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 Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded dark yellow brew, an off-white head with little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling winey, grapes, grape-fruit, and peaches.

Sweet sugary start, white wine, grapes, apples and spices.

Medium low carbonation, fresh texture with a good body, a light sour dryness,

An easily accessible Saison, a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gregk
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright appearance with a full head. Very good spice notes. This is one of my favorite examples of a Saison. Very well balanced and lots of character. I only wish I could find it on draft in more places :)

North Coast does a great job again! Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of elNopalero
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy, lightly orange-golden color with a tightly laced foam top. I pick up some floral, yeasty ester aromas reminiscent of apricot and citrus flowers. Smells great. A light floral note come across with each sip. There’s a little bit of farmhouse funk and a lightly spicy finish.

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Photo of CommonRider
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden hue. Heavy carbonation. pours a giant, bubbly, white head. Craters slowly leaving a mountainous landscape, and plenty of sticky residue. Lots of beer ring lacing. Head renews with each pour.

S: Fermented raspberry and cherry.

T: Baked white bread with light flavor of fermented fruit.

M: Light body with a light fruity refreshing quality. Pungent, steely, aftertaste.

D: Refreshing. The high alcohol quality is absent.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, giant head, and lots of lacing. Nose is mostly fermented berried. Flavor is a light bready flavor with the same light fermented fruit flavor. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into the Bubba Gump glass ya go.

Pours a clear straw colored ale with a MASSIVE frothy white head. Suprisingly no lace at all. The smell is refreshing and clean. Lotsa dark fruits (plum and pear), orange, floral and light malts. The taste is a combo of malty, spicy and fruity. All competing together with a malty start, fruity middle and spicy finish. Got the burps started on me. Light hops and peppery aftertaste. Average mouthfeel. Nothing noteworthy. Overall I thought this was decent. Love the brewery but this just wasn't one of my fav's from them. +1 for the bird you can gaze at on the label while partaking....though he does look slightly in pain.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow! There's a ton of head that comes pouring out! Eventually, it pours a hazy golden, yellow with a mountain of head that remains. The head is bubbly, loose, white and has great retention.

S - white grapes, belgian yeast funk, straw, faint spice, musty

T - white grapes, clove, mild bitterness in the finish, belgian yeast

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, decent carbonation

Pretty typical Saison. Tastes almost like a Belgian pale ale. It's drinkable, but one dimensional. I wouldn't pay the price tag for another bomber of this.

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Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darker yellow color with a big frothy white head that falls slow, sadly only light lace left behind.

Aroma is good nice sweet malts loaded with tropical fruits, mango, apple and pears mingled together. Fruits are lightly tart and mingle with funk and lightly spicy yeast notes.

Taste is like the aroma nice starts lightly sweet, then the tart fruits show up for a second moving right into spice and a funky finish. Little sweeter then most Saison's I have had but only sweet for a little while before the funk sets in.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but with good average carbonation level.

Overall a pretty tasty Saison one worth re sampling for sure.

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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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