Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style Farmhouse Ale brewed with peppercorns.

Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.

Added by adamette on 03-30-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
1,788
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
336
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 503 | Ratings: 1,788
Reviews by COYS1984:
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/18/11 and consumed 10/28/12. Pours opaque black with 3/4 inch tan head that dissipates. Nose is Belgian funk and some rye - nice but not too interesting. The flavor is not too far off a traditional saison until the finish where there is a slight roasted quality and savory finish that emphasizes some rich caramel notes that go unnoticed at first. The aftertaste is out of this world. Just a pleasant complex finish which coats the tongue. Mouthfeel is great - nicely carbonated to a point where the flavors are delivered on point. Also, just a tiny hit of spiciness from the rye (or peppercorns?) - for me, almost comes across more in the mouthfeel than the flavor. This is a pretty good saison - not too much to write home about. Not really outside of the box enough from a typical saison, which the brewery releases would have you expecting something far more interesting. I can imagine this beer would be stellar with some good bbq or a grilled steak.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.I gotta say I have never seen a saison/farmhouse Belgian this dark in color,it's a deep mahogany with a great looking fluffy one and a half finger light beige head atop that spits and billows as settles oh so slowly in my chalice.Aromas of candied sugar and hard toffee,a light peppery spice is detected.Dark fruit and toffee flavors with a smack of pepper in the finish wich I like,dark fruits as required are there.Although the bottle may say farmouse this isn't a farmhouse beer,it's a Belgian dark with peppercorns and it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Clonies720
1.63/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottled 03/04/2011. 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip

Appearance: Oily black. Nice tan head.

Aroma: Dark fruits. Can't get much else.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malt forward, with a spicy kick in the finish that cuts the sweet malt. High carbonation that is somewhat unpleasant to me.

Overall: I really would not buy it again as the taste is too dull when there's so much more out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/20/11;bottle 1/11

A - Pours a deep amber/red with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves good lacing.

S - Smell is mostly Belgian yeast with a slight funk.

T - Unexpected slight tartness in the taste, with some pepper and yeast. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, peppery and dry.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

O - Overall a good saison, but not one of my favorites. Pepper adds something interesting. I would have this again, but not seek it out.

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Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Fcip78
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, 2011 version, Bottled "01/07/11"

Near black, larger mocha head, larger bubbles, slow to fade. Leaves ample froth, thick sheeting.

Dark malts in the nose.

Malty, dark and roasty, not getting much if any traditional "saison" characteristics. Maybe some light pepper in the finish. Eh...not really sure what to make of this one, others said "stout", "porter" "schwartz beer/saison hybrid" and even "black IPA" If you are looking for a nice saison that looks and tastes like a saison, this is not for you...Decent enough drinker, but not really doing much for this saison lover...

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Goose Island.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and an off-white head.

The aroma is caramel and Belgian yeast, with some spiced notes and a little bit of chocolate.

The flavor is similar. I get some chocolate notes, as well as quite a bit of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, pepper and some light Belgian candy sugar.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of JC333
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,788 ratings.
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