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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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smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange yellow. Initial pour with nice white head but it dissipated pretty fast, too fast for a saison. Not much lacing.

S: Bananas, oranges, apples, Belgian yeast.

T: Yeast is much more prevalent. Beginning is all yeasty spiciness. Fruits come in the middle to balance out the yeast, and the flavor becomes rather sweet, which goes through the end of the sip.

M: Really quite lovely. Carbonation is there and stays through the end of the sip, but it is creamy and smooth as well.

O: I like sweet, and this was one of the sweeter saisons I've had, but I felt it lacked depth and complexity.

WorldWideStout, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

375mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a... bright orange color? What the fuck is this? I've never, ever seen a Saison this color. This is a Saison, right? Very fine bubbles make for 3/4 of a finger in head size. If this were a "blind" tasting, and you told me it was a saison, I would say "get out of here."

It doesn't smell like a Saison, either. Lots of lush fruits: guava, clementine, persimmon. Some earthy hop aromas. The yeast is giving off none of the usual phenolic or funky aromas that Saisons usually employ. Instead the nose is dominated by this abundance of fruit. It smells juicy.

Ugh. This is not a good Saison. It actually tastes pretty good, but I can't call it a Saison. It is so, so, so fruit-forward. Guava and persimmon for days, brash and bright. You know when red wine is sometimes described as "overextracted" (meaning that the grapes were extracted too much)? That's what this beer tastes like. It's like drinking the syrup from canned fruit. A dash -- only a dash! -- of clove coming from the yeast provides some other note, at least. I mean, hey, I like canned fruit syrup as much as the next guy. But not in my favorite style of beer.

It's pretty easy to guess what I have to say about the mouthfeel, right? If it tastes big and juicy, then the mouthfeel is likely going to be sweet and wet. Saisons are prized for their dry mouthfeel. Someone should have told that to North Coast. You could place my tongue in a sieve and out would come pure Capri Sun. This beer is like making out with a sheep dog in the rain.

Again, this kind of tastes interesting enough. But it meets almost zero of the qualifications of a good Saison.

Reaper16, Dec 09, 2011
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Photo of musicman575
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with a rather plain head. This doll didn't get made up before she went out to do her thang.

For a saison, it seems relatively unrefined. The smell is sweet and juicy but a bit like the beer has been left in the glass too long (though I just poured it). So fruity and mildly sweet - oranges, green grapes, pineapple, lychee. The booze is quit apparent. A bit more hops might cover that up. A tiny bitterness comes right at the end, but doesn't quite make a complete finish. I wish it were a bit more dry.

musicman575, Dec 02, 2011
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MacStinson, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy straw-gold color with a massive meringue of bright white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, black pepper, clove, soap and freshly cut grass.

The taste is tart lemon and green apple along with cloves, cinnamon, yeast and a touch of funk. Finishes clean with a bit of warming to the palate.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A quite nice Saison by North Coast. I'll definitely be having this one again.

Monkeyknife, Dec 01, 2011
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.