Noël De Silenrieux | Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

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Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 03-29-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Kinanik
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brewforia in Boise.

Holy Cow, this beer knocked us over. Complex and delicious, very much in the style of a Belgian Dubbel, with hints of raisin and a bit of brandy. Absolutely no hop or bitterness, but not overly sweet. You can tell that the beer was brewed with wheat, but the wheatiness is barely noticeable.

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Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over cloudy mahagany coloured liquid.

S: Yeast and dark fruits. Very similar to Gouden Carolous Classic.

T: Sweet and tasty. Cherries, figs, grapes, pears and apples. Beautiful.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A beautiful beer. If you like sweet Belgian Strong Dark Ales like Gouden Carolous Classic and Chimay Blue, give this a try.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Kitsilano Liquor Store left over from Xmas 2009. Cool label and nice corked and caged bottle. The beer pours very dark brown with a huge head. Once it settles down and warms up it brings up a nose of old fruit and tobacco. This is a complex beer that has a depth of character that makes a great winter beer. It reminded me of Golden Draak in its finish though it has a more rustic feel . Wish I bought more of these for the cellar

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, BB 2009, a gift from my wife's trip to Belgium and has been in my beer fridge since last Christmas when the little bottle got lost behind the taller ones and didn't get sampled. In any event, it has done well with age and put forth a huge tan head with lively carbonation and a glossy ruby hue. The nose was mincemeat, spiced raisin and a lot of candied cherries, the latter more pronounced with air. Dry mouthfeel, a little gassy at first; tastes of ginger, malt, dash of cinammon, a ginger cake or christmas cake came to mind. The aftertaste was slightly sweet, again that candied cherries presence, rich and rewarding, I found this a very interesting brew with the alcohol well managed ... more please!

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, cola brow color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing chocolate, sweet lemon ice tea and a hint of color. Good as this beer smells, its even better on the palate, and is really pretty much what I want in a X-mas Belgian beer. The beer is undeniably sweet, but there's so much going on, I don't mind it at all. Flavors consist of chocolate, madarin orange, cherry, ginger ale, more sweet ice tea and considerable spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this low carbonation beer, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. Despite the sweetness, I didn't find this to be the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Very nice effort from this new to me Belgian brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. Lot 1. Sampled December 2008.

A fine cognac amber with cherrywood polish when held against the light. It gleams and glistens with a constant stream of bubbles that palpitate from under. A moment of patience was required from the first pour, which generated a near abundance of head. The top still appears like a froth of freshly whipped cream.

I'm starting to snuggle up to this aroma as if it were a warm blanket on a cold winter night. The smell of dried, candied fruits - candied cherries in particular - is tantalizing. Although it's hard to pin-point exact scents, there is definitely a lot going on with this yeast. All things considered, the aroma isn't actually too far from a cherry brandy.

The taste suits its aroma by sharing similar notes of dried, candied fruits. Along with the cherries, we taste hints of crab apples, red currants and muscat grapes. The sensation of steeped plums is what stays with you the most. Together with these candied fruits is the flavour of dry, bready yeast and just a trace of dark toffee.

With such a presence of yeast I had expected more spice; perhaps the two full years spent refermenting in the bottle has served to mellow that element out. The yeast still manages to dry the beer, but also seems to have added a sort of highly tannic oak sensation.

This was your prototypical Belgian ale: it had a thick, creamy head, discerning bouquet, a balance of palatable flavours, and an exceptionally refined character that's come with aging. This was more than pleasurable. Its creators called this "the beer that can make you dream". It certainly has me dreaming of having a few more bottles for Christmas' to come.

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Photo of craigdb
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinks more like a port than a BSD. This would have been a better dessert beer than a dinner beer due to the sweetness and lack of stronger carbonation.

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Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle (2006), ABV is now 6%. Now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Deep chestnut hazy colour, huge and creamy tan head. Pleasant aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar and oak, vinous notes. Flavour is slightly less complex, moderately spicy and herbal with some oaky and vinous notes, definitely acceptable but not quite as good as top notch Belgians. Mouthfeel could have been fuller.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very fruity and spicy Belgian Dark Strong Ale that shares some commonalities with fruity Shiraz wines.

