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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
From a caged corked 500ml. brown bottle with a blurb about ale on the front label and no freshness date. Made a very good appearance, poured a semi-hazy peach hued golden with a frothy, foamy white head that reduced to a thin, clingy, pillowy lacing. Had a big funky farmhouse yeasty aroma with a tropical fruitness in the background. Good continuous carbonation, maybe too much carbonation and a slick light bodied mouth feel, above average drinkability. Had a big funky, musky yeast taste with a tropical fruity hop bitterness and a dry yeasty finish that lingers in the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2006
This pours a brilliant orange that looks almost sunny. Hazy and almost cloudy with a huge white head, that manages to reduce itself to a small layer that sticks around through the entire bottle. This has a wonderfully spiciness to it, some highlights of ginger and corriander, hints of yeastiness, lots of orange jamminess and fresh bread. Very well made and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Pours cloudy yellow with a thick and fluffy white head that eventually diminishes to just a thin layer. Very good lacing. Nice yeasty and lemon and orange citrus hop aroma. Some spice in there as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin and carbonated. Nice tastes of yeast and citrus. Finishes nicely with apple and lemony citrus and some earthy malt.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 16, 2006
I was impressed with this one. Whole Foods was very smart to put this beer in the hands of such a talented brewery. North Coast is an outstaning brewery, and I really think, they have done an exceptional job on this beer. An authentic saison, isn’t something too many domestic breweries/brewpubs get right, but North Coast does with this beer. Reminds me much of Saison Dupont, and if that is not high praise, then I don’t know what is. This beer pours to a hazy, blond color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good grassy/citrus hop aroma, paired with some good pale malt aroma, and some mild, yeasty aroma. The palate is firm, with lots of good pale malt falvor, paired with some earthy/yeasty spice flavor. This beer finishes with good pale malt and yeasty flavor up front, then ends with a vibrant burst of herbal/citrus flavor, and yeasty spice flavor, that ingers. Very well done,dometic example of a saison, one of the most accurate examples I have ever tasted. A wonderful aperitif beer, and a great beer to match with a number of dishes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdwttu (1) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2006 does not count
Comes in a corked 22 oz bottle. Pours a moderately hazy light amber color with a medium head. Aroma is a very present but not overpowering blend of citrus (lemon) and wheat. Being a hophead my pallette might be a bit "calloused", but there’s not much that stands out here to me except it seems to be a little over-carbonated. Taste is a fuity acidic flavor. Not my style, but still a good drinkable beer and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Hazy apricot body, medium off-white head. Aroma of fermented fruit (pear juice, white grape, pineapple), pepper, and other spicy esters. Tart and tangy. The body is dominated by spicy esters. Pepper and perfume lead to fruity notes of white grape and pear, with the lingering spiciness and bitter finish overpowering the fruit at all times. I like the aroma a bit better than the flavor, which is ester-heavy for me. Still, this is a well-crafted beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Courtesy of JCW and Pailhead. Little against the grain on this it appears. Maybe it just hit the spot? Cloudy/hazy yellow straw like color. Semi rocky white head. Huge floral aroma up front, with lemons, bananas, and musty farmhouse funk. Stale malt in the background. Initial flavor very floral/lemon-like, reminds me of a cleaner, (in a good way). Chewy, yeasty, farmhouse funk through the middle, with a pepper/spice finish. Obviously underated IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Pale hazy yellow pour. Lemon citrusy and floral smell with a dose of barn yeast. A bit candied sweet and doughy and tart and acidic, with more citric lemon flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Courtesy of ElGaucho! Cloudy yellow color with little head. Nice aroma of wheat and spices, rounded out with some honey. Spicy yeast taste, but not much else happening. Still a good drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Thanks to JCW for sharing this bottle. Cloudy banana yellow color with a big head like beaten egg whites. Spicey nose with hints of celery. The flavor shows clove, banana, orange, and hints of soap. Spicey flavor, but whatever it is that reminds me of soap is distracting a little.


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