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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,656
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 270 | 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:
Beer added by: adamette on 03-30-2010

Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark color with very thick light brown head.
Aroma: Very spicy & malty, with a light coffee smell.
Flavor: The beer is heavy on the spices with a light coffee flavor. This brew is full bodied, and highly carbonated.
Overall: A descent tasting beer, however, in a blind taste test, its not styled like a Saison. Its appearance, complex spicy, malty, mild coffee flavor is that of a good Porter. I’m confused!!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pepe Nero was my last beer of the year 2013. First of all, the initial pour literally fills the glass, a tulip, with a beige foam, chunky and billowing; after about 10 minutes, it subsides enough to allow for quaffing. The body is an impervious mahogony color.

There is a pleasant nose of plum and chestnut. The taste is a subtle balance of semi-sweetness and toasty malts with a quick pepper finish. This is a rather light beer, at 6.4% abv, there is lightness to the mouthfeel. Complex beer is this one.

Goose Island classifies this as a "vintage" beer what with it being bottle fermented and all that. While I was never a big farmhouse fan, this one does make for a decent sessional any time of the year.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a skinny chalice, color is dark brown, opaque, head is tan, light lacing and thin leftover top.

Smell is subdued, light roast, some pepper is present, some phenols. Roast is inviting, pepper and phenols are lighter than expected.

Taste is mild roast, light sweetness and then drying; flavors are roast, chocolate, then light phenol maybe some yeast spice. This is a nice tasting stout or a mild saison to me.

Mouthfeel is a little sweet in its presence, there some drying but again not as much as expected.

Overall, a nice tasting brew but it seems to be between styles, maybe the yeast in the bottle needs time to develop? I guess I was expecting a dryer, spicier saison presence over the stout sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm getting a nice kick out of the aroma...big wheat and Belgian yeast and dark fruits. The smell kind of indicates that I'm going to enjoy drinking it.

Wheat and yeasty flavours there, pretty much dominated by a strong peppery flavour. The pepper doesn't add a whole lot of heat at all and the flavours do not mesh all that well, imho. I guess it's spicy for spicy sakes and not much to it. It gets a bit trying on my palate after several sips. The abv is reasonably low so it isn't THAT hard to drink. I wish is was a bit more complex, in a good way.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Again, I think it's what, too one dimensional? If that makes any sense. This is not a brew I'd bIt pours a very dark brown, has reddish hues, a small head of foam that shrinks quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.
uy again but I've said that about brews from most of the breweries I've had the chance to try. No slant on Goose Island intended.

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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.27.13
Bottled on 21/MAR/13

A - Pours a dark brown with huge foamy tan head wtih great retention.

S - Spices, roasted malt, toast.

T - Spices, roasted malt, toast, saison yeast. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice roasted and light saison. I would drink this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,656 ratings.