Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3.9/5
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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

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,106
Reviews:
531
Ratings:
1,391
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
176
Trade:
3
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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

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew, from a bottle, is a very hazy, cloudy straw-colored beer. The head is soapy and white. The aroma is fresh and full of juicy citrus scents....Wonderful yeasty, spicy scents. Wonderful balance in the flavor, with a Belgian spice note and plenty of fruit flavors. Earthy and tasty.

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

Photo of JR0cker95
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,391 ratings