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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,030 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 60 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bkrbdan, Mar 06, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

This saison pours a very deep orange honey color. Much darker than your typical saison, also has a bit of viscosity to it which i don't usually find. There is a large fluffy white head that is very thick and recedes slowly, leaving behind minimal lacing. The aroma is very light and delicate. Very pretty floral components, a touch of hop citrus and some grapefruit zest on the nose. The flavors are very well blended together, and i get a lot of floral citrus flavors. The draw back is that it is not light at all on the body. Really viscous and oily body. There is also a bitter citrus pith component that makes this fall off a bit. After the bitterness comes some oily hop residue that doesnt follow the traditional saison. This is good for a fall style however. Mouthfeel is oily and viscous. Medium to heavy bodied and totally palate coating. Drinkability is nice and this really is a food friendly beer. This would do great with a chicken dish or even a lighter style german pork schnitzel dish with lemons. Not your typical saison, but a good value and worth a shot.

Augustiner719, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a hazy peach color with a light creamy head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell is very fruity. Lots of pear, peach, banana and various citrus aromas.

Lots of fruity flavors, just like the smell. Some pears, bananas, maybe some saaz hops and light malt flavors. Good tasting saison, definitely a fan.

Lots of carbonation, smooth and creamy. Very refreshing beer, goes down well.

Very good drinkability, this beer would be terrific on a warm summer's night.

pmccallum86, Feb 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jjcote, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of markaberrant
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

A - brilliant clarity, very soft orange colour, gigantic head, and lively carbonation streams, leaves big chunks of lace clinging to the glass.

S - tart lemons off the start, but quickly dissipates, hay, pepper spice, very fresh

T - good bit of spice to balance out the sweetness up front, finish is drying alcohol, mild tartness and a lingering bitterness.

M - very light thanks to thin body and agressive carbonation, effect is "airy" moreso than "creamy," noticable alcohol, warm and smooth.

D - runs a fine line between a tripel and a saison... call it what you will, it drinks quite nicely.

A well done attempt by an American brewer. I'm thinking a little more wildness and/or hopping would push it into definite saison/farmhouse territory, and would also increase the complexity. As it stands, it's a very good Belgian inspired beer, just not as exotic as I had hoped.

markaberrant, Dec 14, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

loganburgh, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

reitzbrewing, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

beerbtl, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GregoryMo, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jkermitj, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

ThisMoonlife, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

truesolution, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

berkshire413, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

kwkdmk, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

kmoen, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Oboogie, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
2.88/5  rDev -26%

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a fizzy, white, two finger head. Retention is OK. Standard fare.

S - Lemon, light pepper, slight funk, doughy yeast, and crystal malt. Relatively simple for the style, though balanced and inviting.

T - Heavy citrus, light peppery spice and basic yeast. That's about it. Simple. Could be a nice base for a better beer.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing. Nearly ideal

D - Needs some serious work. Too simple. Run of the mill Saison. I wouldn't seek it out again.

blakelive784, Dec 31, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Cloudy, golden yellow. Nice thick, white head that disapates quickly.

S: Lemon, some orange, spicy. Smells like a saison.

T: Tastes like a saison. Follows the nose. Lemon, yeasty, coriander. Has a nice hoppy character to it as well.

M: Bubbly, tingly with a slight burn. I like this, but I normally prefer these to be a little dryer. Nothing wrong w/ the mouthfeel though.

D: Goes down smoothly and is delicious.

titosupertramp, Dec 31, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Amerikon, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Didier, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nutwood, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of brewdoc75
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

I had this on tap at a local bar and had to get some in a bottle.

A: Light yellow to gold with strong carbonation and a generous head. The head dwindles after a few minutes to nothingness. It is appetizing nonetheless.

S: Wow! Fruits galore with some apple, banana and even some citrus. Smells "candy-like" at times. The aroma doesn't quit. Some pleasant sourness in the end albiet faint.

T: Lovely fruity esters hit the tongue first and transition to sour apples. Spicy hops tickle the taste buds ib the end. A honey-like sweetness is present throughout. Full of flavor and spot on.

M: Dry, just like it should be. Finishes crisp and light.

D: This is a superb saison! I love dupont, but I'm having an affair with Le Merle. A must try for saison lovers.

brewdoc75, Aug 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JuliusCaesar, Jul 28, 2013
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.