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Poivre Du Sichuan - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kawilliams81 on 08-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

My initial bottle of this was broken under semi-mysterious circumstances. Luckily, I was given a second chance... This stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, black pepper, clove, green pepper (the kind from a mill, not from a salad), banana peel, and a touch of vanilla way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pepper really coming on strong. This results in a bitter (in a peppery way) wave that washes over the tongue from early middle through to well beyond the finish. Malingering, to say the least. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay saison, one that had an interesting idea with the pepper and other spices, but, alas, only the former came through, and, when it did, it o'ershadowed pretty much all else.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale tannish-orange in color. Forms a very large white colored head with fairly stable retention. Light lacing.

S: There is lots of spice on the nose: coriander, black pepper, and that unmistakable lemony-woodsy character that is sichuan pepper.

T: Taste is an odd blend of saison-like yeastiness with the woodsy-spice character of the sichuan pepper. The flavor is unique: green apple, earthy wood, lemon, black pepper, green pepper and, for lack of a better term, somewhat meaty. I don't care for it.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation approaching the heavier side. Mild bitterness. Mild "mouth-numbing" quality from the sichuan pepper.

O: This is an interesting beer, but not one I really cared for. Now I am a fan of Sichuan and Hunan cuisine and I have a great appreciation for the sichuan pepper, but this combination just didn't work for me. In my mind sichuan pepper is a "savory" component whereas saisons lean towards the "sweeter" side and mixing the two created an imbalance I didn't enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, it appears a murky dark orange, slightly brownish. Very charged with lots of foam, have to pour slowly. Big head of foam, doesn't last too long though. Settles quickly to a ring around the edges.

Yeasty aroma with some earthy peppery spice.

Dry earthy flavors, hint of honeyed malt underneath in the aftertaste. Peppercorn is front and center, some minor herbal traces in there too. Fairly straightforward with the phenolic spice. Full bodied and well carbonated, froths up on the tongue and dries out pretty quick. Overall it's decent, though I prefer the regular iteration of Poivre Rose.

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Poivre Du Sichuan from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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