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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,656
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 270 | FT: 7
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: adamette on 03-30-2010

Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.
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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

3 year old bottle served in a time glass

Appearance: dark brown and very bubbly, thin head

Nose: malty and complex, dried stone fruit, cherries, slightly funky, small pepper smell
, has the smell of a Munich lager

Taste: caramel, malty, complex, chocolate, fruity with a very dry finish, no pepper, tobacco or mild smokey flavor.

Overall: I have a few more of these in the cellar. The bottles say that they can be aged for up to 5 years. I'm going to keep some around for at least that long. I really like this take on a Belgian ale. The pepper is very subtle but there.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle - dated 2/25/11 with a note on the label that the ale develops in the bottle for up to 5-years as it contains live yeast.

Goose Island Pepe Nero Belgian Style ale poured a black hue with a slight red cast on the edges. Atop sat a generous 2-finger tan head that held very well. The head subsided to a hit-and-miss lacing in my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by roasted malt, dark fruit [raisins] and chocolate . The taste is very similar to the nose with the flavors of dark bread, nuts and caramel added. Also, a little spice [maybe] peppercorns and a light bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with an active carbonation.

Overall, Pepe Nero is a different Saison/Farmhouse style ale than I am accustom to. This "black Saison/Farmhouse" ale I feel is best enjoyed in the cooler months of Fall and Winter. If you are looking for a different take on the style it is worth a try. I for one prefer a more traditional Saison/Farmhouse ale

Photo of Sellen
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclewag
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't judge a book (or in this case) a beer by its cover. Poured dark but had a nice smooth and light taste.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island "Pepe Nero"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED: 04/16/12 1018"
$9.49 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Appearance: Deep brown-black body with glimmering highlights of ruby (slightly hazy). Frothy, massive head of dark khaki. Excellent head retention, clearly bolstered by the effervescent carbonation beneath. Long splashes was well as peaks and valleys are left behind in the lacing.

Aroma: Toasty, caramelish, mildly nutty-toffee-like, and gently spicy. Phenolic. Some light clove. A hint of plastic. Some alcohol. Dull, dark skinned fruit. Subtly chocolatey/roasty.

Flavor: Initially more caramelish and chocolatey, as it warms and the carbonation softens the spiciness (clove, white pepper) and fruit (prune, apple/pear, raisin) appear more clearly, transforming it. It's somehow almost woody, like cedar or soft oak, probably coming from a combination of spiciness and some of the darker malts; and I think that may lead, along with the edge of roastiness, to the impression of a kind of smokiness. Some higher alcohols are present, which is interesting given that it's just 6% (according to the label).

It's fairly full in flavor, and there are some nuances to it, but in general it remains quite the same from beginning to end. The finish is of course dryer, but it's not particularly spicy or fruity (there is an added hint of licorice), and some residual malt leaves it 'similar' to what you've just experienced from the get go.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, yet malty. Bristling, then slightly foamy, then creamy as it warms.

Overall: I can only assume that (almost) three years in the bottle has softened this beer quite a bit. I remember it having more of a peppery note, and a bit more edge. It's components stood out more. It's quite rounded at this point, and I'm not sure that that really works. I would imagine that early last year was probably its "sweet spot", so if you've got any in the cellar now would be a good time to start finishing them off.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cool beer. 2013 vintage. Pours like a stout, thick and black, with little head and virtually no lacing. A little deceiving as it drinks very carbonated. Pepper, leather, and yeast on the nose, but the taste is floral and bright like the saisons with the pepper present. There's a lot interesting about this beer, from the powerful label to the juxtaposed color and flavor. I'll drink it again for sure. Goose Island continues to impress me.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 7Sport
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjplumer
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Roasted caramel malt aroma. Deep dark brown body. Thick fluffy off white head. Smokey roasted malt taste. Clean wet finish.

Photo of salsashark
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greg4579
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cubs943
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is some pretty good beer.

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZaxGhost
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalebDouglas
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of badgustav
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, 2011 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger and a half of off-white-colored head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Unfortunately, not a lot of aroma, which disappoints. I get some faint notes of roasted malt and Belgian yeast, but not much of those and nothing of any other aromas.

Taste: Good flavors of roasted malt, followed by some funky Belgian yeast, and slight notes, but nothing overpowering of funky sourness. There are also some nice flavors of licorice, brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Good beer, even though it’s more than a little old (2011). Good flavors combined with a good mouthfeel. I really liked it. I’ll have to try some fresher bottles to see how different they are.

Photo of jrs3994243
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JavaNoire
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superbohl4
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,656 ratings.