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

Sara Buckwheat AleSara Buckwheat Ale
BA SCORE
41.1%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 56 ratings
Sara Buckwheat AleSara Buckwheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
Belgium
belgacom.net

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,622
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
56
Liked:
23
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
16.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of desint
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tommyguz
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jjm2503
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of atigerlife
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jikvig
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of slayer3604
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Sara Buckwheat Ale from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
Beer rating: 41.1% out of 100 with 56 ratings
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