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:
No notes at this time.

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cts309
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewback4
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eire
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been cellaring this for a while, so excited to open this big corked bottle.
Cork stomped loudly, which is a good sign. It poured an amber orange hazed color with a thick bright white head with great retention.
Nice aroma with notes of oranges, pineapple, Belgian yeast, bread with honey, onion and herbal piney hops.
Complex but also refreshing flavor with notes of oranges with soda and drops of Cointreau liqueur, pineapple, pears, herbal and citrus hops, Belgian yeast, nutmeg, a bit of cloves, white pepper, wood, dough, musk and mint. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7.9% is well disguised.
Utterly pleasant Saison with above average complexity and bold citrus Simcoe, fruity and phenolic notes. Perfect balanced. Don’t drink this too young, this ages pretty well.

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

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

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

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark golden into a tulip glass with a full 1" head. A little bit cloudy. Some lacing. A sweet scent of floral notes. A crisp taste, with no bitterness. An excellent Farmhouse beer, perfect for a hot summer night.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy yellow Collin with nice 2 inch creamy head. Nose is bready with floral and fruity notes. Taste of apples, white grapes, and tangerine followed by notes of bready malts and hints pear. Very light finish. Saisons not usually my thing but this one definitely decent enough to try again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2%
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I associate North Coast mostly with expertise in the British tradition whose stand-out feature is blending malts. Unlike the typical west coast brewery that uses hops as the main attraction, North Coast uses hops for balance.

So with their relative restraint of hops, I speculate, it is easier for North Coast to shift into the Belgian tradition... once they find the right yeast.

In Le Merle, they found the right yeast. It may be their best Belgian style ale. Try it.
More of an amber tone in the glass, the nose finds lots of tropical fruit from the yeast and hops synergy.
You will like the taste, also; full enough for substance and balanced enough to go with food.

Le Merle is listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" and it deserves it.
So it is, I speculate, with you.

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