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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

How did it take me this long to sample Le Merle? With a single corked and caged 375 ml bottle, I had a great compliment to dinner. On to the beer:

This is a darker blonde beer with a big frothy head which retains well. The aroma is appetizing with a dry, cidery/ sour apple note and a pinch of vague spice true to the saison style. With its alcohol nearly hitting 8% ABV, perhaps it's no surprise that a note of booze is tasted. Still, this is one fun saison that goes sweet, tart, and bitter in one session. It starts sweet and dry, then a wave of apple tartness dominates. A rush of bitterness finishes it, and overall this mélange of senses work well together. The beer gets more interesting when its fun, champagne-like bubbly carbonation massages the inside of the mouth.

Here's a possible drink to wash down dinner. It's not cheap $(4.99 for this 375 ml bottle), so pick a good occasion to celebrate with this liquid.

DoubleJ, Sep 26, 2014
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12.9 oz bottle at O'Donnell's Pub in Harrison, NJ.

Poured into a Le Merle chalice. Proper glassware at the bar... nice!

Amber colored with a lot of haze and a thin layer of white foam on top. The head clings to the sides of the glass but leaves no lacing behind. Fruity aroma mainly consisting of apple. Very sweet and not as dry as I prefer saison to be. Overall, this just wasn't very good. It was missing the funk and spice that I love about the style.

Jacobob10, Sep 11, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A: nice straw yellow, hazy with a fluffy white head. Visible carbonation sustains this for a while.

S: a light funky smell combined with such fruits as apple, pear, white wine (grape), and perhaps nectarine. The is also a light spice noticeable, which also resembles an alcohol whiff in some smells.

T/M: the initial tastes remind me of white wine with a dull farmhouse undercurrent (hay, tobacco). As the beer warms, there's also a prune/plum taste. The carbonation is quite strong, adding a slight bite to the earthy spices that come along a little after the initial flavors. The lingering taste resembles the fleshy fruit from the smell, but more balanced with the overall farmhouse taste and feel.

O: a more fruity version of a saison, less dry than a bunch I have had. I enjoyed it more than those, as the style is sometimes just a bit earthy and dry for my tastes.

cjgiant, Sep 09, 2014
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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.