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Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

this is my true for saison and it is delicious beer I must say anyways there's no more of you your parents is looks like a normal amber but without clear white head that dissipates quickly the smell reminds me of fruits maybe even a slight acidic taste and then finally the taste delicious! Farmhouse funk in the beginning which Melos to tropical and normal fruits the mouth feels were really stands out here at last with you for several minutes why you can still enjoy the flavors overall I would say this is one of the best beers I've had in awhile maybe not a daily drinker though due to the complexity

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm a bit saison fan, and also a North Coast fan, but somehow this never showed up on my queue until I went to a North Coast tasting at Julios and realized how good it was.

Big pop when the cork comes out, and pours a large but fizzy and airy looking almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly thanks to all the large air pockets and bubbles, but leaves some spotty lacing, mostly clear golden pilsner color.

Nose brings plenty of farmhouse funk, which is why I liked this one, lots of Belgian yeast phenols with even a hint of phenolic booze, some fruity bubblegum esters even, hints of lemon rind and citrus, and a little saison spices, as well as plenty of grainy malts, some wheat, little malty sweetness and bit toasty even, nice aromatics with a bit of straw and wet hay like must.

Taste starts with the sweet malts actually, a little candy like sweet syrupy candi sugar even, bringing a hint of booze as well, booze tingle. Then into the saison characters, a nice farmhouse funk but not as much as I remember from the tasting, into light saison spices like coriander and bit of clove, orange peel, lots of citrus zest with a little lemon too, lemongrass, etc. Nice wheat characters, toasty malt flavors with some straw and a bit of musty wet hay. Fair amount of phenols from the yeast, as well as mild fruity esters and bubblegum, little peppery too. The bitter citrus rind and candy gets a little too much. Finish is still a bit sweet and sticky but dries a bit, more lingering orange peel and bitter zest, light spices, little wheat and grainy malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carb.

Overall mixed on this one, I don't remember it being nearly as sweet as this and also more funky, a lot more farmhouse on the samples we had, probably another batch, but this was still pretty decent but hard to drink the whole 750ml by myself.

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This yellow golden pour is topped with a head reminiscent of the suds left from receding waves on the California coast. The nose is robust. Like stepping into a bakery. Yeasty esters in abundance. Light fruitiness of apricot. Scones anyone?

The palate is greeted with strong citrus tones that were mostly hidden on the nose. Warm roasted grapefruit.

Mouthfeel has a zinginess with much warmth coming from this beer. This is to be savored, and enjoyed slowly.

Beautifully presented in a corked bottle with the champagne like wire trap over the top. A nice offering from the brewmasters at North Coast.

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,371 ratings
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