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Sgt. Pepper - Cambridge Brewing Company

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009

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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 85
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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of ktblue22
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First batch, bottled Feb 2012.1

Pours a descent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, crystal clear golden almost nectar orange color.

Nose has lots of belgian malts, golden malts with some sweetness, hints of Belgian yeast esters, and plenty of pepper aromas, touches of bright fruit.

Taste brings plenty of pepper right off, peppercorns, a bit of green pepper and quite spicy peppercorn, Belgian golden malts, juicy malts with a bit of bright fruit and touch of esters both from the yeast. Hint of yeast spices and a light farmhouse like yeast flavors. Finish is a bit drier, quite spicy from the peppercorns, hint of malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting and tasty, nice Belgian malts, spices fruits and hint if esters from the yeast, and a nice dose of pepper.

Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of bpk59
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Beer is a golden yellow color. A 1-finger head quickly dissipated into a foamy halo. There was no lacing to speak of.

Aroma consists of belgian spices and light citrus balanced against some sweet malts. I expected more pepper on the nose...

But the taste more than makes up for the lack of pepper in the nose. Great complexity here. Starts off with the light citrus, then a little spice, and finish with huge peppercorn taste. There's almost a subtle heat to it too after a few mouthfuls.

Mouthfeel is solid for a saison - perfect carbonation, light bodied and crisp. Super easy drinking.

Overall, what a pleasant surprise this beer was. When a beer mentions that it's brewed with something as the predominant spice, that had better be the predominant spice. Here, the black pepper is big and bold. It makes a great play against the taste of the light, crisp saison.

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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at CBC

A - a nice hazy yellow color with a good half inch creamy head

S - peppercorn, citrus, spice quite an inviting smell on this.

T - delicious peppercorn mixes well with citrus other various spices and wheat.

M - good carbonation

O - wasn't sure what to expect with this but this beer was quite tasty and definitely be having another one while its on tap.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is a super, fresh peppe with some sweetness and yeast. This beer screams peppercorn more than any pepper beer I've had (Beatrice, white magic). The aftertaste has a slightly peppery bite and it almost triggers my sinuses for a sneeze, but not quite. Very tasty beer that drinks like a spicy Saison and has potent notes of peppercorn as well.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange and slightly hazed, with very little head. Lovely aroma of woodsy black, bright pink, resinous green, and musky white peppercorns, all present and accounted for against a backdrop of honey, pear, and cornbread. If I had to guess I'd have pegged this as some kind of lager, as there doesn't seem to be much of a yeast footprint – at least not a 'farmhouse' one.

Flavor starts off pleasant if a bit bland, then builds into something quite interesting and quite hot! Malty sweetness is followed by hoppy-yeasty white fruitiness, and then the onslaught of pepper. How do you describe the flavor of these four peppers in different terms? Sort of gingery, sort of clovey, sort of wheatgrassy, sort of peaty, and very capsaiciny. A hint of cinnamon. The heat is very rounded – punchy and slow-burning at the same time. It's all carried by a very nice, soft and dry mouthfeel with carbonation that seems to support but also mellow the pepperiness. Tasty stuff – not an everyday beer because of its intensity, but still very good. Possible food pairings: white fish, king prawns, filled pasta/dumplings, caprese salad, creamy pasta.

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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the peppercorn at the tail end of the palate! Great brew!

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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch no. 1. Bottled February 2012.

Picked this up while in Boston over Easter. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a slightly hazed dark golden amber. Carbonation releases a thin wispy layer of slightly off white head.

Smell: The beer is brewed with five different types of pepper and they dominate the nose. The pepper is complimented nicely by the Belgian yeast. No real hops or malt smell.

Taste: Wow. What a great tasting beer. At the beginning it's all Saison...earthy, fruity and slightly tart. Then at the end, the peppercorns subtly bring warmth to the tongue. It's not overpowering but the taste of pepper is unmistakable. It's an delightfully tasty Saison.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Lightly carbonated and pretty refreshing. You wouldn't think something with peppercorns would be refreshing, but it is. And at 6%, it's pretty drinkable.

Overall: An interesting take on the style. I wasn't sure what to expect from the taste but I was very pleasantly surprised. Well done, CBC.

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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bartender enticed me to give this a try, and I'm so glad I did.

Turned out to be a great saison brew--away from the typical citruc/corriander theme of your average saison...this beer focused on PEPPER!!

As described and tasted later on, different peppers could be detected throughout. Cracked black pepper was present in smell and taste--the type of pepper we would crush on a steak to make a nice rub/marinade. After the initial taste, you could also make out a sort of crushed red pepper feel. None of this was too overpowering--as this brew still maintained the traditional Belgian base that we all crave.

The after effect was incredible. A slow and lingering and growing burn ensued--not a burn of alcohol, but rather of pepper and spice. Enjoyed with a basket of fries or alone, a must try.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real interesting take on a Farmhouse Ale here. Notes of pepper is often a distinguishing character of the style, here CBC one-ups things by adding whole peppercorns (Black, Green, White, and Pink) to the boil. The CBC website attributes different flavoring characteristics to each type of peppercorn, though most people associate pepper taste with ground black. The pepper is most noticeable on the finish, this is very much a spice beer similar to a chili beer. There are for sure other characteristics, Belgian yeast is used and pleasant barnyard funk is present, but all gets overwhelmed by pepper in the end. Unbalanced? Sure, but this beer goes surprisingly well with food (anything you might grind pepper over) and is refreshingly crisp. A unique beer with a cool hand-drawn psychedelic design. Seek out if you enjoy fresh ground pepper taste. Batch 01 reviewed.

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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed with five different varieties of pepper, and it shows from the very beginning. There is fire in this nose: lots of pepper aroma, almost reminiscent of Szechuan pepper corns. The fire doesn't end with the smell, either. With every swallow, there is a slight burning in the back of the throat from the pepper.

This beer really goes nicely with food (I had it with Mexican), as it cuts through the spice. But if the food is too spicy, this beer won't help, as it leaves your tongue dancing!

Overall, though the pepper is lovely, it is almost too strong in that it covers up the Saison characteristics. I would have wanted a little more balance. That said, this is a mighty fine beer definitely worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
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