Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.15/5 rDev +11%
765 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled May 28 2013. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a wine glass.
Pours a dark, brownish-garnet colour, topped with nearly two fingers of fluffy, light beige-coloured head. Excellent retention; it slowly seeps away over a period of many minutes, leaving behind a dense, creamy cap flanked by a generous swath of lacing. Darker than any saison I've ever seen, but a fine-looking beer nonetheless. The aroma is equally unique, with notes of spicy pepper and coriander accompanied by lemon zest, raisins, toasted malts, and a slight yeasty funk.
Appealing flavour; nice mix of nutty, toasted dark malts and Belgian nuances. Notes of banana, toffee and bubble gum are accompanied by some raisin and phenolic vibes. Highlights toward the finish include cracked peppercorn and coriander, with a touch of clove. Earthy finish, with some lingering yeastiness and astringency that fades into a roasted nut flavour late into the aftertaste (almost chocolate-like). This saison tastes lighter than it looks, and it's of normal heft for the style - medium-bodied, with appropriately brisk carbonation levels. Surprisingly drinkable, though not the most refreshing or funky example of the style I've ever tried.
Final Grade: 4.15, an impressive A-. Goose Island's Pepe Nero makes for a tasty spring or summertime treat, offering up an interesting marriage between dark, toasted malt notes and more traditional Belgian ale tropes. A bit more peppercorn would bump this up into world-class territory. A great beer that I would consider purchasing again, but I think I still prefer Sofie's lighter flavour (and lower price).
04-11-2014 19:23:56 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.