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

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 750ml bottle. Foamy head greets you after uncorking the bottle. Certainly not over-carbonated, just nice and lively. Extremely attractive opaque brown-amber color. Deep fig-like fruitiness in the taste, with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Could be considered the missing link between the Farmhouse and Oud Bruin styles, as it displays a funky subtle sour taste beneath the malty smoothness. Criminally underrated, this beer is one of a kind.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineybob (16) - MYSTIC ISLANDS, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 One of my favorites. Nice aromaLike many of my favorite Belgains it has an assault of various subtle flavors and an ample supply of yeasty "Floaters". The afternote has a bit to much "Bite" at times almost a hint of some of the sour ales. I had the "organic" bottle in Belgium. I found it best paired with food as opposed to a stand alone drink. It is a wonderful and unique brew I want more

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (3941) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Corked and caged bottle. It had a large sized ivory head that was foamy with fine-medium sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was slightly carbonated and hazy with a mahogany hue. The nose was malty, sweet, spicy, some banana and clove notes as well as alcohol. The flavor of this beer was a little sour, malty, caramel and some clove. The mouthfeel was smooth and this beer's lacing was sparse. Worth a try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
This was a very interesting and tasty beer. A nice bronze/orange color with a nice sized head that stays fairly thick. The aroma hits you with yeast and some earthy scents. Entirely enjoyable and I’d have to agree with 1 previous reviewer who said it reminded him of a Flemish Sour because it did have characteristics of said style. I enjoyed this very much and look forward to trying again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. Reddish brown in color with a nice fluffy off white head. Fruit light malty and yeasty aroma. Caramel spicy peppery notes. Dark fruity malty spicy flavor. Caramel yeasty notes. Sweet tasting. Smooth. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours ruby with a fully receding tan head. Notes of sweet fruity esters, cherry, toffee, bubble gum, spice, pepper. Medium bodied with soft, but lush carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAR 9, 2004
750 ml. big ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged bottle. Date on cork was unreadable, maybe it wasn't a date at all, but it looked like it. Anyway, it poured out a deep, clear amber color, with a huge white head. It slowly slid back to a more-than-generous lacing along the side of the glass, and on top of the beer. Aromas are of bananas mostly, with some definite cloves in the background. Some cotton candy, and strong maltiness make up the remainder of the aromas. Some slight spiceiness as well. Corriander, lemon peel, and some phenolic characteristics in the taste. Not quite Band-Aid, but not far off either. Lemony aftertaste makes for an interesting contrast in flavors. Not too bad for a buckwheat beer, in my humble opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 10, 2004
This corked and caged bottle poured a very large head of mostly lasting light brown colored foamy bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was very hazy so as to be semi-opaque and dark brown colored with no hope of seeing any carbonation. The aroma is very nice and full of caramel and brown malts with a mild vinuous note. The mouth feel is semi-dry tingly and smooth with a lingering brown beer finish. The flavor contains notes of brown malts caramel clove and other mild spices.


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