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Sara Buckwheat Ale - Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

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Sara Buckwheat AleSara Buckwheat Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2002)
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Reviews by slayer3604:
Photo of slayer3604
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a- rich almost dunkel hefe appearance, with a brownish head, that lasts, with sticky lacing.

s- almost like rotting fruit....compost....i think this bottle was damaged...no bueno.

t- very sugary, tart, caramely, and again rotting fruit.

m- thick, chewy and warm.

d- overall this was a drain pour. i tried my hardest to keep the numbers above "2" for the sake of this being a ruined bottle. oi.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruddy brown with a huge blooming slightly off-white head,intense lemony aroma with a touch of that barnyard funk found in some lambics with some toasted grain undertones.Flavors are much drier when compared to the aromas very grainy and nicely spicey with some light smoke in the finish.A nice find today toolin around town a good summer quaffer with some interesting dry flavors going on.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.63/5  rDev -54%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased at Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls Ohio. $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle. The bottle says this is 5% ABV and brewed in accordance with the 1990 stinky hippie act of California organic hippies (paraphrased).

Pours into a goblet a slightly hazed copper brown with no head and just a touch of thin lace.

Aroma is one dimensional…buckwheat. It’s reminiscent of the inside of a grain warehouse. That is not to say that this has barnyard characteristics. It does not. It is only to compare this beer to the dry and dusty aroma of an old granary.

Flavor is a bit more complex but sadly not in a good way. In addition to the buckwheat, this has some mildew qualities, or rather I should say…detractions. A touch of caramel and nutmeg or cloves, which is also found in the aroma now that the beer has warmed. Reminds me of apple cider, the clove that is.

Mouthfeel is sweet, watery, and under carbonated.

Drinkability is nill.

Drain pour.

This beer is so damned organic it ain’t even funny.

Side note: I just dumped the second half of this beer down the drain and an unbelievable amount of black filth came out with the liquid. Could be a bad bottle but my money is on this being a bad beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This organic, 22 oz, corked and caged, bottle pours a murky, saddle leather brown that is apricot when held to the light. Two finger, offwhite, head is tightknit and longlasting, eventually leaving some nice patch lace. The final pour revealed a few, suspended particles of yeast.
Aroma is very spicy, with coriander, pepper, and a dash of clove. Musty yeast is also apparent.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, with a medium body.
Taste begins with a tart, fruity note akin to cherry/lemon. A rack of spices quickly takes over, with pepper, coriander, and ginger prominent. Husky grain is the backbone, with a pronounced earthy yeastiness. Finish and aftertaste are dominated by a bitter combo of coriander and yeast.
This is much like a dark wheat beer. Plenty of grain taste to balance the strong yeast and spice presence. Pleasing taste, overall, and good drinkability.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Bottled in either 2007 or 2008, unknown lot number. I would be reluctant to call this a witbier - they are usually 50:50 wheat:malt - while this is 25:75 buckwheat:malt.

Dark auburn liquid with chocolate and copper highlights. Light tan or dark wheat colored foam which starts off dense and tall, receding to a small layer of suds punctuated by hundreds of tiny pin-holes. Head grows with agitation, and leaves thin rivulets of lacing rushing back into the glass. Average retention, eventually receding to a decent collar surrounding a skin of bubbles. Oily legs, a nice surprise for the low ABV.

Citrus and malt aromas combine with a faint musty note suggestive of hay.

Lightly tart on the palate with carmel and mild roast malt notes. Buckwheat adds a rich complexity - distinctive slightly sour flavor like a well-tended buckwheat/sourdough starter. Mellow finish, a touch bittersweet but dry overall.

A bit undercarbonated, possibly due to age. No real warmth or astringency.

Drinkability is quite high, though a lack of effervescence diminishes things a bit.

Silenrieux's "health food" marketing angle has turned me off in the past, but Sara is an interesting beer whether or not it is actually a re-invention of a historic farmhouse recipe.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Goldorak
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ouch...An amber, bronze, fecal matter nightmare with just a faint cling of head and a ton of green/grey sediment. I usually don't mind a bit of sediment, but this one was just aweful.

Smell: At least it doesn't smell as bad as it looks! Like buckwheat pancakes with a splash of port, some peatyness and it smelled dusty like in an old library.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, like most Beers brewed with buckwheat, it had a yeasty, spicy finish, cloves perhaps.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Organic certified.

A: Poured a darken cranberry-mahogany color with a huge rocky and fully lasting beige head.

