Oddland Peppercorn Saison - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.44/5 rDev +24%
Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.
A- Pours a dark amber color with a ¼ inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind on the glass.
S- Sweet aroma of Saison yeast and some spice but not just peppercorn. There's also some rosemary and lavender that's just as prevalent.
T- The sweetness continues in the flavor and the capsaicin burn of the peppercorn comes in but is very subtle and complimentary letting the other spices and the yeast contribute equally. Incredibly drinkable and delicious.
M- Quite sharp and hot from the peppercorn burn but is very welcome and not overwhelming. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.
O- As far as saisons brewed with peppercorns go, this one hits the mark as far as balance goes. Just enough heat to keep it drinkable and plenty of other elements to play off of. Would definitely buy this again.
06-30-2013 19:15:40 | More by Immortale25
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
Tangerine brew with honeyed hues. Nice finger-and-a-half cap of white head stays and ponders. A little lace follows proving this beer wants to leave its mark. Nice look, Oddland. Nice look.
Mega-peppercorn nose. I just reviewed White Magick of the Sun, and this is how I remembered it before my most recent experience. Saison yeast is held in check to the spiciness. Still pale wheaty malt notes and semi-dryness. Earthy vibe gives way to more Belgique character. Not saying that it's overblown with that array of peppercorns, but it's forefront and appealingly show-stopping.
Starts with a wild tang of fruitiness, immediately followed by a soft and sustaining note of peppercorn and coriander. Has a floral hop note, coupled with the spices, that is absolutely delicious. Still, all in all, in a soft way. A delicate brew, in flavor, with everything except the peppery notes. I like how loud it is. Great stuff.
Drinks light and fluffy, but still carries with it some body. Carbonation is a tier above medium, and that helps to carry the beer to a new level. Wildly drinkable, if you're looking to down a tasty summer saison. Alcohol is small, a positive. Feels superb.
Not the most complex saison of the bunch, but a beer for those who love these unique flavors. They're reppin' the spice rack, and I love it!
06-29-2013 05:23:28 | More by thecheapies
3.1/5 rDev -13.4%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale orange w/ a minimal head that quickly settles to a thin collar. No real lacing to speak of.
Aroma is mild soapy Belgian yeast and vague spices and herbs. Some bubblegum and perfumy esters. Rosewater.
Taste is flowery, sweet, perfumy, fruity draped over a mildly grainy malt canvas. Peaches and honey, maybe a gentle spiciness. Some orange and mango as it warms. Unlike other reviewers, I don't pick up the strong peppercorn. Just a touch of spicy heat on the back end, which might be my favorite thing about this beer.
Mouthfeel is light and watery, a little thin. Low carbonation isn't helping this one.
Overall a pretty bland, inoffensive attempt at a saison. Not sure who they were making this for.
06-25-2013 05:03:14 | More by draheim
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
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
22 oz bomber, no freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a thin one finger white head. with very little retention and no lacing.
Aroma: peppercorn, slight farmhouse funk, noble hops.
Taste: Loads of peppercorn flavor... and little of anything else. Quite one dimensional. But it doesn't really claim to be anything otherwise. Faint fruitiness and spice but it's really all peppercorn.
Mouthfeel: Medium-lite body with some sparkling carbonation. Not a lot in that department.A little watery. Finish is dry, with a little heat coming from the peppercorns.
I like the idea of peppercorns in beer and have tried a few that I really enjoyed, All i really get out of this are peppercorns, not much as far as saison qualities go. It's okay and I'm glad I tried it. Looking forward to whats next in the Oddland series.
06-16-2013 21:55:45 | More by nimrod979
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
3.5/5 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
Oddland Peppercorn Saison from Elysian Brewing Company
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