1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

Le MerleLe Merle

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

885 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 885
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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 452 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cleverbeername:
Photo of cleverbeername


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle, 50*, snifter

a redish brown, off white head. good but not great. color is saison like, but a little too clean

S fresh and crisp smelling, hints of baked spices and orange peel

T apricot, yeast, nice acid. well rounded, but flavors needed an increase of temp. to really come out toward the end.

m mid body, style wise it probably on the lighter side

D pretty good, but not great. i would probably not have two, but its worth the price for one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:28:11 | More by cleverbeername
More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1


3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-24-2014 02:39:35 | More by aquazr1
Photo of Focusf111


3/5  rDev -22.9%

04-23-2014 05:01:32 | More by Focusf111
Photo of JCarey


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
Photo of Theogre83


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-21-2014 02:28:14 | More by Theogre83
Photo of udubdawg


4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-20-2014 14:48:02 | More by udubdawg
Photo of randylangford


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 14:09:20 | More by randylangford
Photo of BeerNDoggerel


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-19-2014 22:58:57 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-17-2014 02:28:42 | More by afsdan
Photo of Badger6


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
Photo of 22Blue


3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-16-2014 00:45:11 | More by 22Blue
Photo of BigJim5021


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-15-2014 05:00:18 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of FreeKansas


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

04-14-2014 02:51:51 | More by FreeKansas
Photo of mendvicdog


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 15:20:47 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of GratefulEdd


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-12-2014 02:34:46 | More by GratefulEdd
Photo of Pleasure

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-11-2014 21:01:39 | More by Pleasure
Photo of Flounder57


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
Photo of little_star


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2014 00:35:22 | More by little_star
Photo of CowsandBeer


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
Photo of Jameswoody


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-30-2014 23:23:32 | More by Jameswoody
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-29-2014 15:55:31 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
Photo of BlazedNug


3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-29-2014 03:30:13 | More by BlazedNug
Photo of balinor


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-27-2014 21:30:36 | More by balinor
Photo of brureview


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
Photo of 21Maestro8


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-23-2014 17:58:15 | More by 21Maestro8
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.