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Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy bright orange color. Bit of white head but nothing out of the ordinary. Fruity aroma up front. Citrusy notes mix in with just a bit of yeast aroma. Spice notes become more apparent on the palate than the aroma. Just a hint of juicy sweetness before a lingering peppercorn kick comes through. Dry medium body mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty unique tasting saison but not as much yeast character as I'd like.

Kinsman, May 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbryan5, May 10, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SunDevilBeer, May 15, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JakerLou, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Billolick, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mctizzz, Apr 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of rob133
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rob133, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of marchnlv
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

marchnlv, May 23, 2012
Photo of ccurrid
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

ccurrid, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

jondeelee, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Janeinma, May 05, 2013
Photo of Jerl
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jerl, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Mantooth, Jul 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Trashcat, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

LiquorsInc, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 18, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Sammy, Nov 24, 2013
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Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.