S: yeasty with light wildflowers and a fresh buckwheat grain notes.

T: started out malty with warm fresh buckwheat notes. The beer progress to a sweet and spicy fruitiness (melons, apricots, pears) for a tangy finish. Upon warming there were rich caramel apple notes, as well cola being detected. The palate was lively and different from the buckwheat malting giving it a fresh dark and grainy malt flavor while the yeast finished things out with a nice fruity complexity.

M: full bodied, syrupy, and warming, with a soft carbonation and alcohol spicy sweetness (cinnamon, dark molasses). There were slight hints of acidity and carbonation after the swallow.

D: Overall a great grain palate with fruity/yeasty attributes making for a very good drink.

Photo of cabsandking
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber to light copper in color, hazy, and an average white head. Aromas of overripe apples, vegetable, honey, and toasted grains. Lemony citrus from the beginning and slowly incorporates that overripe apple. Lightly toasted grains, light caramel, tea, touch of molasses, organic, earthy character from the buckwheat maybe, throughout and some spices hit late. Finishes lemony with that funky apple flavor and something else that reminds me of an old refrigerator smell but not that unpleasant. A little thick and carbonation dies too soon but still alright.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, caged and corked, purchased at LaBodega in Riverside CA in February 2006 for $6.99 (their last bottle).

Appearance: Slightly murky reddish golden in backlight (darker almost brown otherwise) with a nice frothy off-white head that's actually a nice looking beer.

Aroma is grainy, almost sweet, slight fruitiness (weak cherries).

Flavor has a definite wheat grain base, to which a lemon zest, sour orange and slight Dr. Pepper-like soda flavors are added. However, the ending is an off-putting metallic taste. Overall mouthfeel is generally pleasantly solid for a wit, drinkability is OK. Overall a decent beer, but the metal on my tongue kept it out of the top ranks. I had this brewery's Joseph a month or so ago, and quite enjoyed it. This is decent, but not as good as brother Joseph.

Note: definitely let this one warm a bit- a few degrees really open up the flavor.

Photo of theopholis
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, fairly reddish/amber with a very impressive off-white head. The head has little retention, and no lacing.

Aroma- Very clean and crisp smelling. Slightly grainy with some malt sweetness and just a hint of some fruity overtones,

Taste- Has a citrusy, zesty wheat grain base. Quite refreshing. Pleasant after taste, No hoppiness, and just a hint of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light body, good, solid level of carbonation. Has a mildly puckering after-taste. Has a nice CO2 bite on the toungue.

Drinkability- Nice. Overpriced, but nice.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium mahogany amber with a massive off-white head with good retntion and lacing. Aroma of cherries, light fruit, malt with a hint of caramel, saison style yeast. Flavor is surprisingly subdued after the aroma, light fruit and cherries, a bit tart and slightly acidic, probably from the buckwheat. Light malt. Finishes light and bit dry. Light bodied, but decent mouth feel from carbonation. A quite unusual ale, the flavors are pleasant and interesting, but too attenuated. I'm really glad I tried this and would like to see the other ales from this brewery. This is very badly categorized here as a witbier. It is fairly dark colored, slightly hazy, but not cloudy, does not have much wheat presence (wheat could be a component, but it is taking a back seat to buckwheat), witbier spicing, if present is not detectable. I find no witbier characteristics to this ale. I'm listing it as Belgian dark ale in my records, which fits this more adequately. Except for the dark color, it is most similar in flavor, aroma and mouth feel to a saison.

Photo of Lupin
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It all starts thunderous cork pop, with some unfortunate sulfurous notes.. bubbles climbing up the neck of the bottle and out the top.. a nice sandy shade. Unfortunately, the impending spillage causes me to overpour the brown ale, leaving a vague smelling inch of beer and inch of head in my piraat snifter. Murky and thick, an opaque brown trhough and through.

Taste is fresh and open, delicious nutty notes and reserved sweetness, none of that candy sugariness or brune character. Not too in your face and certainly not as thick as mcchouffe. Good balance of tartness with a full malty profile.

Very enjoyable. Will definitely do again.

Photo of atigerlife
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours auburn with a 2 finger fluffy head. Highly carbonated.

Aroma is quite strong, but hard to place. Definitely some wheat.

Taste is wheat, spices, malt, fruit. Some graininess.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall, a very good beer. Quite refreshing.

