Silver Jubilee - 25th Anniversary Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Silver Jubilee - 25th Anniversary AleSilver Jubilee - 25th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 09-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 130
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The pour kicks up a pretty ridiculous fluffy near-white head. The liquid is a cloudy pale orange with lots of bubbles.

Aroma is super fruity - lots of citrus, dried lemons, cardamom, etc. Classic saison aroma with some extra citrus.

Taste is cardamom, lemons, bread, and lots of other little flavors that I can't really identify. Nice and complex. Aftertaste is slightly funky, with bread and citrus coming out some more.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully soft and light-bodied, with tons of carbonation.

Overall, really great saison - nothing radically departing from classic saison attributes, but executed perfectly!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife sure knows how to pick 'em. Served in a snifter on Mother's Day.

A: A cloudy golden. Very little head. Light lacing. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass.

S: Apricots, Belgian yeast. A bit of cloves and banana.

T: Fruity. Mangos. A beer/champagne hybrid. Sparkling. Yeasty. A tad sour. A dry, hoppy finish. The longer it sits, the smoother the taste.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: A rustic, old world taste; like a real ale. Glad I saved it for a nice occasion.

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Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange with a 2 finger white head. No real lacing and the head dissipated quickly.

S - Pears, green grapes and may'be some bready/malty characteristics.

T - It's sweet and tart at the same time. Think citrus fruits along with lemon tartness. Nothing really dominates as it's a great meddling of flavors.

M - Light body along with light carbonation. It's effervescent and dry.

O - This bottle must have been stored properly because it seems to be peaking. I could see how another 6-12mths could push this one past its prime. It's very enjoyable if you love a citrusy, almost funky saison that borders on the sweet side.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Sure, it's been a few years, but we'll see how this stuff is doing regardless. It pours a cloudy golden amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, light horse-blanket-y funk, clove, banana peel, light orange peel, and light cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon. A nice touch. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid saison, one I wouldn't mind revisiting again just to see if it continues to come up strong.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Poured a murky orange with 2.5 fingers of white soapy head that receded down to a thin layer. This beer was a lot more opaque than I was anticipating...

Smells very enticing! Great notes of tropical fruit and maybe a hint of peach with some musty barnyard funk and a solid belgian yeast backbone. Somehow it still smells better... but in a good way

Tropical must barnyard fruit with a very delicious Belgian yeast aftertaste. A little on the sweet side, but still tasty.

Medium to light body with just the right amount of carbonation. Drying aftertaste

Overall, a very tasty beer. Lacked some bitterness in my opinion but it hit the nail on the head in all the other areas. Great beer to celebrate 25 years

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 500ml bottle served in a Bells tulip. Pours a bright golden orange with a half inch bright white head that dissipates into a soapy skim and a bubbly band. Nose expresses citrus, a bready/biscuity quality, wet cardboard and a suggestion of Noble hops. Taste reveals pale malts, Noble hops, citrus and more of the bready/bisucity character present in the nose, but fortunately less of the wet cardboard. Moutfeel is light-medium with a mild carbonation. This beer seems to be a bit past its prime and doesn't really resonate as much of a Saison. Overall, just meh.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as a great extra from a kindly trader. I had never even heard of this one before. Served into a snifter.

nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from Cuzco in the Blind BIF #3, thanks Nate. Wow, what a surprise!

Poured into a New Belgium glass.

Pours a cloudy, light golden color with orange highlights. Has big fluffy head that drops quickly to a wisp of foam.

Aromas of slight sourness, lemons, a light musty woodiness.

First sip is a slight sweetness, dry and malty, with a good balanced bitterness. Some lemony tartness as it warms a bit. A little alcohol bite, but not a harsh heat. A little funk as well. Nothing too big about this beer, several flavors coming through, but nothing really dominates, everything is in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. Dry and thirst quenching.

Overall drinkability is very good. Nice pleasing beer, nothing too big about it. Outstanding belgian farmhouse beer.

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Photo of 7ways
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull sugar pumpkin orange and quite hazy. Nice thick white head. Lace is present.

