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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Hazy lemon yellow, good head, nice pillow finish, very attractive. Aroma was spicy and fruity, with notes of coriander and lemon peel, along with yeast. Flavor was very similar, loads of spice with balancing citric fruit flavors, and a touch of floral bitterness from the hops. Touch of wheat as well, this almost treads into the territory of a wit in some ways. Highly refreshing, and perhaps the best American take on a Saison since Hennepin. I really enjoyed this, great example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Hazy golden with huge head. Yeasty and citrus aromas....tastes of banana\pineapple and other fruits. Yeasty, but not overly so. I quite enjoyed this. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Poured a voluptuously effervescent golden with a large frothy white head. Rich aroma of spices, wildflowers, some piney hops. Flavor is light, spicy and floral, and very dry. Not exceptionally layered or complex, but very refreshing. Light fizzy body. Pretty nice saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Pours a hazy yellow with a shade of light brown and huge, frothy head. There is intense tropical fruit in the aroma. There is pineapple, peach, cherry, banana, lemon, and mango, along with grassy hops and an earthy and spicy quality. The flavor is very good - the fruits from the aroma really come through strong, and there is an excellent sweet/sour/bitter balance. I really like the earthy and spicy tones that come through, and it leaves a nice dry, tart finish. The palate is excellent. It is a light bodied beer done right - plenty of flavors, refreshing, smooth, and high carbonation. An excellent summer beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost clear pale gold with an abundant white head. Fruity aroma with some yeast present as well. The fruitiness and yeast are the initial flavors that come through as well. Somewhat bitter hops finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Poured a hazy dark straw with a huge fluffy persistent head. This beer is wonderful, and one of my favorite saisons. Very refreshing and light with the typical spicy earthiness of most saisons. Also many light fruit flavors including lemon, melon, white peach, and mangos. A good dosage a hops lends a beautiful dryness and flavor. Another wonderful attempt from North Coast.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Rating #600: Pours with a huge, perennial head over a hazy, orange body; yeasty, fruity aroma that’s peppery and flowery; sweet and tart up front; flavors include honey and orange peel; pilsner qualities in malt profile and spicy, noble hoppiness; musty, tangy and pretty bitter finish. This one has some nice characteristics, but they don’t mesh very well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2006
Huge golden pour, head lasted quite a while. A sharp fruity flavor, yeasty. Abit earthy. An ok brew, but could be better, not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a hazy pale golden with a thick, white head with good retention. Aroma of yeast and banana. Rather light body - I never would’ve guessed this to be 7.3% ABV. Fruity and fresh with notes of yeast. Some sulphur in the finish. A decent wheat beer, that’s what it is. 300406

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours a big fizzy over a golden beer. Huge yeasty musty aroma that reminds me of Vieuve Cliquot. Sharp and citrusy - lemon and a little grapefruit. Clean finish, lacks some complexity.


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