Sgt. Pepper | Cambridge Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
347 Ratings
Sgt. PepperSgt. Pepper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
farmhouse ale with rye and peppercorns

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Andrew041180
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbarletto
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; the head is strong and leaves plenty of streaky lace

Smell: Biscuity and spicy, with rotting stone fruit and clove tones

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors with apple and rotting stone fruit elements building; after the swallow, the peppercorn and clove flavors hit the taste buds and continue to build, with the heat of pink peppercorns starting to dominate the finish; the malt is also pronounced in the tail end as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; heat on the tongue

Overall: While I didn't mind the heat, I was not crazy about the phenols here; the rotting fruit was somewhat unpleasant

 662 characters

Photo of Doomcifer
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one to leave on the shelf unless someone else is buying.

64 characters

Photo of Zstets
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Streetcore
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kanno
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained from the brewery in a

L: Pours a hazy reddish gold color with a head that dissipates quickly and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of bananas and cloves, malty and bready. You get a hint of the spice and pepper right away.

T: The belgian yeast flavors start it off, reminding me of a hefe, but then the hops and peppercorns kick in and you're on a whole different ride. A strong peppery finish (even stronger as it warms), but it certainly works and compliments the rest of the beer very well.

F: The crisp mouthfeel and carbonation brings the most out of the spicy flavor of the beer, giving it a little extra kick in that regard. Not too light either.

O: Not something I'd drink every night but a pretty cool beer to stir things up a bit when you're sick of the same old styles. The quality is evident.

 833 characters

Photo of bnes09
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdeese21
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer exceeded all expectations in the flavor department. I wasn't anticipating such intense pepper flavor! I sort of figured there would be limited pepper notes at the finish for an overall unremarkable drinking experience. I was quite wrong indeed...Sgt Pepper is remarkably hot and peppery while still being refreshing at the same time. I can't wait to drink more of this!

 379 characters

Photo of Cath
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the peppercorn at the tail end of the palate! Great brew!

62 characters

Photo of KAF
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First review since it's gone back to the old format. I used to separate my reviews by appearance, smell, etc. but I like just free flowing better and will not revert. This was a bottle. It poured an orangey color with a softer head. Nose was mild. Yeast and subtle, sweet malt. Spicy and peppery. Flavor was fairly phenolic. The peppery notes are pronounced. Peppercorn and Saison yeastiness. Some bready malt and sweetness. Medium bodied. Lingering peppercorn. Didn't relly like is one all too much. Happy it was split.

 520 characters

Photo of soulgrowl
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange and slightly hazed, with very little head. Lovely aroma of woodsy black, bright pink, resinous green, and musky white peppercorns, all present and accounted for against a backdrop of honey, pear, and cornbread. If I had to guess I'd have pegged this as some kind of lager, as there doesn't seem to be much of a yeast footprint – at least not a 'farmhouse' one.

Flavor starts off pleasant if a bit bland, then builds into something quite interesting and quite hot! Malty sweetness is followed by hoppy-yeasty white fruitiness, and then the onslaught of pepper. How do you describe the flavor of these four peppers in different terms? Sort of gingery, sort of clovey, sort of wheatgrassy, sort of peaty, and very capsaiciny. A hint of cinnamon. The heat is very rounded – punchy and slow-burning at the same time. It's all carried by a very nice, soft and dry mouthfeel with carbonation that seems to support but also mellow the pepperiness. Tasty stuff – not an everyday beer because of its intensity, but still very good. Possible food pairings: white fish, king prawns, filled pasta/dumplings, caprese salad, creamy pasta.

 1,144 characters

Photo of Satchboogie
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GmAn613
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe