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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Ratings: 1,385 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a large bright white head. The head receeds at a moderate pace and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is decent. There is some sweet candi sugar, yeast, and fruity aromas. I dig it.

The taste is ok. There are some nice fruity flavors as well as a bit of yeast. The pale malt provides a bit of bread as well. The hop profile provides a very light bitterness which is balanced by a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and nicely efforvescent with tiny bubbles that provide a good tingle.

Overall it's a nice beer. Definitely a nice showing for a saison. I would consider this a good starting point for a Belgian style ale for those interested in ale's of that type.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with tons of white head and lacing.

Smell is bready with some citrus (orange and lemons) a little banana.

Taste is sweet with a little grapefruit wang to it. There is a mild pleasant bitterness.

Lots of thick carbonation.

Overall this is very nice. Drinkable and refreshing. Will definitely look for this again. Saison is becoming one of my favorite styles.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange yellow. Initial pour with nice white head but it dissipated pretty fast, too fast for a saison. Not much lacing.

S: Bananas, oranges, apples, Belgian yeast.

T: Yeast is much more prevalent. Beginning is all yeasty spiciness. Fruits come in the middle to balance out the yeast, and the flavor becomes rather sweet, which goes through the end of the sip.

M: Really quite lovely. Carbonation is there and stays through the end of the sip, but it is creamy and smooth as well.

O: I like sweet, and this was one of the sweeter saisons I've had, but I felt it lacked depth and complexity.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

375mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a... bright orange color? What the fuck is this? I've never, ever seen a Saison this color. This is a Saison, right? Very fine bubbles make for 3/4 of a finger in head size. If this were a "blind" tasting, and you told me it was a saison, I would say "get out of here."

It doesn't smell like a Saison, either. Lots of lush fruits: guava, clementine, persimmon. Some earthy hop aromas. The yeast is giving off none of the usual phenolic or funky aromas that Saisons usually employ. Instead the nose is dominated by this abundance of fruit. It smells juicy.

Ugh. This is not a good Saison. It actually tastes pretty good, but I can't call it a Saison. It is so, so, so fruit-forward. Guava and persimmon for days, brash and bright. You know when red wine is sometimes described as "overextracted" (meaning that the grapes were extracted too much)? That's what this beer tastes like. It's like drinking the syrup from canned fruit. A dash -- only a dash! -- of clove coming from the yeast provides some other note, at least. I mean, hey, I like canned fruit syrup as much as the next guy. But not in my favorite style of beer.

It's pretty easy to guess what I have to say about the mouthfeel, right? If it tastes big and juicy, then the mouthfeel is likely going to be sweet and wet. Saisons are prized for their dry mouthfeel. Someone should have told that to North Coast. You could place my tongue in a sieve and out would come pure Capri Sun. This beer is like making out with a sheep dog in the rain.

Again, this kind of tastes interesting enough. But it meets almost zero of the qualifications of a good Saison.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,385 ratings