Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bobhits:
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a lively body, darker orange much like a cloudy IPA. Impressively thick head that seems odd for the style. Unlike others that have a good amount of carbonation, this one has the sticky elements.
The nose is of apples, pears, lemons with a zesty finish. I wasn’t expecting this much fruit and citrus without some funk or off saison notes. Second thought, there is some saison aromas, but they are subtle.
The flavor is more of the nose with some funky hops at the end to bring out the classic farm house flavors. This one has a good deep malt and more powerful flavors than most. The funk seems almost covered by the malt bill, thee 7.9% I think is a culprit here.
A great summer/fall beer. Refreshing but big and bold enough to be the end of one’s night almost always. For the style I’d like a touch less body and more carbonation.
I’m passed on this offering for years, something about a cage and cork that just screams “buy me, but I’ll suck.” Add in I wasn’t blown away by some of their other lighter offerings and my expectations were reserved to say the least. Thankfully this is a very decent example of the style. A bit over priced, would be better at about 6 a bottle (current price is about 22 for a 6 pack which seems insane for this). Worth a try but tap I think may be the better choice.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2011 01:54:49 | More by bobhits
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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 852 ratings.