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Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3.9/5
Very Good
1,372 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,136
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,372
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
173
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,372 |  Reviews: 525
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

From an undated 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Smell is mostly yeast with a touch of sourness. Airy feel with lots of carbonation. Tastes of earth and straw with some spiced sharpness, a bit of tropical fruit, and a warm finish. It's an interesting beer and there's plenty of depth in the flavor profile. Not very fruity compared to other saisons, this one is much more earthy.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice mellow saison from North Coast. Poured into a Duvel tulip and watched the carbonation center on the low point and trickle slowly but steadily up in a column. Small creamy head, on rich golden body. Aroma is musty, floral yeast, taste adds some butter, and spice. All around well executed saison,

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

A finger of white foam is quick to retreat to cap and ring atop a lightly cloudy bronze color beer.

Light/med. aroma, rounded tart is first to hit, with some lighter and sharper sour notes, with light peppery spice and a nondescript fruity element rounding it out.

Wow kind of a reverse of the aroma. The spicy/peppery notes are prominent and are backed by just the right amount of fruity notes and tart to make an excellent balance. Tasty for sure.

Medium viscosity, low/med. carb., decent finish, clean linger.

Nice saison that is hitting the spot. Not complex, nothing earth shattering, just a solid well made beer, like all of North Coast's offerings.

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Photo of SFNC
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look : One finger white head, hazy orange body.

Smell : Tropical fruits, honey, straw, bubblegum, some spices.

Taste : Earth, straw, a note of cream, maybe a bit of pear, some bubblegum, spicieness, some citrus.

Feel : Medium carbonation and body, quite dry. Slight bitterness.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle into a tulip. no freshness dating that i could find.

slightly hazy dirty yellow body. generous white head, light carbonation. okay lacing.

faintly musty, sherbert and yeasty on the nose.

quite lively in the mouth, sweet and dry, with a nice yeasty finish.

mouth is foamy and full, with a slightly dry finish.

overall an enjoyable drink. nothing really jumps out, but a good solid tasty beer.

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Photo of Cath
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paleomau
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbauer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cts309
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewback4
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,372 ratings
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