overall
94
92
style
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1026   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.

Editors Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Cloudy orange-gold with good, foamy white head / Floral, banana and spice nose / Medium body, moderately sweet, lively spritz, with good balance of malty body and some hops on the dry finish / Flavors of banana, apple, peach, lemon, coriander, and a touch of funky brett / Another good effort from NC.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5348) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
750 from Knightly Spirits. It pours a typical Saison golden color with a dense, vigorous cream-colored head. Smells of citrus and coriander with notes of pepper and subtle vanilla. Starts off with citrus and pepper notes and has a bit of a dry, hoppy finish. Further on down the glass the citrus flavors come out more and it has a malty sweetness to it that is quite pleasant. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5712) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle. Beautiful hazy golden body with a noisy soapy white head, excitable and attractive visually. Dry, dusty, tumbleweed and lemongrass aroma, fruity Saison yeast but I just know this is going to sucking liquid away. Taste is of light vanilla and lemon with peppery, spicy cracker malt and alcohol, orange rind and coriander and and that strong, dry yeast, as well as a bit of dust/cobweb. Presence is too strong felt here, just too heavy and weighty, not light and refreshing as I would prefer to style. Medium-full body and a touch oily. A little mango-hop and mineral water spritziness. Hit and miss.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
750 pours a hazy light amber with a monster pillow like head and short lived cobweb lace - sort of dies as time goes by. The aroma is yeasty, canned pineapple, unripe banana, and slight funk. The flavor has lots of tropical fruit notes, ripe banana, beautiful spice, and yeast, very nice. I love the clove/nutmeg spice flavors in this one. Im not one to crave Saison, but this leaves me wanting more - which is great, since I have a whole 750 of this to enjoy. Towards the end, I did a hefe yeast agitation and poured out the rest into my tulip. It only adds to the richness. The palate is quite pleasant with a cleansing carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for the number. Overall, I really am quite surprised. I like it. IMHO, under rated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Blond / straw yellow, hazy, with a white head. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, and some nutmeg. Flavor is the same, sweet from the bubblegum maltiness, with a hint of citrus fruit in the crisp finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1126) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Got this one bottled under the Whole Foods label. Hazy light yellow pour, nice bubbly white head. This really does have a pretty complex, fruity aroma with a nice strong yeastiness. Mouthfeel is creamy, nicely carbonated. Flavor is a bit spicy and peppery up front but leads into more of that fruitiness with a dash of lemon zest and banana. Finishes pretty dry. Quite refreshing. This is a pretty good saison.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 16, 2008
750 ml. brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date on bottle. Poured out a hazy straw yellow color, with a decent white head. Aromas are of pineapples, star fruit, some peaches, funky yeast. Flavors include slight barnyard funk, sweet fruits, yeasty bread, slight white pepper. Medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Burning and tingly on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry & prickly.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6517) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Draft at KClingers. Golden and bright with moderate lacing. Only a light aroma, but the flavor is starkly sweet and fruit-salad puckery. Shimmer of a yeasty alcohol-laced twist. Different. (#3281, 1/9/2008)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5728) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Fluffy white head recedes to skim surface. Lemon, mango and brett aromas. Crisp citrus and yeast from front to back with a peppery hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Sampled via 750 ml bottle at joebrews weekly beer tasting at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy golden yellow brew with a thick white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast funk, a touch of banana esters, some herbal spice and a touch of citrus. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of yeast, light bready malt and some dry spice. Finish is well-carbonated, with a dry yeast aftertaste.


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