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Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 236 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought because the liquor store made me if I wanted to procure a single 12 once of BCBCS. That being said...

Ok, a dark saison... That's kind of like turning on the lights while doing the "thang thang" and noticing that your counterpart has armpit hair. You pause, but continue on.

So it looked different, but ok enough. And the aroma... not much. Not bad, but not much. Taste? Like if armpit hair girl chewed a lil sweet peppered caramel before you rolled around the sheets with her. It wasn't the best caramel, but it was ok.

Doable, but I don't think that I'm calling her back.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle at Pinnoccio's in Media on Thanksgiving day. Bottled on date 9/20/13. Poured into snifter for review.

A: pours dark brown with ruby highlights, almost black. Large tan head. Good carbonation.

S: smells peppery with Belgian yeast phenolics & dark fruit esters. Spicy rye notes evident. Dark fruit like raisins & cherries. Some toffee & light cocoa. Peppercorn don't seem overwhelming in nose as they seem subtle but but more noticeable as it warms.

T: peppers and banana esters. Belgian yeast seems to clash with the dark malts. Interesting & complex. There seems to be a little too much phenolic band aid flavors that overcomes some of the other complex flavors. Some licorice & coffee notes. Earthy hops, maybe a little woody. Bitterness nice and firm.

M: dry and bitter. Crisp with some astingency from use of darker malts. Medium bodied. Alcohol seems well in check.

O: an interesting beer that seems like it wants to be too much. I dig the saison with peppercorns but think the use of dark malts clash with the other characteristics of this beer. Glad to have tried but will likely stick with some of GI's other Belgian offerings.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Bottling date is "04/17/12," so over a year old at this point.

Pours a pretty nice saison, if a bit unconventional - near pitch black when held against the light, with only some light reddish tones showing through. Pours a massive four fingers worth of an off-grey head that leaves minimal stickiness and lacing at the finish. Slightly viscous, in spite of its low ABV, and every additional swirl produces a fizziness similar to soda that attempts to maintain the otherwise decent head retention.

Smells good, with plenty of notes of dark fruit, pepper, and some spices. Vinegar is right at the front of the nose, with figs, raisins, and light dates soon following. Some black pepper, with big flavors consisting caramel, clove, leather, and toffee at the finish. Nothing too funky here, but definitely makes itself noticeably old as it is. Light, yet refined.

The flavor, on the other hand, takes a ridiculous nose dive in terms of maintaining itself. While the flavor was light on the pepper, each sip is a black pepper bomb that is coated with an enormous amount of astringency and tannins that distract from the dark fruit flavors. While trying to work out the flavors of raisins and figs, as well as hazelnut and clove, each sip gets progressively overpowered by the pepper, and worst yet, produces a tobacco or black tea-like tannic astringency that makes this quite difficult to drink in the long run. There's a roasted, baker's chocolate finish that decreases the enjoyability factor. The graininess becomes more apparent as this becomes flatter, and, combined with the surprising amount of thinness, reduces the flavor profile tenfold. While it's not a bad offering per se, it's still horribly inconsistent.

I was happy to find this at such an old age, but this has not aged well in my opinion. The nose is very nice, and exactly what I'd expect given the yeast and malt profile, but it seems that the peppercorns have taken over whatever may have made this more appealing. To me, this faults the most with the overly tannic, astringent, thin body of the beer - it makes it difficult to drink and I had to pair this with fatty food to cut it down a bit. By the end, however, I had to pass it on to someone else to finish for me. Here's hoping I get more out of any future GI experiments I get to try.

Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.