Poivre Noir - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +23.5%
A- pours a dark brown color with reddish maroon tints. A 2 finger light beige head formed with decent lacing.
S- you can smell the citrus right away. The pepper spice follow right behind. There's a boozy scent that just strikes me as odd for a Saison, but not in a bad way
T- lemon and peppercorn right away. The expected Saison funk balances it immediately. I'm getting an almost dark fruit taste. There's a boozy kick to it that I certainly didn't expect.
M- medium mouthfeel with wonderful carbonation. A medium and nicely dry finish
O- this is probably the oddest Saison I've ever had. But it was well balanced and much tastier than I expected .
04-28-2013 22:35:38 | More by mecummins
3.03/5 rDev -6.5%
22oz. bomber into a Cantillon tulip. I'm really starting to like the saison style and I love lemon notes in beer but I can't stand pepper flavors so this should be interesting.
Pours a massive, foamy 3 finger brownish grey head with good retention. Beer is a dark, clear black. Lacing is stringy and stick with good stick. A great looking beer.
Nose is exactly as advertised. Notes of lemon peel, coriander, pepper and a dark fruit sweetness. Nice. Aromatic too.
Opens peppery with some acetone, coriander, lemon rind and plum sweetness. Boozy as heck. Ethanol hits me hard from the get-go and covers up the subtle spices that desperately try to fight their way to the front. Some lemon acidity at the finish. Sweet plum and some peppery notes in the aftertaste. Too much ethanol in this.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Oily, slick and boozy in the mouth and goes down hot and abrasive. Boozy finish with a long, lingering alcoholic aftertaste. Too much for the style.
There's a lot of subtleties in this beer but I feel like the odd, overwhelming ethanol presence covers up everything else. The dark fruit and lemon flavors are apparent but as I go from sip to sip, I almost feel like I just had a lemon jello shot. Not my idea of what a beer in a very subtle, complex style should be. The potential is there but there's just waaay too much booziness.
12-22-2012 00:05:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Generous tan foam settles to a thick collar, thin wispy cap, and minimal lacing. Dark brown body.
S - Lots of Sorachi Ace presence. There's a fairly intense lemon custard note, along with peppery Saison yeast, cocoa, and a mild vinous flavor. Perhaps a bit of lemon zest and butter tart in there as well.
T - The taste is significantly less sweet, with more aggressive peppery and spicy yeast presence and only a light dusted cocoa flavor. The hops show up more in a bittering capacity here, with the lemon tart flavor showing up largely in the aftertaste. Gets a tad sweeter as it warms up. While not as odd as the aroma, it's also perhaps a bit dull in comparison.
M - The texture is semi-dry; only mildly chewy and sticky mid-palate before finishing dry. Moderate carbonation and negligible alcohol presence.
D - A very strange beer. The flavor combination doesn't totally work for me, but I can imagine that there might be a minority of users that really dig it. Well-executed but perhaps flawed in concept. I wouldn't be disappointed if they didn't revisit this one.
10-23-2012 16:11:36 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev +23.5%
Black in the tulip glass, lighter mahogany edges where the light passes through. Fluffy head of foam several inches thick, sturdy meringue texture, and takes 15 minutes to subside. Ever present unbroken skim across the surface and random bits of lacing all around the glass. Looks pretty nice.
Lemony aroma with dry herbs and pepper, mild roastiness.
More lemony notes of Sorachi Ace hops at first, with some deeper earthy notes of blackened malt and peppery spice that emerge as it warms. Lingering lemon peel bitterness and roast in the dry aftertaste. Some perceptible alcohol distracts only slightly, but overall the combination of flavors mesh well. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Overall a unique iteration of their Saison series, worth trying.
10-18-2012 01:45:09 | More by emerge077
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.
A- pours a dark brown with a huge 3" dark tan head. Big bubbles and some trails of lacing.
S- pepper, lime and lemon, and spices (tried to narrow it down from spice rack, closest I got was rosemary?)
T- definitely peppercorn, spices, citrus similar to nose. For some reason I get a slight metallic flavor or something similar.
M- light body and high carbonation. Very effervescent almost stingy feel to it.
O- definitely my least favorite of their saisons. Carbonation is to high, pepper is overpowering and just doesn't work for me.
10-13-2012 01:12:56 | More by kawilliams81
Poivre Noir from Pipeworks Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.