Smells oaky, funky, and a little tart and sweet. Pretty vinous, specifically Chardonnay.

Spice and lemon dominate the front end. Peach, grape, and alcohol accompany some extremely well preserved hop bitterness. Slightly bitter (grape skin) and more Chardonnay on the finish. I'm sure the malt had something to offer at one time, but this is all about the esters now. I'm willing to bet that this has benefited from age.

Very Belgian feel, quite effervescent and yeasty and dry. Goes down well; this beer screams to be paired with a nice meal, maybe broiled snapper or chicken picatta. Similar to oh, I don't kow, Chardonnay?

I wish the bottle was more than 500mL.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened in October 2009, reviewed with notes.

Pours a wonderful shimmering golden, surprisingly clear based on the monster frothy head foaming up. No haze.

Substantial citrus and floral aroma, with some lemon zest and bits of spice.

Moderate body, refreshing, a lot going on. Quite impressive for its age. Some spice and lemons everywhere, farmhouse character (not bugs), bit of herbal characteristic that isn't quite in place. Slight hop and bitter aftertaste, nice surprise. Lingering twinge of apples and green pear.

Beer held up tremendously, sublimated in to several interesting components....the slight herbal quality was a turn off personally. The shocking amount of froth some how didn't detract from the mouthfeel. Enjoyable, refreshing, too bad I don't have a few more in the cellar.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled across this beer at Marcello's in Lafayette. It was marked way down in price, and it was closing time, so I took a gamble. I didn't realize til I was back at the hotel the actual age of the beer. "Uh oh" was my first thought.
I poured the beer into a Sam Adams perfect pint (acquired at Philippe's Wine Cellar). The cork resounded with a loud pop and a touch of vapor / smoke issued from the bottle.
The beer poured a deep, burnished gold, with a massive three fingered head of big, pillowy foam. The head stuck around for a long time, and faded down to a very respectable cap of foam. Big gobs of sticky lace stuck to the edges of the glass, and a fountain of carbonation bubbles issued from the bottom of the glass. This is quite a nice beer to look at.
The aroma is cidery, with a tart, fresh apple aroma, hints of pear, flowers, and dry white wine.
The taste of the beer hints at rich sweet malt, but yanks it away moments later with a dryness and a slight cidery flavor. A slight bitterness, and a slightly sweet finish. Apples are tasted long after the last sip. Nice complexities in this beer.
Again, the carbonation of this beer is excellent and the feel is good.
Overall, a very drinkable beer, given it's age. A very pleasant surprise. This beer has grown on me as I've drank it. I'll probably go and buy several more for home. The price was great and the beer drank very well.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A craggy white head sits atop the clear golden liquid with a ton of streams of carbonation. Very nice.

S- Funk, cider, flowers, and a touch of vinegar. Smells very Belgian and enjoyable.

T- Cider, rock candy, and funk. A great combination of sweet and tart. Complex and tasty.

M- Slightly acidic, dry, and astringent. About what I would expect from a Saison this old.

D- Has aged remarkably well. A bit of a sipper, but the alcohol is well hidden and the sweet-tart interplay keeps this refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.69/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at a shop in Alexandria, LA a couple weeks ago. The store claimed to have just received it in from the distributor, who knows what condition it was stored under. Pours a pretty clear, dark golden color with a large, fluffy cap of white foam. Fades pretty quickly and leaves some lacing behind.

Nose is very fruity with pears, green grapes and apple cider...uh oh, this could be bad. Very sweet, smells like a mix of dessert wine and a sparkling cider.

Tastes effervescent, almost champagne-like with a large amount of fleshy fruit. It is pretty cidery, and while it is somewhat dry and crisp, it still has some sweetness to it. This is not the first time I have had old beer in CenLA, as visits to Natchitoches, Alexandria and Shreveport have all yielded unfresh beer. Only the stuff that ages really well has been worth buying. I usually try not to rate beers that I think are not fresh...hopefully this will help anyone else who has bought beer in this area, be it consumers or beer stores.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet... hazy amber color with a creamy white head.

