Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mmercede:
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
750ml bottle from Total Wine in Cherry Hill
A: Pours a brilliant pale/golden orange with an opaque color. The head is thick and last well. Initially this beer must be poured slowly as to not over foam. The lacing on the inside of the glass is beautiful and fades slowly.
S: Smell is of a yeasty/funky complexity with strong acidic notes. biscuits, toasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, balsamic vinegar.
T: The sourness is quite nice with tastes of ripe cherries, pinapple, molasses, and biscuits. There is also a light taste of balsamic vinegar. A complex belgian yeast is present throughout along with nice fresh pine notes. Besides all of these nice flavors, the beer is pretty boozy. This is not an extremely big saison and the booziness is a major complaint. That being said, I think some age could make this a really great beer.
M: The mouthfeel is heavy with strong creamy carbonation. I think this is a bit over carbonated. The carbonation gets in the way a bit.
O: An enjoyable beer from one of my favorite styles. It has a ton of potential but tastes a bit young. A year or two could do this one some justice.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2011 03:23:21 | More by mmercede
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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 849 ratings.