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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

rbmjr1, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but there is also a slight soapy flavor on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bkrbdan, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dtx00, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

mrelizabeth, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

thebouch01, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A. Pepper. Slight cloves. Very slight earthy.

A. medium golden. Slightly cloudy

F. Nice pepper and cloves flavor. "belgian" yeast flavors dominate. Very light phenolic flavors.

M. Medium carbonation, slightly low for style. Nice pop from the corked and caged bottle though.

O. A nice drinkable saison. This compares favorably to my homebrew versions, but lacks the complexity seen in the classic style reference examples like Dupont.

onewetpaw, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

jesus808, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of specksnreds
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The unadventurous pour was a little uninspiring with its lack of foamy head, but the color was nice. "Just like honey", as JAMC would sing. Smells nice+. Estery, but not to a fault, and a nice spice. Which spice, you ax me? I'll go with coriander, sure, coriander. Tastes of something nice, inoffensive and a lovely drink of spice and fruit. With some tingle and fruitiness in the finish. I like the bitterness too. Goes well with the banana-y-ness. I'll hit it again.

specksnreds, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

jonathaniler, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Alibi Room in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Poured golden with mild carbonation, one finger of white head left a film of retention and good drapes of lace.

S - Lot's of orange, grassy hops, citrus, and yeast.

T - Lot's of orange, grassy, yeast, citrus was strong, candy.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - More like a strong hefe. Not saisony but tasty. Worth a shot, but not if you're expecting something more to style.

tbeckett, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

williamjbauer, Feb 11, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing Le Merle Farmhouse Ale 7.9% alcohol, poured into pint glass from corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a hazed golden fluid that radiates in the light causing the inside of the glass to be slightly orange. Huge foamy white head rises as the beer is first poured taking a few minutes to settle into a nice half inch head that stays for the remainder of the brew.

S- Musky yeasty spice upfront remind me of a dusty cellar. Light scents of lemongrass and lemon rine are noted.

T-M- Fresh flavors of lemongrass, allspice, lemon rine, and dusty yeast upfront. Secondly I note s smooth sting of citrus hops underneath the musky yeast. Carbonation is bountiful with more than enough to tingle the tongue and slickly roll over the palete.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer in the aspects of a sunny day or just to quinch any thirst for a good user friendly Farmhouse that doesn't push to much funk... Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

BFro, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Righteous Room.

Poured into a snifter this was golden with a decent amount of white head and lace. When it was poured into the snifter my guess was this was bigger than 5%.

Nose has plenty of Belgian spice, green apple and pear esters with some grassy notes.

Taste is clean and refreshing. Nice amount of light bread characters with some more grass and earthy notes. More apple and pear esters hit the spot with just a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is light to medium with just the right amount of carbonation. There are hops present and they do add something of a grassy-earthy spice or zest. All this comes together in the finish and it is a tart but clean dry finish.

Another job well done by North Coast. This left me wanting nothing more than another snifter of Le Merle.

stewart124, Feb 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light gold, lightly hazy hue with a thick finger of frothy white foam atop. Head does not seem to have a lot of retention, though.

Smell: rich, funky aroma with a good malt character and notes of apple and pear thrown in. I quite like it.

Taste: bright and flavorful. A light malt character is complemented by a tart finish and low bitterness, and it maintains the funk and orchard fruits of the aroma. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and creaminess. Fan-damn-tastic.

Overall: this is a very tasty saison with a nice bit of funkiness that doesn't go over the top. I love the ridiculous creaminess as well -- I'd definitely drink this one again.

flagmantho, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

beef13, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ZethOfTheNorth, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

chrispoint, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

JustinQ, Jan 30, 2012
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.