Monday, November 8, 2010
Le Merle Saison
On the home-front, I'm good again, temperature-wise. I decided to drink Le Merle tonight. Not having French class for a while, I went to find out that this means "The Blackbird". The page went on to say that Merle Haggard popularized this as a name, which is when I spit out my first sip of the beer. Hahaha. Popular? I'd rather be named Moon Unit than Blackbird, or even the boy named Sue. Anyway... (I guess he has his fans. Don't country crucify me.)
Tonight, as you know, I'm drinking Le Merle Saison brewed by North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California. This Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is part of their American Artisan Series and comes in a corked wine bottle. The contrast of colors is great despite being almost exclusively in blacks and silvers, minus a few golden accents. Nice presentation. It's been quite a while since I've had something new from this brewery. Between Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale, well those are two splendid beers. Enough said.
Belgian yeast, fruity apple aroma, lightly sweet, very welcoming. Sweet fruity flavor start as well. And plenty of yeast. Oranges and apples are the main fruits I taste, and they are sweet and not really citric or tropical. Very nice. A small faint funk goes along with the yeast, but really not that much. A hit of coriander and clove spiciness creeps in as well. This is a bit syrupy and chewy and missing a tartness that I was hoping for. Good carbonation. The bottle says 7.9% alcohol which I fail to detect. Simple, flavorful fruity beer. Solid Saison! Check it out.
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