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:
#15,586
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,389
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
175
Trade:
3
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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

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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Photo of arizcards
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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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,389 ratings