Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Le MerleLe Merle

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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Photo of heygeebee
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Platinum.

Appearance - hazy light gold, less head than expected. Little lace or film.

Smell - yeast, orange peel, lemon zest.

Taste - funk, lemons, yeast, orange peel.

Mouthfeel. - light and zesty.

Overall - a flavoursome Saison.... Many underlying flavours in the base beer. Not as easy drinking as some... Is that a good or a bad thing ? :-)

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of fatmusic14
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At first, I thought it looked like a substandard pilsner. I looked closer and noticed the waves upon waves of bubbles floating to the surface like Charlie. Its neverending, really. Decent head, thin but plentiful. Dissipates quickly but leaves about a quarter inch. No lacing.

Smells like the springtime. Herbal, earthy, citrusy with hints of other fruits.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Very subtle tones of lemongrass, banana. Not so subtle tones of grapefruit and small malty aftertaste.

M - Top Notch

O - Sure. Go ahead. Grab a few.

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Photo of CADMixes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerlyLegal
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Le Merle is a smooth brew for any celebratory occasion or summer evening. Hints of champagne and lady juices along with apples and natural herbs. Sourish with little aftertaste, this brew has pale/light characteristics and with a 7.9% ABV this makes it a perfect way to start or end the night.

Overall, this is as light of a Belgian I'll ever enjoy and would consider this to be the real champagne of beer.

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Photo of Jree261
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy golden out of the bottle with off white foam

S: Straw, stone, red fruit, citrus

T: Cherry, citrus, tastes like the beach on a summer day

M: Good medium full mouthfeel with round fruit.

O: Excellently balanced with a good finish. Makes me excited for summer.

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Photo of beerhorn12
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nutwood
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beercanman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cjw333
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JGaudio
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of aranton
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Meldrick
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 750 ml cork and bale bottle into a large tulip glass. The first thing I observed was the brilliant orange color and the billowing off-white head. The aroma was citrusy and bready, reminiscent of a piece of toast with marmalade. The flavors were bright with the initial impact of fruitiness followed by the malts. The overall mouthfeel is average. Le Merle maintains a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweetness of the malts. It finishes crisp and dry.

Le Merle is absolutely my favorite beer and my home is never without a bottle!

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Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,358 ratings.
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