Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma reminds me of a cross between a light Orval and a geuze. So, I guess the yeast is Brettanomyces. Thankfully, the flavor wasn’t overwhelming with this yeast flavor. Having said that, this is still a pretty good Saison. But for $6.99, this is a rip off. For $1 more, I’d happily upgrade to Saison Dupont. Especially for a 750ml(25.4oz) compared to a 16.9oz Silver Jubilation
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good, almost like a champagne beer more than anything else, which I guess is appropriate given the Jubilation aspect. Very cloudy light amber color. Nice when looking for something light and bubbly but still a good range of flavor.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange-amber beer with a whitish head. Sweet malt aroma with some earthy yeastiness. Earthy flavor - spicey, citrus, slight bitterness, some herbal characteristics. Balanced flavor, finishes dry with a lingering earthy dustiness. Very drinkable with a great complex flavor.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 9/28/05 Bottled. Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a large white head. Yeast, bananas and pineapple aromas. Bubbly mouth feel. Malty flavor with notes of bananas, dough, and some other fruity flavors as well. Bitter/ dry aftertaste.
11/2/06 Bottled. Crystal clear darker yellow color with a huge, frothy white head. Dough and phenols in the aroma. Still very bitter with tons of fruit flavors. I’ve got two bottles of this that I never intended to age but they worked their way into the back of my beer cellar and I only just found them there. Too bad, I think they’re a bit past their prime. The flavors seem to have broken apart rather than melding together. Very dry finish. Still very drinkable though. I’ll keep my original rating but I bumped appearance up to 5.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
whole foods 25th anniversary beer, purchased at Berkeley Whole Foods. a self-described "Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale", and further describing its influence as Flemish, this is no mere grocery store-brand beer - it is a quality Farmhouse ale from a top-flight brewery - North Coast.
pours a hazy gold with a fizzy, quickly subsiding head that leaves no lace. aroma is quite full - a whole bunch of tart and spicy noble-style hop aromas, some sulfery yeast funk, and some real grassy grain aromas. very interesting. flavor is also quite good, with a short burst of malty sweetness completely washed away in another big shot of hops. some spicy yeast phenols bounce around in there, too, and they aren’t distracting. this is almost like the saison crossed with the IPA (at least an English one). I’d love to see this emerge in the North Coast regular line-up. great hoppy finish. maybe my first hallertauer-esque burp (I’m assuming it is a domestic noble - maybe Liberty?).
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial fruity pinapple, guava, mango, peach aromas. Cloudy medium blond appearance with quick dissapating head. Very spritzy tingling mouthfeel. Dry Intense fruity mango peach melon flavors with medium hops at the finish. Long fruity aftertaste. An exellent attempt of the Saison style.