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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Specialty Grain
Silenrieux, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
SARA has a dark red-brown color, is well hopped, and spicy at the same time. It has a hearty exclusive special taste with sour undertones, accentuated by a very rich aroma, which both come from the buckwheat.

DISCLAIMER: this is the brown, organic (biologique) version of Sara. Note that all versions of Sara are organic, also if it isn’t mentioned on the bottle.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Copper color; head was frothy and "Cottony"; nose was clean but slightly metallic. Interesting sweetness. Very nice. Definitely exhibits the nuttiness expected from a buckwheat ale. Malty, peaty, smoky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Dark copper with a thin head. Sour barnyard and bready malt aroma, reminiscent of a saison. Interesting cookie dough bready malt flavor with a dry buckwheat finish. Flowery clover taste and good complexity make this a very under-rated beer, that is as long as you get a good bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Mild sour apple aroma.Cloudy dark blond appearance.Mild sour, yeasty, spiced apple lemon zest flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2003
Dark blond to light amber coloured beer. Slightly cloudy with a medium off white head. Strong malty aroma with molasses and caramel. Strong roasted, woody taste with a bitter finish. A hint of vannila is noticeable in the aroma when the beer warms up. A different beer with a strong taste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2003
I used a corkcrew and some elbow grease to get this baby open. It's kind of rough and undisciplined- lots of strange flavors and combinations. Tastes like buckwheat, that's for sure. Not as good as I'd hoped.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2003
Faily solidly constructed. Nice sunset color with a lot of sticky white foam. Sarts out a bit too carbonated (as stated by others) Mildly tart guezesque (is that a word?) nose with lemon and a little barnyard with an undertone of vannila. Mouthfeel is too sharp from the carbonation at first but settles into a sweet malty/honeied charactor. Moderatly herbal with notes of wood, doughy yeast, dust, and cream.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
overly carbonated, no aroma, truly forgettable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2002
I needed pliers to free the cork from this 750, but when I got it, it came out without a sound. It poured with a nice creamy head and deep chestnut color. The head recedes after a bit. Delicately carbonated with a wonderful mouthfeel. Aroma is earthy with a nice balance between fruity yeast, clean spicy hops and a malty caramel and molasses richness. Flavors of above plus fruit, dried and fresh, a healthy sweetness and a very full, pleasing finish, with a bit of mineral bite (iron?) and faint sourness. This stuff is superb. I don’t actually detect the buckwheat, but this is a winner. Almost has a barleywine character.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2002
First buckwheat for me. Copper red-orange-brown. Large frothy head subsides to leaving small veins of lace dribbling in retreat. Interesting aroma of hops, herbs and spice(vanilla?) also some familiar, but undetermined odors. Starts pretty sweet, turning mildly acidic. then finishing a touch bitter. No hops biting the tongue. Warming up, it has an off aftertaste that is not unpleasant yet isn’t that great. I think this would be a better balance ingredients if it had an ABV 7%+. I’ll try it again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Mild Belgian aroma, with a little hop noticable when you first open the bottle. Good label, medium oak-stain brown with a light beige head. Generally mellow, with a creamy consistancy. Has a grassy/vegetable/sunflower seed tone to it. I’ve gotta disagree with the commercial description entirely: It’s not particularly well-hopped, nor spicy, nor is the aroma very rich. The premium price that this bottle commanded would be better enjoyed elsewhere.


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