Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.
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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
2.13/5 rDev -43%
Alright, so this isn't a saison at all. They list farmhouse ale on their website, but no... this isn't even close to a farmhouse ale.
A: I mean, it's really dark. It's stout dark, with a dark brown head. Not a good start. It reminds me of a beginning extract homebrewer who scorched their extract during the boil.
S: Not bad, smells nutty with some fruit... possibly cherries. Pretty mellow scent.
T: Ummm, farmhouse? What? Tastes like a poorly made stout with too many IBUs. No funk, no hint of belgian yeast. Really boring.
M: Can't complain, it's light bodied like a farmhouse should be with a perfect amount of carbonation.
O: A really bad beer. If they labeled this as a dark belgian ale it would be a very mediocre beer. I was expecting a farmhouse ale and got a crappy stout. Not a good introduction to Goose Island.
06-28-2012 03:56:37 | More by alexipa
2.45/5 rDev -34.5%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Either purchased from K&L or it's a generous extra from lurchingbeast. Just to be safe: thanks!
A: Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. It rises to 2" in height and retains for a long time, leaving great register marks as it recedes.
S: Roasted grains, coffee, a touch of cocoa. Up front, it reminds me of a stout. There is a mild pepper scent. It also has a tripel-like nose of fruit (pear, apple).
T: Stout-like introduction of roasted grain, coffee, cocoa. There's a bite in the finish that reminds me of pepper. It has a well-developed tripel-like flavor of green apples and pears. The stone fruit is a weird complement (actually, "counterpoint" is a better word) to the dark malt flavors going on here. I don't enjoy the combination.
M: Clashing. The body itself is medium. The finish is foamy owing to the too-high fizzy carbonation, which makes the beer soda-like overall. There's a lingering bitterness that I don't like.
O: While this is begging for a new style tick (black farmhouse ale!!! Who's with me??), it's unremarkable in execution.
05-24-2011 22:27:49 | More by Arbitrator
2.55/5 rDev -31.8%
Black with a light tan head. Retention swirl breaks up the all black appearance of my mid-beer experience but Pepe Nero lacks the rocky head and clinging retention I'd expect from a saison.
Aroma is the best part of this beer: chocolate, woody and smoky with a Belgian yeast twist. Intriguing.
Tastes is a flat mess. Belgian yeast sloppily throws around char and wood smoke. Lacks the dry saison refreshment.
I don't like this beer as a saison and I don't like it on it's own. This is my second black saison and if I don't see another that's just dandy.
05-29-2011 23:29:52 | More by donkeyrunner
Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.