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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4/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: hazy, light amber/straw colored, pours a thick white head that fades very slowly.

Smell: spicy, estery, citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit, peppery, hoppy, some floral notes, a hint of hay.

Taste: Spicy, peppery, citrus, lemon, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, zesty.

Overall: a tasty saison. Good spice, well balanced. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice billowing egg white inch head leaves enormous lacing and has long retention. Unfiltered glowing sunny yellow.

S: Pear, orange, green grape, Belgian yeast, apple sauce. Slightly sour beer taste like its aged in woody oak barrels. Tempting fruity esters and finely concealed alcohol.

T: Pilsner hops, grainy taste. Citrusy lemon burst and vanilla. Chardonnay. Malted French bread and sour.

M: Light slightly juicy mouthfeel. Begins with a rush of light carbonated juicy fruit and then drops to a nice grassy pilsner bitterness. It slides smoothly down my tongue and quenches my thirst.

O: The funk flavors of many sour farm beers aren't as pronounced in this clean Saison.This will never be the best Saison in the world but it's a fine offering by an always above average brewery. It's very drinkable The price isn't bad either. I plan on picking this one up again in the summer.

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Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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

A: Poured a medium golden color with a huge white cap

S: Grainy, some bread and pepper

T: Starts off slightly matly with some freshly baked bread and grains, followed by some light hay, pepper and light citrus

M: Crisp, medium body, well carbonated and a good mouthfeel

O: Tasty, easy drinking but on the high end of booze for this style

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with towering foamy white head. Settles in a couple of minutes to a quarter inch leaving blobs here and there. Smell: semi sweet, soft mustiness, lightly herbal, fruity. Taste: lightly herbal, peppery, lemon peel, pineapple aftertaste. Wheat. Fluffy feel, medium body, fades out leaving a grainy and herbal last impression. Fairly standard but enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BBP
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish yellow. Slight head and retention is a but weak. Nearly no retention.

The aroma is slightly tart and spicy. Typical blonde ale aromas.

The taste is of a BPA with slight funk. Spiciness accompanies it all. A but of citrus and grain. Mild but decent character. Some hops sans the bitterness.

Medium heavy with medium body. The finish is mildly dry and sticky.

Overall a decent beer but a bit pale and light for my tastes. tastefully done but not entirely intense.

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,350 ratings.
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