Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +8%
375ml Corked bottle...beautiful label and overall design. served in chalice. Significant carbonation and nice head...medium size...lace...lasting.
Aroma of amber malts and wheat.
Mouthfeel is bubbly for several minutes. Flavors of citrus, kiwi, berries, light honey, and a variety of spices. Minimal malts, hops or alcohol.
Ahhh...as a saison, well I'm partial to this style, this one is very nice. Not too sweet or spicy or funky, but full bodied and very tasty. At 7.9 abv it's higher than traditional farm worker saisons by a long shot, but that's fine for today's after work "let's have a few tasty gems" lifestyle. Ayieee!!
01-16-2013 06:21:45 | More by DenverLogan
2.88/5 rDev -26%
12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:
A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a fizzy, white, two finger head. Retention is OK. Standard fare.
S - Lemon, light pepper, slight funk, doughy yeast, and crystal malt. Relatively simple for the style, though balanced and inviting.
T - Heavy citrus, light peppery spice and basic yeast. That's about it. Simple. Could be a nice base for a better beer.
M - Light, crisp and refreshing. Nearly ideal
D - Needs some serious work. Too simple. Run of the mill Saison. I wouldn't seek it out again.
12-31-2012 05:00:53 | More by blakelive784
2.68/5 rDev -31.1%
375ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Acquired at Lukas Liquor in Lone Tree, Colorado.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
Yields a satisfying cork pop upon opening. No upsurging issues or anything.
A: Pours a two finger white colour head - a bit too thin - of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Decent lacing. Body colour is a nontransparent translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not quite on par for the style, but generally inviting.
Sm: Light funkiness, pale malts, some dull lemon zest, and fairly stale citrus ester hops. An average strength aroma. Surprisingly, no yeast is detectable. No alcohol is detectable either.
T: Lemon and citrus zest in a dull and somewhat stale sense. Pale malts. Hints of funk. No real yeast character. No alcohol comes through. It's too simple; there's little to say about it. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Not particularly balance either. Meh. It leaves a lot to be desired. Lacks the subtle peppery character present in every quality saison I've had.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some tingly coarseness from the crystal malt. Decent carbonation. Okay palate presence. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavours, but it works in general sense.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't bother with this again. There are far better beers in the style. Not recommended. Hides its ABV well, but that's one of the few things it has going for it. A severe disappointment from North Coast.
12-31-2012 04:59:16 | More by kojevergas
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Cork sealed small format bottle served cold in glass beer challis at Fat Pour, Chicago
A) Hazy, golden brass with billowy off white head
S) Lemon zest, alcohol esthers, sour dough & apricots
T) Outstanding - sweet caramel malts, mild hops, apple pie & other yummy baked goods
M) Well balanced, medium body. Alcohol is a bit high for the style but hardly noticable
O) Thoroughly enjoyed this beer but note: found it closer to a traditional Belgian blonde than Saison. Another good beer from the folks at North Coast.
12-15-2012 04:11:10 | More by bskrtz
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.