Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 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 (621) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5472) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle 330 ml from Vinmonopolet. Pours cloudy dark brown, with a big tan head. Sweet aroma, doughy malt. Medium sweet taste, dark fruits, plums,raisins,caramel. Full body, light sweet at the end. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s beer exposed tasting.
Mid amber brown colour with a thin off white head. Very fruity and malty. Good alcohol notes but that’s about it really. Faint fruity spicy finish with some late sourness. Blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
From Beer Mania, Brussels, Belgium. Bottled, 180309. Light brown with white head. Aroma of yeast and dryness. Flavor is malt with dried fruit and notes of spices. Buckweed. High carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1314) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 10, 2009
huge yeast aroma. Cloudy brown with a huge head. Starts very well, but is a bit watery and bland. Ok to sample, but nothing I would buy. Thanks to my friend Simon for bringing this from Norway

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle at Chris O’s tasting, 26th Sept 2008. Cloudy deep brown colour. Overly sweet and bland with little depth. Far, far better Belgian Christmas beers are available!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14045) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2008
25cl bottle at Delirium Cafe. Pours dark ruby brown with a small white head. Sweet and vinous nose. Dark fruits and yeast. Plums , rasisins and caramel. Full bodied. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (14777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle at home ... brown thin head ... WAY over fizzy ... light fruity roast nose ... spicy toffee maltys ... some cherry ... not up to much

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