Very flavorful and inviting aroma... a little fruit to it, smells like a Belgian-style ale.

Taste isn't as well balanced as I'd like it to be. Definite fruit taste to it and the hops are there on the aftertaste, but it leaves a little to be desired.

Great mouthfeel on this one, just right carbonation.

Definitely glad I picked one up, but I don't feel the need to rush back and grab a few more. Solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with orange hues as a massive, foamy white head erupts from the body with huge carbonation and frothy top layer, the lively carbonation continues throughout the beer, while a sticky white lacing clings to the glass.

Pine and straw-like hops hit the nose first followed by citrus fruits, sour apples, and yeast.

This beer has an interesting palate in that the first sip gives you a big variety of character including, yeast, fruity esters, and earthy hop bitterness. Some spiciness develops as it warms and the fruits become more apparent including sour apple and citrus fruit.

Nice dry finish preceded by medium to high carbonation and a medium body.

Good brew and a decent example of the style. Nice flavor character and pretty well put together. Worth a try for certain.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. dark brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Corked and caged. This beer was brewed/branded to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Whole Foods Market. The body was clear and rich, golden orange in color. The head was fine, foamy and crisp white. There was an active bead of carbonation and thin sheets of lace slip down the glass after each drink.

Smell was tropical fruits and earth. Wet stones and apples.

Taste was fruity tartness with some remaining hops bitterness. There was a light sweetness in the middle. Mild peppercorn notes. Well hidden alcohol. This one finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel was zippy and mouthfilling, yet rounded not sharp. Body was medium to full. Right on for style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy head; very nice retention and quite a few shards of lace

Smell: Yeasty and spicy, with a dry bready character that has undertones of pale fruit

Taste: After an initial bready flavor, the fruit jumps in, with apples and pears; by mid-palate, the spices arrive, with herbacious character - white pepper, cardamom and clove; after the swallow, the flavor settles a bit and all of the sudden licorice appears to add just the right touch of complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: I discovered this in my cellar and was prepared to be underwhelmed - after all, is is a four year old saison; I got somewhat excited when I had a difficult time removing the cork as I knew it would be well carbonated; after a few minutes where the beer was musty tasting, the flavors suddenly came together in a striking fashion

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Photo of ccrida
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cool 500ml corked and caged champagne bottle from 2005 (huge thanks to northyorksammy!) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Silver Jubilee is a hazy burnt gold with a massive white headlong, very long lasting, rocky, heavy hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is fruity, lime and orange, with that mineral sprirtz that instantly identifies the style. Very authentic, rustic vibe, and I just can't get over how bright it is at this age!

Taste is nice, very fruity, a sourness (wheat?), decent bitterness, semi-sweet, a bit yeasty, really nice, and again, rustic. Some of that I'm sure is from the age, but all and all it's a great saison.

Mouthfeel is dry, some carbonation, but maybe the biggest causality of the age, as the yeastiness makes it seem a bit thick.

Drinkability is super high, I'm LOVING this saison. I heard this became Le Merle, but to me, it blows it out of the water, much fruitier...maybe that's just a function of age though, in which case, I will have to get a few of those, stow them away and see what happens! The only ding is it's out of production, sigh...

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a decent head that never left. I could detect hints of apples, champagne, and yeast for the aroma.

I felt like I was drinking a champagne with a side of honey and orange peel. The alcohol was definitely apparent, but in no way overwhelming

A solid and relaxing beer worth trying! Recommended!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Thanks to swnicholson for this great extra in a trade! Poured into my snifter.

A- beautiful. Very foggy, nearly opaque bright straw yellow body. Pours with a big, foamy, 2 finger + white head. Eventually fades to 1 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is mostly uniform but has some dynamic qualities to it.

S- Sharp floral hops come through first, with a little bit of seltzer, spicinessbready yeast, lemon, and some funk mixing in in the background.

T- Upfront is some floral hop flavor, lemon zest and spices with a hefty slightly sweet, bready yeast backbone and some funk added in. The floral hop bitterness is a big and pretty strong for the finish and seems to be accompanied by a seltzer water type bitterness. This does linger some but fades pretty quickly.

