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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 116   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o’s Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
[bought @ Utobeer]
Pours a nice, brownish amber with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good aroma, light apple, caramel and chocolate. Good, creamy, mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely malty, light spiciness and a vinious edge to it. Quite pleasant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RudeLead (8) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2008 does not count
Hehe. Not everybody would like this... But at least for me who work with wine, this is a great brew. Some of the clesest you’ll come Lambic... Dark amber, slightly hazy. Aroma of light brown malt, animalic notes, red berries an vinegar. Nice wild yeast aromas, maybe a touch of bretts... Fine champagne’ish mousse with a bright intense, but not long lasting head (beet sugar’ish). Acidic entry on the palate, medium body, very dry vinous character. Then a slight malty taste with hints of sour strawberries. Aromas sit for a little while, but with a long acidic finish. Hints of mint in the after taste. Almost closer to a brut nature sparkling wine than "a beer". Most interesting... I love it, but definately an aquired taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle, 25 cl. (yesterday @ home, bought Willems) Dark brown beer, with a off white head. Aroma sweet, fruity with a light sourish touch. Medium body. Taste malts, sweet, fruity and creamy, dry. Not bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (13000) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 24, 2008
Bottled (BBE 2009)
Courtesy of bierkoning, thanks Edo!
Dark brown color, small vanishing tan head, looks like Coca Cola. Rubber, plums, raisins, vinegar and soya sauce in the nose. Watery palate. Light caramelly, dark fruity flavor with funky earthy notes. I suppose some spices too. Special, but not very likeable brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle from Bitter Virtue. Brown. Toffee and autumn fruits. Sweet but not especially thick or heavy. Has a fruity tartness in the finish which helped this remain drinkable but wasnt particularly refined.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
33 cL bottle, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours deep brown with an amber hue and lacing light brown head. Solid malty and slight dried fruity aroma. Favour is sweet with a light note of brett and apple. Solid dark caramel malt base beneath. Finish is slight acidic brett lingering between the malt notes. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wim (2882) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2007
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a fruity aroma a malty fruity taste and a sweet finich

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Bottled@Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Deep ruby red colour, small beige head. Aroma is sour fruits, then also some milder sweet fruits, and slight notes of herbs. Flavour is mainly spices and sour fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2007
Dark brown coloured beer with an off white head. Strong herby malty and light fruity aroma. Full palate. Finish is light sour sweet, with a very light ending.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Soft spicy aroma with brown sugar. Sugary sweet flavor with hints of spices (speculaas, cardemom). Goes down easy.


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