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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | 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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Ratings: 1,078 | Reviews: 472 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This, I believe, was my first Saison and I have to say I'm confused. This was a good beer but nothing what I expected from the style. It could have been a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or possibly even a Tripel and I wouldnt have noticed the difference. Poured into Duvel glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow with massive rocky head. Smell was of yeast, bread, and some fruits, the fruits were very muted. Taste was a little bland I though. It certainly had that grassy, straw-like Pale Ale taste to it with some yeast and sweet fruits but not much. Either this was too complex for its own good, or it wasnt complex enough, I still cant tell which one it was. Mouthfeel was medium with somewhat high carbonation. Overall an enjoyable beer, but there was something I just didnt get. Expected some funk and I was left funk-less.

bunnyhustle, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Pinche_Oso, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mbw314
4/5  rDev +2.8%

mbw314, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of chocosushi
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for a bit.
750 -> 3 White Wine Glasses.

A ~ A hazed gold/pumpkin color with a very bubbly head.
Settles into a sea-foam cap. Good lacing. Light sediment.

S ~ Prickly fresh lemon, white grapes, & Dry hay

T ~ Lemon follows through pretty heavy, at times turning into a candied lemon peel flavor. A good yeast character Moves into dried peaches, faint cranberry, and some stainless chardonnay flavors as well. Nice.
Letting it warm, I pick up a bit of cinnamon & ginger spicyness with a bit of date/raisin flavor as well. Hefty does of carbonation.

M ~ Pretty Dry with spicy, fruit-filled body. Very carbonated but it honestly adds depth to the fruit flavors.

D ~ Very drinkable, very basic Saison. Northcoast does not usually disappoint. Great for the pricetag.


chocosushi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

retry4z, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of vtfan77
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Corked and caged bottle opens with a very loud pop, propelling the cork some distance. Pours a clear light amber with a very nice head that takes its time going down.

S- Quite cidery, with sweet and tart aromas of apples and pears. There's a touch of barnyard funk and a good dose of caramel malt as well.

T- Applesauce fruitiness upfront segues into a tart cider flavor backed by grainy malt. Hops add a pleasant earthiness and a good dose of bitterness on the end. The overall impression is of a tart, dry beer, but there is an underlying sweetness beneath it all.

M- Medium-bodied and slick with a rather low dose of carbonation.

Decent beer overall and fairly representative of the saison style. It lacks some complexity, but overall it's a pretty good beer. I might drink it again. Not a bad choice for fans of the style.

vtfan77, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Pale Golden in color with a slight haze. Giant head with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Smells phenomenal-musty, slightly funky barnyard aromas along with some floral/spicy hop presence. Some grainy malt along with white pepper phenolics. Yummy.

Flavor-Phenolics stand out here, with clove and white pepper notes. Phenolics are followed by spicy floral hop flavors and light grainy malt. Barely sweet up front, this beer finishes very dry. High carbonation leaves the plate cleansed.

Mouthfeel-Excellent here, with a medium body and enormous, effervescent carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth. Fantastic.

Although not as complex in the nose and flavor as some other saisons, this is a very tasty and drinkable example of the style, and I'm quite happy that I got the chance to try it. Not my favorite saison, but definitely a good one.

plfahey, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +2.8%

sjstraub, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of frosted33
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

frosted33, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RangnaR, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Ted, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev +2.8%

abrodsky, Saturday at 02:51 PM
Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light wheat color with white head that stays put for a while, plentiful carbination. Nice aroma, Belgian hops. It seemed a little too carbinated at first, but after a few sips I really started to enjoy it more. Very light tasting and the alcohol is well hidden.

Glibber, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow, with a sizable three-finger head that has some pretty good retention. A bit of lacing, but it doesn't last very long.

S - Grassy and a little earthy, with lemony notes in the front. A bit of funkiness if you search for it, but it's pretty subtle.

T - The citrusy flavor hits first, along with that grassiness that makes me think of being out in a field in the California countryside (which is probably the point). It's similar to other saisons, but the flavors are more muted here. The funk is mainly in the finish, and is subtle like the nose implies.

M - Good carbonation, light on the tongue. Slightly dry but not really drying.

D - Higher abv than I usually get from a saison, but this is light enough that I could drink plenty of it.

O - The price is the only thing standing in the way of this being a great everyday beer. If this came in 4-packs and was priced slightly lower I could see it moving faster.

djmichaelk, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of rkuhnel
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Hops in Humboldt 2007, this was a cloudy orange with a fat white head and good lacing. Nose is all over the place with orange and grapefruit, peaches, pears, and apricots, and floral hops. A feast for the nose. Mouthfeel creamy and rich. Flavors are like the nose except there are some spices, and the finish is long and slightly sour. Exceptional beer.

rkuhnel, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Network Difficulties - Please Standby ... Pours a slight hazy golden orange .. light fluffy head, lacing a bit low for a saison ... funked up honey smell ... light and tangy, some nice bitterness, lower sweetness ... in an umbrella: is a well made American saison that is enjoyable and goes down smooth with lots of refreshing qualities! ... drank while enjoying a blank screen then the Dynamo in the CONCACAF semi's 2008!!!

Onslow, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of TriageStat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TriageStat, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of wspscott
3.5/5  rDev -10%

wspscott, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with visible carbonation. Upon the pour into my tulip glass I noticed a 1.5 inch white head. I believe my glass may have caused the head to recede a bit quickly. The smell has notes of fruit and wheat with a little bit of funk. As I taste the beer the first thing to hit my tongue is the sweetness of the fruit flavors and the spicyness, as it crests my tongue I get a nice dose of spicyness. This beer was a bit thicker than I expected, but the excited carbonation lifts it off the tongue, giving it a light and refreshing feel. Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer, I think I may have found a new favorite summer style. This beer has inspired me to buy a few more saisons and give them a try. The only drawback to this beer is the high price point and the high ABV, I would mug prefer something in the 4 or 5% range to make it a little more sessionable. This is such a great beer, I would prefer to be able to drink it all day.

gkunkle, May 13, 2011
Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -10%

kwkdmk, May 15, 2014
Photo of dubmax
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dubmax, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BWH999
4/5  rDev +2.8%

BWH999, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of C_S
3.5/5  rDev -10%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jjcote, Jun 22, 2014
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.