Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
From a 750ml in California
Pour: Pale golden blonde, light haze, and instantly huge three finger head, light and airy, which slowly settles around the edges. Great lacing and a central tower of foam persist throughout. Plenty of carbonation, and quite tight. This beer sat open in the fridge from lunch until dinner, and still poured a four finger head.
Nose: Lemon, clove, orange, pineapple, some wheat and honey. Grassy, a bit of Belgian funk, and some saazy hop. Nice light Belgian nose all around.
Taste: Lemon and citrus lead off, and persist throughout. Some sweeter stuff, along with coriander and spice in the middle, then hoppy spice and dry to finish. The high alcohol content is completely hidden. Off the cuff, I would have called it 5.5%.
Mouth: Medium thin body. Tight, sharp, aggressive carbonation leaves a burn on the tongue that fits the style.
Overall: Great beer. A nice introduction to the Saison, albeit a very high alcohol one. Worthy try for Stella drinkers looking to break out of the box. Wonderfully quenching. Perfect lunch time beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2011 23:02:37 | More by Haightfulbrew
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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
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