Your beer is really amazing and you deserve your gold medal in a truly classic Belgian style."
–Luc De Raedemaeker, co-founder and tasting director, Brussels Beer Challenge
"More than a serious beer—it is outstanding.... Dizzying, appetizing, refreshing."
–The Beer Hunter, Michael Jackson
"Best Cult Brew"
–SF Weekly 2010
"A heavenly American Saison—Highly Recommended"
–Celebrator Beer News
Le Merle is 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 of tropical fruit.
For all she has contributed since the brewery's founding, North Coast Brewing is pleased to honor our Merle, Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich's wife, with Le Merle (the Blackbird), a subtle sophisticated Belgian-style Saison beer.
Bitterness: 26 IBUs
2012 Brussels Beer Challenge
2006 World Beer Championships