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RATINGS: 842   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2005
500ml bottle. Dully yellow and hazy. Spotted white head. Grass, grapefruit, apples, bananas, cinnamon, and slight clove. Body is nice and smooth. Floral flavors, mixed in with a bitter hop flavor and apples and champaign. Lively and tart. Good example, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Golden-bronze body with a foamy, air-pocketed head. Airy, yeasty aroma w. perhaps a hint of citrus. Mildly yeasty flavor. More of a golden belgian ale than a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1057) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2005
A rather opeque orange with a rocky white head. Aroma of dried fruit: orange maybe some lemon. Taste is nicly mellow that includes sweet fruit and sour/tart cirtus fruit with a bit of acidity. Palate is quite bitter yet refreshing. My first Saison I think it’s decent. I’d buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Poured a murky yellow with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and citrusy. Some tart fruit as well. Flavor is citrusy and fruity. Tart and acidic. Dry with a little bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Cloudy, light orange with rocky, white foam and excellent lacing. Aroma: musty, woody cherry, a little horseblanket, dry and sour, noble hops. Excellent malty flavour with plenty of noble hops and a dry, woody bitterness mingling with yeast and a touch of horseblanket. Not as dry as some, but perfectly well balanced with only a hint of alcohol flavour. A little warming, light bodied, pleny of carbonation, clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Rerate of new Le Merle bottling: Aroma of bready sweet pale Belgian malt and doughy yeast with a touch of grassy hops. Body follows suit with a good doughy yeasty presence and sweet biscuity pale malt. A nice Saison.

Sampled as Whole Foods 25th Anniversary: Bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a hazy golden with a thick frothy off-white head. Floral citrus hoppy aroma has some yeasty funk to it. Body starts with a faint caramel sweetness balanced with a ton of dry, earthy and tart yeastiness. Puckering finish is just very dry, not necessarily sour. This might need some time to mellow out, but it has got to be the driest beer I remember trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle from Cary, NC. Hazy straw pour with 1-finger, fizzy white head. The aroma is citric yet funky, and not horseblanket funky. I also noted malty fruits, hops, clove, black pepper, and a perfumy oaky smell. The flavor is citric, bready malty, with some spicy dryness and slight apricot elements. Gets even drier as it warms, with a huge lemony grassy citrus. This one isn’t bad, but compared to the stellar lineup of saisons and Belgian strong ales I’ve had in the last two weeks, it doesn’t quite make my elite list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy straw golden color with a nice white head and good lacing. Yeasty phenol sweetness with a notes of bubblegum and spice nicely balanced by a earthy bitterness. Fruity and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2005
From the Columbus WFM. Clear golden color with tiny rising bubbles and a thick, frothy white head. Thin and sticky lacing. Aroma of floral hops and yeast. Light-bodied and more bitter than most of the Saisons I have tried to date. Yeast, hops and tart fruit flavors are mingled together. The finish is citrus hops and more yeast. Drinkable, if a little underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6151) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle (re-rate as Le Merle). Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lighlty hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, white pepper, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Pretty much identical to the WF Silver Jubilee, the comments for which were: Just a bit too much on the sweet side, and the lemon zest is almost overbearing, but it’s a nice enough rendition that is closer to a "real" saison than most banana-laden American attempts.

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