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Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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)
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VALIS666

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-13-2013 06:51:44 | More by VALIS666
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a golden color with slight rim of white lacing. Looks nice but not outstanding. Smell is great...lots and lots of peppercorn mixed with saison yeast. Awesome caramel malt mixed with saison yeast and hops...and lots of pepperco. It works so well...really nice. Its a bit spicy but good. Overall its not the best saison but its exactly what it says it is...and it works so well. Nice unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:54:53 | More by DrinkSlurm
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Holy peppercorn, Batman!"

Cambridge's not-so-subtle, pepper infused, Belgian-style Saison kicks off with an exuberent golden pour. Lightly hazed, the bubbly elixir thrusts its carbonation into a fluffy, short statured head that cowers to the pepper additions and falls apart relatively soon after the pour, leaving no meaningful lace behind.

But the aromas are alive with the tingle of freshly cracked black peppercorns. As the spice tantelizes the olfactory senses, other background notes lurk in the pepper's shadows: green apple, pear, and berries give a fruity tone that make the low-lying malt a bit more apparent.

And its the taste of pepper that dominates the flavor profile. Early grain sweetness is lightly bready and dryly starched. But then the spicy pepper taste greets the front of the tongue with husky, rye-like character except it continues to intensify to near capsasin-like taste. Although soft under-ripened orchard fruit and yeast spices keep the beer wine-like, the sharpness of peppercorn makes the more finesse elements in balance go largely unnoticed.

The dry malt taste translates well to texture, but allows for the abruptness of peppercorn to spike the tongue with intense heat and prickling sensations. Finishing hot from the spice additions, the beer dries early on the palate and stays that way through the aftertaste.

In general, the Saison base beer is solid but not absolutely authentic. But the peppercorn additions through the balance way off for me. I'm sure that those who prefer hotter cuisine than I will appreciate the beer much better. I'm glad I split the large bottle with a friend as the whole contents would surely incite heartburn.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 17:11:03 | More by BEERchitect
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wil19b85

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-11-2013 02:43:54 | More by wil19b85
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Dburke

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

03-08-2013 04:04:56 | More by Dburke
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-07-2013 21:25:45 | More by Larrydoherty
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-05-2013 18:37:04 | More by Dizzy242
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at CBC

Hazy golden-amber pour with a wispy white head that stuck as a ringlet and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted grains, peppery spice, with hints of earthy yeast. They weren't kidding with the peppercorn aspect of this beer, as it was front and center in the taste, earthy yeast, pale malts, and a mild fruity sensation. Body was light-medium, moderate carbonation, making for an interesting and quaffable brew overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 03:27:02 | More by Rifugium
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halo913

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

02-24-2013 19:04:38 | More by halo913
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-23-2013 00:07:53 | More by DerekMorgan
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-22-2013 22:18:09 | More by CypherEnigma
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

02-22-2013 02:05:44 | More by WhitmansNiece
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MassachusettsBeerFan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-16-2013 21:29:36 | More by MassachusettsBeerFan
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mdube0378

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

01-27-2013 13:24:00 | More by mdube0378
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-26-2013 17:50:38 | More by shehateme
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-18-2013 14:25:30 | More by aorloski
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-02-2013 18:02:05 | More by LiquorsInc
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a clear color of golden yellow with a big white frothy head. The sudsy white topping fades leaving fingers of patchy lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives.

The aroma is solid with the advertised pepper. Freshly crushed array of peppercorns but not harsh like the normal black. Taking a guess that white, pink or green were used in a more mellow to almost fruity zesty sense. A touch of saison yeast fruity quality with a bit of earthen aspect is also felt through the nose.

The taste includes a solid array of pepper and fruit. Lots of peppery quality comes off subtle from perhaps the yeast and then gets augmented by the addition of what seems like freshly cracked peppercorns. It is yeasty and spicy with a warming feel. A bit floral and a hint of green bell pepper. The warming sensation across the back of the tongue is reminescent of black pepper.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. Quite a pleasant warming spice of alcohol accented by pepper. This at times flirts with te heat of crushed red pepper, but not that extreme. If you have never experienced peppery flavor in a saison before, this is the one to really drive that character home. However, it might be off-putting to some. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 15:40:39 | More by stakem
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-30-2012 18:37:00 | More by wizo
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BrittQ

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-16-2012 18:07:02 | More by BrittQ
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a brassy golden-orange color with a mild haze. The rocky white head stands at a solid three fingers and doesn't budge. Thick collars of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Incredible nose: doughy malt with a touch of chopped almonds, chalky yeast, bit of clove-like phenol, some tropical fruits (pineapple), floral/spicy hops, soft spices, potpourri, and black peppercorns.

T: Doughy malt tastes open. The Belgian yeast is chalky, vaguely spicy, and a touch fruity. Hops come through with mildly citrusy and spicy tastes of their own. Peppercorns and crushed black pepper show up on the mid-palate and build in intensity. The peppery, prickling heat reaches impressive levels. Finishes with a big peppery burn, mild floral hop tastes, and a receding chalky and fruity yeast taste.

M: Light in body. Full and fluffy in the mouth. Creamy and smooth. Great mouthfeel.

O: CBC has outdone themselves this time. This is not a gimmick. The base beer would be an excellent saison in its own right. While the pepper is the main focus of the beer, it plays off of the saison beneath quite nicely. I hope they turn this into a year-round release. It's one hell of a food beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 22:32:14 | More by ryan1788a5
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-30-2012 18:47:14 | More by Davepoolesque
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-01-2012 11:52:42 | More by Screper
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

09-09-2012 21:59:40 | More by t0rin0
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

09-04-2012 21:18:08 | More by OriolesFan1008
Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.