Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Pepe Nero Belgian Style AlePepe Nero Belgian Style Ale
1,796 Ratings
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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle bottled 1/15/13

A: dark dark brown, lots of head especially in a beer over a year old. Creamy head with lots of retention

S: funky yeasty, slight grassy hops. EtOH smelled too

T: interesting, grainy, lots of malt background. Sweet bread-like flavor. Tartness is not overwhelming, nice balance of the malt and yeast with burnt flavor

M: light, lots of carbonation actually

O: good but not my favorite of the farmhouse ales. Interesting to have a dark version and I think that burnt malt takes over a little much for me. Surprising how much alcohol taste is there in a beer stored for over a year and at only 6.5%

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Pepe Nero Belgian Style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,796 ratings
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