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Le Merle - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Le MerleLe Merle

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BA SCORE
88
very good

985 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 29
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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Storm21

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-21-2014 20:05:01 | More by Storm21
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target88

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-20-2014 18:34:13 | More by target88
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tykechandler

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-19-2014 00:45:40 | More by tykechandler
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Goldy-blonde. Lightly turbid. I got the short stack, for head. Quickly made into a ring.

Floral aromas of fruit yeast, wildflower, and fusel. Marmalade, white pepper, and dry tropical rind.

Flowery yeast esters, booziness, kumquat, white peach, faint pepper, and pear. Not musty enough. Needs some farmhouse stank. Really piquant, as is.

Alcohol costs this one points. Thin body and mild carbonation, but all kinds of breathy heat sneaking in.

A solid beer. More like a BSPA brewed with saison yeast, in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2014 04:46:16 | More by thecheapies
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-17-2014 20:30:18 | More by marmstrong1212
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2014 06:57:13 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-16-2014 21:55:36 | More by Mattias
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Kurt_Dog

California

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Saisons I have had made by a US brewery. North Coast makes some good stuff. Aroma of light sour lemons. Taste of Belgium yeast. Quite nice, refreshing, would seak out again. I really like Old Rasputin as well. Nice to drink local beers from California. Fresh and delish.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 20:44:34 | More by Kurt_Dog
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a white head and some lacing. Pours with excellent clarity from tap to snifter. The aroma has citrus as well as peach or pear juice. Nice fruity nose. The taste is earthier but still has a fruitiness. Grassy, milky citrusy hop character works with the fruit and damp hay notes. Fair bitterness, the brew finishes clean and balanced. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison, for an American version.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2014 20:16:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-16-2014 04:53:23 | More by HeadyTheElder
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-15-2014 20:06:33 | More by smartassboiler
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Wowcoolman

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-14-2014 01:30:19 | More by Wowcoolman
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem $3.49 Pours a slightly hazy,fine carbonated golden colour..large rocky white head. fine summer fruit aromas ,nectarine, papaya, some apricot., a little barnyard hay in the back. Nice Taste is the same but a little more spicy/peppery and floral. Nice mouth feel..very fine carbonation. Long lasting after taste from the hops I assume. A fine beer for a warm humid spring night

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 04:20:41 | More by Reidrover
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-09-2014 18:43:49 | More by GRG1313
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a clear gold with a foamy white head. A heady aroma of yeast, barnyard funk, spices and fruit. Those are all present in the taste, but there's a bit of sweetness present as well. The fruit - banana, apple, grape, some citrus - really comes through with great balance. Medium mouth, but a little chewy. Still, the carbonation gives this beer the crispness you expect from a saison. La Merle will definitely be added to my list of favorite farmhouse ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 21:18:15 | More by MartzMimic
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Giggy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-08-2014 00:42:33 | More by Giggy
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2014 07:17:33 | More by KevMo84
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2014 02:34:29 | More by KingdomBobcat
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head that slowly fades into a thin film. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style aroma with a good presence of Belgian yeast and fruit hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk along with some clove, pepper, and coriander spicing. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana, apple, pear, white grape, lemon, and orange. Some bubblegum hints as well. Subtle earthy hop background with hints of grass. A very good Saison aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian Saison style aroma with good notes of dried fruit and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with good notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white and black pepper, and coriander. Pale malt with bready notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Big fruit presence with dry notes of banana, apple, lemon, orange, pear, and white grape. Some notes of bubblegum along with some earthy hop notes of grass. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation level on the higher side. Nicely spicy and drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good American take on a Belgian Saison. Very good mix of yeast, spice, and fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 04:12:08 | More by MattyG85
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2014 00:55:35 | More by outoffocus
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-03-2014 23:39:09 | More by shelby415
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pottergator

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-02-2014 00:43:22 | More by pottergator
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-01-2014 12:46:41 | More by petermethot
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-31-2014 23:53:13 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-26-2014 23:42:53 | More by derkfromwi
Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.