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:
1,352
Reviews:
519
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
165
For Trade:
4
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Goldy-blonde. Lightly turbid. I got the short stack, for head. Quickly made into a ring.

Floral aromas of fruit yeast, wildflower, and fusel. Marmalade, white pepper, and dry tropical rind.

Flowery yeast esters, booziness, kumquat, white peach, faint pepper, and pear. Not musty enough. Needs some farmhouse stank. Really piquant, as is.

Alcohol costs this one points. Thin body and mild carbonation, but all kinds of breathy heat sneaking in.

A solid beer. More like a BSPA brewed with saison yeast, in my book.

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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kurt_Dog
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Saisons I have had made by a US brewery. North Coast makes some good stuff. Aroma of light sour lemons. Taste of Belgium yeast. Quite nice, refreshing, would seak out again. I really like Old Rasputin as well. Nice to drink local beers from California. Fresh and delish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a white head and some lacing. Pours with excellent clarity from tap to snifter. The aroma has citrus as well as peach or pear juice. Nice fruity nose. The taste is earthier but still has a fruitiness. Grassy, milky citrusy hop character works with the fruit and damp hay notes. Fair bitterness, the brew finishes clean and balanced. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison, for an American version.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem $3.49 Pours a slightly hazy,fine carbonated golden colour..large rocky white head. fine summer fruit aromas ,nectarine, papaya, some apricot., a little barnyard hay in the back. Nice Taste is the same but a little more spicy/peppery and floral. Nice mouth feel..very fine carbonation. Long lasting after taste from the hops I assume. A fine beer for a warm humid spring night

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a clear gold with a foamy white head. A heady aroma of yeast, barnyard funk, spices and fruit. Those are all present in the taste, but there's a bit of sweetness present as well. The fruit - banana, apple, grape, some citrus - really comes through with great balance. Medium mouth, but a little chewy. Still, the carbonation gives this beer the crispness you expect from a saison. La Merle will definitely be added to my list of favorite farmhouse ales.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head that slowly fades into a thin film. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style aroma with a good presence of Belgian yeast and fruit hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk along with some clove, pepper, and coriander spicing. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana, apple, pear, white grape, lemon, and orange. Some bubblegum hints as well. Subtle earthy hop background with hints of grass. A very good Saison aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian Saison style aroma with good notes of dried fruit and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with good notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white and black pepper, and coriander. Pale malt with bready notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Big fruit presence with dry notes of banana, apple, lemon, orange, pear, and white grape. Some notes of bubblegum along with some earthy hop notes of grass. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation level on the higher side. Nicely spicy and drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good American take on a Belgian Saison. Very good mix of yeast, spice, and fruit flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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