Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TenHornsProud:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a light orange with a small, fine white head that fades almost instantly.
Smells of sweet malt, some spice/phenol from the yeast and not much else.
Up front taste is sweet with some pear notes and is followed with the classic phenolic, spice taste of a Belgian saison yeast. Finally, there is some noble type hop bitterness that lingers on the palate, which fits the style quite well.
High carbonation and dry, my requisites for a saison.
This is a great saison that is absolutely worth a try. It is a nice, almost classic, example which has a sweet, phenolic, slightly fruity taste. The yeast character is interesting enough to accent the hop and malt/sugar accents.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2011 22:05:50 | More by TenHornsProud
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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.