Saturday, April 25, 2009
Le Merle Saison (North Coast)
Ratebeer 3.6 90th percentile
Beer Advocate B+
At first sniff you might think you have been taken to some tropical island. This brew serves up a huge frothy head, complete with fragrances of yeast, flowers, bread, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Even though the head fades quickly, the heavy carbonation remains. The taste is just like the nose; very citrus fruity, pineapple with bread/biscuits. It is very slightly hopped, but it is overpowered by the fruity malt sweetness. I don't think I have seen a beer this cloudy.
It provides a very crisp, refreshing aftertaste. The residue is similar to green apples.
Alcohol Content +1 7.9%
The alcohol is not aggressive, but it does provide an effervescent feel.
This was a wonderful Belgian style Saison, not French. I will get it again.
Ingame Enhancement +1
When we play singstar, many, many beers will vanish.
Overall 8/10 BOOM HEADSHOT
Not surprising, everything by North Coast is great. If you are looking for a lighter fruitier beer, this is the one. Rather like Fin Du Monde but less dark fruits.