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RATINGS: 949   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Draft at KClinger’s. Golden and bright with moderate lacing. Only a light aroma, but the flavor is starkly sweet and fruit-salad puckery. Shimmer of a yeasty alcohol-laced twist. Different. (#3281, 1/9/2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Fluffy white head recedes to skim surface. Lemon, mango and brett aromas. Crisp citrus and yeast from front to back with a peppery hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Sampled via 750 ml bottle at joebrew’s weekly beer tasting at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy golden yellow brew with a thick white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast funk, a touch of banana esters, some herbal spice and a touch of citrus. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of yeast, light bready malt and some dry spice. Finish is well-carbonated, with a dry yeast aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Shit, lost my rating again. 750mL bottle, no date (though I think it’s 2007) from General_Gao, thank you Colin!. After a loud pop I found myself ready to run to the nearest sink, but no overflowage happened. Hooray. Hazy golden light orange with a two finger frothy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of citrus rinds, earth, and some peppery notes. Background has some herbal hops, Belgian yeast and banana. Flavor has the citrus turning into old--almost molding/rotting, but not quite--orange rinds mixing with the pepper and yeast until the hops decide to dry it all out by the finish. Bitterness peaks at a 3 (out of 10). High carbonation lightens the medium body and makes it quite refreshing, despite the strength. My other rating was much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 bottle corked and caged opened with a nice pop poured a hazy orange yellow in color with a thick white two finger head slowly diminishing but leaving a heavy layer the whole glass through. aroma has yeast, lemon peel, and some light spice. really smells nice like a saison should, very full but not too much spice, thick and buttery. mouth feel hits medium with more thickness mid taste refreshing to sip. flavors are well done, tasty yeast, grains and a nice full feel, citrus in the background finishing lightly dry, full carbination across the tongue. last glass i swished a nice dose of yeast into adding a fuller feel and peppery spice and much more hazed up. really a nice beer, most all i have tried from north coast have been great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2008
0.75 l bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007. Hazy straw color with thick persistent head. Grainy and spicy aroma with notes of pepper, cumin, thyme, vanilla and lemon. Grapefruit, lemon, pepper, clove and some grainy notes in the flavor. Fairly full bodied oily palate. Nice long spicy finish. Very tasty, good tropical fruit character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Sweaty citrus, some burnt match sulfur, lemon and lime aromas. Opaque yellow tan coloured body is topped by a generous and lasting, fine bubbled, white head that leaves patchwork lacing. Peach and apricot fruitiness with a pastry dough like malt character, dusty Belgian yeast and moderate bitterness. Sulfur is notable in the aftertaste. Medium body with soft bubbled creamy smooth texture. Bottle sampled with Beershine and Oakes. Resampled at a tasting in Dec-07 and then again in Jun-08 and bumped up flavour and aroma by a point, overall by two points.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1538) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Pours a nice, translucent golden orange with a picturesque white rocky head. Gentle spices, woodsy yeast, and a faint orange backing on the nose. Vibrant flavors of lemon zest, golden raisin, champagne, and honey with a really complex, lingering, dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
In short: Superb farmhouse Saison for the Dupont/Fantôme/etc lovers.
How: Mtl crew pre-Xmas 2007 tasting session. Comparative tasting of former incarnation (Silver Jubilee) and current incarnation (Le Merle)
The look: Partly cloudy golden-blonde body with a medium white head
In long: Nose is superbly wild barnyard Saison. I really dig that type of aroma. Lots of biscuits in a yeasty potion. Tart fruity notes of grapefruits with light bananas in the background. Walking in a farm while eating a fresh cookie after drinking a grapefruit juice. Lively carbonation. Drinkable in very large quantity. The new incarnation (Le Merle) was a bit more fruity/acidic while the former incarnation (Silver Jubilee) was a bit wilder/funkier. But that may just be the age difference. Both were wonderful. The original North Coast plan called for the Silver Jubilee to be a one-time beer and the PanQster to be year-round beer. Now part of the mistake is fixed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 2005 bottle with the Silver Jubilee label, tasted after 2+ years in the cellar.

Pours a rich yellow with a large foamy white head. Lovely saison aroma: lemon and hay, spicy pepper. The flavor follows, dominated by lemon and spicy yeast rather than funk and dust. This is splendidly drinkable, remarkably crafted American saison. It loses a few points relative to the best Belgian saisons for the lack of dusty farmhouse complexity, but it is all around solid and a great pleasure to drink. It might also be uncommonly accessible to one who is new to the style, but I’ll have to try that experiment to answer for sure. In any case, it’s really nice to have saisons of this quality being crafted in the US these days. 8/4/8/4/15=3.9.

8/09/08. Fresh bottle labelled as Le Merle. Compared to the previous experience, this one is a disappointment. Too much banana and spice, neither the funk nor dusty fields that one would desire. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5. I’ll average the ratings.

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