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

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RATINGS: 188   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9792) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of earthiness, carmel, cola, buckwheat and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, buckwheat, light cola and light earthiness with a smooth earthy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle shared by snoworsummer. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, dates, earthy hops and cellar notes. Flavor is malt dominant with faint hops and bitterness, earthy notes and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 3, 2001
lemon aroma, strong malt flavor

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle (Ealing BF2008)
Fruity aroma - banana. Tastes a bit like Heinz baked beans. Having said that, it was pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9151) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle... Murky, dark amber ale with tons of sediment and a mid-sized, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma and flavor are fruity, vinous and musty with low-key sweetness and minimal bitterness. Light to medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dusty and fruity.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8042) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2007
250ml bottle. Frothy, white head, mostly fading away. Hazy, light orange body. Moderate smell of sweet tropical fruit and coriander. Basically the taste is focused on bitter fruits supported by spicy tartness. Dry and rather abrupt ending. Silky mouthfeel (11.07.2007).

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2009
Very thick-set, cream coloured head, irregular, over chestnut-cola coloured beer. Very outspoken coriander nose, soupy, sweet malt and colouring. Citrus, and lots of sugar, even melasses, but ending sweet. All the time "enriched" by the evil seeds, of course. Just ast the blonde, very fizzy, overcarbonized. Despite this, there’s an oily slickness, leaving a film on the tongue. Certainly not Silenrieux’ best try. One would believe Du Bocq.
Earlier Rating: 3/9/2004 Total Score: 3
Slight gushing to huge, beige head; foxy-amber beer, all clear. Adstringency in the nose; glue, solvent, plywood and straw. Maybe some dark candi sugar. Quite smoked taste at the onset, dark malts, and - I guess - buckwheat indeed. Unfortunately, the solvent aroma's are back retronasal, if less. Slight acidity and adstringency. Quite well bodied, nevertheless. The solvent is a brewing fault, IMO. Sad, because the beer behind it seems to deserve better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
750 ml corked bottle from Whole Foods. The cork popped with gigantic force. The color is turbid dark straw with a huge, creamy white head. Even my forehead oil couldn’t bring this head down to size. Aroma of cloves, hopcit, coriander. Nice aroma. The taste is spicy, with the coriander and clove at front palate, giving way to hops and citrus at mid palate and a final blast of sweet honey, spice, and citrus at the finish. Solid complexity and balance. This one is rock solid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
The Lure:
A moving universe of floaties dallies below the corked apricot juice. Rustic supernovae have exploded, but long ago it seems, as mostly remnants are perceived.

The Festivities:
The momentous yeastiness was predictable, but not the pretentious, invasive carbonation. Fruity sweetness wades in the soft, dry cereals, but in the end offers little to please.

Transcendence:
Your apartment maybe well decorated, but if you never clean it...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
Beige collar on unusual pinkish haze. Thick and yeasty. Nose of who knows what? Earth, apple peel, pepper, banana, definite wood. Ripe and estery. Liquorice in the mouth finishing quite bitterly, but preceded by heady apple-like fruit, and smoky/antiseptic coughsweet honey I’m not too keen on. Tasty-ish but not without flaws.


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