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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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 af tropical fruit.

Editor’s Note: previously known as Whole Foods Silver Jubilee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Senap (494) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Smakrik och trevlig utan att vara för mycket. Ska jag vara kritisk så är den väl inte så stiltypisk för en saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2015
On tap at New England Taphouse In a pint glass for 10 bucks Deep golden color with a smallish white head. Earthy rustic but still with a bready malty orange and tropical fruity sweetness. I’d drink it again if the price were better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thecaseybrown (3) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
Drank it on a hot day in California and it was delicious. Refreshing, great amount of spices and fruity notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (797) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
On tap. Pours a pale gold with a thin white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of biscuit and bright, tropical fruit. The flavor is bread up front with a slightly fruity and dry finish over a medium, prickly body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (441) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Tropical fruit hop flavor dominates, some yeast spiciness underneath, a hint of straw, some light banana...this tastes like a cross between a saison and an IPA. Good, but it would be better with a little less hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle->tulip. Brite gold with big tight white head. A: grains, yeast, spice, banana, coriander, citrus. T: citrus and coriander, yeast, grains, hint of funk. Unexciting saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (39787) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As North Coast Le Merle ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet malt, pale malt, artificial, mirabelle. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet with a average duration, mirabelle, artificial, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150411]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1467) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
There seems to be two general sub-styles of the saison: the juicy/hoppy version and the dry/spicy version. North Coast’s “Le Merle” (the blackbird) is definitely a member of the latter. Though not actually brewed with peppercorn or other spices/seasonings (as far as I can tell), it definitely has the zesty palette of one. This is probably the least boring saison you’re ever encounter, but whether you enjoy it or not depends on how you like your saison.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/17/15.

Appearance: Golden/light orange hue over a fairly cloudy body; steady carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Strong peppercorn scent with some banana and lemon, but more spicy than fruity.

Taste: The palette starts out with a slightly fruity flavor of banana and a touch of lemon fruit. It immediately transitions to something more spicy and savory, however. Peppercorn is a pretty dominate flavor here – spicy to be sure, but also quite dry. There’s no heat from capsaicin (not that there should be), though I do feel and taste a bit of warmth from the alcohol. The malt base is quite pale and crisp, akin to a cracker. Not especially bitter at only 26 IBUs, though not much in the way of actual hop flavor (I do like saisons that use citrusy hops to their advantage). Perhaps a touch of caramel sweetness to found in the background, though it’s just a nice little bonus to those with discerning palettes.

Drinkability: At 7.9% ABV, North Coast Le Merle is rather hefty for the style (but not uncommon). It’s a full-bodied brew to be sure. There’s a lot of weight and energy to the mouthfeel – crisp and effervescent but by no means thin or light. The alcohol imparts some warmth, and the natural spicy sensation from the yeast leaves the palate quite dry – almost starchy. This would be ideal to stand up to a spicy chicken meal or any kind of fish.

Score: 8/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours not quite clear gold. Tropical fruit and yeast. Less complexity than the best saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (824) - Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle - Golden yellow pour with a small to medium head. Has a citrus aroma and taste with some yeast and a medium bite. Not my favorite but a good one.

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