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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,115 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 77 | FT: 4
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden amber color with a two-finger, very bubbly, soapy, off white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled phenolic with spices and yeast. There was a nice grain presence.

T - It tasted very spicy and yeasty with some sweet caramel and grain flavor. Some fruitiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice saison. Another very good brew from North Coast.

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07/19/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into my Troutslayer tulip.

Appearance- Golden yellow-orange colored pour. Full one inch plus pillowy head. A nice large rim remains for the duration of the beer. Leaves behind small specks, spots and light sheets of lace.

Smell- Typical saison style nose with a good amount of corriander, clove, white pepper, etc.

Taste- I've had three of these over the past year and found two of them to be slightly metallic, although the last one I had was not. It had a nice authentic belgian style yeast flavor with some mild funk. Decent amount of corriander with the main flavor concentrated on white pepper, some powdered sugar and a handful of hops.

Mouthfeel- Brisk and above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very good job creating this belgian style. Would have liked a bit more funk in the nose and flavor, but I guess you can't ask for everything..well, unless you're Fantome.

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750 ml bottle at the annual biegaman Summer Saison tasting! Thanks Jan.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, medium sized white head, drops down to a thin ring, some lace spots, looks okay. Smell is okay, a bit buttery, citrus, yeasty, some toast, sour/tart finish, a bit cheesy, not bad. Taste is sugary up front, sweet malt, yeast, butter, some light citrus/orange peel, woody, bread, not bad, light tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, refreshing, decent saison. Thanks Jano!

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A: Golden orange with a 1.5-finger head
S: Light wheat, cereal, a hint of fruit esters and Belgian yeast
T: Matches the nose adding a bit of pronounced citrus and light hop notes
M: Medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation
O: Refreshing, surprisingly light on its feet and with good balance. Fits the style well; enjoyable on a warm summer afternoon

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.