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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

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Ratings: 1,160 | Reviews: 483
Photo of ElGallo
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JFrank78
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle. It's a hazy golden pour, good head and an inviting smell. I've been going back to Le Merle for a good while. Citrus notes and subtle, frisky hops. Yum, yum. It's tastes like late summer at the ballpark.

Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold colour with four fingers of overflowing foamy white head.

Smell - Hints of Belgian yeast, orange peel, spicy hops, and a touch of pepper. Aromas are fairly subdued.

Taste - A punch of orange peel and Belgian yeast, along with the spicy hops. Quite a lot of zing due to the citrusy orange peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering zing from the orange peel.

Overall - An interesting twist to the saison style from North Coast. The orange peel definitely takes charge and the the traditional saison elements act as a supporting cast.

Photo of Bierleichen
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fastwalker19
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hooverhawkeye
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OntheLambic
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours milky with golden yellow , apricot and orange hues. Fat head of cream colored foam that falls slowly and leaves lace. Nose is delicate but vibrant fruit. Tropical pineapple and pear nectar. Light crisp malt sweetness, bright floral. Peppery and grassy. A more neutral than funky yeast with a slight tart twang.

Taste is light refreshing and fruity. A touch of pepper and hop bitter finish this one dry. Active carbonation accents a light breadiness. Yeast is earthy. The beer has a tartness to the overall drink that keeps the palate engaged. The only noticeable alcohol in the beer is a a sweet almost syrupy element in the finish. More peppery as it warms.

Complex and delightful with a pleasant bit of strength from abv.

Photo of grimey68
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffnazar
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kermitthefrayer
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ian_B
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with a tinge of orange. Billowing foamy head with good retention.

Peppercorn and herbal spices on the nose, with quite a bit of dry-hopped tropical citrus and a doughy yeast with complex esters and phenols (though these may get lost only slightly behind the tropical hops).

Taste of light peppercorn and lots of tropical juice along the lines of guava. Lots of juicy herbal flavours as well, with earthy phenols.

Quite smooth, medium body, but with a lot of carbonation and dryness from the yeast. Very well balanced.

Tropical and herbal juice, with a fantastic peppery crisp carb.

Photo of blandmath
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CycleHops
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best tasting Saison I've ever tried.

Photo of Zard
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shroombe
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNJR
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, yeasty, a little too pungent for my tastes, but for the style it is very enjoyable.

Photo of JohnBender
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.