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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.

Editorís Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
I enjoyed this Saison quite a bit. I noticed some belgian floral characteristics and some yummy yeastiness too. Not a ton of spices which was a bit of a disappointment but they were there. Very smooth and mellow for the 7.3%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Hazy gold, fluffy head. Fruity nose. Lovely, rish beer. Funkiness, barnyard, apricots. More dry hops, more funkiness than your usual saison, incredible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
Big shiny offwhite lasting head over hazy yellow body with lots of carbonation. Bready, yeasty aroma of fruit and earth, with a sharpish metallic edge and citric notes. Sharp earthy, bananaish taste with dry, ciderlike metallic aftertaste. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. A nice saison. Good, but not too special. (0.5l bottle.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Massive white head with good retention and plenty of stringy lace. Hazy gold colored brew with white highlights. Spicey nose, coriander, citrus, lightly bready, melony, nice spiceyness. Body is light, spritzy with a light oilyness. Spicey, peppery flavors, citrus, light grainy notes. Finish is dry, light and spicey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Perfect appearance: huge frothy, whhite head that lasted a long time. Color was yellow. Aroma was floral, herbs, grass, and clove, but didnít have the bite that a Dupont has. Good lively carbonation. Much better than I had expected. OK, but I doubt I íll buy any more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Poured a hazy golden, amberish type color with a huge honkiní head and great lacing. The aroma was coriander, cloves, pepper, light citrus, witbier like with very slight floral notes (w/o being a floral beer at all). The flavor was pepper, amber malts, both of which kept this from being mistaken for a witbier instead of a true saison. A dry and crisp finish, some sourness, not super funky or wild, definitely not "sweet." A very nice stateside saison, imo, although my numbers came out higher than I would have thought. Bert, a great big thanks for this opportunity! Re-rate, 1/08 (Le Merle vs. Silver Jubilee), really identical notes: Bottle went loud pop (champagne-like) upon opening, golden pour with some haze, lots of carbonation bubbles steadily rising to the top, generous white head. The aroma was bananas, light oranges, floral notes, slight yeast and funk, some spices. The flavor followed the aroma, but also included some more pepper notes with warmer temperatures, citrus notes, and even a touch of grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated, crisp, clean, dry, great finish, highly drinkable. I will not adjust ratings, dead on, nearly identical experience as my first and I didnít even know I was rating the same / aliased beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Nice looking 500ml corked bottle Golden pour with a large white head. Smells of nectarine and belgian yeastiness and other spices. A highly carbonated light dry palate greets the tongue and flavors of citrus, malty sweetness, a hint of pepper and spice, and a tangy acidity, which fades on the back of the tongue to a slightly bitter finish with a nice touch of peachiness. There is no alcohol heat despite the 7.3% ABV. A good beer, yet not quite within the parameters Iíve associated Saison with in the past -- something lacking in the spice/wild area. Not that that is a bad thing! My wife also liked it, and she rarely enjoys any beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2006
slightly bigger-than-average bottle with cork and cap (which was firmly lodged in the bottle). medium to slightly-darker-than-straw gold color with a huge white head that sticks to everything it touches. pleasant aroma of pale malt, funky yeast, and grassy grainy hops. although i know that North Coast is a relatively large microbrewery, this beer is well-executed in that i can picture it being brewed, and iin that picture thereís nothing approaching commercial or industrial! feels a little artificially spiced, as if salt and pepper had been added to it to make up for absent flavor. light and fresh and showing no signs of the 7.3% alcohol, i believe this beer would be exquisite with many foods. on its own itís only ígoodí but i wonder what it would taste like with roast turkey, pasta, mildly spiced asian food.... iíll buy more for thanksgiving dinner!<!-- br --> itís obviously no dupont or fantome, but this beer does manage to hold its own.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Pours to a very rapidly carbonated hazy golden straw body with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma has a dry yeasty saaz hop-esque quality. I donít really care for it. The flavor is spicy, peppery, minerally, strange fruitiness. The palate is extremely velvety. The flavor and palate make up for the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Very hazy straw colored w/ a fairly tall white head. aroma is a bit grainy some almost stale yeasts and hints of bread. Light fluffy palate. Flavor is well spiced a good belgian yeast some light hopping in the finish. Decent little beer.

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