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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
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
500ml bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!). Poured a medium and intially clear, but clouded up towards the bottom of the bottle, golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus/lemons, peppery, light yeast, bready and somewhat fruity. Tastes of pepper, citrus/lemons, fruity (apples and some other sweet fruits) and a touch of yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 27, 2007
C&C 500ml bottle. Clear gold with a rocky white head. Lightly spiced, herbal nose, a bit of lemon and pepper. Nice sheet of white lacing. Spicy sweet flavor, peppery, some lemon zest. Mildly acidic and a somewhat dry finish. Very drinkable. Happy belated birthday, Whole Foods - I hope you don’t mind me buying this from another store...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
Aroma of fruity esters and light spice, along with a bit of yeast. The fruit is almost like a canned fruit aroma in part. Light orange gold color with a very large head that laces on its departure. Starts with stone fruit, peach?, confused by some yeast and floral hop aspects. Not a really dry finish, but not overly sweet. Tropical fruit it might be. Papaya? Very good mouthfeel, though the carbonation might be a bit fizzy. It is just really good ale.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
Aroma had some malt and some spices as well.Pours a hazy light copper with a large white head.Yeast and spices dominated the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a lot of spice in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
Light aroma with the expected saison elements--banana sticking out mostly. Hazy golden color. Medium palate that is fairly highly carbonated. Light spices, peppery flavors, and some hints of citrus and grasses. Banana in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a hazy slightly dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of estery yeast and spices is quite dominant as well as some tropical fruit- like sweetness. Taste is spicier then I would have expected which might be from the spice mix use in this beer or from the yeast strain use in this beer. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable. I thought this was reasonably well done for the style and would mind having another taste of it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
Courtesy redlight. Hazy yellow/gold, large, fluffy white head. Mild aroma of dry, airy, musty yeast, crisp graininess, and a light dose of floral hops. Same flavor with some lemon and generic fruitiness. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Unremarkable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Herbal and spicy nose with touches of anise, ginger and alfalfa. Mildy astringent palate with a very slight dms character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 500ml bottle, aged 2 1/2 years. happy belated birthday Whole Foods. pours a hazy orange with a nice fluffy head. nose has lots of coriander, zesty orange and grapefruit, bread, yeasty, and subtle caramel. flavor seems a little weak, sweet biscuit, orange, coriander, and yeast. mouthfeel is pretty watery and carbination feels low. alcohol is well hidden. a pretty typical saison that’s easy to drink and refreshing, but not worth the $8/500ml.8/4/7/3/13=3.5.

9/19/07, 750ml labeled Le Merle. i thought this was a new saison from North Coast when I bought it. oh well. now this relabel is only $7/750ml, what gives? lose the anniversary label and the price goes down or is it a whole foods thing. whatever. perhaps i got this one a little fresher or the recipe changed slightly because I’m digging this now. pours a really nice looking faded orange with creamy dense head. nose is musty with spices from hops and/or yeast, and citrus almost tropical fruit nose. flavor is just not that funky but pretty crisp fruity, musty, and some toasted biscuit. nice fruity of apple, peach, and pear. perhaps a tad on the sweet side. finish is clean and very refreshing. more on the fruity side than funky. but that little spice and grainy flavor add to the complexity. solid and something i wouldn’t mind drinking more of. unfortuantly for North Coast, at that price you can get a saison from Dupont.3.8.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky yellowish-orange body with a large frothy white head. Lactic aroma with lascivious spice and yeasty dough, actually some diacetyl (not terrible though) too? The flavour is moderately brash with mid-level carbonation. Highly apparent spices - pepper, lemon, and cookies. Medium body. Good stuff.


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