gyllenbock (4563) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Clear goiden with a large white head. Aroma of fruit, some yeast and light spices. Similar taste. The body was medium. A descent one.
kryon (1356) - SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber with low white head
Aromas of sweet fruits, syrup, hay, wee bit corn
High carbonation with sweet body and low bitterness. Not my favourite. Too much carbonation, wee bit too sweet
murran (146) - - JUN 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a orange tinted amber clear body with a thin head. Lightly funky aroma and a nice but rather thin taste.
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queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Belgian yeast, musty citrus, and light dusty hops aroma. Clear brassy gold with a moderate white head. Belgian yeast, bready malt, light banana-citrus, and earthy hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Solid and enjoyable.
SamTheBarrel (412) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml corked and caged brown bottle with a picture of a blackbird ("merle" is French for "black bird"), poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear golden with a large frothy beige head that reduced quickly, leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of pears, banana, lemon and orange peels. Flavours of pears, orange peels, banana and wheat bread. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and lively carbonation. Overall great, well balanced with no noticeable taste of alcohol despite the relatively high ABV. Style typical Belgian yeast flavours, also not overly sweet or hopped like many other non Belgian interpretations of the style.
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from the bottle a clear gold with a foamy white head. A heady aroma of yeast, barnyard funk, spices and fruit. Those are all present in the taste, but there’s a bit of sweetness present as well. The fruit - banana, apple, grape, some citrus - really comes through with great balance. Medium mouth, but a little chewy. Still, the carbonation gives this beer the crispness you expect from a saison. La Merle will definitely be added to my list of favorite farmhouse ales.
M82 (276) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A softly hazed straw colored body displays several streams of carbonation beneath a 1" tight frothy head creating several thin arcing peninsulas and dots of lace
Subtle fruity rustic notes, well integrated nuances of lemon and cantaloupe with light tropical characteristics over wheat and light pepper along with a touch of acidic earthiness on a medium weight body finishing with a rounded burst of dryness, somewhat creamy with bright pepper and citrus residuals
12oz bottle served at 45º into 15oz Stölzle water goblet
Nisse666 (4166) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SB cons 2014-06-08 Göteborg
AR: sweet banana foam, syrup, sweeties
AP: bronz, fizzy frothy thin foam
F: banana foams, tutti frutti, white grapes, pears, caramel, white dessert wine, wee farmhouse yeasty,
AndyW68 (1056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear yellow orange with short lived white head. Aroma instead and flowers. Taste follows nose. Carbonation is huge.
lesifflebiere (1250) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonne couleur franchement dorée, assez limpide, effervescence parfaite, belle couche de mousse. En nez, des fruits jaunes, un peu de gomme balloune et d’épices. Plutôt sucrée, mais du point de vue fruité plutôt que vraiment malté. Les textures sont parfaites, mais de petits défauts la descendent, comme un alcool ressenti en fin de gorgée. Au final, par contre, elle est très savoureuse, une réelle saison bien faite et intense.