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RATINGS: 896   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2831) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Bottle, from Cary store. Good nose, Yeasty. grass, lemon, little spice. Hazy golden yellow color, big head that settled, nice lacing. Sweet & spicy flavor. like aroma. grassy, yeasty, lemony, little banana too. Medium body, lite creamy crisp mouthfeel, peppery citrusy finish. Good brew, seemed close to the mark for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2006
22oz bottle shared by OldGrowth. Pours a nice crisp bright yellow color with a big white foamy head. Nose is peppery and spicy with hints of lemon and grass. Palate is clean and tingly, nice crispness. Flavor is spicy with some grassy dry notes and a nice freshness to it. Light bits of pepper and lemon as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours bright, hazy yellow with thin head. Aroma is Banana, yeasty, and slight hops. Taste is banana, bread, hopa dn malt that are well balanced. Finsih is bitter and sour. Nice all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
The most striking thing about this beer is the huge, fizzy head, and the almost unbearable carbonation. The flavor/aroma are both very well blanced, with a refreshing dose of bitter hops coupled with a slightly sweetened caramel maltiness. Strong herbal qualities, and not too heavy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Hazy lemon yellow, good head, nice pillow finish, very attractive. Aroma was spicy and fruity, with notes of coriander and lemon peel, along with yeast. Flavor was very similar, loads of spice with balancing citric fruit flavors, and a touch of floral bitterness from the hops. Touch of wheat as well, this almost treads into the territory of a wit in some ways. Highly refreshing, and perhaps the best American take on a Saison since Hennepin. I really enjoyed this, great example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Hazy golden with huge head. Yeasty and citrus aromas....tastes of banana\pineapple and other fruits. Yeasty, but not overly so. I quite enjoyed this. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Poured a voluptuously effervescent golden with a large frothy white head. Rich aroma of spices, wildflowers, some piney hops. Flavor is light, spicy and floral, and very dry. Not exceptionally layered or complex, but very refreshing. Light fizzy body. Pretty nice saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Pours a hazy yellow with a shade of light brown and huge, frothy head. There is intense tropical fruit in the aroma. There is pineapple, peach, cherry, banana, lemon, and mango, along with grassy hops and an earthy and spicy quality. The flavor is very good - the fruits from the aroma really come through strong, and there is an excellent sweet/sour/bitter balance. I really like the earthy and spicy tones that come through, and it leaves a nice dry, tart finish. The palate is excellent. It is a light bodied beer done right - plenty of flavors, refreshing, smooth, and high carbonation. An excellent summer beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost clear pale gold with an abundant white head. Fruity aroma with some yeast present as well. The fruitiness and yeast are the initial flavors that come through as well. Somewhat bitter hops finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Poured a hazy dark straw with a huge fluffy persistent head. This beer is wonderful, and one of my favorite saisons. Very refreshing and light with the typical spicy earthiness of most saisons. Also many light fruit flavors including lemon, melon, white peach, and mangos. A good dosage a hops lends a beautiful dryness and flavor. Another wonderful attempt from North Coast.


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