Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.
A: Copious white, fizzy head. Clear gold, slight haze. Definite carbonation.
S: Spicy grain. Boring yeast. Cracked white pepper.
T: Sharp and engaging, this is a good beer. The maintaste is spicy yeast and not much else. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it a lot, but it's fairly one-dimensional. The endtaste is drying and lightly peppery.
M: Insanely spicy, carbonated, and bright without ever being overbearing. This is like drinking a bright spring day's sunshine.
O: Highly recommended. Would have again, and again. Very drinkable, very pleasant, very spicy.
10-16-2012 04:56:47 | More by AgentMunky
3.93/5 rDev +1%
On tap, at the shitty brewpub restaurant. A very attractive beer, bright yellow, tons of cloudiness, pristine white head, about 1.24" in depth. Looks very nice. Good dry aroma from it, mild clove, if at all, nice. Citrus is in the right amount, lemon, ever so slight orange, grains of paradise, mango.
Taste, more of the same, very dry, mildly citrus, plenty enjoyable and easy to drink. Stays away from belgian phenols, banana and bandaids, pretty clean, minimal funk. A tad of pepper to it. Barely perceptible, which is to say its right where it needs to be. Carbonation is high, but appropriate.
Overall, this is one of my favorite saisons out there. Doesn't get a lot of hype for a few reasons, its not Old Rasputin, most of North Coast's other stuff is just mediocre, and its readily available.
10-12-2012 16:47:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Nice light yellow body with a rich, thick white head. Sweet and sour (tart) smell; grapefruit, oranges, sweet spiciness, light malt notes. Soft, smooth, and dry body; medium-heavy in nature. Slightly sweet malt taste with a stronger tartness.
A superbly balanced and complex beer. All factors meld well and compliment each other, making for a delicious late summer (or in the case early fall) adult beverage. Not too sweet, not too tart, alcohol doesn't dominate anything -- a real pleasure to drink.
10-11-2012 22:32:09 | More by beergoot
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
outstanding saison here. this is easily my favorite north coast beer to date. it pours a pale goldenrod color, cloudy but neat looking at the same time. a one and a half inch head rests on top and doesnt go away. the nose is great, fresh farmy yeast delivers a very organic feel, not as funky as some saisons, but refined and elegant. the yeast is the star of the show here, but there is a nice wheaty malt base and some gentle fruit flavors, golden raison, tangerine, lemongrass. its a very well balanced beer, completely devoid of any alcohol presence, despite being nearly 8% abv. it still feels like a felicate brew at that level. the feel is great, excited carbonation gives it a really bright mouthfeel. the body is medium, and really satisfyingly drinkable. at less than 6 bucks a bottle, this is one of the better beers my money has bought lately. a great late summer/early fall saison.
09-17-2012 19:23:42 | More by StonedTrippin
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
A: Slightly hazey golden yellow color that creates a large healthy off-white head.
S: I smell sweet and spicey with a faint honey and fruity undertones.
T: A nice musty yeast funk with some honey and other minor spices (maybe pepper), exactly what strong summer seasonal should be..
M: Great carbonation, with an extremely smooth start and a dry tart finish that prevents you from putting the glass down without taking another sip
One of my favorite farmhouse, strong summer ales that I have ever sampled. I really like this beer.
09-12-2012 18:28:27 | More by micjah
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.