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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

VonZipper, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

PEIhop, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

MrJolly, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

DaveONan, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared 750 ml bottle.

A. medium golden color; Slightly cloudy. Rather average head and retention.

Lemony and yeasty aroma with green apple. Slight cloves. Very slight earthy.

T: Fruity flavor. Rather tart. Some white pepper and plenty of cloves.

M. Medium carbonation, perhaps a tad low for style. Near medium body.

O. A nicely drinkable saison.

chinchill, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

drwolfe, Mar 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Hack72, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

brewbaker, Mar 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

rbmjr1, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but there is also a slight soapy flavor on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bkrbdan, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dtx00, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mrelizabeth, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

thebouch01, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A. Pepper. Slight cloves. Very slight earthy.

A. medium golden. Slightly cloudy

F. Nice pepper and cloves flavor. "belgian" yeast flavors dominate. Very light phenolic flavors.

M. Medium carbonation, slightly low for style. Nice pop from the corked and caged bottle though.

O. A nice drinkable saison. This compares favorably to my homebrew versions, but lacks the complexity seen in the classic style reference examples like Dupont.

onewetpaw, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

jesus808, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The unadventurous pour was a little uninspiring with its lack of foamy head, but the color was nice. "Just like honey", as JAMC would sing. Smells nice+. Estery, but not to a fault, and a nice spice. Which spice, you ax me? I'll go with coriander, sure, coriander. Tastes of something nice, inoffensive and a lovely drink of spice and fruit. With some tingle and fruitiness in the finish. I like the bitterness too. Goes well with the banana-y-ness. I'll hit it again.

specksnreds, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

jonathaniler, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Alibi Room in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Poured golden with mild carbonation, one finger of white head left a film of retention and good drapes of lace.

S - Lot's of orange, grassy hops, citrus, and yeast.

T - Lot's of orange, grassy, yeast, citrus was strong, candy.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - More like a strong hefe. Not saisony but tasty. Worth a shot, but not if you're expecting something more to style.

tbeckett, Feb 11, 2012
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.