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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

Le MerleLe Merle

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BA SCORE
88
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by weezyfart:
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weezyfart

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delightful Saison from a brewery that consistently puts out solid product. It has a lovely golden orange color that gleams in the glass. The aromas are delicate with some banana notes as well as slight citrus and light funk. What really stands out is the taste and drinkability. Banana again on the palate with a little lemony zest on the back, the Le Merle reminds me a lot of Hennepin. While this may not be as traditional as, say, Saison Dupont, this is a beautiful beer and one that I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 22:51:34 | More by weezyfart
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Virginia

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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22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Massachusetts

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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little_star

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

Kansas

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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Jameswoody

Montana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Massachusetts

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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21Maestro8

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2014 17:58:15 | More by 21Maestro8
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-20-2014 04:01:50 | More by Localdrinklax
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-19-2014 02:35:25 | More by alex_hart
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-19-2014 02:06:39 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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pesekad

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-18-2014 03:58:17 | More by pesekad
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-17-2014 13:54:46 | More by Moses_Malone
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-17-2014 00:42:36 | More by Kerrie
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sahd-1

Illinois

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.