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 tjkinate
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been on a Saison kick lately.

A: 1+ finger soapy white head with little retention settling to a few bubbles atop this transparent golden bodied brew.

S: Floral, honey, grass with hints of spice.

T: Like the smell, heavy honey, lemon with a sweet spice undertone.

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied.

O: Good beer, but I like funk in my Saisons.

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Photo of ptshrdn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hackedfly
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Poured into a tumbler with an apricot color & an egg white top

Biscuit & lemon aroma with some spices

Fruity (apple, lemon and pear) with spices arriving by mid-palate. spices linger in the rather dry aftertaste

Medium body with spritzy carbonation

fine representation of the style. when done right, I find Saisons drinkable but never overpowering. dry & refeshing... great drink to have on a warm Spring evening.

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Photo of robnolan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 25.4 oz. C&C bomber with no visible bottling date. Poured into a 9 oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a tawny apricot/medium anber color with a finger of fizzy head that falls quickly. Not much in the way of lace. Well carbonated, from the look of the rising bubbles.

Smell- Sweet, generous helping of tasted malt. Lightly fruity, with hints of citrus rind, peach, and pear. Mild flowery yeast presence. As it warms a bit, it takes on an apple cider-like, almost vinegary quality.

Taste- Tastes like it smells, starts and finishes tart, with various pale fruits (white grapefruit pith, pear, apple, under-ripe peach) poking through in an off-again on-again manner. Bready malt is there, but buried beneath the other flavors, although it makes more of a showing once the carbonation has died down. Finishes with a taste reminiscent of fig. Aftertaste is clean, with a light grainy flavor reminiscent of toasted caraway seeds. I'd rate this one higher on taste, but the sharp carbonation really masks the flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium-to-full body, heavy carb that accentuates a moderate pucker. Drinks like syrupy champagne. This one's a slow drinker. A very slow drinker.

Overall- Very wine-like, fruit flavors dominate. Sour, but not offensive. It's actually pretty darn good and the only gripe I have is that the flowery yeasty character I look for in a saison is hidden behind the acidic fruit flavors. Actually, I have another gripe- the carbonation is really too excessive, and kills it for me a bit - I'd consider decanting this one and pouring it back and forth between glasses to take the edge off. I'll probably pick it up again sometime to pair with dinner, although I'd pass if I was just looking for something to drink while relaxing after work.

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Photo of pheelingIt
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria, Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden color with a HUGE rocky white head. Retention is phenomenal. There's a thick sheet of lacing as it goes down. Really impressive-looking beer.

The nose starts off with some peppery phenols plus some herbal spice. Light pilsner malt behind that. Muted nose, but pretty nice. The flavor is heavy on the yeast, with just a touch of malt and hops as background. Pretty good amount of spice being carried through by heavy carbonation.

The body is light-medium. Dry and smooth through the finish with a bitterness level that is a bit above average for the style. No noticeable alcohol until the final portion of the finish.

Overall, pretty good. This has a nice yeast profile but gets the alcohol level a bit too high. I think taking this down to 6-6.5% would lead to a more crisp and drinkable beer.

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Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GoodOmens1986
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of MrJolly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared 750 ml bottle.

A. medium golden color; Slightly cloudy. Rather average head and retention.

Lemony and yeasty aroma with green apple. Slight cloves. Very slight earthy.

T: Fruity flavor. Rather tart. Some white pepper and plenty of cloves.

M. Medium carbonation, perhaps a tad low for style. Near medium body.

O. A nicely drinkable saison.

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Photo of drwolfe
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of creez
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rbmjr1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but there is also a slight soapy flavor on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mrelizabeth
4/5  rDev +2%

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