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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 118   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...


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4917) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
250ml bottle. Lacey, effervescent, and rich. Deep dark ruby brown ale. Very well balanced in its use of spice and candi sugar (?). Clove and pine aroma, with a sweet finish. Recommended.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4593) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with fruity esters, light hops with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3221) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2012
I runde syv på den store juleøltesten ombord på Fridtjofen des-12: den mørke fargen til tross var den lys i smaken. Meget smaksrik og med god drikkbarhet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibrubeer (171) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Draft. Sweet aroma and flavor. Nice mouthfeel. Almost a little too sweet for me. Overall a great beer though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
From bottle. Reddish brown. Very sweet, slightly too sweet for my very sweettoothed taste, with hardly any bitterness. That the alcohol content is as high as 9 % is hardly noticeable. Fruity, strawberry candy. Not as much spice and herbs as one could hope from a christmas beer. But very pleasant, in its sweet way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1580) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
Small beige head over stunningly beautiful red-brown beer. Nice nose, nutty, slightly oxidyzed (bottle 3 yrs. old), and somewhere a salty, smoked ham impression. Sweet, but aromatic malty and port-like flavour; oxydizing is more obvious, but in a very acceptable way: red fruit, alcohol, retronasal some walnuts. Slick but not sticky MF, alcohol obvious, and quite heavy body overall. Nice, but in 3 years this has aged a lot. Thankfully in the right way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
250 ml bottle. Dark ruby red colour, almost black. Tall coarse off-white head. Soap, yeast and black pepper aroma. Feels thin-bodied, typical of the style. Complex spicy flavours that blends nicely with the otherwise dry beer. It’s a bit hard to say what spices that are there, but I’m pretty sure black pepper is one of them. And there is definitely some secret spice in there. Gentle hop bitterness throughout, but it stays nicely in the background. Really well-balanced. Somewhat acidic at the edges. I’ve seen others put their thumbs down on this beer, but I find it really nice.


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