Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3555) - 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 (942) - 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 (15792) - 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 (5231) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11644) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3019) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (14784) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37013) - 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.

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