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Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,984
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,371
pDev:
10%
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0
 
 
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Photo of chicagoish
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shawn530
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a good fruity and funky saison. Great lunch plate beer

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired ages ago from the Brewdog webshop.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with fine floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of spice, subtle apples/pears, earthiness, light grain, mild caramel and a vague leafiness. A touch of funk and more than a whiff of booze in the background. Fairly balanced - decent.

T: Tastes of fruity farmhouse yeast with notes of esters, spice, mild apple/pear, earthiness, subtle funk, leafiness, light grain, a hint of caramel and stewed husks. A slightly hot alcoholic note lurks in the background, followed by a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Well-judged texture. Aftertaste of fruity Belgian yeast esters, spice, earthiness, faint grain and a mild leafiness.

O: A decent farmhouse ale that has lasted well - I'm not sure how old it is but I've certainly had it for a while. Looks OK; shame about the head retention. Aroma and flavour are decidedly yeasty and a tad boozy but well balanced. Nice body - rounded and understated. A good example of the style; worth sampling.

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Photo of shreead
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright gold with a medium head. The aroma features lemon peel, clove, black pepper, dust, bubblegum, underripe apricot, green apple, and bubblegum. The flavor is starts with bright lemon and orange peel, as well as dried apricot, then widens out to baked banana, bubblegum, an brown sugar, finishing with a note of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is fairly full with bright sudsy carbonation and a lingering stickiness. Overall this is an excellent American made saison - rich and yet bright and refreshing, it hits the marks nicely.

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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Safeway in South Lake Tahoe, CA Wednesday for $6.99. Packaged on 07/07/2017

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose is apples and pears with an ever so slight barnyard funk.

Taste is apples and pears, light horse blanket, some excess sugar in the finish.

Feel is light to medium bodied and very light across the palate.

Overall a pretty good representation of the style. It needs a drier finish as opposed to a sweet one.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cascade24
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of txx675rx
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From Zombier. In Goose Island glass. Playing Outland. The funk notes are here but kept to a minimum, making it similar to a belgian blonde. The pear, apple and spicy notes dominate

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Belgian Style Tulip. Bottled on February 17th 2017.

L: Slightly hazy gold, half finger white head has poor retention.

S: Belgian yeast, some sweet fruit, apple, banana, with a spicy clove. Bready.

T: Light fruit notes pair nicely with the Belgian bready yeast hints. Some faint clove.

F: Light, Belgian carbonation, and semi-dry.

O: This is your standard Saison. Nothing special but made very well.

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Photo of Mfilchock
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saisons don't get much better than this.

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some super light lacing all over the place. The smell started off with some sweet apples, pears, peaches, sweet bread all blend together nicely with some Belgian spices. The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and underscored with the Belgian spices to balance. The aftertaste was there, kinda sticky yet dry with the fruitiness being the base of it. There’s a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs good for the style and for me. Overall, its a good saison. I could see myself coming back to it when necessary.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,371 ratings
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