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...

sneevel's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. Diffuse aromas of dark fruits and dark malts. Something metallic also. Fruity in the mouth, dark malt, dried fruits, some balsam. Some unbalanced sweetness - a bit syrupy. OK Belgian Christmas beer although somewhat one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (448) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2012 bottle opened Xmas 2015. Murky red brown w ok head that does not last. Strong dried fruit and candy sugar aroma. Sweet malty taste. Figs, dates, brown sugar. Kind of musty. Not sure how well it aged. A bit too sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (6367) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2015
At Kerstbierfestival 2015. Pours clear, dark ruby brown, small white head. Smell is sweet, thick, sugary. Taste is sharp, bit booze, sweet, malty, Sugar. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11220) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle sampled at Essen Winterbier festival 2015. Appears dark brown with a small ring tan. Aroma of caramel, malt, raisins, overripe dark fruit and toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2015
Thank you! Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2015. Dark brown, mocha bubbles. Nose is sweet varnish, freshly painted furniture, licorice, overly fizzy. Taste is fizzy, rotting fruit, spoiled strawberry, herbal, freshly painted furniture, excessive carbonation. No thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (1306) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2015
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is krachtig, licht zoet met iets van caramel, drop, anijs. Een echt kerstbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3977) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2015
bottle sample during xmas beer festival. poured a hazy dark brown colour with a tanned head. nose of sweet toasted malts, caramel, slight vineous red fruits, berries, cloves, sweet apples, and a small yeast notice. medium to weak bodied for the abv

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1576) - LATVIA - NOV 26, 2015
Dark brown with medium beige head. Perfectly balanced mild sourness followed by medium bitterness. Some touch of grass notes. Lasting mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7049) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2015
Nice unclear amber color with a fine big tan head. Ok lacing on the glass. Powerful aroma with toffee, dried fruits, some spices and yeast. Not as high carbonation as expected. Not THAT sweet either. Ok complex flavor with toffee, dried fruits, some spices and yeast. Decent sipper.
[Bottle with spider web from the basement]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (479) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2015
Donker amberkleurig bier met licht beige schuimkraag. Fruit en caramel in de neus, met moutige afdronk. Lekker Kerstbier, verrassend dat boekweit aan de oorsprong ligt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (2914) - NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle shared with TO 28.01.15. Dark brown. Dense and persistent pale brown head and lacing. Fruity aroma of berries, dark candy and nuts. Similar taste. Well balanced.

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