M- High carbonation and smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is probably my favorite of the North Coast beers I have had. I was looking forward to trying this...but there is something about all of their brews that rubs me the wrong way...I'm not sure if it's a yeast strain or carbonation. Whatever it's present but very mild in this brew making it pretty enjoyable. I would have this again. Happy to see that it came in a 500 ml bottle...perfect.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle tried 12 Jan 2009, purchased at the brewery in Ft. Bragg around Christmas 2008.

Poured in a 0.4 L tulip. Extremely large off white head. Very bubbly. Hazy bright golden color. Smells of melon, chardonnay wine, yeast and ethanol. Starts sweet and light, lots of peaches and grapes. Very fruity throughout, sweet and tart, cidery. Effervescent. Finish is a bit dry, aftertaste like grape skins. Light body. Mild ethanol. If this is indeed now Le Merle, need to lay a few bottles of it down for 2-3 years.

Tasty, but the question remains: this is the 25th anniversary of what?

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Photo of dougfir
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the North Coast Brewpub in Fort Bragg. Comes in a 500ml bottle, which is a little strange (wished it was a 750), but I'm always interested any "farmhouse ale", so figured it was worth it.

Pours a great head that stays around for a while. Gold hazy color. Orange, citrus nose, and a slight funk to it, but not enough to be too exciting. Initial citrus taste, with some sweet maltiness that lingers for a while. Finishes with a slight ester dryness. Excellent beer, although lacking in something that those really great Belgians have.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewpub a few weeks back. Had never heard of it before, but figured what the heck, how often do I make it up to Ft. Bragg? So I grabbed a bottle.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, IMO, this was the beer's best feature. I got a very complex array of aromas, consisting of mango, papaya, chocolate, rootbeer, honey and sweet orange. The nose on this beer was very intense intially, but died down a bit after it was open for a while. Nevertheless, this beer offers up a smorgasbord of tropical fruit aromas that is quite appealing. For the most part, the flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though there is a considerable yeasty component as well. Also, the beer is not nearly as sweet on the palate as I was expecting given the rich aroma, and there is a lightness to this beer that is likewise unexpected. Alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, which enhances its drinkability. Interestingly, initially I found the finish a bit light and watery, but by the end of the glass the beer seemed to have gained an unexpected richness as it opened up. While fairly light on the palate, the beer was still pretty smooth and soft as well.

An interesting beer from North Coast and one I'm glad I had an opportunity to try. Not bad at all.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to John for sharing this beer I'd never heard of. The bottle says it was brewed to celebrate North Coast's 25th anniversary in 2005. Into my RR tulip

A: Hazy orange with a big off-white head. Great retention, there's some left even when I finish my glass. Great lacework, plenty of visible carbonation. Gorgeous but a bit too hazy for my liking

S: Loaded with tropical fruit - papaya, mango and what smells like coconut macaroons. Sweet and unconventional, very interesting. A little sweet for my nose but the complexity makes up for it. Not much by way of the traditional barnyard aromas, there's plenty of yeast and esters on the nose

T: Opens up sweet and fruity. Tropical fruit dominates the palate with plenty of papaya. Sweetness is entirely ester driven to the point that it's deceptive to the palate. Intensely estery and yeasty, maybe a bit much? Finishes dry and fruity

M: Fairly light with great carbonation and a drying finish

D: Glad I got to try this, though I'm not sure I could drink a whole bottle of it.

Notes: I prefer my saisons dry, spicy and phenolic. If you prefer the sweeter ones, this one is probably as good as it gets

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Photo of philipquarles
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear orange gold with a medium off-white head. The foam subsides to leave a thin film with a collar and nice lacing. A few big chunks of sediment. Smells strongly vinous with some sour cherry; so dominant it's hard to pick out anything else except for a bit of brown sugar. The malt really comes forward upon tasting, with some lightly roasted flavors. The fruit esters are still strong, mingling with some light funk. Bittering hops finish out. Nice, balanced, and complex. Very decent saison.

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