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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Gorgeous enthusiastic white foamy sudsy head with lots of spotchy lace left behind. Hazy goldenrod color. Smells of musty goodness. A little grassy in a good way. Aromatic and farmy. Bursty big mouthfeel. Surprisingly spicy, bitter, and dry as hell.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
Hazy beige. Dusty character. Hint of burnt match in the nose. Spicy-peppery notes, and fennel. Malts are crackerlike and slightly baguettey. Some lemony aromatic accents. Still a "saison" whose only farmhouse character is overt dustiness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Pous translucent gold with a big white head with large bubbles. Spicy, doughy aroma with a fitting underlying earthiness. Flavor begins honey-sweet the quickly turns refreshingly tart. A spice hop character dominates the finish. Three excellent flavors when considered individually; thereís something lacking in the combination. That is, of course, when compared to the Duponts and Pipaix of the world. Good stuff, and definitely worth a shot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap @ Stone, san Diego. Pours a clouded orangish gold color. Some spiciness, sweet honey flavor. Didnt get much as the saison spiciness & funk as sweetness seemed to dominate. Rather tasty offering though. Enjoyable

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Served to my Big-Ass Triple Karmeliet glass, busy, crystalline foam fills half the glass and aroma wafts out into the atmosphere...hazy straw orange color, looks the part for the style, and quite lovely. Aroma is big and expressive, citrus and spice, flowery and flush with Belgian funk. Not so sour, but definitely wild and spraying out lemon, pepper, and plenty of things I canít name. Like it lots. Label says "tropical fruit"...I can imagine banana, pineapple, coconut...well, letís not go crazy... Fine and mellow on the tastebuds, smooth and easy drinking. Light bodied. Citrus and spice lingers gingerly on the palate (no pun intended), then softly fades away. A good food beer. Me, Iím having it with spaghetti and meatballs, because Iím such a rarified epicurean. Zesty stuff. but a mite bit too watery to really beg comparison to the fine farmhouse ales of Flanders. Close, and an admirable effort. Nice work, North

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Labeled as Le Merle. Corked bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a cloudy amber/orange colour. Big fluffy white head, great carbonation and sticky lacing. Aroma was sweet perfume and yeast. Flavour was very well balanced with sweet, tart sourness and warm alcohol. nice saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Pours amber and cloudy with a sustained rocky white head. Smells of perfume, dry malt, coriander, some bananas and honey. Tastes of dry malt with some ginger and bananas. Mouthfeel is full and peppery with a finish that yields some citrus. More of a hefe-wit than a saison, but enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
strong clear gold with medium frothy head. fruity fragrance with some spicy yeast notes. smooth and creamy body. honeyed apples, pears with a little oranges, followed by an alcohol spiciness. not overly sweet like some iíve tried. very well balanced

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
750 ml from Discount Liquors, WI. Pours a clear golden color with a tall off-white head. Apples, pears, green grapes, citrus, yeast, and caramel malts in the aroma and flavor. A touch of pepper spice in the flavor as well. Not funky at all, but light, dry, and flavorful. Slightly tart, it would be nice if a little more body, tart, and spice, but otherwise good. Went really well with tilapia, garlic potatoes, and greens dinner.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
the aroma smelled bit like seafood broth. taste however is not to bad with a fruity and yeasty finish. the end after a touch of oxidation has a flavor of peach extract. goes down nice.


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