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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pour what thin yellow, with heavy protein binding. Nose was a musky lemon with some noble hops and urine. Flavour mimiced with a bit of citric sourness. Finish was slightly astringent. Above all this beer was foamy and way overcarbonated.

3.6
jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. A hazy orange yellow color with a foamy white head. A yeasty light fruit and spiced aroma. Dusty and dry on the palate with a lovely light citrus fruit flavor. It finishes well. I would buy this again.

3.6
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
750 ml. bottle, slight sour nose with golden pour and nice lace, very smooth and mild, good bite on finish

3.6
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a bright golden orange color with a lasting whitish head that left nice lacing. Smell is sweet, floral, and dusty dandelions. Taste is sweet, faintly tart, delicate and floral. Light funky tartness to it gives it some depth and along with the fizzy light body it is quite easy to drink. Nice.

3.5
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Light sour nose, good funk. Very cloudy with a thick white head. Heavy sourness, light spice. Great flavor, good palate.

3.7
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2008
Big, persistent head. Yeasty and bready with alot of spice, but not overpowering. A bit lemony. Quite nice.

3.6
Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2008
Vintage 2005; as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee Belgian Farmhouse Ale. Pours misty and thick to a sunny dandelion hue of yellow, with a lot of creamy white froth. Aroma is pure aged saison. Predictable, but generous; a leading waft of minty spice and brisk wheat, mingling with dusty aged yeasts for pungent farmhouse aroma, before settling on a soft, bittersweet floral honey and dough character redolent of breakfast cakes slathered in golden fruit syrup. Hinting funky. Flavor seems to have lost a bit of the spark this example has while young, though it has without doubt developed more complexity. Bold, dank, musty qualities permeate, while perfumey phenols and pear and apple skins lend some difficult, heavy sweetness. Palate is medium to full and high in carbonation, almost carrying a medicinal seltzer-like bitter fizz quality throughout. First shade of the finish is very sugary like candied pear; some acidity. Finalizes with a warm yeasty breath of sweet dough; dry, lightly tart and slightly alcoholic. An interesting aged saison; maybe not as enjoyable cut and dried as it is when fresh, but certainly more engaging. Thanks Jason!

3.5
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours with a large, creamy, off-white heead covering a cloudy orange-gold body. Great lacing, and good retention. Aroma has wood, lemon, and some funky yeast. Taste is sweet and yeasty. Some yeast as well. I can’t find anything wrong with it, but it is kind of boring. Dry, fizzy mouthfeel and a bit acidic in the finish.

3.9
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours a hazy color with white foamy head. Aroma is light spice, apple, citrus and yeast esters. Taste is fruity and satisfying but I’m miss a certain yeast quality you find in a really good saison. Still, it’s good and very drinkable.

3.6
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
Body is glowing gold, lots of pretty rising carbonation. Big puffy white head with nice lacing. Nose is yeasty lemon & clay, some pepperiness, a bit of apple skin, some warmer fruits too - peach, apricot. Flavor is alot of yeasty fruit, nice dryness resulting from the pepperiness. Unrefined fruit zest bitterness. Lacks some sort of depth - I think the problem is that the spice is too forward and there is no malt to balance it.


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