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Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3.9/5
Very Good
1,400 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,509
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,400
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
178
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,400 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of sparx1100
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BerryKumquat
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayDubTrub
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iguanodon
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[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.

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Photo of dansushi
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antonyliu
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass…

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of lastmango
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Kurt_van
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack bought in Fort Bragg CA. 03-2018

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Photo of Commandophile
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of edc20
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good carbonation and nice color and head. Nothing objectionable but nothing special either.

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Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap served in a snifter. Golden orangish yellow with a good head and nice lacing. A fruity sweet smell. Carried to the taste but with a bit of earthy sourness and hint of vanilla. A beer I would get again.

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Photo of mchegash
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: a hazy golden orange with a small amount of white head. average amount of visible carbonation bubbles rising up the beer.
S: strong notes of Belgian yeast, breadiness, and light sour fruits, with some hints of Belgian spice as well
T: tastes a bit different than the smell. It seems like all of the flavors from the aroma have been subdued and then melded together. The result is a fairly generic bready Belgian taste with a moderate level of complexity. It's not bad, just a bit of a letdown considering this beer's fairly high rating.
F: Medium-bodied, below average quantity of average-intensity carbonation. About at the middle of the crispcreamy spectrum.
O: Overall, an okay saison, but there are definitely multiple others that I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeviani
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Determined419
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | 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 1,400 ratings