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RATINGS: 841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 26   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - I’d seen this bottle on the shelves for awhile and never really pulled the trigger on buying it. Always made some excuse for not buying it really. Low and behold, it’s at a tasting!! Aroma is really nice and complex with notes of spice, citrus, yeast, pepper, fruit and a floral centerpiece. Appearance was crystal clear, more gold than yellow with a good fluffy head although there must have been a fair amount of sediment as the more it poured the more hazy it became. Lively and spritzy on the tongue with a bittersweet finish. The taste was really nice. It carried most of the same character as the nose. Very tasty. Yet just one more great beer from the folks at North Coast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
500mL Bottle shared with family friends on new years eve. Pours golden orange with adequate carbonation and big fluffy head. Nose is fruity and yeasty--basically saisony. Flavor mimics aroma, with little to no alchohol present. Not the most exciting saison I’ve had, but still a nice and refreshing offering from NC/WF. I must agree it’s a little pricey at $8.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2128) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2006
500 ml bottle. Golden and somewhat hazy. Throws a really tall fluffy white head - a porous one. Very high carbonation content as bubbles rise to the top quickly. Prickly, peppery and a little pear-like aroma. Straw and some citrus. Dry sensation. Prickly from the carbonation. Acidic and powdery from grassy hops. Cider-like, but drier and more bitter. Citrus-flavours. Peaches and pears. Dry finish from hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
26.12.06 500ml bottle. I was pretty surprised to see this and actually had forgotten about the paltry (though listed on RB) beer selection at Whole Foods Middletown.

Looks like a saison alright, golden straw with medium sized off-white head that is sturdy and lasting. Aroma is nice, sweet, lightly grassy, some tropical fruits (mostly pineapple), and fairly oakey. Thin to medium bodied, weedy, and lots of tropical fruits with a quick bite of lemon zest. Strong and growing oakiness manifests in a woody astringency and very mild vanilla. Light diacetyl comes through in spots. Huh. Nothing unpleasant about this saision except the $8/500ml price tag. Definitely not worth the money for another go-round.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2006
500ml bottle Purchased at Whole Foods. Enjoyed on Christmas Day, the first of the evening with my good pal Josh. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a puffy white head. The aroma has notes of fruit, and slight hints of citrus. I haven’t been a big Saison guy in the past, but it has been a while since I’ve had one. The taste is light and refreshing with a slightly bitter after taste. The after effect lingers in your throat for a bit. Decent saison from my limited experience with them. Glad to see some covert North Coast Action.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Cloudy Yellow Coloring with White Skin. Yeasty, Herbal Aroma. Very Yeasty Flavor...Dry...Sorry to Say Cardboard Notes at the End...Overall..Herbal/Vegetable Notes..Perhaps Not the Best Bottle but Certainly Not a Bad Saison When it’s in Good Order.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
I enjoyed this Saison quite a bit. I noticed some belgian floral characteristics and some yummy yeastiness too. Not a ton of spices which was a bit of a disappointment but they were there. Very smooth and mellow for the 7.3%

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Hazy gold, fluffy head. Fruity nose. Lovely, rish beer. Funkiness, barnyard, apricots. More dry hops, more funkiness than your usual saison, incredible.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
Big shiny offwhite lasting head over hazy yellow body with lots of carbonation. Bready, yeasty aroma of fruit and earth, with a sharpish metallic edge and citric notes. Sharp earthy, bananaish taste with dry, ciderlike metallic aftertaste. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. A nice saison. Good, but not too special. (0.5l bottle.)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Massive white head with good retention and plenty of stringy lace. Hazy gold colored brew with white highlights. Spicey nose, coriander, citrus, lightly bready, melony, nice spiceyness. Body is light, spritzy with a light oilyness. Spicey, peppery flavors, citrus, light grainy notes. Finish is dry, light and spicey.


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