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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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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 wisrarebeer:
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at the brewery in Silenrieux with lunch.

A: jet black, thin head that dissipated quickly
S: very mild nose, slight sweet and roasted malt
T: unusual, sweeter, slightly thin and earthy
M: clean, crisp light ale with unusual underlying mouthfeel
O: good, but thin and really

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:34:38 | More by wisrarebeer
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uturn

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-23-2014 16:13:59 | More by uturn
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

11-10-2013 20:17:17 | More by samEBC
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-06-2013 17:48:47 | More by mrfrancis
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

05-07-2013 13:10:18 | More by tommyguz
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-04-2013 18:06:04 | More by cliff1066
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 04:01:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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jjm2503

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-17-2012 02:46:35 | More by jjm2503
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

05-28-2012 15:35:21 | More by smartassboiler
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-16-2012 16:39:14 | More by JAHMUR
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daledeee

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle.

Pours a dark clear brown with very bubbly head that breaks up quickly and leaves a clear top with no lacing.

Nose is fruity maybe plums or cherries.

Taste is not what I would call a witbier(at least the ones i have had) This reminds me more of a dubbel. It is loaded with dark fruit tastes such as dark cherry and plums. Some earthiness is also mixed in. Carbonation is pretty strong.

Overall this is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:27:48 | More by daledeee
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13%

01-02-2012 17:24:05 | More by ZinFanDave
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

11-26-2011 23:05:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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atigerlife

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:48:23 | More by atigerlife
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up because it seems to be the only buckwheat beer ive ever heard of. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass. the brewed on date on the label's options is either 2008 or 2009. nothing is marked. thanks! glad they included that on there.

A- this one pours a darker than expected dark brown colored body with a large beige head. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- the smell is more complex than your average wit. there is a certain detectable level of the barnyard funk and green apple skin. there is also some rye malt and banana/clove spiciness in here. a little bit of sourness is perceived. earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the barnyard funk that i picked up on in the nose. i had no idea that this was in here. infection? it seems to work pretty well. some banana, clove, black pepper, and coriander. slightly roasted malts. light milk chocolate. a little bit of green apple skin. definite rye tasting malt. slightly sour, bot nothing near puckering. light earthy and spicy hops at the end.

M- the body is thin and almost watery. the carbonation is very high with a pretty dry finish to it.

O- this was an interesting beer. either it was old, infected, intentionally wild, or the buckwheat added that extra wild aspect to it. regardless, it seemed to work well. very subtle. nothing was over the top. the flavors worked in harmony. this was an impulse buy that i will pick up again. maybe even let it linger in the cellar for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:55:44 | More by jwinship83
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jikvig

Norway

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

High foam on top of a lovely gold cloudy ale.

So, the smell... Very interesting, really the yeast is dominating this nose. Sitrus, gras, it almost reminded me of a lambic.

It follows the nose on the taste; Sitrus, gras, a floral component as well. Alot of accidity, which is nice, but not very balanced. It´s just to much in the start.
Also, the carbon dioxide dies a few second after it´s in the mouth, making it seem even higher on the accidity.

For me, this is a pass. I have had a growing love for witbier the last year, but this was just to unbalansed for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 21:40:57 | More by jikvig
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augustgarage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:55:27 | More by augustgarage
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slayer3604

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 17:37:36 | More by slayer3604
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a walnut brown with a frothy tan head full of tight carbonation bubbles leaving only a faint lacing in its path.

Scent is of sweet dark fruits, likely dark berries or cherries, some faint sugars, and grain.

Caramel or molasses flavor with again dark berries in the aftertaste and wheat/grain to follow.

Thinner body, but generous carbonation, not too much beyond that.

Unique for its style, varied palate, and enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:38:27 | More by CHADMC3
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thierrynantes

France

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head.
Smell : cereals (buckwheat) aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : grain predominates, and bitterness persistency.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian witbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 19:51:23 | More by thierrynantes
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:58:14 | More by beerthulhu
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cabsandking

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 16:10:36 | More by cabsandking
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 21:23:09 | More by sulldaddy
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:39:31 | More by Zorro
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nickfl

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Three fingers of light tan head settles slowly and leaves thick, fluffy lace. Body is dark brown with ruby highlights and excellent clarity.

S - Dark malt, lots of molasses. Dark spices, allspice and nutmeg. Slightly sour, musky aroma in the background.

T - Earthy, wheat like flavor. Herbal flavors, mostly juniper. A bit of weak fruitiness, grapelike.

M - Moderate carbonation, thin body.

D - This is a strange one. Somehow the flavors of this beer are both weak and strong at the same time. It is kind of watery, but it has some distinct herbal flavors. The aroma is a bit unpleasant and the flavor doesn't do enough to redeem it. Overall I can't say I really enjoyed this one.

If I was going to try this beer again (which is unlikely) I might try pairing it with venison as the herbal, juniper flavors could make a good match.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:41:11 | More by nickfl
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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.