Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

Le MerleLe Merle
BA SCORE
3.9/5
1,369 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:
#6,735
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,369
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
169
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,369 |  Reviews: 525
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

Photo of GreenMind
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at NCBC in Fort Bragg. Another style I'm not very familiar with. Pours a nice cloudy yellow. Very lacey. Tasty is fruity, almost like juicy fruit gum ! Ha ha!

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rather light golden, with loud popping bubbles, carb activity a glory to behold, with a three and a half finger foamy head of tiny bubbles, besides the "chunky monkey" effect, which I am not squeamish about, this brew looks the part, of it's Belgian style.

Sent of willowy yeast, with a hint of blessed Bananas, Lemon. Other fruits, to be sure ...

Deceptively light and crisp, willowy and sour, giving way to the serene, swirling chaos of a Belgian yeast (experience).

Fantastic! The lingering, well-hidden strength is dreamy, and a delight to sip on a sunlit porch, while the birds are singing, the sun setting ...

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Photo of LJWalker
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Giangio
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,369 ratings
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