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RATINGS: 905   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4826) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Pours a hazy straw/orange with medium sized white head. Light grain, earthy malt, a bit of spice, fruit, citrus, and banana. Also a bit of pepperiness. Pretty decent saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Some fruit esters and sweetness, copper earthy appearance, some nut spice and carmels, odd alcohols?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5953) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
Sampled at SBWF, 2007. Muddy golden. white head. Spicy aroma; nutmeg and bananas. Light and fresh flavour with citrus (pineapple) and some alco-feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Thanks to the man Dragonstout for this one and many others. Pours a cloudy copper color with a foamy white head. Has hints of belgian yeast, sour fruits, floral, and spice. Finshes with a huge sour fruit presence. Carbonation is done well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange/yellow, with a small white head. Smells ofcinnamon, wheat, and orange citrus. Not a bad aroma at all. Starting off decent. The flavor has some ofthe wheat, alot of yeastiness to it along with a pretty big citrus fruit presence. Light on the spices, and more on the fruitiness, which was ok, i wasnt expecting Fantome here. Not a bad american saison. Refreshing and pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Hazy golden orange, moderate head, solid lacing and retention. Aroma is fairly predictable: yeast, oranges, light spicing, some pepper and grassy hops. Medium to light body, a light malty sweetness that ends with a peppery bite. Typical but enjoyable example.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Good sized frothy white head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation. Nice fruity aroma with some dustyness and lemon. Light malts and honey present also. Color is a hazy golden orange. Light and fruity again. Crisp and refreshing. Light malts, some spices, little bit of floral hops and some yeast. Easy drinkng. Little bit of bitterness shows up late swallow. Finishes dry with a little bitterness and pastyness. A pretty good saison.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle in version of ’05 Whole Foods Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary Ale. Cloudy yellow with huge white frothy head. Aroma is very yeasty with faded spices and light citrus fruits. Flavor is very spicy yeast with coriander and other spice, lemon, orange, pretty dry, a little oxidized. Very hot carbonation that fades to nice creaminess, medium body. Not bad, had this when it came out too and I don’t think it has improved much with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
From bottle - Whole Foods Silver Jubilee 25th anniversary that was stashed away for a couple years. Huge thick head, the bottle almost gushed when I opened it - gave me fears of contamination. Not so. Very clean and wonderful yeast characteristics. The yeast profile reminds me of the way that Cru D’or used to be - must be the same strain. Nice ripe, even apple and pear flavors. Good hop flavor too, even after a couple years in the bottle. This is probably a lot more hoppy than the original style would usually call for, but what the hell, it’s from the west coast. Definitely noble hops and (thankfully) nothing citrusy.. Some sediment in the bottle after a couple years, but that just goes to show it was alive when they shipped it out. This would pare really well with some good cheese, but I just drank it on its own. Another great beer from the underrated North Coast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The appointed Duvel tulip glass was a nearly perfect vessel to hold this pale, frothy, heady Saison. The bubbles just kept rushing up from the etched D at the bottom of the glass, and head showed no signs of wavering. The smell was full of tartness and spice. Fresh cut hay, sun baked earth, and bright marigold flowers in the nose were evocative of some European farmhouse. The taste was very dry, which allowed the tart sourness and spice to play the role major flavor contributors. Also present was some ripe cheese, and green apple, which finally gave way to a dose of hops in the finish, the only apparent concession towards the American origin of this beer. A good balance between delicate and rustic in the mouthfeel department with lightness due to the abundance of bubbles. Not as full of character as the beers from DuPont or Fantôme, but a worthy offering in the style from a surprising source.


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