Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,623
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,485
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,808
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  338
SCORE
85
Very Good
Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
Notes: Belgian style Farmhouse Ale brewed with peppercorns.

Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly diminishes but retains a small cover over the near black body. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is of dark fruits and yeast. Plums and sweet cherries are most noticable. Unfortunately, the scents were not quite to the strengths I would have preferred.

Sweet malt, tart cherry, and dry dark chocolate cascade over my taste buds. The peppercorns definitely add a slight spiciness but are not overly apparent.

Surprisingly light bodied for the flavor and strong carbonation make this extremely drinkable. In fact, it is almost as thirst-quenching as a glass of Pepsi.

This beer is interesting, complex, fun, and very drinkable.

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Photo of champ103
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque brown color. A two finger bubbly white head forms and gently recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Burnt toast, pepper, liquorish. Kind of metallic and tinny. Very astringent in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with a large burnt toast flavor up front. An ash like flavor, metallic, tinny, astringent. Blah. This is not good.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly thin and watery. I do not care to finish this. Probably going to be a drain poor.

This is not a good offering from Goose Island. It comes in a beautiful bottle now though. I won't be buying any more, and would recommend people avoid this.

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Photo of CLBizzle
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/28/11 355ml bottle.

A: Dark black body with a creamy vanilla, finger width head that retains nicely. Tiny bubbles in the head with heavy carbonation rolling on the side of the glass.

S: yeasty aroma with a hint of clove and slight bit of banana.

T: Nice peppery notes "pepper" the tongue. Very smooth light crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a wonder beer, very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sonata2008
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: The Happy Gnome listed this as having 8.9% ABV, and it tasted like it. Perhaps this is a variation by Goose Island and does not belong here.

A: Opaque, very little foam in a 10 oz. snifter.
S: Heavy roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and spice. It also had a yeasty undertone.
T: A very noticeable alcohol taste. A little banana and other fruit taste. Interestingly, not as strong a roasted taste as the aroma promised.
M: Creamy and rich.
D: A slow sipping beer.

An interesting style, but not my favorite.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of perrymarcus
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at the ACBF, boston 06/04/11.

pours a dark, cola-like brown while yeilding a foamy light tan head that demonstates decent retention and lacing. unique looking saison.

nose offers belgian yeast, some roastiness, a touch of chocolate, and a little smoke. very unusual, not sure if this is going to do it for me but i'm keeping an open mind.

flavor follows the nose, but falls a bit flat. i'm just not getting this one. elements of a porter with the roastiness, chocolate, and even coffee notes combine with belgian yeast and a fruity-like element, maybe apple.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this was not a total dainpour but the offering just didn't work for me. i appreciate the think-outside-the-box approach, but i prefer to keep my porters and saisons separate (i.e. in the traditional fashion.)

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 05/22/12

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap of bubbles

S: Get the classic Belgian-style yeast bursting with spicy fruits along with the black peppercorns. Also get some nuttiness and roast from the malt. This is a saison for sure, with an added dimension

T: Very interesting. Nice and fruity with punches of spiciness here and there from both the yeast and peppercorns, but also get a light roasty sweetness from the malts. The roasted qualities linger on into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate, smooth carbonation

O: A nice take on a classic style. Certainly interesting, with the dark roasted qualities providing another dimension on a fairly simple style of beer. A nice easy drinker, too.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -17.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of OakedCanuck
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into cervoise

A - pours a dark brown with reddish edging. Light sand coloured head that disappeared very quickly. Different looking saison

S - Spicy pepper, grassy hops, yeast, roasty wood

T - Quite spicy, lots of peppercorn, lots of roast. There is a nice funky cherry tartness to it as well as a slight grassy hop component on the backend. Interesting mix of flavour profiles but I don't think they work too well together.

M - Drying, medium-light body

O - This is almost like a borderline black ipa but with weak hops and lots of spice. Not my favourite mix of styles but it was okay. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a four pack of this while I was in Chicago

Poured a deep translucent brown with mahogany edges. A smooth pour down the middle produced 3 fingers of very creamy tan head. Excellent retention and this head is leaving some nice spotty lacing down my glass. This was a very attractive looking beer for sure.

Getting some really nice fruity notes right off of the bat. The aroma of this beer exploded as I poured it into my tulip. Apricots and figs come to mind... maybe some green apple? Coffee and cocoa are a little more subtle with some nice spicy notes rounding this off.

The coffee and cocoa are a little more up front in the taste with the fruit and spice making up the background. Also got some subtle spiciness... this beer tastes very good but not as good as the aroma lead me to believe...

Light to medium in body with a ton of carbonation prickling my tongue with each sip and it is very nice! Very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this turned out to be a great pick up. I had one of these in my hotel room while I was still in Chicago and was extremely disappointed. Maybe it was the small dixie cup sized glass I used... I dont know. But this beer was ALOT better this time around. Very aromatic and a very creamy mouthfeel. I'm glad I have 2 more of these to enjoy.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1808 ratings