Le Merle | North Coast Brewing Co.

Le MerleLe Merle
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75.4%
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3.9 w/ 1,366 ratings
Le MerleLe Merle
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,639
Reviews:
524
Ratings:
1,366
Liked:
1,030
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
168
Trade:
3
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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%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of musicman575
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with a rather plain head. This doll didn't get made up before she went out to do her thang.

For a saison, it seems relatively unrefined. The smell is sweet and juicy but a bit like the beer has been left in the glass too long (though I just poured it). So fruity and mildly sweet - oranges, green grapes, pineapple, lychee. The booze is quit apparent. A bit more hops might cover that up. A tiny bitterness comes right at the end, but doesn't quite make a complete finish. I wish it were a bit more dry.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy straw-gold color with a massive meringue of bright white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, black pepper, clove, soap and freshly cut grass.

The taste is tart lemon and green apple along with cloves, cinnamon, yeast and a touch of funk. Finishes clean with a bit of warming to the palate.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A quite nice Saison by North Coast. I'll definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhere between orange and gold. Very vibrant and crystal clear. Impressive bone-white head holds strong and leaves plenty of lacing

S - Pepper and something almost like a fresh tomatillo - sweet with a bit of tartness. The bready malts hold their own giving it a strong fresh-baked bread aroma.

T - Sweeter than I anticipated. The thought of tomatillos is still with me, and the flavor is a bit reminiscent. sweet, yet a little tart and twangy. Some fresh herb/grassy flavors are apparent on the finish. Melon flavors seem to be hiding in there.

M - Coats the inside of the mouth very well and leaves a pleasant bubbly feeling in the back of the mouth

O - Pretty solid brew. Not the best Saison I've ever had but a tasty brew nonetheless

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -10.3%

Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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