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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 232 | 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 Patrick999:
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Matilda glass per the bottle's pictorial suggestion...love when I can do that! Foam and retention are skimpy per style, but excellent dark color - an opaque cola.

In the nose, I get banana flambe and a little chocolate....kind of like a chocolate covered banana and some malted milk balls. Smells sweet.

This is an interesting cross between a roasty porter and American-style saison. I'm picking up a lot of the crisp bubbly mouthfeel of the latter, with much of the roasted malt taste up front of the former. Is "Dark Saison" the new trend these days? Let me say that I do find this beer very enjoyable, it's just that the roasted malts are dominating the "saison" elements. Only in the finish and aftertaste do I get any peppery, fruity (mostly banana) character. Dry through and through, especially with the spiky carbonation.

An enjoyable beer, but if I was forced to rate this purely against other saisons, it probably wouldn't come out as great as I'm rating it here. Here, I'm not going to let the idea that I don't really think this is a saison interfere with my enjoyment of the beer. Very good drinkable beer, but as a "dark saison" I think Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire outclasses it, not to mention Fantome's Dark White.

Patrick999, Feb 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oberon, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

beerhunter13, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tbryan5, Nov 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
1.61/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

Clonies720, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

SD-Alefan, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warnerry, Feb 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Fcip78, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Beerswag, Oct 01, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Billolick, May 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

KolbMarley, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

fenlop54, May 12, 2014
Photo of NicholasCasber
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!


NicholasCasber, May 02, 2011
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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.