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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 35
Gots: 213 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.

(Beer added by: adamette on 03-30-2010)
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Reviews by OleJohnnieAle:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

A- Looks like I just poured some cokle in my glass. Rich tan head.

S- Nothing overpouring, You really need to get your nose close in order to detect what is going on. Slight roast but more sweet scents, hard to detect as it is very faint.

T- WOW, taste is much more prevalent than the scent. A sweet beer which I was not expecting from such a dark beer. Sweet start and a peppery spicyness to finish.

M- Smooth and very light for such a dark body.

O- For as dark of beer as this was, I personally was not too sure on it but WOW, I was suprised with the taste. Great sweet and light flavor. I wish I could have smelt that, I am thinking of picking up a couple more bottles to cellar, has anyone else aged this?

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:46:31 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%

2012 bottle.I gotta say I have never seen a saison/farmhouse Belgian this dark in color,it's a deep mahogany with a great looking fluffy one and a half finger light beige head atop that spits and billows as settles oh so slowly in my chalice.Aromas of candied sugar and hard toffee,a light peppery spice is detected.Dark fruit and toffee flavors with a smack of pepper in the finish wich I like,dark fruits as required are there.Although the bottle may say farmouse this isn't a farmhouse beer,it's a Belgian dark with peppercorns and it's pretty damn good.

07-22-2013 22:22:40 | More by oberon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-08-2014 20:54:40 | More by beerhunter13
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-13-2014 13:54:22 | More by tectactoe
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-18-2013 16:31:26 | More by jono0101
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-17-2013 02:29:21 | More by tbryan5
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

11-09-2013 22:07:18 | More by TimBeaulieu
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1.61/5  rDev -57%

Bottled 03/04/2011. 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip

Appearance: Oily black. Nice tan head.

Aroma: Dark fruits. Can't get much else.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malt forward, with a spicy kick in the finish that cuts the sweet malt. High carbonation that is somewhat unpleasant to me.

Overall: I really would not buy it again as the taste is too dull when there's so much more out there.

04-13-2013 15:28:03 | More by Clonies720
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-17-2013 23:25:39 | More by danthehopslamman
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2013 15:53:25 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Notes from 4/20/11;bottle 1/11

A - Pours a deep amber/red with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves good lacing.

S - Smell is mostly Belgian yeast with a slight funk.

T - Unexpected slight tartness in the taste, with some pepper and yeast. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, peppery and dry.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

O - Overall a good saison, but not one of my favorites. Pepper adds something interesting. I would have this again, but not seek it out.

02-27-2012 00:59:40 | More by warnerry
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-15-2012 21:48:17 | More by Twifiter
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2014 08:08:14 | More by Fcip78
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2012 22:15:24 | More by VernonKell
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-12-2014 14:35:35 | More by Doomcifer
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

10-01-2013 14:17:12 | More by Beerswag
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Bomber, 2011 version, Bottled "01/07/11"

Near black, larger mocha head, larger bubbles, slow to fade. Leaves ample froth, thick sheeting.

Dark malts in the nose.

Malty, dark and roasty, not getting much if any traditional "saison" characteristics. Maybe some light pepper in the finish. Eh...not really sure what to make of this one, others said "stout", "porter" "schwartz beer/saison hybrid" and even "black IPA" If you are looking for a nice saison that looks and tastes like a saison, this is not for you...Decent enough drinker, but not really doing much for this saison lover...

05-27-2011 00:31:35 | More by Billolick
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-22-2013 14:03:26 | More by KolbMarley
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4/5  rDev +7%

11-27-2011 07:26:56 | More by dcevans
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4/5  rDev +7%

Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Goose Island.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and an off-white head.

The aroma is caramel and Belgian yeast, with some spiced notes and a little bit of chocolate.

The flavor is similar. I get some chocolate notes, as well as quite a bit of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, pepper and some light Belgian candy sugar.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

04-13-2011 02:37:09 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-10-2013 21:32:29 | More by Shankopotamus
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-12-2014 20:44:01 | More by fenlop54
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

A - This beer poured dark but nothing out of the ordinary. Definitely something that I'd expect from a saison. The head was very minimal, however I didn't really have a straight pour.

S - Smelled of brown sugar and citrus.

T - The brown sugar citrus smell continued on through the taste, however, the aftertaste was surprisingly mellow for me.

M - Good bodied, and not too watery.

O - Overall, a good beer and worth the try!


05-02-2011 00:52:41 | More by NicholasCasber
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Bottling date of 1/3/11.

Appearance: Very dark ruby with nice tan head, but does not leave much lacing.

Smell: Banana, molasses, clove and pepper. Not as pungent as most Saisons, as the roasted malt may temper the classic crisp Saison aroma.

Taste: Tastes like a mix of banana and molasses upfront, with hints of chocolate and ripe fruit. Finish is more spicy, with clove and pepper, and a light roasted bite.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth body, dry finish. Creamier than the typical Saison.

Drinkability: Comes across as a more mellow Saison with just a touch of roasted malts (most noticeable by the molasses aroma and taste). Also, reminds me a little of a Dunkelweizen. Overall, mellow but very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-13-2011 23:45:04 | More by bsp77
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2.98/5  rDev -20.3%

Bottled on 1/3/11

A-Dark black/brown color, moderate carbonation, tight tan head with lacing on glass

S-Yeasty, fruity esters are dominant aroma

T-Yeasty, sweet malt flavor with some sourness and astringency, a little floral/pine hop aftertaste. Different from any other "saison" I've had.

M-Plenty of tingly carbonation, medium bodied, lingering sour/astringent aftertaste

D-The aftertaste makes this a bit low compared to other saisons.

O-An interesting combination, this dark saison has decent flavor, the aftertaste is a bit offputting, will see how it ages

07-10-2011 01:15:14 | More by deebo
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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
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