Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

Le MerleLe Merle
BA SCORE
75.4%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,366 ratings
Le MerleLe Merle
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,647
Reviews:
524
Ratings:
1,366
Liked:
1,030
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
168
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 524
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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Photo of evanwoertz
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Cascade24
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of txx675rx
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

From Zombier. In Goose Island glass. Playing Outland. The funk notes are here but kept to a minimum, making it similar to a belgian blonde. The pear, apple and spicy notes dominate

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Belgian Style Tulip. Bottled on February 17th 2017.

L: Slightly hazy gold, half finger white head has poor retention.

S: Belgian yeast, some sweet fruit, apple, banana, with a spicy clove. Bready.

T: Light fruit notes pair nicely with the Belgian bready yeast hints. Some faint clove.

F: Light, Belgian carbonation, and semi-dry.

O: This is your standard Saison. Nothing special but made very well.

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Photo of Mfilchock
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saisons don't get much better than this.

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some super light lacing all over the place. The smell started off with some sweet apples, pears, peaches, sweet bread all blend together nicely with some Belgian spices. The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and underscored with the Belgian spices to balance. The aftertaste was there, kinda sticky yet dry with the fruitiness being the base of it. There’s a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs good for the style and for me. Overall, its a good saison. I could see myself coming back to it when necessary.

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Photo of vidisad
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy, gold. Foamy, medium, white head lasts shortly.

Smells fruit, side, yeasty, citrus and light grassiness.

Tastes pear, apple, spice, yeast funk and some light malt. Followed by a light citrus and Orange sweetness. Finish is semi dry with a yeasty and Orange peel linger. Medium body and creamy lower medium carbonation.

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

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

North Coast never set me wrong so far. Top Saison.

A) Active carbonation sports a pillowy eggshell head that maintains a steady film over a modestly hazed orange to gold body. Dotty lace.

S) Lots of orchard: peaches, pears, apples,, pineapples, orange zest, and lemons tempered and dried by spicy pepper and spice cabinet, including the cedar wood.

T) Big. Follows smell. Very fruity, spicy, wine-like, tart, acidic taste enhance the zesty, abundant fruits. All of this cloaked in yeast and grassy backdrop and on top of sweet crackery male base. Lovely complexity, ample flavor, a favorite.

F) Light and crisp for its wine-like fruitiness. Like wine it's warming but unlike wine it's scrubbing and peppery. Lovely.

O It's a spicy-fruity Belgian classic as good as imported.

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

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

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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