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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by micjah:
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazey golden yellow color that creates a large healthy off-white head.

S: I smell sweet and spicey with a faint honey and fruity undertones.

T: A nice musty yeast funk with some honey and other minor spices (maybe pepper), exactly what strong summer seasonal should be..

M: Great carbonation, with an extremely smooth start and a dry tart finish that prevents you from putting the glass down without taking another sip

One of my favorite farmhouse, strong summer ales that I have ever sampled. I really like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 18:28:27 | More by micjah
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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


3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -10.3%

04-16-2014 00:45:11 | More by 22Blue
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2014 05:00:18 | More by BigJim5021
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-14-2014 02:51:51 | More by FreeKansas
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-12-2014 15:20:47 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-12-2014 02:34:46 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-11-2014 21:01:39 | More by Pleasure
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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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%

04-05-2014 00:35:22 | More by little_star
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +2.6%

03-30-2014 23:23:32 | More by Jameswoody
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-29-2014 15:55:31 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-29-2014 03:30:13 | More by BlazedNug
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2014 21:30:36 | More by balinor
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2.6%

03-23-2014 17:58:15 | More by 21Maestro8
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-20-2014 04:01:50 | More by Localdrinklax
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-19-2014 02:35:25 | More by alex_hart
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-19-2014 02:06:39 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-18-2014 03:58:17 | More by pesekad
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2014 13:54:46 | More by Moses_Malone
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-17-2014 00:42:36 | More by Kerrie
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2014 16:32:36 | More by sahd-1
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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.