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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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3.75/5
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1,797 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#21,587
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
1,797
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,797 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before, but tried again at a World Wines and Liquor tasting. Pours dark reddish brown, into a plastic 4 0z. cup. medium carbonated head. Aroma is rich with spices, pepper, belgian yeast, dark fruit. Taste is fairly sweet up front with loads of pepper present. Some bitterness. Fairly quick finish. Light to medium body with some carbonation. Nice, simple but solid brew.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mtlasley
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pepe Nero pours a nice brownish hue from the bottle. As it fills the glass, I caught a powerful red bursting through. A woody color comes forth when held to the light. There's a strong, noticeable carbonation in the glass. The strong finger head is composed of very large bubbles. The froth takes it's time dissipating.

Smell: There's a tartness up front, as with any saison. A vinegar flavor stands with the tartness but quickly leads into a fruity, almost strawberry aroma. A tinge of yogurt comes back, but only lightly. As the smells culminate, I catch caramel and roasty smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Very light but large on the tongue. The beer stays together on the tongue, as if held together with a thickness on the interior. It closes incredibly smooth.

Taste: The first taste I find is a (surprisingly) light tart sourness. It's understated and really lets everything else shine while letting you know that this is still a Belgian. The pepper starts to blossom on the back two thirds of the tongue and is just spicy enough to be noticeable. Everything here blends well but starts to crowd the palate after a few sips. As the beer closes I start to notice a sweet pineapple or orange taste. That tangy citrus gets abruptly pushed though into a caramel flavor, closed by roasty malt.

Overall: Goose Island makes some great Belgian beers and this is no exception. There were a few points where I felt this brew got a little "busy" and started to take away from the enjoyment. There's a lot of flavor here and it's hard to get you tongue into every nook and cranny. Still, this is more proof that the ladies and gents from Chicago are still putting out some good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this back to back with Matilda... very different.

A: two finger tan head on a deep brown body with red tinge when held up to the light.

S: roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Less yeasty than a typical saison.

T: Interesting flavor which is both roasty and tart due to the sour side of fruitiness. Peppercorn cotes with more of a yeasty note than was in the aroma.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Having had this back to back with Matilda, I actually would choose this one to have again because of how different it was.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look - dark brown with about three fingers' worth of frothy tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - chocolaty and a bit malty, maybe even a bit of a soda-like feel.

Taste - malty, chocolaty and caramel-like with a bit of a coffee-like taste. It's definitely more on the sweeter side, but finishes a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - a little more on the creamier side, but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall - Not a bad-tasting brew, but not terribly interesting either.

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Photo of graha739
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of divineaudio
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber split with my gf. bottled on 2.25.11. tulip glass.

a - pours a deep, dark, reddish brown with a huge three finger, foamy, tan head. retention is great - head retreats a little but lasts almost until the end of the glass. leaves thick chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - raisin, candi sugar, faint clove.

t - chocolatey and spicy. bready malt with clove notes and a slight funk. faint earthy bitterness that gives way to a faint alcohol taste.

m - lighter in body with plenty of carbonation. medium co2 profile prickles the tongue and greatly enhances the spicy qualities in the flavor.

o - pretty good and an interesting beer, but not really my thing. seems a bit rough around the edges. not in a hurry to try more of this.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bottled 3/4/11, poured into a tulip.
A: Such a dark brown it's almost black. Even with a slow pour, a two-finger head slowly billows up to three fingers before slowly settling. Rare that the best part of the beer is the appearance, but it is here.
S: Light caramel, cocoa, toasted malt.
T: Dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee, caramel, and cocoa up front, but then it turns thin and all of the flavors disappear in a flash.
M: Much thinner than I expected given everything else. Fairly light & watered down.
O: This has so many of the right elements going for it, I just wish it were a bit fuller-bodied and lasted a bit longer without turning watery.

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Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours much darker than I expected for a Saison. A chestnut brown with a fingers worth of cream colored head

S-roasted malt, light cocoa, pepper spice, and some light yeast funk.

T-the taste finally gives way to the style. Still has a light roasted malt backbone but there are some definite pepper spices to it and some yeast funkiness. Very interesting and complex beer.

M-medium body, high carbonation, leaves a spicy pepper taste

Overall I was quiet impressed with the beer. Didn't know what to expect from a dark saison, but I thought it was very interesting and worked well.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of IPx
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of daledeee
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark color with light tan voluminous head. Quite a departure from what I thought it would look like. I've only had one other dark Saison.

Nose is slightly funky and caramel.

Taste is caramel, roasted malt and spicy. It really is not characteristic of this style, but it tastes OK. Carbonation is high. Drinkability is good but alcohol was surprisingly warming considering it was only 6%. It seems to taste more like a saison as it airs out and warms up. MIght come back and update after I drink all four of these.

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Photo of cardern
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and small caramel notes. In the taste, small caramel notes, roasty, and small dryer notes in the end. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthful, with a small dry roast and somewhat light oatmeal sweetness in the aftertaste. Not so much Belgian, and more stout like.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice aroma consists of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! I can't detect any of the traditional saison characteristics with the exception of maybe a bit of pepper.

To the eye, this beer is very pleasing. Its incredibly dark, so much that light just wont penetrate it. The head is a beautifully fluffy mocha that hangs out for a bit and provides generous lacing.

I think this beer suffers from expectations. When I read Saison, I have a certain mental image of what to expect. Then I smell chocolate and that image changes, however when I finally taste it, it is more like the original image. There is a bit of funk on the back end with some spicy/herbal goodness all around.

Plenty of carbonation to hold the head, and a nice lighter body with a dry finish. This is quite easy to drink, though, not quite session able. I still like it though.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,797 ratings
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