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RATINGS: 999   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
Courtesy redlight. Hazy yellow/gold, large, fluffy white head. Mild aroma of dry, airy, musty yeast, crisp graininess, and a light dose of floral hops. Same flavor with some lemon and generic fruitiness. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Unremarkable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Herbal and spicy nose with touches of anise, ginger and alfalfa. Mildy astringent palate with a very slight dms character.

3.8
   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 that’s 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 I’m 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 wouldn’t mind drinking more of. unfortuantly for North Coast, at that price you can get a saison from Dupont.3.8.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   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 wasn’t expecting much from this saison, but it really wasn’t bad at all. The taste could’ve been more complex, but an overall decent American attempt at a style where many have not fared well.

2.1
   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.

4
   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.

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   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.

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   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 - I’d 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, it’s 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - 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 I’ve had, but still a nice and refreshing offering from NC/WF. I must agree it’s a little pricey at $8.


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