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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden with a white one finger head that lingers. Good lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose. Light pepper in the mix. Smooth, tart and zesty. Dry finish. Very nice.

M: Medium, creamy, chewy. Good carbonation.

O: A great saison. Would drink again. One of my new favorites.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a light and fluffy head. decent head retention with tons of carbonation evident.

S: Very lemony with some zest and spice. Getting strong bready aroma as well.

T: Taste of a lemon bread with a tart dry finish. Light and refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied, tons of carbonation on the tongue with a dry finish.

O: Very solid above average Saison. Great to drink during the day while doing an activity.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of silentdonkey
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Straw yellow, slight haze, with a fizzy white head that quickly dissolved.

S: Mild citrus and some peppery notes. A little hint of yeast. Not a whole lot going on here.

T: Very nice dry, crisp, and refreshing Saison. A slight spiciness/pepper from the yeast, mild malt flavors, and a bit of citrus (lemon & grapefruit).

M: Very carbonated. Has a nice crisp tinge. Perfect summer time beer.

O: A very solid Saison for the price. Not very complex, but its simplicity works.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Copious white, fizzy head. Clear gold, slight haze. Definite carbonation.

S: Spicy grain. Boring yeast. Cracked white pepper.

T: Sharp and engaging, this is a good beer. The maintaste is spicy yeast and not much else. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it a lot, but it's fairly one-dimensional. The endtaste is drying and lightly peppery.

M: Insanely spicy, carbonated, and bright without ever being overbearing. This is like drinking a bright spring day's sunshine.

O: Highly recommended. Would have again, and again. Very drinkable, very pleasant, very spicy.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the shitty brewpub restaurant. A very attractive beer, bright yellow, tons of cloudiness, pristine white head, about 1.24" in depth. Looks very nice. Good dry aroma from it, mild clove, if at all, nice. Citrus is in the right amount, lemon, ever so slight orange, grains of paradise, mango.

Taste, more of the same, very dry, mildly citrus, plenty enjoyable and easy to drink. Stays away from belgian phenols, banana and bandaids, pretty clean, minimal funk. A tad of pepper to it. Barely perceptible, which is to say its right where it needs to be. Carbonation is high, but appropriate.

Overall, this is one of my favorite saisons out there. Doesn't get a lot of hype for a few reasons, its not Old Rasputin, most of North Coast's other stuff is just mediocre, and its readily available.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light yellow body with a rich, thick white head. Sweet and sour (tart) smell; grapefruit, oranges, sweet spiciness, light malt notes. Soft, smooth, and dry body; medium-heavy in nature. Slightly sweet malt taste with a stronger tartness.

A superbly balanced and complex beer. All factors meld well and compliment each other, making for a delicious late summer (or in the case early fall) adult beverage. Not too sweet, not too tart, alcohol doesn't dominate anything -- a real pleasure to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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