Oddland Peppercorn Saison - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.19/5 rDev -10.9%
Picked up while down visiting my friend in Baltimore.
Pours an OK fizzy head that fades at a med to quicker rate no lacing, mostly clear slight hazy applejuice tan colored beer.
Nose starts with a sharp peppercorn aroma, some sweet candy like malts, maybe a bit syrupy, fruity, candied apple, hint of orange peel, slight yeasty, light floral flowery like aromas.
Taste brings a sharp peppercorn again, pretty much dominates. Under that is a bit of sweet candy malt again, almost syrupy, with light floral flavors, hint of candied orange peel, sweet malts, touches of a saison malt character and touch of esters. The pepper gives the beer some spice and heat to it, with a touch of booze in it. Hard to get much of anything other than peppercorns. Finish is a bit sticky sweet, lots of lingering peppercorns and a bit of heat from it.
Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, plenty of peppercorn heat.
Overall I do like peppercorns and it's nice that there is plenty of it... but unfortunately the rest of the beer is gone because of it. I feel like I'm drinking a sweetened candy like liquid that was drenched in peppercorns. very little saison character too, or at least hard to find it in the shower of peppercorns.
06-15-2013 23:21:19 | More by jlindros
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Golden amber in the tumbler with a white foamy head. Plenty of carbonation. Sharp and on the acidic side. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC. Rather fruity with some of the Hefeweizen wheaty malt.
Truly odd flavor. At first it tastes like pencil shavings. Then there is a meaty flavor. Finally the pepper comes to dominate the taste and the heat gradually accumulates. This must be the most strongly black-pepper-flavored beer I've had. And after a while, the graphite and cedar come back for the aftertaste. This is certainly interesting, but after half a glass I've had more than enough.
06-07-2013 21:36:13 | More by mactrail
3.76/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: pours a dark yellow color with a 1" head. No lacing develops.
Smell: pepper and lemon zest are nice on the nose.
Taste: grainy malt profile with loads of peppercorns, some lemon zest, yeast, pear, and golden apple. Bitterness is hearty and nicely balancing.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the initial swig, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.
Overall: a decent saison that is a bit heavy handed on the peppercorns but not in a bad way. Nicely spicy and easy to quaff.
07-11-2013 22:16:01 | More by Gavage
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger, off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Spicy, earthy aroma with a strong peppery presence along with funky barnyard yeast, bread, light fruit, citrus, grass, straw and earthy hops. Hoppier presence than expected but still some farmhouse must. Peppercorns fade as it warns but are still prominent in the nose. Some flower petal/rose water character complimenting the bready farmhouse yeast and citrus zest.
Medium body with a strong bread/yeast character along with spicy peppers that compliment the zesty citrus notes. Strong carbonation with earthy funk, grassy hops and spicy peppercorn. Prominent wheat/bread/bubblegum flavors taking away from the saison/farmhouse yeast and spicy peppercorns. Somewhat floral but I was expecting this beer to have more farmhouse funk. Instead, it feels more like a peppery wheat beer that's been aggressively hopped.
11-16-2013 23:01:16 | More by corby112
United Kingdom (England)
3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; no BB date is printed on the bottle/label, served gently chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: pours a dark golden to light amber hue, coming with great clarity, a thin off-white foamy head and rather restrained level of carbonation.
S: pepper-cone-ish spicy and dusty notes combine with sweet wood aroma, coriander-seed-like spicy esters, sugary pale malts, semi-sweet orangey citrusness and faintly funky yeastiness to deliver a light bodied but intriguing experience. Given a good swirl, other elements emerge such as spelt malt, old tangerine peels, etc.
T: lightly carbonated on the entry, first there comes an acute flavour dominated by white pepper spiciness and almost coriander-like esters, ensued by lightly tannic citric peel-ish as well as lightly phenolic undertones against light-bodied pale maltiness. The flavour texture remains quite flat, though, and the finishing touch, despite being pleasantly spicy and delicately bitter, does not deliver anything deeper or substantial.
M&O: medium-bodied, lightly carbonated but sometimes the texture falls a bit flat; this spiced Saison does have some charmingly spicy elements to it, but falling short of the level of complexities that could hook my palate.
10-28-2013 18:38:30 | More by wl0307
3.28/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours a dirty gold shade. White head forms and laces the glass well. In the aroma, musty yeast and black pepper. Quite peppery in the nose and slightly herbal. For the flavor, there is a Belgian yeast spicyness the plays well with the coarse peppercorn notes. Not intensely bitter but there is some acidity and citrus from the hops. Herbs, pepper and must. Finishes with a lingering spice note. Overall, this was a pretty good brew, as I am a fan of peppercorns in brewing.
07-27-2013 19:20:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Got this one tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a very expensive $10.... I would expect I can find it around town for $7-8....
The brew pours lightly hazed golden with a 1 finger white head that leaves pretty decent lacing.
The nose is very saison-lite because it is hammered by the peppercorns... big black peppercorns ...malty/esters play as lite apricot and white peaches..
Flavor is similar with a lingering burn on the palate that I actually enjoy... saison qualities are pretty light and move toward light stone fruit... apricot is present on the finish and some honey notes are magnified mid-palate with warmth..
The body is light/medium and has a lesser carbonation for a saison, but still pretty okay.
Christ... This is a "food beer"... I cannot appreciate it standalone.. the peppercorns really do build burning on the palate and esophagus..
06-06-2013 06:23:38 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich golden amber with a half finger white head kept persistent by streams of carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast and distinct and spicy black pepper. Interesting! There is an initial assault of fresh cracked peppercorns, then light fruit (apple and white grape) and faint malt that does lean towards a saison. Light bodied with more pepperiness from the carbonation. The pepper was distinct and forward, but I liked the level of spiciness. I was wondering whether the pepper would outlive its welcome for a whole bottle, but I actually started liking it more and more. It sounds like this is another series to push the envelope for unusually flavored beers. I really liked virtually all of the Beers of the Apocalypse and this is a great start for this series. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of fresh pepper, this may not work for you.
07-29-2013 03:21:48 | More by LiquidAmber
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.
Appearance: medium gold hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.
Smell: peppery indeed with a light, sweet saison underneath. I think this beer might work better with a subtler pepper character, but as a fan of pepper I can't complain too much.
Taste: again, quite peppery; the base saison is a little bit on the sweet side and perhaps even cloying. There's a lack of balance here that bothers me. As much as I liked the pepper in the smell, I think that this formula could use a little work.
Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.
Overall: I like the novelty of this beer, but beyond this it's not something I would consider a daily drinker. I applaud Elysian's vision, but their execution could use some work.
08-27-2013 03:09:19 | More by flagmantho
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mainly of a citrus nature with tangerine and grapefruit hop smells. Mixed with these aromas is the peppercorn that would be expected from the name. This pepper adds a spicy dimension to the aroma which when mixed with the citrus and a bit of a bready smell creates a sweet and somewhat savory aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of citrus and malt with notes of orange, grapefruit, and a bready base. As the flavor advances some caramel comes to the tongue with more and more pepper flavor developing over time. It begins lighter with a more white pepper like flavor, but as it advances to the end, it gets stronger and becomes more and more black pepper in flavor. In the end a nice peppery and somewhat citrusy and sweeter flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation suits the peppery flavors quite well and with the medium body makes for a spicy and easy drinking style.
Overall- A rather refreshing and quite easy drinking beer with a good pepper kick. One to experience if you get the chance.
06-23-2013 01:43:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Oddland Peppercorn Saison from Elysian Brewing Company
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