Le Merle
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #640
Ranked #15,822
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Tuesday at 03:39 AM
Jun 03, 2007
Very Good
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by maltmaggot from California

appearance: golden/brass hued
smell: buscuits and honey, very light nectarine
taste: stronger honey, dried apples, pears, barely perceptible yeast. not a whole lot of malt presence, although I think that's intentional. in a word, fruity.
texture: fine carbonation, medium to light body leaning more toward light
overall: an interesting, fruity belgian style beer. it hides the alcohol extremely well, almost undetectable.

Tuesday at 03:39 AM
3.78 by Hophazzard from California on Oct 17, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Body is a nice golden amber. Aroma is spicy and almost like a sweet cider. Taste is of apple cider, fruity esters banana, bubble gum, and pear puree. Finishes slightly dry and warm, but the alcohol is well concealed. Bitterness is moderate to low depended on how much bitterness you like. Very good.

Sep 24, 2021
3.56 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Aug 29, 2021
3.46 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 26, 2021
4 by JTuomi from Finland on Mar 03, 2021
4 by Eychung from New York on Jan 10, 2021
3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 02, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by frankdatank1337 from California

Great drinkable Saison. Gives you everything you want from a Saison without being pretentious. I'd recommend this to anybody who wants to try one for the first time.

Poured outta bottle into a Tulip glass.
Color is golden orange. Thin head. Smells like honey (faint smell). Mouth feel is smooth with lots of carbonation. Taste is cloves and honey. Simple yet amazing.

Oct 27, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Ahypercube from California

North Coast makes another clear strike for a perfect example of a classic style. The bottle has class and style, and the mostly-transparent apple juice body looks great with the fine eggshell white froth on top. Lacing covers the glass in dancing snowflakes.

Big notes of honeycrisp apple hit the nose off the bat, followed by ripe banana, walnut, lemon, coriander and clove.

Apple juice and honey are married with rhubarb and lemon, backed by walnut and clove bitterness with hints of oatmeal and dark chocolate on the finish.

Full-bodied and creamy with a tart bite; it's like an apple pie with bananas and walnuts--just missing the vanilla bean gelato.

North Coast never ceases to amaze me. My new favorite from them. Cheers!

Jul 10, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gordono from Nevada

I was surprised I enjoyed this beer so much. It wasn’t as sour as I feared it would be. It was very well balanced. The little bit of sourness was balanced with a little bitter and some sweetness. And the finish was clean dry, no lingering aftertaste. Looked great, golden yellow with a resilient white head. And quite sparkling. The nose was a little yeasty.

I would recommend and seek out this beer again.

Jun 24, 2020
4.11 by QuakeAttack from California on Jun 04, 2020
3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by SILVER from Florida

I like that North Coast brews true to style and they do an excellent job with this ale.

Mar 09, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by thesherrybomber from California

Golden body, white head. Aromas of bubblegum, dusty funk, lemon, peach, lactose. Taste is sour, malt, grass, spice, and pepper. Creamy, medium bodied

Either my preferences have changed, this is a bad batch, or something was off last night. The "vomit" nose ruined what would have otherwise been an excellent experience for me. Will be trying again, just to compare...

Mar 09, 2020
4.07 by jstern from California on Feb 26, 2020
4.18 by KingStelle from California on Nov 10, 2019
3.75 by Shy5 from Oregon on Sep 26, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from corked 25 oz bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a moderate sum of ring lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma big of a light fruit smell with lots of apricot, peach, and pear along with a very yeasty smell and a big showing of coriander and clove. Along with these aromas comes some light pepper smells and a little bit of a sour green apple smell. With a touch of grass and hay rounding out the aroma, one is met with a very inviting farmhouse smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a cracker malt taste that has plenty of the light fruits that were detected in the nose. While light upfront, the spice quickly kick it into gear and rapidly meet the tongue with a rather strong showing of coriander and clove. All the while some yeasty tastes and a decent hit of grass and hay also greet the taste buds. There is only a little bit of sourness upfront, but the green apple taste as well as some funk develop as the taste advances. The funk and sour remain on the lighter side however and with some of the cracker flavors transforming into a slightly more doughy nature, one is left with a smooth and robust, but lighter funked farmhouse taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. For the mix of light funk, fruit, hay, spice, and yeast the feel was fantastic and made with a very easy sipper.
Overall – This was a very nice rendition of a farmhouse brew. Sweet, but in a sorta subtle way. Sour, but not overwhelming. Yeasty and spiced, but all melded so with the rest of the flavors. With some funk and grass to round it all out. Very enjoyable and definitely up there (if not one of the top) in the saison category for me!!!

Aug 17, 2019
3.88 by nyrblue2 from New York on Jun 04, 2019
3.83 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 30, 2019
3.86 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on May 25, 2019
3.83 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Mar 24, 2019
3.81 by BerryKumquat from California on Mar 23, 2019
4 by sokol_1993 from California on Feb 24, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JayDubTrub from California

Great example of the style, with some subtle twists. It's a saison with hints of fruit and belgian yeasty flavors, on the dry end. I might like a little more carbonation for mouthfeel but this is a great example of style. I'm getting flavors like grapefruit zest and 565 style yeast, none of the bubblegum flavors that might come from other saison strains. I actually think this is a great beer for winter with its high abv and complexity - enjoyed a couple bottles with crab for NYE...

Jan 13, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz bottle, no date, served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a persistent white head. Some strands and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Musty, grassy, lemon.

Taste: Leafy herbal hops, lemon, pilsner-like malt, a bit peppery, lightly bitter, but sharp, leafy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, sticky on the teeth, prickly carbonation, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Hits the style pretty well. Refreshing, easily drinkable, a great looking beer, and I think this would be a real treat in the summer.

Jan 03, 2019
4.03 by cambabeer from New York on Jan 01, 2019
4.1 by drstalker from Illinois on Nov 02, 2018
3.98 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Oct 28, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2016-01-17] Clear gold with medium white head. Aroma of spice, yeast, butterscotch. Taste is bitter hops, pepper, stone fruit. Good saison but not great. Very similar to Boulevard Tank 7.

Oct 24, 2018
3.88 by dansushi from New York on Oct 20, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by antonyliu from California

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass…


Poured a dull golden color, not much head and no retention from my bottle.

peppery yeast, spice, wheaty, honey, peach, hints of sourness

fruity, spice, coriander, a little citrus rind; the 7.9% feels high for this as the alcohol is masked well in the flavors

very, very fizzy and bright; medium-bodied but feels light/drinkable because it doesn’t leave much lingering behind


Overall nice and drinkable for the style. Character opens up over course of drinking and defrosting. It’s a sweet, spice, fruit, and slightly sour crisp drink. I don’t know that I’d get this again though. If I’m in the mood for this “flavor”, I might opt for a neighboring Gose style and go for a Modern Times Fruitlands. Purchased12oz bottle for for $1.99 in Southern California.

Oct 11, 2018
3.83 by NeoClassicist from New York on Aug 22, 2018
4 by yuno from New York on Aug 18, 2018
3.94 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jul 17, 2018
Photo of lastmango
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Clear golden pour with appliance white head that has a bit of soapy look. Aroma of fruity yeast with orange, pears, grass and earthy funk. Taste follows the nose in a blend leaving it with less complexity. Moderate body and light carbonation.

Jun 16, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Kurt_van from California

4 pack bought in Fort Bragg CA. 03-2018

May 09, 2018
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