North Coast Le Merle

North Coast Le Merle

Rated 3.680 by BeerPals
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Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  Saison

7.9% Alcohol by Volume

26 International Bittering Units

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Le Merle is a rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas of tropical fruit.

ID: 27726 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank1206
Overall Percentile97.6
Style Rank31 of 1176
Style Percentile97.4
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.758
Weighted Score3.680
Standard Deviation0.368

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  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 3.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Cloudy orange colored body topped with a fluffy white head leaving nice lace. Aroma is sour and fruity with notes of lemon, green apple and some faint mustiness. Body is brightly carbonated yet fairly smooth. Flavor is again sour fruits with some bready yeast flavors and a faint hoppy finish.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from Downtown Wine & Spirits, Knoxville. Lightly hazed orange-yellow pour, nice bubbly head, decent lacing. Zesty aroma with sweet fruits, light yeasts, slight lemon zest, lemongrass, straw, very slight funk. Flavorful fruitiness, lightly tart then sweet, very slight Belgian yeastiness, slight funk. Merle is a tasty little blackbird bastard.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Hazy golden body with some orange hues, frothy head. Aromas of flowers, funk grass, and some fruitiness. Flavor is about the same but with a touch of pepper, and sourness. Overall its a nice beer with some decent complexity, but its a bit pricey.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    I had this beer with dinner at the Bottega Restaurant in Nappy Valley, California. This beer was very nice except that it tasted more like a Belgian Wit beer than a Saison. I was expecting something more akin to a Hennepin. It was very nice but I'd have to be in the mood to have it again.

  • SIGMUND 5396 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    750 ml corked cottled, as North Coast Le Merle Saison (Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale), courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.9%. Slightly hazy golden colour, huge white head. Sweetish aroma of syrup, farmhouse yeast and rotting fruits / stale berries. High level of carbonation in the mouth. The flavour is better than the aroma, medium sweet and moderately spicy, decent hops in the finish. Quite nice to drink, should also go well with many foods.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This beer was not bad, especially because there was no price on it and they charged me only 3 dollars. The aroma was fruity and spicy. It pours golden, white head and good carbonation. The flavor was light for a saison. there was spice and fruit but it was pretty muted. Not bad but not a great beer in this awesome category.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A hazy gold pour, with some orange tinges throughout. Head is white, thick, and long lasting. Aroma is yeast and earth. Very spicy. Some light fruits and hops are also present. The taste is slightly sour, and slightly acidic, but still malty.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A fuzzy orange colored beer. Big, fluffy white head rises above. Not a lotta hang time on this one. The lacing is limited to a thin cap. Yeasty, fruit notes in the nose. A light to medium light bodied beer. For some the carbonation may be a bit too much. That carbonation dances on the tongue. Yeast and fruit as in the nose impact the flavoring. But this is not a European Saison and falls short in an exciting style.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours a bright yellow orange, low head. Tangy and sweet with a slight bitter. Earthy, with honey, pepper, and a little more sweet fruit with a crisp tart sweet finish. Oddly interesting.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Golden orange body, big and cloudy white head with blanketing lacing and tight carbonation. Tart citrus aroma, very zesty with a strong yeast presence. A tad sour and medium bodied. Spritzy feel, it’s really satisfying. Fruity flavors of lemon, papaya, orange and peppery, spicy hops. A mild sourness adds good depth to a backbone of fresh dough malt flavors. Good stuff.

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