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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

Editorís Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2012 Exquisite beer! Drink it while listening to toccata and fugue and itís quite an experience. Fine beer and fine music are really mind altering. So balanced and pleasant. Perfect sweetness. Zesty orange/lemon tartness. In a blind tasting this will come out on top every time. I want Mark Ruedrich to create a beer and call it Toccata! No other 5 ratings. Shame on you beer geeks. For the second half of the bottle I stirred up the sediment to achieve two incredible beers in one bottle. You must try this. Cloudy hearty grainy full and delicious. Hefe-magnificent! I am in love with this beer and Iím a hop head at heart. Absolutely one of the most amazing beers I have tried. It is a masterpiece. It never offends.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Em (102) - USA - JUL 15, 2010
Had on tap at Stuffed Sandwiches. I can taste a lot of the oranges and a little bit of banana.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 20, 2006
Faint fruity saison aroma. Cloudy orange-yellow appearance with a full head. This is really an excellent Begian beer, a fine saison. Definitely could have this again and again.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
legion242 (2224) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Wonderful orange peel nose. Fluffy sustained head. Lots of soft fizziness, very round feeling in the mouth. Lacks the sweetness that I find in most American Saiaons- if you blindfolded me, I would swear this was European. The best American example of the style ever!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spujr (18) - - NOV 27, 2012
Belgium yeast taste and aroma prevalent. Coriander smell. Light clean taste. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgiumBellyDank (11) - - SEP 23, 2014
Great saison - light yet savory, crisp and refreshing. I like the bird on the label a lot as well - that bird is so metallic I just wanna put it on my tongue and let it slowly dissolve.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - 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, isnít 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 donít 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle 375ml from King&Godfree. Great beer. Aromas of grain, hay, butter, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Hazy gold with thick white foam. Smells peppery but the standout are mango and papaya. Lots of horse blanket flavors with some spice in the middle and fruit at the end. Finishes perfectly dry. A complex saison with lots of fruit and horse blanket characteristics, classic example of the style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetmaxx (751) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
At the shack served in a logo glass for Sacramento beer week. Very clear pour. Aroma is slightly sour, mmm. Flavor is great, slightly sour. Perfect breakfast beer! Palate is clean and finishes dry.


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