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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,571 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 224 | FT: 6
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black saison. A winter saison. Jon's bottle, and finally caught up with this one that I missed in NYC. A dark body, above average mouthfeel, a sipper of chocolate, coffee, spruce, pepper. Cross-style with a shwartzbier. Wonderful aroma.Bit of smoke.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 5/26/12.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, spices, slight peppery aromas, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

djrn2, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a nearly-black beer with a mocha-colored head and some nice retention. The nose has a bit of earth and pepper along with some Belgian yeast spiciness. The peppercorn really stands out in the nose, and that carries over into the flavor. A bit of roasted malt in the flavor along with some earthy woodiness. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of spice and good carbonation. Drinks fairly well.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

acurtis, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a two finger high dense tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts, yeast and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that that the peppercorns are a little more prominent, but in no way does their spiciness overpower the taste, which is very well balanced.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting because the peppercorns make it taste almost like a “black saison,” if there is such a style. The pepper is not overpowering, but it does mask some of the other flavors that you would typically expect from a saison.

metter98, May 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearancec: The coffee colored liquid pours out and is topped by a massive beige head; the retention is impressive as is the lacing - looks like a true Belgian

Smell: Roasty malt elements along with hints of hazelnuts and the farmhouse

Taste: Pumpernickel bread and hazelnuts, up front, with a quick shift in an herbal Farmhouse direction; by mid-palate, the peppercorns add a bit of hotness; while the Saaz hops add a grassy impact, the peppercorns mask some of the hop elements; a bit of coffee appears in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: A most interesting beer; the flavor palatte comes at you from all directions

brentk56, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively new to the brewing circuit, Black Saisons have potential as an alternative to these ultimately dry Belgian golden-type of ales. But there are some dangers...

Pepe pours a medium brown color with medium haze. Very froathy with a fantastic foamstance, good lacing, and retention. Off white foam caps the snifter with a marshmallowy type of consistency. Very solid.

Muted aromas of fruit and yeasty spice are met with toasty/bready notes. Where the estery and phenolic notes of typical Saisons are present, they share the stage with the added toast and mild chocolate scent. But overall, much lighter than I expected.

Superbly balance flavor of the apple/pear fruitiness and peppery spice weave in and out of the malt complex of toast, fresh baked bread/bread crust, and mild chocolate and woods. Where the added complexity of dark malts give the beer more interest, it also provides some distraction and works against the purity of true Saisons.

Creamy and full textures early fade evenly into a dry toast finish and fleeting aftertaste. Quite refreshing and clean in the end for so much complexity in the early sip and mid palate.

Though Pepe Nero is a very clean and drinkable Saison, it lacks the intensity of flavor and the raw earthy notes that make authentic Saisons so desirable.

BEERchitect, Jan 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a medium brown foamy head with average retention and light lacing. Aroma of light spicy yeast notes with some Belgian malt with light notes of spices. Taste is an interesting mix between some solid Belgian rustic malt notes with some peppery notes and some spicy yeast. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very solid offering with an interesting mix between the rye malt and the spicy yeast strain.

Phyl21ca, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark, opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. remarkably smooth/.

overall not a saison at all but a very good beer non the less.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jaydoc, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with reddish hints to it and a fairly large off-white head.

S: Not the most fragrant beer, but the aromas are mostly imparted by the yeast. Banana and hints of clove with a definite peppery quality. Touches of roasted malt and sweet wheat bread in the background.

T: A fairly similar story on the palate. This beer is decently dry with tons of banana notes to go along with some of the other spices, and it's quite peppery as well. Somewhat roasty, but more earthy than anything.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: I wouldn't have pegged this as a saison type of beer just from drinking it. It's not bad, but fairly uninspiring.

womencantsail, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this back to back with Matilda... very different.

A: two finger tan head on a deep brown body with red tinge when held up to the light.

S: roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Less yeasty than a typical saison.

T: Interesting flavor which is both roasty and tart due to the sour side of fruitiness. Peppercorn cotes with more of a yeasty note than was in the aroma.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Having had this back to back with Matilda, I actually would choose this one to have again because of how different it was.

kylehay2004, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brownish black color. The head was foamy and tan in color. The head settles slowly and leaves a ring around the glass with some scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is peppery with some sweet roasted malts on the nose too. The taste of the beer has a nice soft breadiness, with a touch of spice and some very nice caramel notes in there too. The mouthfeel is kind of creamy with a light carbonation. Overall this beer is quite nice, very enjoyable, looking forward to having my next bottle.

Knapp85, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: 06/13/12

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown, near black body with a tall crown of beige foam. The mighty soon recedes but never quite fades from sight. Minor lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate-coated roasted barley, but, then there's a notable floral aroma accented by the spiciness from the phenols but also the p-corns and a light dark fruitiness.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malts with a soft coffee tone. Modestly sweet. Plum-ish fruitiness, a tiny pinch of cloves, a little pre-chewed gum, and handful of nosegays. A little subtle pepper spiciness showing from time to time. Then, a little bit of licorice, but also some more chocolate. Spicy, choco-roasty, crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, mouthfeel is moderate peppy, yet it's still rather smooth in a way.

Overall: Pepe Nero is not your everyday saison, or even your every other day saison, but I liked it well enough.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oberon, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I remember enjoying the other black saison I've tried (though I can't remember right now what that was exactly), so this one from Goose Island sounds pretty intriguing. It pours a smoky-garnet-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, mild Belgian yeast funk, rye bread, light figs, and a hint of clove. The taste explodes the clove, adds some black pepper, lightly chars the wheat and toasts the rye, and morphs the yeastiness into a light green apple-ish flavor. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty damn dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but the dark spices are overdone and seem to o'erwhelm and lethally strangle the other flavors. More balance would be a great boon to this beer.

TMoney2591, Apr 06, 2011
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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,571 ratings.