Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1742) - 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 (2421) - 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 (15537) - 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 (21585) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
75cl, brew 9% Vol Alc, last tasted at KBF2008, complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, nice X-Mas brew, the best of the Silenrieux-range

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2008
250ml bottle full to brim from under the stairs. Odd, complex aroma of chiccory roast, molasses, butter, blood, chocolate, yeasty edge, hint of vinegar. Dark ruby with a silky beige lid. Dab of Flemish brown/sour, cherry fruit, bottled Mild chocolate and earthy yeastiness, distinct cask notes, iron, lightly roasted malts. Intriguing, sweet-sour, savoury brew with aged splashes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3810) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Dark red christmas ale, starts with an farm like smell, but it will be sweeter and also better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a dark amber colour with a medium big creamy white head that settled down slowly in the glass. The aroma smells of alcohol, apples, grapes and hints of vinegar. The flavour was suprisingly flat compared to the aroma. The flavour is a bit sour and tastes of yeast and apples. It has a very short aftertaste. This is a good beer for people that prefer wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at the Angry Fist of Santa tasting at Chris_o’s. Cloudy brown/amber with thin beige head. Good red fruity malt. Some sourness on end. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Nice hazy ruby tinted brown coloured body with a thin tan head - not bad, but no head at all after a few seconds. Aroma of fragrant plums, caster sugar, caramel, alcohol, raisins and a bit of grapes. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive carbonation with a very mild taste - showing mostly pit fruits and malt. Aftertaste is also subtle with a more melony type sweetness, coupled with a light whiskey flavour. Overall, this one turned out to have a good look and nice nose, but the taste just wasn’t there. I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from Le Bier Tempel in Bruxelles, Belgium (for €1.75) on 02-January-2008, sampled back stateside in Washington on 09-October-2008 while thinking about the next trip to Belgium.

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