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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
I like the label design. Cloudy yellow with big white head. Aroma is dusty, yeasty, spicy. Good carbonation, spicy yeast notes, pale malts, very dry finish. Excellent.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1094) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2014
750 shared. Poured a medium semi hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is typical saison scent with Belgian yeast and some citrus mainly orange peel. The flavor citrusy saison with Belgian yeast I really don’t get much on the hops. Overall decent saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (921) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
August 30th, 2011 - Despite the name, and pronouncements to the contrary from North Coast’s webpage, I found La Merle to taste much more like a dry tripel than like a saison, or farmhouse ale (whatever that means.) Aspen white bubbles quickly inflate to the top of the glass, thousands of pearls and marbles forming a gaseous matrix that practically begs to be applied to my upper lip. A bright straw color glows from the glass, dense and foggy like an early London morning. The aroma features smells of bubblegum, banana and a nice springiness with a touch of mild herbs like parsley. In the flavor I parse out more of those subtly sweet tastes of bubble gum and banana, lifted by a highly carbonated, slightly sweet body, finished with a light, clean edge and and even cleaner finish. This is the apogee of Spring drinking, and best taken liberally on an early Spring afternoon with some lightly cooked seasonal vegetables.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (2947) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 15, 2014
On tap. Comes a cloudy pale golden orange with a decent white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is citrus, tropical, funk, spice, and malt. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a hazy straw. Aroma is perfumed hay and dried flowers. Taste is the same mixed with some biscuity bits. Can’t get into it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2227) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
[Bottle] Pours golden in color. Slightly hazy and with a creamy white head. Cereal grains, mild citrus funk and lemongrass in the nose. Tart orange and lemon zest blends with toast and biscuits. Not very funky, but smooth and drinkable. Pretty good. Tasting notes from 2/2014.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaroonOrange (124) - - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Slightly cloudy straw color with a foamy white head. Yeast, dough, and cranberries on the nose. Taste is similar with a tart finish. Good body and the carbonation makes for a crisp and refreshing palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1030) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2014
On draught at Saraveza for the 2014 Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival. Clear light golden color. Aroma is prune and lightly sweet yeast. Taste is floral, herbal yeast with sweet notes of pitted fruit. Finishes with a light, sweet mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bobblehead (7) - Kansas, USA - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Nice floral aroma, slight hint of citrus, cloudy, golden color, nice white foam head, fizzy, pleasant finish. A good overall beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
At the DC Craft Beer Festival. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a pretty large white head. Aroma was notes of funky pepper, herbal notes. Sweet herbal notes, lemon. Nice funky yeast notes. Enjoyable. Going to have to check this one out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1439) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2014
What the funk? Meaty tropical fruit mash-up aroma with yeast and metal . Glowing copper, fairly still. Coppery, salty sweet taste, has more in common with the strong bieres de garde than most saisons. There seems to be a tendency to imperialize everything, but here the result is quite good. Slick and sharp at once. Formerly a Whole Foods contract brew? Not in these parts anyway.


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