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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,113 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,113
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 76 | 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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Singles cooler, y'all.

Appearance (4.75) : Gigantic head about four fingers/five inches tall, very creamy, dense, and full of life. The body is ginger-honey-blonde color and is mostly transparent, I'd say about 10% or 20% opacity. Head stays and leaves generous lacing on the glass. North Coast seems to do their appearances right. Their caps always stay long and have such a good view to them.

Aroma (4.25) : Sheesh. It's almost like an Oktoberfest. Or a Wit. Or both. Wheat, orange peel, vanilla, cinnamon, spices, some faint maple syrup, some crisp lemon lime soda. Regardless the aroma is just fantastic. And it's loud, too.

Taste (3.75) : Complex is the word. And metamorphosis. Kids, learn your spelling words.

I will break it down as pertaining to different parts of the tongue because really, it is that complex.

1) Tip - Starts off tasting like an average wheat beer or american lager. A light blonde flavor with lots of pop.

2) Middle of the tongue - and as you move it to the middle, there's a slight sourness, trademark of a Flanders' style ale. There's some Bubble Tape going on there, too.

3) Back of tongue - ...and as it hits the back of the tongue towards the swallow, a heavy alcoholic paint-like taste comes in like a wrecking ball but thankfully leaves soon after you swallow.

The taste overall is something to be reckoned with. Goosebump-prone, even. It's not bad, per se, but man that alcohol kick really blows everything else away. As I said though, it disappears rather fast once it's down the hatch.

Mouthfeel (4) : Medium bodied, creamy, fluffy, ending crisp.

Overall (3.98) : I've only had two other Flanders' style ales, and this one takes the cake for character and flavor. I find it hard to believe it's only a 7.0% ABV, because that alcohol taste really kicks hard at the end. I am glad I picked up two, and not only one, but if I had picked up three, I may have regretted it. Okay in small doses.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this into a chalice, and it's a very hazy orange-copper, with barely a head at all.
It smells like antique funk, with some peppermint. Basic, but quite nice.
Tastes like a funky citrus/ wheaty version of the beer's scent. There's some bubblegum leading up to its tart, medicinal finish, yet this remains more sweet than dry and an underlying peppercorn dominates the aftertaste.
Feel is medium and crisp.
Overall,this was okay. Impression left was of a somewhat harsh Belgian saison as far as the peppercorn aspect, which is a less desirable departure from the more refreshing balance I've experienced in such styles.

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How did it take me this long to sample Le Merle? With a single corked and caged 375 ml bottle, I had a great compliment to dinner. On to the beer:

This is a darker blonde beer with a big frothy head which retains well. The aroma is appetizing with a dry, cidery/ sour apple note and a pinch of vague spice true to the saison style. With its alcohol nearly hitting 8% ABV, perhaps it's no surprise that a note of booze is tasted. Still, this is one fun saison that goes sweet, tart, and bitter in one session. It starts sweet and dry, then a wave of apple tartness dominates. A rush of bitterness finishes it, and overall this mélange of senses work well together. The beer gets more interesting when its fun, champagne-like bubbly carbonation massages the inside of the mouth.

Here's a possible drink to wash down dinner. It's not cheap $(4.99 for this 375 ml bottle), so pick a good occasion to celebrate with this liquid.

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.