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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool, a domestic saison. I'd seen this one before but for some reason never thought to try it. 750ml bottle, corked and caged.

A - With some firm coaxing, the cork gave way in a controlled manner. Poured into a goblet, passes the saison appearance test with flying colors. Very substantial soapy meringue head, cloudy gold body. Ranks right up there with the very best Belgian examples of saison.

S - Passes the saison aroma test, too. A little peppery, but not quite so much peppery as a fruity aroma I can't quite place. Maybe some apple, strawberries that are about to go bad...also perhaps the pungent smell of lychees about to go bad.

T - Interesting, not really too hoppy saison, more of a wheatgrass taste, with some of that about-to-ferment fruit. Near 8% ABV not terribly noticeable, just peeking through occasionally. There's a definite element of funk as it warms. A lot of interesting flavor, but somehow doesn't come off to me as very integrated or locked in, maybe due to seeming a bit heavy on the pungent fruits. And I'm not crazy about the aftertaste, which to me almost seems macro lager-like, shockingly. I'm not knocking this too much, though, as it is complex and not at all boring. In edit, I agree with the guy below, though, this could use more of the peppery spice to balance it out, or more hop.

F - Has the Belgian feel pretty well down, feels pillow-light even though carbonation is high. Medium body.

D - As is often typical of the style, easy to drink. As someone who loves this style, I'd pick up again. It might not be quite as dialed in as some of the Belgian examples, but it's very clear that the guys at North Coast did their homework. I like seeing American brewers make beers like this, and I like it even better when they make it all the way down to the tip of Florida.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a sunny orange with a massive, rocky, bright white head that leaves ample lacing as it recedes. Le Merle has a typical aroma of a Saison. Lush, ripe golden apples, pears, apple skins, grass and damp earth. Green apple skins, biscuits, toast and what I would call a hay flavor, are surrounded by a rich pale malt sweetness that pulls all the flavors together. The mouthfeel is light and crisp leaving a great interplay of tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue. With summer approaching, nothing beats a great saison for a refreshing beer. This is a great American example of a Saison.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour, lots of white foam that stays forever. Amazing yeasty, fruity estery smell. Taste of orange citrus, melon, slight banana,spices and slight floral with a aftertaste of yeasty bread flavor. I have a love for Belgian Triples, pale ales and farmhouse ales so this one gets high marks.

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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