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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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1,128 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 81 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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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.

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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.

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.