Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Le MerleLe Merle

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Murrhey
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No brewed or best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Ridiculous fluffy white head, four fingers in thickness with a retention that lasts for days. Fluffy white lacing and thick, hazy orange color.

S- Tropical fruits and interesting yeast character. Bubblegum, and some noble hops make this fairly attractive.

T- Extremely refreshing, strong hop character and a wet fruity smack to it. Really just a well-balanced, well constructed beer. Yeasty and noble hops.

M- Full-bodied and wet, with a little tangy feel as well.

O- Delightful beer in a style I'm growing to appreciate more and more.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kkipple
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of my bud Chris.

A. Initially fizzy sediment filled tarnished gold with a small white head, ends up rather still and lifeless after a few minutes. Low retention, no lace.

S. Smack of green apple sours, high and reedy spice note that wavers over everything else, pointed Belgian yeast crack and layers of sweet sugary malt. Sharp and immediate. A little boozy, this smells young and lacks the depth of character and smoothness that the best Saisons have. That said, the only real flaw is being brash and two dimensional.

T. Sweet honey malts held up by loads of Granny Smith apples, pepper, warm alcohol and more fruity esters. Bitter hops in the finish help. *Almost* a bit of starchy pumpkin going on. Very intense, very American. Clean and almost refreshing, the finish is tart-sweet and short, a bit dry.

M. Highly carbonated and lively, medium body, slightly sticky.

D. Decent. A little too tart and simple but I'd never turn one down. A good example of an American crack at a rather tough and broad style.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rep from North Coast saw a bunch of the Hop Heads (our local beer group) enjoying the Rubicon Hop Festival and dropped off some free promos. Included was a 750ml of Le Merle.

Pour was a very carbonated, slightly hazy, yellow with lots of legs. Smelled of citrus with clove and coriander spice. After the carbonation settle, the taste was extraordinary, with light notes of citrus and little bitterness from the spices. Barely felt the alcohol flavor and very drinkable. Note to self: Go to BevMo and buy a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange gold with an oversized creamy white head. Major visible carbonation rushing to the top keeps the head around forever. Lacing surronds the glass as it goes down. Only complaint was waiting for some of the head to settle so I could drink.

Aromas of lemony citrus zest, faint black pepper, and just a hint of yeastiness. Some apple or pear in there. Fresh smelling, inviting.

Unusual heat to the tip of the tongue, but otherwise light fruity citrus flavours with a touch of spice to it. Moderately sweet, somewhat dry. Only a faint tease of yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and while it is highly carbonated, it is never coarse.

I had hoped for a little more, but this is a nice enough beer. Easy to drink and pretty pleasant overall.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reaper16
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

375mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a... bright orange color? What the fuck is this? I've never, ever seen a Saison this color. This is a Saison, right? Very fine bubbles make for 3/4 of a finger in head size. If this were a "blind" tasting, and you told me it was a saison, I would say "get out of here."

It doesn't smell like a Saison, either. Lots of lush fruits: guava, clementine, persimmon. Some earthy hop aromas. The yeast is giving off none of the usual phenolic or funky aromas that Saisons usually employ. Instead the nose is dominated by this abundance of fruit. It smells juicy.

Ugh. This is not a good Saison. It actually tastes pretty good, but I can't call it a Saison. It is so, so, so fruit-forward. Guava and persimmon for days, brash and bright. You know when red wine is sometimes described as "overextracted" (meaning that the grapes were extracted too much)? That's what this beer tastes like. It's like drinking the syrup from canned fruit. A dash -- only a dash! -- of clove coming from the yeast provides some other note, at least. I mean, hey, I like canned fruit syrup as much as the next guy. But not in my favorite style of beer.

It's pretty easy to guess what I have to say about the mouthfeel, right? If it tastes big and juicy, then the mouthfeel is likely going to be sweet and wet. Saisons are prized for their dry mouthfeel. Someone should have told that to North Coast. You could place my tongue in a sieve and out would come pure Capri Sun. This beer is like making out with a sheep dog in the rain.

Again, this kind of tastes interesting enough. But it meets almost zero of the qualifications of a good Saison.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich straw color, with golden hues. Not exactly clear, it's more translucent. Massive head - so nice.

Tart yeasty aromas. An underlying malt bed Wild smell.

Oh my. Wild tartness with an earthy funk really pokes through. Soft malt character is unobtrusive behind the wildness. A little alcohol is notable in the very back. After the initial pizzazz the flavors balance a little more into a highly drinkable brew. Medium body, mild carbonation.

I love the wild twang, it draws me in for more and is very satisfying. Num.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with a tinge of orange. Billowing foamy head with good retention.

Peppercorn and herbal spices on the nose, with quite a bit of dry-hopped tropical citrus and a doughy yeast with complex esters and phenols (though these may get lost only slightly behind the tropical hops).

Taste of light peppercorn and lots of tropical juice along the lines of guava. Lots of juicy herbal flavours as well, with earthy phenols.

Quite smooth, medium body, but with a lot of carbonation and dryness from the yeast. Very well balanced.

Tropical and herbal juice, with a fantastic peppery crisp carb.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gandres
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tap to glass @ North Coast Brewing tap [email protected] Fort Bragg,CA
Appearance : Pale straw light yellow, cloudy, hazy, big white head disappears quickly, lacing
Aroma: yeast, aroma is like wheat beer
Taste: lightly sour,
Palate: long bitter finish, average carbonation
Overall: good beer, not to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 13, 2016

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,377 ratings
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