North Coast Le Merle

It’s getting to be the type of weather that makes me really enjoy this style of beer. I first tried this beer in Philly years ago, but didn’t review it. I bought a bomber of this to review. Let’s see how this went.


ABV: 7.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. For all she has contributed since the brewery’s founding, North Coast Brewing is pleased to honor our Merle, Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich’s wife, with Le Merle (the Blackbird), a subtle sophisticated Belgian-style Saison beer.”

Random: It’s been over a year since I reviewed a beer from North Coast.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, although it retained a very small crown on top of the body throughout sipping it. The body was a dark orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of clove with some apples and Belgian yeast. There were some white grapes that came through as well. The nose was really fragrant and very nice. The taste had some sweet notes, along with white grapes and pears. After a few sips, biscuit and cloves came through as well too. Belgian yeast was also there with some drying alcohol at the end as well. Although it sounded like there was a lot going on, it all really worked. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with Belgian yeast and clove. Awesome.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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