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RATINGS: 1013   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
750 pours a hazy light amber with a monster pillow like head and short lived cobweb lace - sort of dies as time goes by. The aroma is yeasty, canned pineapple, unripe banana, and slight funk. The flavor has lots of tropical fruit notes, ripe banana, beautiful spice, and yeast, very nice. I love the clove/nutmeg spice flavors in this one. I’m not one to crave Saison, but this leaves me wanting more - which is great, since I have a whole 750 of this to enjoy. Towards the end, I did a hefe yeast agitation and poured out the rest into my tulip. It only adds to the richness. The palate is quite pleasant with a cleansing carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for the number. Overall, I really am quite surprised. I like it. IMHO, under rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Blond / straw yellow, hazy, with a white head. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, and some nutmeg. Flavor is the same, sweet from the bubblegum maltiness, with a hint of citrus fruit in the crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Got this one bottled under the Whole Foods label. Hazy light yellow pour, nice bubbly white head. This really does have a pretty complex, fruity aroma with a nice strong yeastiness. Mouthfeel is creamy, nicely carbonated. Flavor is a bit spicy and peppery up front but leads into more of that fruitiness with a dash of lemon zest and banana. Finishes pretty dry. Quite refreshing. This is a pretty good saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 16, 2008
750 ml. brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date on bottle. Poured out a hazy straw yellow color, with a decent white head. Aromas are of pineapples, star fruit, some peaches, funky yeast. Flavors include slight barnyard funk, sweet fruits, yeasty bread, slight white pepper. Medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Burning and tingly on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry & prickly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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 (5539) - 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 (5696) - 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 (2118) - 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 (5046) - 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.

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