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Brewed by Silenrieux
Style: Belgian Ale
Silenrieux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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.

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2.7
Martinus (4610) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2012
Clear dark brown beer, purple hue, white head. Aroma of caramel, cereal, sugar, candy and bubblegum. Sweet flavour, malty, grains, fresh sour touch. Sweet finish, light buckwheat touch.
Was expecting more pronounced buckwheat in aroma and flavour. It is quite drinkable though, albeit not really special imho.
(33cL bottle @ Belgisch Biercafé Boudewijn)

2.6
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Big disappointment, but I suspect something was up with my bottle. I got no ’large, frothy, white, fully lasting’ head I’m afraid, just a thin drizzle. Lovely orange hazy color though. Nose was doughy and slightly floral; flavor malty/yeasty but very flat and sour turning to real bitterness on the end. Rather unpleasant overall; thinnish body and a flatness throughout that could be from a bad bottle, I suppose; but I’m not anxious to get back to it soon!

2.6
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2007
0.25 l bottle. Murky brown color with creamy head, very foamy. Grainy and berryish aroma with hints of chocolade, alcohol and plastic. The taste is weirdly grainy, sligthly acidic with spicy bitterness, menthol, pepper, alcohol, toffee and nuts. Mentholy-spicy finish. 2 years old bottle, tastes old and somewhat unpleasant.

2.6
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
Very dark red brown. Rather strange sweet and slightly sour aroma. Taste is gently malty with some grapefruit sourness. The whole thing is rather restrained and, to be frank, rather boring.

2.6
JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, 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.

2.6
Koelschtrinker (20591) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 7, 2011
Dezent hopfiger Malzantrunk mit metallerner Note. Im Mittelteil herber, dieser Ton kommt gleichzeitig mit einer eher langweiligen Gewürznote auf, die sehr bald wieder von der metallernen Hopfigkeit abgelöst wird. Dazu leicht scharf und irgendwie auch etwas malzig. Aromenmischmasch ohne Harmonie. Test vom 14.10.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,8,8,7,12,7 - 8,05

2.6
NordicV (2348) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2012
Mahognyfärgad öl med ljusbrunt livligt skum. Doftar inte speciellt mycket. Någon alkoholsötma och antydning av kryddighet. Tråkigheten går igen i smaken. Inga fel, men inget kul.

2.6
DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Yoav. Amber-brown. Caramel, candy, oxidation, fruitiness. Sweet and slightly sourish flavor. Medium-bodied.

2.5
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2002
This is probably the first ever belgian that I’ve been disappointed by. It started off o.k. - typical yeasty, slightly sour, floral/fruity. the flavors started to get a little ugly about half way thru - got a little bit metallic. Perhaps the 5% alc isn’t enough to sustain the bottle conditioning. Also - the Buckwheat - where the heck was it? I didn’t get any buckwheat anywhere in this! (and oh, how I love buckwheat pancakes!)

2.5
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a big beige head. Fruity, citrus, spicy and hoppy aroma and a sweet fruity, spicy and light metallic taste. Medium body with a sweet finish.


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