Photo of jcalabre
1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I really did Not enjoy this beer. It was overly carbonated. It had a no aroma. The flavor was bland. All in all, from my perspective, it was a loser. There are so many better belgians, this one should be avoided

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle with no date markings on the side. VERY strong head forming beer here pour with caution.

Clear very dark brownish red colored beer with a very strong light brown colored head. Not a typical Witbier at all.

Smell is very herbal and a little soapy smelling. There is a little malt scent here if you try hard enough for it sort of a light brown sugar scent.

The taste starts out dry and spitzy with a high carbonation and dry. There is a spicy and fruity aftertaste that is rather nice. There is a little sweetness and a fairly astringent aftertaste at the very end. Nicely spicy and not just another witbier this UNIQUE! Bit of molasses and vanilla and hay in the aftertaste here lots of complexity but it is all in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

I like this stuff rather a lot but it isn't a usual Witbier at all really in its own beer category. A drier dark witbier for most any occasion, I would use this for anything a Saison would work.

Photo of Absumaster
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a thick soapy head. The beer slowly gushed out of the bottle. This seems to be a common issue.

Smell is grainy and had a bit oily smell. The buckwheat adds a nice nutty depth and this is how beer in the middle ages must have smelled like. The nice caramel smell is further enforcing the grain smell. Also a light oxidized smell.

Taste of ripe red apples, a bit tart and nutty. There is a caramel taste that combines great with the grainy oilyness. The yeast adds a nice spiciness that reminds me of dark ripe fruit. Body is medium and drinkability is good. The buckwheat definatelly gives this beer it's own character.

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6%. This buckwheat (French: "sarrasin") beer is organic (Fr.: "biologique")., and has had a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Pale golden colour, hazy. Fluffy white head. Sweetish aroma, citrus, cloves, banana and tropical fruits, hints of aniseed candy. Spritzy mouthfeel, light bodied. Mild flavour, fairly dry, some citrus and peppery notes. Okay, but not worth the ridiculously high price in Norway.

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess, first-off, Buckwheat is a fruit (related to Rhubarb); not a grain.

No pop with cork opening. Hazy peach-ish color with a low off-white head and low carbonation. Tons of sediment on bottom. Very nice Belgian malt-yeast balanced aroma and flaovr; light dubbel-ish character all around with lots of raisins/fruit. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess.

Buckwheat dosn't seem to stand out much but overall very good and very drinkable ... just a bit pricey.

Label states: "Certified Organic"

($7.49 / 25.4 oz. corked and caged champagne style bottle)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split the 750 bottle with Stopper.

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer is VERY Foamy even with gentle pouring. A creamy beige head foams up and fades slowly leaving tight lattice work on the glass. The beer is a hazy dark mahogany color with garnet highlights. Aroma is fruity with some berry notes and general sweet spiciness. Smooth silky texture with fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is generally sweet and spicy but is overall very mild. Very easy drinker, not a complex beer but pretty good.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sarasin is French for buckwheat - hence the name Sara. I'm guessing this is a wheat style ale, its the only beer I have heard made with buckwheat. High carbonation, long lasting head, cloudy, apple (yeast) overtones, very drinkable. Organic, $8.99 for 750ml, U.S. importer is WIT - IT - TOO Inc.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit of carbonation on this one! I didn't even get the cage all the way off before the cork exploded out of my hands. Rivers of fizz started rising up the bottle neck, thus commencing a pour that took a good twenty minutes to settle to a hazy amber beer topped by a mountainous off-white head.

The aroma is quite sharp, wheaty, and backed up by a light citric fruitiness.

Flavor starts a bit sweet and malty, with a somewhat musty character. Some spice here and there, but needs a bit something more to round out the flavor. Finishes sharp and tangy, but overall this beer is a little too one-dimensionally sweet and dull, and a bit too fizzy in the mouth from the overcarbonation.

Photo of jjm2503
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought the bottle simply because I'd never had a buckwheat beer. The cork was hell to remove...ended up using a corkscrew.
The beer pours with a fizzy, soda-like head dissapears right away. The color is a dark, slightly transparent brown. The most apealing feature of the beer is the aroma. It smells something like a grist mill: a sweet, grainy, musty smell that is actually quite pleasant. Unfortunately, the beer is also one-dimentional. Flat, shallow, not at all complex. It's a little sweet and malty, and the aroma carachter sticks with the beer through the aftertaste. It's worth a try, but it's not outstanding.

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Sara Buckwheat Ale from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.