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RATINGS: 846   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2446) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Dull gold. Soapy collar of foam surrounds a fine layer of cream. White pepper esters and fruity yeast bombard the nose. Lightly herbal and musty. Sandy and silky carbonation. Initial sip bursts with sweet orange peels and a succulent bite of passion fruit and floral hops. Spicy yeast esters tighten their grip at the back of the tongue and generate hints of salt and white pepper. Quenching splash of sweet orange peel-derived acidity is softened by a light dose of candy sugar and a fresh hay flavored malt cushion. The substantial sweetness is thankfully short-lived due to an ensuing herbal trail of sharpness which enhances the dryness. Doughy yeast flavors film the roof of the mouth before finishing juicily hoppy, but equally crunchy with lightly toasted malt husks. More attenuation/less sweetness and this would be sublime. Thanks for the gift, fly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Very hazy and straw like in color. Aroma is floral, peppery, yeasty and honey like. Flavor is classic saison, I.m not picking up anything exotic or tropical fruity, but I think it would stack up with many European Saisons. Finish is peppery and dry. nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pour is a hazy yellow with a tall white head. Aroma is yeasty and lots of vanilla. Flavor is peppery, sweet and citrus but nothing really stands out to give it that final kick. Gets a lower score considering it cost $6.99 for a 500ml bottle. Pretty pricy for an average brew. A six pack of Schlafly saison is just as good and half the price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
This saison pours a hazy yellow gold color from a cork finished 500ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is spicy, floral, citrusy, yeasty and peppery. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and sweet, spicy and peppery and yeasty and bright. Interesting beer, lots of fruit, spices and pepper flavors. The carbonation is a little harsh, zesty and it’s a little too sweet, but North Coast has sure as heck captured the sprit and character of a saison. Light and refreshing beer. Crisp and clean. Lots of carbonation, perhaps a little too much .. burp. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is dry and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of pepper.

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3334) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1062) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2499) - 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.

3.8
   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.


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