Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 119   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...

ljthiessen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (901) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Light nose, some caramel and fruity notes. Nice subtle sourness and tartness - a little different for the style. Light-bodied and not overly flavourful, but interesting, well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (6051) - 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 (260) - 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 (2180) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5419) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
How: Bottle, best before 2012.
Where: The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Fruit, caramel, dried fruit, vinous, caramel.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, dried fruit, vinous, malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4270) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours opaque chocolate brown with a thin buff head. Malty aroma has a strong spple and pear overtone. Flavor starts with toasted malt and adds Apple, pear, and banana notes. Texture is firm if not too fizzy. Joyeux Noel, or whatever you celebrate this time of year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1655) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
750 ml corked and cage bottle. Muddy brown, fading tan foam. Aroma is dark fruity, caramel, malty. Taste is thicker sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel/toffee, hint of chocolate. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. Becomes more vinous as it warms. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1491) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at home. 2 years old. The colour is deep, reddish brown and is quite unclear. Beige head. Sweet aroma with dried fruit, chocolate, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, leather and some alcohol. The flavour is similar with more raisins, licorice, wood and leather. Has slick and silky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A sweet and nice dark Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5186) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
330ml bottle, 9% ABV: BBD end of 2016. Poured into a Gordons badged thistle shaped glass at home on 5th Dec 2014. Nice red hue to the dark body, on top a full tanned even foamed head. Sweet malty and spicy aroma, plenty of alcohol like esters in the nose too (can you actually smell alcohol?). Sweet flavours within the taste, malty molasses, cinnamon and other wintery yet sweet spices. Good body depth and a very nice Christmas beer: thanks to my darling wife for bringing it back from Brugge for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2014
Deep burgundy Christmas ale, malty and yeasty with good fruitiness and some roasted bitterness in the finish; the spicy touch of buckwheat also comes through nicely. It’s been a long time since I tasted this, I’ll try to re-rate if it is still produced in the coming winter beer season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (6880) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
18/IV/14 - 75cl bottle from Kerstbierenfestival 2013 (Essen) @ home - BBE: 2014 (2014-370)

Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of banana, some chocolate, caramel, pretty spicy, sweet and sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, lots of caramel, overripe banana, little bitter, hint of mocha, some chocolate. Aftertaste: little sourish, green apples, cider, red fruits, bit of mocha, some aniseed, overripe bananas, sugary, some raisins. Not the worse, surprised about the many low ratings.

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