Pepe Nero | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mahogany color, black pepper aroma, roasted malt and spice flavor, creamy body.

Added by adamette on 03-30-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
497
Ratings:
1,772
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
21.81%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
326
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 497 | Ratings: 1,772
Reviews by russwbeck:
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I heard that this was a dark beer, but the pour still surprised me! Black with a few fingers of off white head. Pretty sticky lacing and nice retention.

S: Man the smell is completely like a saison! Yet again shocked me. Bit of a Belgian sweetness, barnyard funk, dark fruits and is that chocolate? Perhaps. Seems like a mix between a saison and a quad.

T: The quad saison mix continues on the taste, but certainly hints more towards saison. Bit of a funky taste with a sweetness from the belgian yeasts. The dark fruits come through at the end and provide a really nice balance that hints towards the sweeter end. It sort of starts saison and ends quad. Confusing and delicious.

MF: The body is medium to full body with a really nice dry finish.

O: I loved this, what a great idea. Really kept the surprises coming. Would recommend this to anyone and plan to age a few.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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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 from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,772 ratings.
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