An impressive pour of crimson/ruby with a mild haze forms a creamy and substantial head of lightly tanned foam, lacing very well along the way.

Cherry and berry tartness start the estery flavor and aroma with a follow of confectioner's sugar and grain. Nutty and chocolaty malts presents itself but with less intensity than the fruits. Spicy alcohols give the impression of white pepper. As the beer warms, more fruitiness comes in the way of raisons, plumb, and grape. Mild phenolic (medicinal or plastic) notes come to play late and just before the finish.

Smooth and drinkable as the alcohols and fruits shy away from cough syrup or rougher alcohol textures. Light graininess with hop bitterness late which prevents the beer from becomming as good as it could be.

Mild graininess, sharp hops, and medicinal flavors hold the beer back, but otherwise a solid and rewarding beer anyway.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased Dec '10. Consumed 12/23/'10 from a tulip glass.

A - Initial impression: the bottle has a pic with an angel (keep in mind it's cold at Xmas)with huge "tracks of land". In my view an instant plus. Bone white puffy foamy head sits on top of deep ruby brown beer and leaves behind strong geological layers of lacing. Looks great from the shelf all the way to your lips.

S - Great aroma. I got strong sweet perfume and peaches. A few figs. A bit of spicy alcohol.

T - First thing you notice, strong alcohol burn. A bit of hoppyness. Spicy with coriander and fusil oils. Malty and savory in the middle. Aftertaste is sweet like pancake syrup.

M - A kind of average, standard( within the class) smoothness. There are nips on the bottle, and this beer nips at your tounge. A bit of burn. Maybe too much burn.

D - The bottle says "the beer that can make you dream" I can see why. This is a sturdy beer that will knock you out. Presentation and aroma are both great, but flavor and feel although pleasant, just don't stand out. good beer but not a legondary beer.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2005 BBE 2008 6% ABV. Nice presentation with good head and dark brown beer with orange shine in the light, nice and clean as the rest of the brew is. Nose gives lots of clove, cinnamon and probably some others giving it a spicy and real christmas like IMO. Taste is on the dry side peppery sipy and probably some cinnamon and liquorice also. Finishes even more peppery and dry but in between there was good full taste with balanced alcohol. Feels good in the mouth though and fine to drink. Great brew and a fine christmasdrink, happy to find a christmasbeer with "moderate" alcohollevel and still the whole enjoyment of these fine belgium winterbrews.

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Photo of stcules
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first impression of the smell is wine-like, muscat grapes, grappa of raisin. Hints of almonds, and wine barrique. Good marsala, and maybe liquorice (more evident in the taste). The taste is marzapane, liquorice, plum, artichoke (?). The colour is coppered (maybe). The head is scarce and not persistent, the body is flowing and fast.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery from the brewer for 2 euros. Best by 2013.

A: poured like a traditional Belgium beer with dense rocky head, nice deep rosy brown color - ever so slight haze
S: mild nose with molasses undertones, roasted malt and dry with spices, no noticeable hops
T: very fine and drinkable beer, smooth but finishes with a sweeter cloying finish, not bad but sweet finish is a bit too much for me - hop balance but hops don't stand out, 9.0 ABV not noticeable
M: very rounded mouthfeel - well-made beer, ABV not noticeable, just a bit too cloying, incredibly smooth and well-balanced
O: decent beer, well-made but a bit too sweet in finish - reminded me a sweeter Scottish style beer

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark purple, brownish hue, not quite opaque but incredibly dark. A small bit of creme colored head set atop the dark ale.

S: Smells very sweet with dark fruits like grape, plum and raisin. A faint alcohol stings the nostrils.

T/M: Flavor is just as sweet, like concord grape juice, just heavier. Carbonation is low and some residual dry maltiness and yeast linger on the finish. A subtle alcohol twinge bites for the finale.

This one drinks more like a port wine than a beer. It would be perfect for that certain mood.

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Noël De Silenrieux from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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