1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oddland Peppercorn Saison - Elysian Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oddland Peppercorn SaisonOddland Peppercorn Saison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LI_PO12 on 06-04-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of michaelfcasey
1/5  rDev -72.1%

michaelfcasey, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.  

corby112, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Lob
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Lob, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

wl0307, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of deg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is an orange color. Clear, no yeast. Thick head which dissipates. When I try to smell the beer, I can tell there's something there, but my sense of smell is too weak to pick it up. The flavor is initially what I expect from a saison, but then the peppercorns hit. They work nicely with the hops. Very tasty. The spice from the peppercorns lingered, which I liked.

deg, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of mpenning13
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mpenning13, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

MAUEX_MFA, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of blurredline
4/5  rDev +11.4%

blurredline, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Drknight, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of maddox716
4/5  rDev +11.4%

maddox716, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of FINLANDski_1619
4/5  rDev +11.4%

FINLANDski_1619, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of cjpalist
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cjpalist, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of crmckenzie
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

crmckenzie, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -16.4%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer arrives wearing light orange color, with a small hit of haze. In between opaque and translucent. Not quite cloudy, just a bit of haze to keep the light out. The head doesn't last long, so look quick. Some mostly white bubbles with little retention and just slight lace.

You can pick up the fruity nose from several feet away. Plenty of spice as well. Think peppery pineapple. The smell keeps you guessing as to what flavors will shine when you take a sip.

Initially, it's very pale ale-ish with the fruitiness and citric flavors, but the pepper builds the whole time. From mid-sip on, it's all about the peppercorns, and given the name, that's not surprising.

The peppery spice dampens the tart and acidic fruity flavors, but it's still pleasant until the very end when an extra kick of spice punches the throat. The tongue takes some collateral damage as well as this peppercorn beast takes no prisoners.

It's a really good beer, but very different. I'm used to peppery saisons, but this is intense. Still, I'm glad I had it. It's hot and will leave your palate on life support, but I lean towards fiery beers.

RickS95, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no date that I can locate. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass. Distinctive custom artwork on the label for this Oddland series of beers from Elysian.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden color with some orange and brownish hues and highlights. Head is about a finger thick and slightly off-white, dissipating after a few minutes and leaving slick, silky lacing that fades away.

Smell - Two dominant aromas are the floral spiciness of pink peppercorn and a yeasty bread characteristic, like sourdough. Also some mild sweetness and citrus peel, but faint.

Taste - The beginning is more of that round yeast characteristic, but that quickly gives way to peppery heat and complexity. Certainly one of the most pepper-forward peppercorn saisons that I've tried. Tasty, but at the same time one note. I get the sense that there is some depth missing here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Tingling sensation from the spiciness that lingers.

Overall, a well-crafted take on the peppercorn saison, but I wish there was a bit more complexity. This one is all pepper and yeast, and while I like both of those things, but the end of my bomber, I was a little tired of it.

LambicPentameter, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

vermilcj, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

GRG1313, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

flagmantho, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

socon67, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of William85
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This doesn't work for me at all, and I'm reasonably open-minded. The peppercorn is just *way* too overbearing, completely eclipsing what may have been an otherwise good Saison.

This is not a Saison sprinkled with some unusual flavor notes -- it is a peppercorn-flavored beer.

William85, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ccrida, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

JayKay412, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 07, 2013
Oddland Peppercorn Saison from Elysian Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.