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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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87
very good

977 Ratings
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 28
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy light orange hue with a frothy one inch white head that rests nicely on top. a good, and typical look to a nice saison.

Smell. Spicy esters come out, and is on the sweet side. fruits come out, i get mostly a apple and pear juice that is accompanied with the spiceness with a little allspice and a black pepper hotness.

Taste. A very interesting flavor. Initially reminds me of a belgian strong pale ale, and la fin du monde comes to mind (but a bit sweeter). The styles seems similar at times, but i think the higher alcohol in this one brings more characteristics to a bspa or even a little of a tripel. But the spiceness comes through as it warms that gives it more of a saison feel. Has a noticable sweetness, but is by no means overwhelming. There is a noticable level of alcohol that contributes to the flavor, and adds a bit of the hotness to the flavor. There is also a good touch of a hop character, not bitter, but just enough to give notice. Finishes with a nice level of allspice flavor and sweet fruit- apple juice from concentrate and a touch of pear come to mind.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side for the style, which is certainly helped by the alc. The high level of carbonation helps out and lightens it up, making it feel quite drinkable after a few sips. Overall i think a nice balance.

Overall, a rather enjoyable beer, and a very nice belgian style american beer. I'm not completely big on other belgian styles this brewery has made, but i think they did a very good job on this one. Certainly sticks out with the flavor, and still has a nice drinkable bit to it. I do think it is a little bit of a hybrid between a saison and a bspa, but the details isnt important. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 01:22:01 | More by acrawf6
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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.