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Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 251
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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harsley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-26-2013 16:10:01 | More by harsley
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Mleblanc25

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-26-2013 00:03:50 | More by Mleblanc25
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-24-2013 14:16:16 | More by CDCNAM
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-21-2013 16:42:10 | More by Mantooth
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-21-2013 14:57:32 | More by jschott75
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:56:50 | More by lordofthewiens
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-13-2013 01:16:17 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-13-2013 00:55:43 | More by kjkinsey
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garfscores

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-01-2013 21:02:57 | More by garfscores
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:56:25 | More by jondeelee
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-26-2013 07:16:46 | More by July2Nov
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-25-2013 00:44:35 | More by bootdown21
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 19:38:57 | More by Damian
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of black peppercorns are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very much dominated by flavors of black peppercorns but also has some notes of other spices and hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppercorns make it feel slightly prickly on your tongue.
O: This is an enjoyable saison if you like peppercorns because that is pretty much all you get in the smell and taste from start to finish. While it is not complex, I found it to be rather drinkable because it's not too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:40:43 | More by metter98
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Timmy13T

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-23-2013 14:15:47 | More by Timmy13T
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brewtus

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-22-2013 23:33:44 | More by brewtus
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-13-2013 22:30:59 | More by doremite
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark honey color with a 1 F thick head into a tulip.

There was a faint aroma of vanilla from the head.

The mouth feel was lightly carbonated- just enough to enhance the style of the beer. Some Saisons are overly carbonated which detracts from the taste profile.

The taste is singular: some tropical fruit, hoppy, with a strong peppercorn finish.

I could taste peppercorns on my tongue minutes after drinking the beer. The presence of the peppercorns diminish only slightly with warming.

Overall, a very different Saison. Not the more common overly carbonated imbalanced Saison, but a beer style brewed very differently with a special edge: fruit, spice and peppercorns.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:11:48 | More by brureview
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-07-2013 22:23:50 | More by HattedClassic
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-07-2013 00:33:44 | More by mre0683
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LMH88

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-06-2013 22:58:33 | More by LMH88
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Rainblows

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-05-2013 15:04:28 | More by Rainblows
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-05-2013 01:56:32 | More by outoffocus
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ktblue22

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely adore this beer. Farmhouse and Saisons are definitely my favorite style, and I love the way that CBC gave this their own signature kick. The peppercorns are a wonderful addition at the back of your palate, accentuating the dryness of the saison. I had this first at ACBF this weekend, and just had to find it again.

The color on this beer is very dark for a Farmhouse, but it is still a crisp, clear and delightfully dry brew. I highly recommend this - I can't wait to try more from CBC

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 17:44:29 | More by ktblue22
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hefferee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-04-2013 17:29:36 | More by hefferee
Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.