Pepe Nero - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 238 | 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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Notes from 10/15/14. Bottle date 5/2012.

A - Almost four fingers of bubbly khaki brown head. Dark, dark brown body, almost black. OK retention.

S - Belgian yeast. Raisins. Dark fruit. A little brown sugar and pepper.

T - Follows the nose but predominated by sweeter fruits. Leather and earth in the finish.

M - Low carbonation. Swells on the tongue. A little sticky.

O - I'd like to see if this mellows out even more and thickens a bit with age. Aroma is awesome but taste was a little sweet for me.

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4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

Over 2 years old, the bottle that is being sampled for this review. Sampled using a Sam Adams special beer glass. Pours with big head that goes down quickly and becomes thin, Nose is not significant. Has brown ale overtones. Balance leans more to the acidic side than sweet. More of an Italian style dark than a Belgian. Definitely malty, Does have a few raisin, molasses flavors. A bit peppery. Does not have much length to it. This would probably have been better after one year of aging. It has the thin qualities of a two year old Belgian. That is why I give it a higher rating than it deserves, due to the age of the bottle sampled. OK with cheeses and spicy foods.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid finger plus of tan microfoam, miniscule bubbles forming a very even surface, the lacing is a broad sheet, no streaks, head lasts well enough before becoming a thin coating across the surface. The liquid is a deep brown with yellowish rims, lots of particulate floating inside, still you can see the fat bubbles with ease. The nose is sweet, highlighting cola, cocoa, malted milk balls, vanilla and green apple to peach and cherry fruit scents, perhaps bready but not very yeasty and no citrus nor herbal/earthy notes. Full-bodied and lays thickly on the tongue, the carbonation adds initial prickle and then little much thereafter. Equally sweet here with chocolate, caramel, cola flavors, kind of like drinking an alcoholic Dr. Pepper. The fruit here more cherry to red berry in nature. Maybe, just maybe a little minerally earthiness at the end where it is also on the dry side. This beer provides pleasure, it simply leaves you a bit confused as to what its goal is.

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Short story: dark saison that's not particularly roasty; somewhat smoky with a dry peppery finish. Depending on age and temperature you may get a decent amount of phenolics, vague burnt plastic and band aids. Some bananas, cloves, prunes, raisins. Nice looking beer with a custardy, creamy head that has strong retention.

Decent beer but I can't imagine many drinkers will be going back to the well too often for this one. The body is medium and the carbonation dances a fine line between lovely and smooth, feel overall is pleasant and creamy and easy to drink. Better than many "black saisons" on the market these days but still, this wouldn't be a staple in my fridge.

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Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.