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

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,362
Reviews:
522
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

outstanding saison here. this is easily my favorite north coast beer to date. it pours a pale goldenrod color, cloudy but neat looking at the same time. a one and a half inch head rests on top and doesnt go away. the nose is great, fresh farmy yeast delivers a very organic feel, not as funky as some saisons, but refined and elegant. the yeast is the star of the show here, but there is a nice wheaty malt base and some gentle fruit flavors, golden raison, tangerine, lemongrass. its a very well balanced beer, completely devoid of any alcohol presence, despite being nearly 8% abv. it still feels like a felicate brew at that level. the feel is great, excited carbonation gives it a really bright mouthfeel. the body is medium, and really satisfyingly drinkable. at less than 6 bucks a bottle, this is one of the better beers my money has bought lately. a great late summer/early fall saison.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazey golden yellow color that creates a large healthy off-white head.

S: I smell sweet and spicey with a faint honey and fruity undertones.

T: A nice musty yeast funk with some honey and other minor spices (maybe pepper), exactly what strong summer seasonal should be..

M: Great carbonation, with an extremely smooth start and a dry tart finish that prevents you from putting the glass down without taking another sip

One of my favorite farmhouse, strong summer ales that I have ever sampled. I really like this beer.

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Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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