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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.

Editorís Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 500ml bottle, aged 2 1/2 years. happy belated birthday Whole Foods. pours a hazy orange with a nice fluffy head. nose has lots of coriander, zesty orange and grapefruit, bread, yeasty, and subtle caramel. flavor seems a little weak, sweet biscuit, orange, coriander, and yeast. mouthfeel is pretty watery and carbination feels low. alcohol is well hidden. a pretty typical saison thatís easy to drink and refreshing, but not worth the $8/500ml.8/4/7/3/13=3.5.

9/19/07, 750ml labeled Le Merle. i thought this was a new saison from North Coast when I bought it. oh well. now this relabel is only $7/750ml, what gives? lose the anniversary label and the price goes down or is it a whole foods thing. whatever. perhaps i got this one a little fresher or the recipe changed slightly because Iím digging this now. pours a really nice looking faded orange with creamy dense head. nose is musty with spices from hops and/or yeast, and citrus almost tropical fruit nose. flavor is just not that funky but pretty crisp fruity, musty, and some toasted biscuit. nice fruity of apple, peach, and pear. perhaps a tad on the sweet side. finish is clean and very refreshing. more on the fruity side than funky. but that little spice and grainy flavor add to the complexity. solid and something i wouldnít mind drinking more of. unfortuantly for North Coast, at that price you can get a saison from Dupont.3.8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky yellowish-orange body with a large frothy white head. Lactic aroma with lascivious spice and yeasty dough, actually some diacetyl (not terrible though) too? The flavour is moderately brash with mid-level carbonation. Highly apparent spices - pepper, lemon, and cookies. Medium body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Clear straw color with loose thick white head. Light, spicy, sweet, vaguely citrusy aroma. Well-carbonated but not overly done. Taste is sweet, mildly grassy, mildly spicy, some wheat notes. I wasnít expecting much from this saison, but it really wasnít bad at all. The taste couldíve been more complex, but an overall decent American attempt at a style where many have not fared well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bubbly Champaign appearance with vanishing head. Exploding carbonation. Herbal citrus aroma. Faintly detectable touch of buttery wheat. Medium amount of hops. Is that ginger? Old cider or maybe more accurately fermented apples. Complex but not my beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle. Yellow and clear in color with a nice white fluffy head. Fruity pineapple aroma. Tart yeasty notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Apple and citrusy notes. Finish is hoppy. Medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Nice enough looking beer, pours with a fluffy white head. Aroma is pineapple and tart yeast. Taste is a bit on the sweet side but the generous carbonation scrapes away any extra sugars. Flavors are red apple, passion fruit and mango. Nice hop bump to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - Iíd seen this bottle on the shelves for awhile and never really pulled the trigger on buying it. Always made some excuse for not buying it really. Low and behold, itís at a tasting!! Aroma is really nice and complex with notes of spice, citrus, yeast, pepper, fruit and a floral centerpiece. Appearance was crystal clear, more gold than yellow with a good fluffy head although there must have been a fair amount of sediment as the more it poured the more hazy it became. Lively and spritzy on the tongue with a bittersweet finish. The taste was really nice. It carried most of the same character as the nose. Very tasty. Yet just one more great beer from the folks at North Coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
500mL Bottle shared with family friends on new years eve. Pours golden orange with adequate carbonation and big fluffy head. Nose is fruity and yeasty--basically saisony. Flavor mimics aroma, with little to no alchohol present. Not the most exciting saison Iíve had, but still a nice and refreshing offering from NC/WF. I must agree itís a little pricey at $8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2006
500 ml bottle. Golden and somewhat hazy. Throws a really tall fluffy white head - a porous one. Very high carbonation content as bubbles rise to the top quickly. Prickly, peppery and a little pear-like aroma. Straw and some citrus. Dry sensation. Prickly from the carbonation. Acidic and powdery from grassy hops. Cider-like, but drier and more bitter. Citrus-flavours. Peaches and pears. Dry finish from hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
26.12.06 500ml bottle. I was pretty surprised to see this and actually had forgotten about the paltry (though listed on RB) beer selection at Whole Foods Middletown.

Looks like a saison alright, golden straw with medium sized off-white head that is sturdy and lasting. Aroma is nice, sweet, lightly grassy, some tropical fruits (mostly pineapple), and fairly oakey. Thin to medium bodied, weedy, and lots of tropical fruits with a quick bite of lemon zest. Strong and growing oakiness manifests in a woody astringency and very mild vanilla. Light diacetyl comes through in spots. Huh. Nothing unpleasant about this saision except the $8/500ml price tag. Definitely not worth the money for another go-round.

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