Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale

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

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

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +6.4%

Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of divineaudio
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -4%
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 +6.4%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of daledeee
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 -6.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of jen_not_jenn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bowlerjoe2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tsulli
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Snowrs
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Rschis16
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red in hue with a thick and pillowy head on top that sticks around for a good long time. Releases farmhousey aromas with spicy and herbal tones. Definitely a saison with some lemon grassy aromas followed by a caramelly malt that rides right underneath. Pleasant aroma.

Grainy caramel malts make themselves very evident up front with a slight easing of caramel and grains. Very light toasting effect that helps bring out the saisony sharpness in a very slight manner, dissappointedly not very sharp like you would expect from a good Belgian farmhouse ale in the first half of the bottle. The caramel and toffee like flavors weakly dominate the front and middle of the palate, with the hops and medium-high carbonation ending it with a spritzy dryness. The hops lend a citrusy lemon rind like quality that helps bring out the dryness.

Not a bad beer. Leaves a little bit unsatisfying however, like it could have used a bit more umph on the malt bill. The caramel just didn't quite cut it with enough flavor upfront to balance it out. Definitely would not have hurt to have a bit more of an herbal earthiness or spiciness as well. Would definitely also benefit with a bit more age I think. This one is about only about four months old and may become more complex with a bit more time.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of SickGnar
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black with very dark garnet highlights when held to light. Fairly clear despite dark color. Good size really light tan head. Good retention with just alright lacing that would be far better if it was more sticky.

S: Interesting. Softly peppery & earthy notes combined with some roast & lots of dark fruit sweetness. Dark & crusty bread. Very mild yeasty ester & phenols notes. Malty sweetness grows. Quite pleasant & appealing, but not all that saison or even Belgian. Rather good strength. Bit of chocolate that grows as it warms. Pepper also grows as it warms.

T: Dark malty malts – lots of bread crust, good amount of soft roast, some toffee, some chocolate, background nutty & toasty malts, and lots of dark fruit sweetness – prunes & plums. Even a hint of smoke (that could also be from phenolics). Firm bitterness underneath – herbal with some spice & a back end hint of resin. Peppery aspect from peppercorns and /or yeast is there, but not terribly strong. More a lightish bodied porter than a saison, but nice regardless. Pepper grows late in the finish.

M: Medium body, but just barely. And lightened quite a bit by active, expansive, and slightly coarse textured carbonation. Opens sweet with a light hint of sugars and dextrins. Sweetness stays until the end when roast pushes it aside. Roast, hops, & just a hint of peppery spice take this one drying with a soft peppery heat bite. Overall it is quite a bit rich for a saison.

D: Not sure it is really a saison. More a light & interesting Baltic Porter or a very strongly characterful schwarzbier. Rather minimal on the peppery & earthy yeast notes that usually mark a saison (even with peppercorns added). And a bit lacking in the usual attenuation and dryness. No funk of any kind. Whatever style bucket it fits in, it is one drinkable and tasty brew.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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