Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
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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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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 version..pours dark maple brown with slightly foamy off white head. Smell is not overwhelmingly Belgian in nature but the key characteristics are present. Taste reminds me of a Belgian style stout..definitely notice the 2 years of agey sweetness here. Mouthfeel is foamy and definitely sense the heat of alcohol here, although this is just stated as 6% abv on bottle. Overall, as a person who is not the biggest fan of Belgian style, highly drinkable. Could use more bite.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, relatively clear on the first pour, little carbonation, huge 5 finger tan head with large and small bubbles. The head colour is like the head of a Coke, but with a good, long retention.

S: Belgian yeasts, much like those of Unibroue’s, light smokiness, caramel, bacon, pear, light creaminess. Fresh musty grass.

T: Fruity, dark toasted caramel, light smokiness, prunes, apricots, light floral notes. Moderately sweet, light tartness, light brininess. Freezer burn. Alcohol, but not in the face as its well hidden.

M: Thick lightly syrupy body, chewy, medium low carbonation.

O: Bottled May 28, 2013, drank May 8, 2014. Its stretching my perception of Saison, farmhouse ales. Saison Silly was dark, but not as dark as this one. A lot more toasted notes, darker and deeper flavours.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: Bottle of 2011 'Pepe Nero'

Appearance: Licorice/bistre head with slight maroon/burgundy shading when held up to the light, with an ecru/chocolate head.

Aroma: Profound notes of raspberries and blackcurrants with a wine-like nose (like a lighter Bermet)

Taste: The taste with this one comes in two stages:

a. The raspberries and blackcurrants come through, making this akin to a lambic.
b. Spicy pepper and roasted chocolate.

The first thing to hit you is the fruit, which is quickly followed by notes of spicy pepper and roasted chocolate which linger on the palate; truly, not what I would expect from a saison - black or not.

Mouthfeel: Light, almost creamy mouthfeel with a 'peppery' tinge resolve.

Overall: As a fan of saisons, I had high expectations of Pepe Nero - particularly because it is a black saison; I can say with certainty, those expectations were exceeded. The aroma and taste threw me off at first because 'fruit' and 'chocolate' are not terms I would associate with a saison, but this has easily become on of my favorites.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark chestnut; medium, frothy beige head with good lacing

Smell: earthy smell; smells almost like a newly dried tobacco leaf; light hops, almost undetectable; different smell than any beer I've had before; interesting

Taste: creamy malt with roasted grains; light hop notes; finishes semi sweet that starts to turn to a dry lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: creamy, medium bodied; medium carbonation

Remarks: not bad overall

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,802 ratings