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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 32
Gots: 201 | 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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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.3%

12-29-2011 03:34:40 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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Clonies720

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 15:28:03 | More by Clonies720
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mwar

Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

04-04-2014 17:27:52 | More by mwar
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.5%

06-25-2012 16:48:52 | More by Mudawg
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SourNotes

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -46.5%

11-14-2011 16:51:22 | More by SourNotes
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Brew33

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.5%

01-22-2013 18:56:13 | More by Brew33
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.5%

11-22-2011 01:13:09 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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alexipa

Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:56:37 | More by alexipa
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

12-26-2012 22:14:12 | More by BogBoyJD
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

03-12-2013 22:13:36 | More by chippo33
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Kempski

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

06-23-2013 09:28:51 | More by Kempski
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

02-18-2013 21:57:14 | More by NeoZaZ
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Jade

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

05-23-2013 00:55:55 | More by Jade
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Arbitrator

California

2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:27:49 | More by Arbitrator
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

03-07-2012 21:04:31 | More by acurtis
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

02-24-2013 23:54:53 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

02-27-2012 01:18:02 | More by kylemckinnis
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DTown

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

12-30-2011 22:26:42 | More by DTown
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NappyB

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

06-29-2013 14:51:21 | More by NappyB
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hnandez

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

09-10-2013 15:07:29 | More by hnandez
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Marty91

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

11-21-2012 02:06:19 | More by Marty91
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-25-2012 12:53:27 | More by Mojoman8561
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rderedin

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-10-2013 15:24:41 | More by rderedin
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

12-13-2013 07:01:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:29:52 | More by donkeyrunner
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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.