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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

884 Ratings
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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a cloudy amber with a finger of head that quickly dissipated. There's a nice nose consisting of mild hop bitterness, yeast, and a very slight sour straw-like note at the end that adds some depth. The taste is surprisingly sweet, but not cloyingly so, probably due to the nice tang at the end that echoes the slight sour straw in the nose. The mouthfeel is light, and refreshing. This is a pretty tasty brew, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:40:09 | More by RedSpecial1
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

04-23-2014 05:01:32 | More by Focusf111
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2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Corked 750 with a cool label. Was only 7.49 so I picked it up.

Pale orange with pretty minimal effervescence for a Saison. Half finger of head recedes quickly but leaves behind a small cap and some thin lacing.

Aroma is pretty barren Saison. I'm getting a lot of Apple Cider. No noticeable hop or malt character, and pretty mild for style. Not a whole lot of yeast personality in this beer. Reminds me more of a wine than a Saison.

Again, starts with apple cider. No hop flavors and very minimal bitterness. Ends slightly malty. With a bit of toast and bread. Not much of the yeast character I've come to love about the style presents itself. I get a bit on the very back of the swallow, but I wish that was more pronounced to the front and throughout.

Dry, but not the crisp dryness I should be getting. A bit sweet and keeps the mouthfeel from really being what it should.

I wish I liked this beer, but I'll pass on it the next time I see this in the store. I want to finish by saying that I am in NJ and this is a West Coast brewery. I think this beer suffered from being corked, as it was pretty swollen and tough to get out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 17:56:23 | More by JCarey
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-21-2014 02:28:14 | More by Theogre83
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-20-2014 14:48:02 | More by udubdawg
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 14:09:20 | More by randylangford
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-19-2014 22:58:57 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-17-2014 02:28:42 | More by afsdan
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip.

A: Pale coppery yellow body, with a nice bubbly head that recedes to a retained layer of head on the surface of the beer. Lots of lacing.

S: Bready and yeasty, Peppery spice notes and tree fruits.

T: Yeasty phenols with pepper and citrus. Bready and sweet. A little bit of funk in the finish, with some booziness. Very nice to drink.

M: Light with a medium carbonation, mild bitterness.

O: Huge fan of the North Coast brewery, and finding this was a real treat. Did not disappoint. Very good quality, and a nice rendering of the saison style. Only complaint would be the amount of the sweetness, just a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:23:20 | More by Badger6
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-16-2014 00:45:11 | More by 22Blue
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-15-2014 05:00:18 | More by BigJim5021
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

04-14-2014 02:51:51 | More by FreeKansas
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 15:20:47 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-12-2014 02:34:46 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-11-2014 21:01:39 | More by Pleasure
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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, yeasty esters, spices, pepper, floral, and apple.

Taste: Pepper, citrus, bitterness, bready, vanilla, apple, yeasty, and a little booze. Nice stuff

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Overall: The warm weather is headed to Boston. So happy to be enjoying this beer as the weather gets warmer. Many more if these as the weather gets better.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:00:24 | More by Flounder57
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2014 00:35:22 | More by little_star
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with cool holographic label poured into a Tallgrass Brewing Co tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with three big fingers of thick white head. Persistent head and nice lacing.

Aroma: Peppery yeast, grassy hops, damp cellar, lemon tartness, orange sweetness. The pepper notes meld really well with the tartness and hops. I could smell this forever.

Taste: Upfront is all white pepper, hay and spicy yeast. Middle is taken by the citrus fruits and the grassy hops. Finishes with a nice biscuit malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, slightly drying, warming.

Overall: A refreshing, easy drinking saison which I can see myself drinking in the summer. Peppery, grassy, and nicely tart. Worth a try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:21:54 | More by CowsandBeer
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-30-2014 23:23:32 | More by Jameswoody
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-29-2014 15:55:31 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-29-2014 03:30:13 | More by BlazedNug
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-27-2014 21:30:36 | More by balinor
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was a clear golden color with a 1/2 finger head poured into a tulip.

Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was excellent: light clove and spice. Most Saisons have spice and/or clove; this aroma delicately worked well into the balance of the beer. The aroma transitions well into the taste.

Mouth feel: carbonated- not overdone as in many other Saisons.

Taste : excellent. Fruity, spice, clove. Sometimes the taste in a Saison is not fruity enough or is dwarfed by the spice. In this beer, there is delicacy and nice balance of fruit and spice in the taste.

Finish- spicy- works well in the aroma/taste character of the beer.

Overall: one of the better Saisons I have tasted in a while. Well balanced, fruity, spicy, not too carbonated, and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:52:26 | More by brureview
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-23-2014 17:58:15 | More by 21Maestro8
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-20-2014 04:01:50 | More by Localdrinklax
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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.