Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.15/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
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).
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 19:23:56 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: I am surprised to see the blackness of this drink. Expected a golden farmhouse! Almost no light through and a bubbly dissipating head.
S: Not much at all here. If anything some straw and malt.
T: Very interesting. Smoke, some chocolate flavors, it's got a tartness to it that is in the background. Also some dark fruit, straw, funk, and slight bitterness.
M: Creamy as stated. Got a dry finish with the slightest bite of carbonation.
O: A pleasant surprise. This is unique and great for the style. It reminds me of a black lager with a funkiness to it. Good job Goose Island.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 02:30:35 | More by titty_mcbitty
Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.