Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company
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Reviews by Damian:
4.24/5 rDev +14%
Drank on-tap at Tavern in the Square, Burlington, MA
Served in a pint glass
Near crystal clear, medium amber appearance. The liquid was topped my a thin, white, frothy film that quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.
The aroma was subtle initially. A dry and powdery, Belgian yeastiness was apparent. Generically fruity and sweet with mild spice notes. Clove was most noticeable. Somewhat peppery. As the beer warmed, the peppery notes became much stronger and eventually took over.
The flavor profile was much more punchy and complex than the nose. Lots of sweet malts on the front end. Fruity with crisp, Belgian-y, farmhouse characteristics and spicy esters. The finish was super peppery. Quite spicy and hot in the back of the throat with intense peppercorn notes. All in all, quite interesting
On the palate, the beer felt super creamy and smooth. Slick, supple and pillowy soft.
Sgt. Pepper combines Belgian tradition and American innovation in a really interesting way. Both flavorful and unique, this beer really kept me on my toes. Watch out for those peppercorns!
06-24-2013 19:38:57 | More by Damian
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):
LOOK: Golden, slight haze, creamy white foam head
SMELL: Fresh malts, intense peppercorns, floral hints
TASTE: Firm, smooth, creamy, sweet base, honey, bread, rye, peppery spice, perceived heat, more pepper, and more, and more, and more, and it lingers
This is one hell of a complex beer, brewed with four varieties of peppercorns, rye malt and a Belgian yeast strain. The layering of peppery notes is quite impressive as it builds to a mild heat on the palate with each sip, but without any displeasure. In fact, the pleasure of drinking this beer is only enhanced. The Belgian-y characters pulls it all-together, too. Simply awesome.
09-09-2013 15:54:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
In a snifter the beer was copper colored. It had a scant head and scant lace.
A nice peppery aroma. Some spice. Fruity.
The taste agreed with the aroma. Pretty peppery. Some cinnamon. A little bit of apple.
This beer had a nice kick to it. A perfect beer for a hot summer day.
07-14-2013 01:56:50 | More by lordofthewiens
3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
Bomber, bottled in 4-13
Pours hazed medium amber, with a slight golden hue. Minor head quickly departing, and leaves just a hint of a film, no collar and nearly no lace...ehh look to this one fo sure...
Just a hint of yeast and pepper on the nose.
Other have mentioned how this is sort of a one note brew...and the note is pepper...lots of pepper..I like pepper in my saisons, but more is needed here.
Carbonation on the low side
Not my favorite saison. Barely worth a try as there are a lot of more interesting and worthy saisons out there...go try some
08-26-2013 22:11:30 | More by Billolick
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
Sgt. Pepper opens to a strong Saison nose, with bananas and spicy cloves mixing with loads of black and white pepper, as well as a certain amount of sour funkiness typical of the style. The peppery spices are especially present here, not only because of the natural aromas of the style, but also because the addition of peppercorns and rye malt cranks up the kick by a few notches. The pepper is not obtrusive or overwhelming, however; it instead blends well with the beer, enhancing what was already there. Additional aromas include a nice selection of orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, loads of brown sugar, floury baguettes, biscuit, and toast crust. The sugars are especially nice, bordering on hard candy sweetness in some senses, which plays nicely with the bananas. As a whole, the nose is very nice, mixing sugars, peppery spices, and funkiness together well, the only drawback being a slight overdependence on the sugars, which can somewhat detract from the farmhouse aromas.
On the tongue, the beer is very peppery, the peppercorns immediately obvious, coming across like fresh-ground multicolored peppercorns that actually burn the tongue, the vapors similarly strong in the nasal cavities. Against this peppery onslaught, the bananas and cloves, as well as the remaining fruit esters (again, orange, apricot, berry) actually have a hard time keeping up. The biscuit, toast crust, and rye bread notes have similar problems, so that what mainly comes across is a heavily peppered Belgian, these peppery banana-laced notes continuing into the aftertaste, which continues to burn the tongue in fresh-cracked black peppercorn oiliness for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, there could have been a nice beer in here if the taste had more closely followed the aroma, but on the tongue the beer is a sharp, peppery mess that literally burns all the way down, and continues to gnaw at the stomach. This might make for very nice cooking beer, lending a lovely peppery edge to a beer batter, but is rather intense for drinking.
06-30-2013 23:56:25 | More by jondeelee
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Great presentation slight haze with light lacing and floral aroma. Great saison with dry floral. It's, herbs, yeast, slight sweetness with light peppery finish. The touch of heat at the end was perfect for me, really enjoyed this. A little more intensity to the flavors would increase the score.
06-14-2014 13:26:11 | More by Jerl
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
you gotta love the Dr.Frankenstein aspect to CBC's brewing!! don't stop experimenting guys!!!
This one pure amber with golden hues and a thin, lacy white head that is pretty sticky.
The aroma is mostly, well Peppercorns! and a shit load of them! spicey and zesty yeastieness with very subtle fruits.
This is a light and crispy brew with a zippy, peppercorn flavor, it's pretty intense but not annoying. Peppery yeast and peppercorns dominate, but it's not at all tough to finish even though the heat seems a bit high along the peppery effect.
04-18-2009 16:10:53 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5 rDev -18.5%
Deep goldish-orange body, very hazy. Creamy, off-white head has great retention and solid lacing. Nice levels of carbonation.
Your typical farmhouse affair with some added flair - peppercorn. Nice brett and yeast notes coated in plenty of pepper and other spicing I can't narrow down. Some apricot adds a bit of fruity tang. Earthy grains.
Peppercorn greets you right away and sticks around for the finish and aftertaste, there is no escaping it, and unfortunately, it's a bit too much for my liking. Once the peppercorn is on your palette, that's pretty much all you get.
Light, creamy body. Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
This is a good beer.. IF you are pairing with food, However, it doesn't stand well on its own in my opinion. Calm down the peppercorn to the point you can enjoy this beer, and I think they will be onto something special.
06-08-2014 20:10:24 | More by alphagnome
Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.