Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Haightfulbrew:
4.28/5 rDev +10%
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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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon zest, peach, apricot, pear, apple, orange peel, straw, grass, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and moderate malt presence; and great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, peach, apricot, apple, pear, orange peel, clove, pepper, straw, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, peach, apricot, apple, pear, orange peel, clove, pepper, straw, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:58:37 | More by superspak
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.