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Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 77
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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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2013 01:44:55 | More by Benesi88
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-28-2013 03:38:45 | More by DelicateDelirium
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-19-2013 21:07:29 | More by safaricook
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent yellow with orange hue, carbonation evident, fueling a thin sustaining head.
S: subdued yeasty and citrus, nothing overpowering to me, some mild cooking-like spices can be picked out (maybe thyme or rosemary)
T/M: up front spiciness (but I do not consider this first taste peppery). Minor tartness and mellow finish, no dry pull. The pepper "sneaks up on you". I don't notice it much in any sip, but after a few pulls, my tongue is tingling from it. It's an interesting sensation. I've had some chili beers before and would say this is a different sensation, but similar.
O: interesting part noted above, I would like to try this beer again. I think it would be an interesting beer to pair with food, as it isn't overly distinctive in itself (other than the interesting build up mentioned, which is just a small part of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:04:23 | More by cjgiant
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brewery that contracts out to Ipswich, MA’s Mercury Brewing Company – these guys must be good. Cheers!

Bottled more than eight months before the date of this tasting: 01/31/2013.

A: Golden-amber, fizzy, light haze. Head of soft white fizz with short but lasting retention.

S: A brisk, spicy nose with massive amounts of fresh-ground black pepper. Dry, floral yeast scents compliment with notes of clove tea, lemon juice, and a tart, grapefruit-rind funk. Powerful, intriguing.

T: Stings with a black pepper kick to start and a long-lasting habanero heat that you can feel going all the way down. Tastes of light vanilla, ginger, coriander, and grass are mixed in by the yeasts; malt flavors, on the other hand, provide a subtle backdrop of biscuit dough that thickens the palate. The aftertaste is fruity, mild, and slightly sweet, like peach pulp, with lingering chili pepper heat and a note of sesame.

M: Soft, flat texture, only mildly carbonated when compared to your standard farmhouse ale. Thin for an ale with such an upfront flavor profile.

O: Sgt. Pepper has a solid focus on spice and heat, and if it were only a bit less watery, it would be a miracle of a beer. As it stands, it’s still a wonderful interpretation of all that the peppercorn world has to offer to beer drinkers – who knew a pepper bomb could be so pleasing?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:20:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-03-2013 18:01:10 | More by Kmlund
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-28-2013 20:55:22 | More by thegoon55
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stercomm

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a nice tulip glass I picked up at Left Hand.

A- Dark golden honey in color with a nice haze. A very big frothy creamy white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of froth on the glass.

S - Getting a nice biscuit malt scent with some spice undertones.

T - Nice complexity in this brew, get malts, spice and of course the peppercorn that give this a nice dry spicy flavor.

M - Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not really surprised at the overall scores as most of the folks on this site are into bigger bolder beers. I like this beer as for a farmhouse it has good spicing but the peppercorn helps bring a very nice dryness to the overall flavor with nice malt hints.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 20:46:23 | More by stercomm
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JoeMans

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-26-2013 18:58:41 | More by JoeMans
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 01/30/13 (I think)
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy yellow orange color. Initially full finger of night white.

S: Spice from the pepper. Sweet malts. Might have been a bit old.

T: Spice up front. I thought I would get more pepper ala Saison from this. Sweet and bready.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 19:05:40 | More by inlimbo77
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How this bottle made it all the way to Portland, Oregon's The Beermongers bottle shop I have no idea... but there it was on Monday night (last one on the shelf). Picked up a 22 oz. bottle and opened it/poured to 2 pint glasses earlier tonight. Watched the swarming swifts dining in the skies above our backyard on a cloudless late summer night.

Orange label with a 60s-psychadelic skew, a flowering turntable

A: Deep golden/honey pour, plenty of carbonation, slightly hazy. Head is white, but very short, barely 1/4" of skim, receding to a ring with a swirl of skim. Broken lace rings, ebbing to speckles and dripping patches.

S: The peppercorn add-in is pronounced! Besides its nose-twitching spiciness, there's a sweet breadiness.

T: Liked the aroma, *really* liked the flavor: lots of (expected) peppercorn, especially in the lengthy finish. Just enough sweetness to offset a sturdy rye spicing. Orange-citrus, even some dry apple - pretty interesting fruitiness.

M: Smooth feel, but not a terribly thick one. Rather light, effervescent. Starchy finish.

O: Tasty beer, its reliance on peppercorn gives a very pleasing dry spicing. Refreshing, clean-ish aftertaste. Very good balance, surprisingly 'Belgian' tasting. Would gladly have more - a very good beer to end the summer with!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:29:15 | More by msubulldog25
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-16-2013 19:31:37 | More by bluerabbit
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drew74

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-13-2013 23:22:48 | More by drew74
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 15:54:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with an off-white head that does not last. No lace.

Spicy toasted malt and black peppercorn in the nose.

Toasted malt and yeasty funk up front, some fruit too. Peppercorn flavor comes thru with moderate bitterness and a pepper bite at the end.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Just ok. A spicy rye and peppercorn farmhouse brew. The pepper gets to be too much at the end, and limits the volume you'd drink, or want to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:01:07 | More by OtherShoe2
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-07-2013 23:53:05 | More by dubdrop
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dbc5

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-06-2013 01:38:07 | More by dbc5
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-30-2013 16:06:23 | More by IrishColonial
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NickBeery

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-27-2013 23:52:57 | More by NickBeery
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-27-2013 18:33:02 | More by BigOldOaf
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-27-2013 11:08:30 | More by scxcrunner
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Billolick

New York

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:11:30 | More by Billolick
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-24-2013 23:58:01 | More by Colosdog
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-21-2013 18:17:32 | More by JakerLou
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asaharyev

Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear light amber with about a half inch of white fluffy head.

Aroma: Aggressive black pepper, a bit of funk, nice saison yeast character, and a bit of hay.

Taste: A wallop of black pepper up front with a hint of funk from the yeast. Nice subtle spices under the pepper, making for a good saison.

Overall: A nice saison, but the pepper overpowers some of the delicious Belgian yeast flavor a little too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:20:54 | More by asaharyev
Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.