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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 274 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: adamette on 03-30-2010

Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
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