Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,353
Reviews:
519
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
165
For Trade:
4
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Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +9.7%
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 -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giangio
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bplabernie
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leefx
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anteater
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dsimenson
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjgsilva
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryantan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,lemon,white bread,peach,apricot,pear,faint tartness
T:
-honey,sugar,lemon,white bread,spicy,herbal
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Fits more into the Range of the Hoppy Belgian Strong Ales.
Very good overall.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thejoshgray
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours hazy and rustic orange in color with a white, two-finger width head. Good retention, then dissipates to a thin, consistent layer of suds. A few spots here and there make up the lacing.

Smell - Smells like your classic saison - light fruitiness (mild lemon, green banana, apple), spice and funk.

Taste - Follows the nose. Spicy, funky, lightly fruity. A hint of hay. Finish lingers with mild lemon brightness and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth texture. Very very drinker with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A straight-up classic example of a saison here. All the basic flavors are present and they're expertly balanced. I'm not much of a saison guy, thus this will probably be my first and last purchase, but much respect to such a well executed brew.

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Photo of williahd
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy, dull orange with a bright white full frothy head, great head retention, lots of carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast notes pepper, clove, spice, must, barnyard aroma, slight grainy malt, slight lemon peel, doesn't pop with aroma.

T: Follows the nose but the pepper and spice are more noticeable, pepper, clove, spice, aftertaste is dry with citrus/grain aftertaste, pepper reemerges at the end, solid saison.

M: Highly carbonated, gives it a full bodied feel, dry finish.

O: Another well made beer from North Coast, nice balance of flavors, very enjoyable.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,353 ratings.
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