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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

977 Ratings
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 28
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-18-2012 00:19:15 | More by Danobold
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle served cool into a goblet.

Le Merle is a beer that has, for whatever reason, eluded us in Colorado. We get most of the other North Coast beers here but this is the first time I've seen Le Merle on the shelf.

The cork releases with a loud pop and I pour it straight into the glass. It has a slightly hazy pale yellow color with thin white head. It settles slowly but leaves no lace.

Aroma is evident even from a short distance away. A beautiful Belgian yeast provides a pleasant fruity smell. A little bit of spice in there too.

The flavor is much more bold with big notes of spice, pepper, and lemon. It is subtly sweet at first but turns more funky and tart towards the middle. It finishes dry leaving me longing for another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and high in carbonation but on par for the style.

Overall a well done saison and one I'm glad to have in our state.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 22:27:11 | More by GilGarp
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Deep golden in color, almost orange, with a foamy white head that slowly settles. Lacing is solid and sticky.

S: Yeasty up front, with some honey notes, giving way to some citrus, pepper, and grassy undertones.

T: Fresh bread and funky yeast in the foreground, with a mid-palate consisting of pepper, citrus, and fruity esters. Finish is clean and has a grassy note.

Notes: Moderate to medium in body, with a very clean mouthfeel. Great complex flavor and balance make this a very palatable brew. For the money, Le Merle is a steal, as it rivals some of its Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 05:03:19 | More by WYVYRN527
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love this bottle. It is artsy and minimalistic with its outline of a merlin bird. I especially love the subtle touches of yellow for the beak, eye, and beer name. The color scheme is simple: black, white, and gray with touches of yellow. I also love the choice to cork this beer. I think fat bulbous corks are awesome, and I love the little twisty things that go over it, as well as the designs on the top of the little twisty things. Overall the bottle feels classy and simplistic and I really enjoy it. This bottle is definitely worthy of a prime spot on your shelf.

The beer pours a nice paling yellow at the bottom of the glass with a slight oranging on the top. It’s almost straw yellow with a slight ambering at the top, and a huge fat whit bubbly head that has a decent retention, and sticks to the sides of the glass, forcing peaks to run up the edges in a wall of lacing. The beer is also quite hazy, but sits in the glass beautifully. The smell is light and fruity sweet with some nice lingering spices and a strong underlying citrus orange kick. Pineapple also seems to be present in the smell, which is lovely.
The beer tastes quite strangely bitter, with a very harsh cut on the tongue. There is a nice light fruity flavor to this beer, much like the smell with spicy hints and very sour feel in the mouth and on the tongue which has got me lips puckering slightly. This is far more of a sour-ale than any other saison I have tried, reminding me more and more of a lambic ale. Carbonation and harsh bitter/sour attacks the tongue right off the bat and hides some of the more slight spicy flavors that seem to exist as ghosts in the beer. The beer leaves the tip of the tongue tingling with harsh bubbles, and thus mutes a lot of the after-flavor as well. Orange and slight pineapple are still present in the flavoring. Overall I feel like the beer sits too sweet and harsh on the tongue which kills other flavors complexity and doesn’t really make it for me. This beer has an awesome bottle and pours very lovely in a glass, but its taste and smell don’t deliver. I rank this a meh beer with an awesome bottle (I really like the bottle if you haven’t noticed…).

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:32:58 | More by Maxwell
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-07-2012 14:02:26 | More by rkarimi
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goodonezach

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-04-2012 04:19:54 | More by goodonezach
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TexasMartin


4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-27-2012 16:38:17 | More by TexasMartin
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-26-2012 16:04:42 | More by Bobhoya
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-25-2012 16:10:51 | More by aztraz
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking bottle. Nice subtle label. Brew pours three-finger, white, fluffy soap, head. Brew is Very murky orange-yellow.

Pineapple, orange, lemon, pepper, and Belgian spice. Slightly tart.

Very smooth and drinkable. High carbonation, wet and refreshing. Lemon, orange and peppery-spice dominate. Yep, is a mild tart saison.

Whoa. This brew totally caught me off-guard, as it sat on the shelf, I almost passed it by... Glad I didn't. Highly recommended at the $7 price and for an easy summer drinker. Compares well to Great Divides Colette.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:26:01 | More by chugalug06
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium to dark orange with a towering head. Nice lace.

Spciy yeast, some nice honeyed malt, nice spiced bite of bitterness at the end. If you have this complexity in the nose, look out!

Dried out yeast with some brief sweet malt. Turns quickly with some peppery woody spice and yeast, some bitterness, and a bit of a dried out finish. Honey and dried bitter malt. Great brew.

Medium body, good firm carbonation.

A great domestic version of the style. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:26:32 | More by OtherShoe2
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DavidST

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a clear golden color, fizzes from the bottom, short lived white head. Smells of role citrus fruit, malts. The feel is medium, high carbonation. The taste is pretty good, some Belgian esters some nice amount of malts.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:18:09 | More by DavidST
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littleporter

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-21-2012 17:36:35 | More by littleporter
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joshwalt

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-18-2012 03:47:33 | More by joshwalt
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-14-2012 23:11:30 | More by Lynn
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wilkinswesley

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-12-2012 02:33:55 | More by wilkinswesley
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-10-2012 21:48:14 | More by NeutroMan
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-10-2012 03:08:25 | More by Oboogie
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-09-2012 18:30:25 | More by Nage37
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rarbring

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded dark yellow brew, an off-white head with little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling winey, grapes, grape-fruit, and peaches.

Sweet sugary start, white wine, grapes, apples and spices.

Medium low carbonation, fresh texture with a good body, a light sour dryness,

An easily accessible Saison, a bit on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:55:51 | More by rarbring
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-28-2012 21:12:16 | More by fizzyted
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-26-2012 01:06:27 | More by SocalKicks
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gregk

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright appearance with a full head. Very good spice notes. This is one of my favorite examples of a Saison. Very well balanced and lots of character. I only wish I could find it on draft in more places :)

North Coast does a great job again! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 16:55:20 | More by gregk
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Pourer

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-24-2012 08:58:06 | More by Pourer
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DCon

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2012 20:28:32 | More by DCon
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.