Comma - Carton Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Act25 on 04-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Black Pepper Saison
Black, Pepper Saison
Black Pepper, Saison
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released today at the Carton Brewery. This Saison will be a regular in their line up, at least for the summer. If I make any mistakes in this review, I apologize as I am writing from memory.

I made a trip down to the brewer to try this before a kayak. It was 79 degrees and this beer was a perfect early spring day new beer Sunday.

A: Dark as porter, or old stock ale, and as flavorful as wine. Good head retention and lacing. Surprisingly dark, no, not for a pepper saison with a name as black as "comma".

S: Black pepper upfront, along with belgian yeast and sweet/peppery body. Inviting. Going to be a great food beer.

T: Extremely original, but true to Saison. I've had some good American ones lately, from Ommegang and 1st Amendment and others, and this one is equal or above them and squarely in the Belgian category. Pepper first and last, but balanced by yeast, grain, sweet malt and fruity sweetness. Grassy, complex and wine like. Would gladly have another.

MF: Light. Well carbonated, clearly built for April to Oct.

Overall: This brewer is on a roll with finding originality and blending to the satisfying core, being both first, original and yet true to style in the backdrop. Must try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JGam115
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All the qualities of a saison with a peppery front flavor, then immediately dries out into a bitter and fleeting finish. Not bad.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always like trying a new Carton beer. And always love a new saison.

This one pours a very dark stout like black. The creamy head retains well and has a khaki color. Nice lacing too. If I were to judge it by looms alone I would have guessed they poured me the wrong beer.

The nose is a very pleasant mix of pepper and herbs. Notes of lemon and thyme as well. No real perceived malt influence in the scent.

In the taste the black pepper is very strong, but keeps from being overpowering. The herbal mix is difficult to pick out and the phenolics give the impression of a fresh lemon curry. Finishes the requisite dry as expected for a saison. Maybe a hint of chocolate or I'm just pushing the dark color into my mind and expecting it.

Mouthfeel is fuller than expected for a saison, yet very lively carbonation. Very good and enjoyable beer on this moderately warm summer day. Another good beer from Carton.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: darker than expected for a saison; a little intimidating-in a good way.

Taste: not as much farmhouse flavors as other saisons, and not quite as much pepper flavor as the name may lead you to think. That said, it is an awesome beer. The dark malt carries the saison flavors and hops in a nice subtle way and assertive hops are present in the finish.

Overall: loved it! A great saison for someone who likes something a little more malty or with less farmhouse funk. Surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer.

Comma from Carton Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.