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North Coast Brewing Co.

North Coast Brewing Co.
Le Merle Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

North Coast Brewing Co.
Le Merle Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.9%
Minutely hazy amber color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted turnip and collard greens, honeyed citrus and saturn peach, hint of pork rind, and mint with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long finish imparting notes of orange spice cake finish. A robust, artfully balanced saison with great malt and hops.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Spicy & Complex, Smooth & Mild & Crisp & Light
Aroma Aroma: buttery roasted turnip and collard greens, honeyed citrus and Saturn peach, hint of pork rind, and mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of orange spice cake
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Duck Gyros, Aged Gouda
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust, artfully balanced saison with great malt and hops.

The Producer

North Coast Brewing

The Producer
455 N. Main ST.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
USA
1 707-964-2739

Saison

Beer Glass Large Tulip Gold.jpg
Serve in a Tulip
Saisons are pale gold to golden orange in color and range in alcohol from 5-8.5%. These beers have a lively carbonation, refreshing citrus and fruity hop aromas and flavors, and a lingering peppery, dry finish. Originally brewed as farmhouse ales in the Belgian province of Hainuat, these beers were first brewed in the early spring for summer consumption. Contemporary Belgian saisons are brewed year round with pale malts, and are well-dosed with English and Belgian hop varieties. In addition to traditional French and Belgian saisons, many US craft brewers have taken to brewing saisons that feature a healthy dose of American hops. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont, Brewery Ommegang Hennepin and Allagash Interlude.