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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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A rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas af tropical fruit.

Editor’s Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1073) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Cloudy pale yellow orange, big white creamy foam slowly settles and mostly lasts. Luscious tropical fruity aroma, spicy and yeasty. Yeasty tropical fruit taste, citrus, some bitter farmyard funk, mild sweet malts. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. ABV well hidden. Tartens a bit, finishes yeasty bitter. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon zest, peach, apricot, pear, apple, orange peel, straw, grass, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and moderate malt presence; and great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, peach, apricot, apple, pear, orange peel, clove, pepper, straw, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, peach, apricot, apple, pear, orange peel, clove, pepper, straw, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (91) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Poured from a 750 cc bottle. Cloudy apricot colour with generous off-white head. Aroma is orange, coriander, peach, and yeast. Flavour is farmhouse yeast, orange, and apricot on a background of subtle sweet malts. Goes down really easy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (164) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
750 ml. bottle with cork and cage. North Coast Brewery does it again, this is an exceptional saison! Aroma of pineapple, oranges, and nutty Belgian yeast. Nice orange/gold pour with a billowing white head that leaves lacing. Very balanced flavor, notes of citrus, earthy, nutty yeast. It has just the right amount of hops for the style and is very refreshing. Highly carbonated, creamy texture, medium body, and smooth finish. The price was good for this quality, around $7 for the bottle. And it has an abv of 7.9% which is well hidden and quite strong for a saison.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
On tap @ Parker Pie. Pours a nice and light golden with a thin white head that leaves really nice lacing patterns. Aroma hits the right spot: fruity and really saison-esque. Taste is also fruity and loaded with fresh cereals. Not really bitter, a classic saison. Ends on lightly sweet but mainly fruity notes. Body is moderate, carbonation high. Really nice, I’d drink that again and again!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (753) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
From a 375ml corked bottle into an older stem Stella glass. Pours a golden yellow with a giant head and lace. Aroma of barnyard and field herbs. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of amber malts, lemon verbena, lemongrass, slight white pepper. Overall a very flavorful and drinkable saison without too much herb, citrus, or pepper bite.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (900) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2014
The color is a deep cloudy golden color with a large white head that fades fairly quickly to a white ring, and the subtle aroma blends sour fruit and Belgian yeast. The taste is a pleasant blend of a mild sweetness and a mild sourness, and the palate fuses a fizzy carbonation, medium body, slick texture, and a long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange with white head. Smells like bread, citrus, spices, fruit. Very carbonated, light bodied, good spice, really nice. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (196) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle purchased at new Haskells and poured into tulip glass. Deep golden, maybe orange color. Slight unfiltered, cloudy appearance. Spicy aroma. Tart fruit. Taste filled with spice and plenty of alcohol. Effervescent comes to mind. Aftertaste is kind of bitter and carries the spice theme to the end. A more rounded saison than expected.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (264) - - DEC 31, 2013
Large corked Bottle. From haskells. Golden almost orange with white head. Sweet and spicy slight fruit aroma. Spicy and alcohol, yeast in middle. Bubbly and spicy mouthfeel. Long lasting finish that balances sweet and bitter. Good flavor and plenty of it. Nice beer.


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