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:
#6,747
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,369
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
169
Trade:
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Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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 -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a North Coast tulip.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Rocky off white head retains well. Blotches of thick foamy lacing.

S: Very complex yeast aromas. Good and musty. Freshly ground black pepper. Clove. Perfumey. Grassy and oily hops. Stale bread and crackers. Vague tropical fruits and perhaps some pitted fruits (dates?) far in the background.

T: Nice and tart up front. Citrus rind tartness. Tropical fruits, pithy orange and tangerine. Lots of musty yeast. Medium malt sweetness. Moderate clovey phenols and some oily hops temper this sweetness. Alcohol is perceptible toward the back end. Medium sweet finish with a lot of lingering yeasty must.

M: Hefty medium body. Stiff scrubbing carbonation effectively lifts it off the palate and keeps it from feeling weighty. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: Great stuff. It's a very brawny and muscular saison. Not as light and drinkable as most in the style tend to be these days, but it's very complex and bold.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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