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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma of yeast, cloves and white pepper, floral hops, toast. Appears a cloudy golden yellow with good effervescence and with a large foamy white head. Flavor is peppery and earthy, with a bitter finish, all overlying the slightest sweet honey backbone; a yeasty breadiness is apparent in the aftertaste. Palate is crisp, refreshing, and highly effervescent. Overall, I find this to be an interesting brew and it is equal to the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
500 ml bottle - Cloudy bright gold body topped by a gienormours pillowy head. The aroma is very yeasty: herbs and pepper with some citrus thrown in for good measure. The flavor is citrus, light plastic notes and big peppery finish. Spritzy body. A bit one-dimensional but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Cloudy and yellow-orange. Lively carbonation ... and a fluffy mouthfeel. Spicy, aromatic hops (pepper, grass), with lesser notes of bitter orange and sweet passion fruit. Pinch of sourness in the background, along with some yeast notes. Sweetness was mildish; bitterness was a bit heavy on the tongue. Overall, not as funky and vibrant as many traditional farmhouse ales, but it was really pleasant and surprisingly well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2006
500ml corked edition. Clear pale golden in color with a fluffy white head. Nice farmhouse aromas, funky yeast, fruit, some citrus and spices. Crisp mouthfeel and light bodied. Huge amount of bittering hops detracts a bit otherwise straight forward Saison flavors. Not bad but you can get better for less money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2006
Light, golden-peach hue, reminds me of a chardonnay. Medium, disapating, foamy/frothy white head. Strong bread and butter aroma. Also present: oranges, flowers, pears, white grapes, peaches and cobwebs. Nice components, but the buttery element was just too much. Starts moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter and finishes lightly sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter. To me, the acidity isn’t so much the fresh kind I expect in a Saison, but rather a sharp and astringent variety. Medium bodied, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. 500 mL bottle, snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
From a caged corked 500ml. brown bottle with a blurb about ale on the front label and no freshness date. Made a very good appearance, poured a semi-hazy peach hued golden with a frothy, foamy white head that reduced to a thin, clingy, pillowy lacing. Had a big funky farmhouse yeasty aroma with a tropical fruitness in the background. Good continuous carbonation, maybe too much carbonation and a slick light bodied mouth feel, above average drinkability. Had a big funky, musky yeast taste with a tropical fruity hop bitterness and a dry yeasty finish that lingers in the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2006
This pours a brilliant orange that looks almost sunny. Hazy and almost cloudy with a huge white head, that manages to reduce itself to a small layer that sticks around through the entire bottle. This has a wonderfully spiciness to it, some highlights of ginger and corriander, hints of yeastiness, lots of orange jamminess and fresh bread. Very well made and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Pours cloudy yellow with a thick and fluffy white head that eventually diminishes to just a thin layer. Very good lacing. Nice yeasty and lemon and orange citrus hop aroma. Some spice in there as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin and carbonated. Nice tastes of yeast and citrus. Finishes nicely with apple and lemony citrus and some earthy malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 16, 2006
I was impressed with this one. Whole Foods was very smart to put this beer in the hands of such a talented brewery. North Coast is an outstaning brewery, and I really think, they have done an exceptional job on this beer. An authentic saison, isn’t something too many domestic breweries/brewpubs get right, but North Coast does with this beer. Reminds me much of Saison Dupont, and if that is not high praise, then I don’t know what is. This beer pours to a hazy, blond color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good grassy/citrus hop aroma, paired with some good pale malt aroma, and some mild, yeasty aroma. The palate is firm, with lots of good pale malt falvor, paired with some earthy/yeasty spice flavor. This beer finishes with good pale malt and yeasty flavor up front, then ends with a vibrant burst of herbal/citrus flavor, and yeasty spice flavor, that ingers. Very well done,dometic example of a saison, one of the most accurate examples I have ever tasted. A wonderful aperitif beer, and a great beer to match with a number of dishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdwttu (1) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2006 does not count
Comes in a corked 22 oz bottle. Pours a moderately hazy light amber color with a medium head. Aroma is a very present but not overpowering blend of citrus (lemon) and wheat. Being a hophead my pallette might be a bit "calloused", but there’s not much that stands out here to me except it seems to be a little over-carbonated. Taste is a fuity acidic flavor. Not my style, but still a good drinkable beer and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

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