Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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...

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BlackHaddock (7971) - 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.

Alengrin (5902) - 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.

tderoeck (10682) - 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.

Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
This one poured a lighter brown woclor with a beige head. aroma was of candy sugar, some drk fruits and spices. Flavor was similar, a bit off and metalic, lacking in refinement of other top belgians

Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Another random one from Oblivion. This Belgian ale was overall thin and a tad on the dry side, but on that note the alcohol was very well hidden. It tasted and smelled nutty with some soft yeast and caramel notes. Finishes dry with a touch of cherry.

ibrubeer (426) - 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.

ljthiessen (1513) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - 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.

EddyBeer1 (1058) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2013
Bouteille de 2012. Brun acajou, effervescence faible, col beige foncé et assez fin. Caramel, fruits noirs, un rien d’épices et de réglisse. Comme elle a bien vieilli, cette Noël sort du lot.

Benzai (16933) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Clear deep dark red color, small to medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, slightly herbs or spices. Medium body and carbonation.

Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2013
From tap @ delirium. Very dark brown, brown head. Malts, dried fruity aroma. Taste is dried fruit, earthy, slightly honey, banana, some coffee bitter but alas also a mettalic finish. sweet. Overall not that balanced, nose that great, missing on something. Could do better than this with not from ta, and/or some aging.

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