tulip glass, very dark brown with cream head. No discernible aroma. Body is surprisingly thin. Taste is sweet- not syrupy but rather like granulated sugar. Some sour / tartness in the middle and finish. Average, nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naztyclown (2) - NORWAY - DEC 31, 2010 does not count
Aroma; fruits, malt.. Flavours; Same Good malty taste. Doesnt last too long .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RuneStumo (2441) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2010
03.03.2007. 0,25l Bottle. This beer has a changing alcohol content. The bottle I rated in 2007 had a alcohol content of 6% abv, and is therefor not "the same" as rated here??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garza (572) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours amber brown with rocky tan head. Sweet aroma, malty, vanilla and fruits notes, some dough also. Good bitter taste balanced with medium sweetness, some malt and again the dry fruits. Round flavour. Medium/full body, soft carbonation, light bitter sweet after taste. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16792) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draft at Braserie Beck, recommendation of staff. Very nice example of a dark and spiced ale, decent hops and spice. second best beer of the night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 22, 2010
A very airy head on top of a amber beer. Aroma; Good fruitynes, some malt.. Not very much aromas at all really... Flavours; Same as aromas, starts with a good malty profil, but then... Nothing. Summary; The good thing about this beer is the carbonation. Thats pretty much all I can say. Its not bad, its just not there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2010
Pours a deep brown-red body with a medium-lasting off-white top. Smell is mild raisins with hints of yeast and grapes. Taste is typically Belgian: lots of candy sugar on a rather bubbly palate, with some boozy notes - this is a warming Christmas brew for sure. Rather simple in composition, at least when compared to many of its fellow seasonals. Some metallic tones - probably from the fermentation process rather than a bad batch of malts - come along mid-palate, growing stronger towards the end. As I don’t really like that at all, I will let the rating suffer for it. Otherwise, Noël de Silenrieux a pretty straight and forward Belgian Xmas ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - FEB 3, 2010
Splendida ale natalizia con sentori fruttati, di frutti rossi ma anche di mela, Elena suggerisce "uga merella" (uva fragola) e non ha torto, sia al naso che in bocca; deliziosa, la birra adatta per concludere una bellissima serata.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2010
Deep red brown beer with a small beige head. Complex sweet / herbal aroma. Licour like. Sweet malty and parfumed flavor. Very difficult to describe but not pleasant at all. I’m not even going to finish this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (672) - NORWAY - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle, 33cl, from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. BBE 2012. Label says 9% ABV, so this is maybe a different version of this beer. Beige, eager head, quickly diminishing. Deep clear maroon colour. Aroma of yeast, honey, caramel, brandy. The alcohol is very well hidden, manifesting itself as a warm, velvety mouthfeel, which is also pleasantly fizzy. Sweet, lasting taste of honey/caramel and some fruityness, nicely balanced. Almost no bitterness. Very good.

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