Sgt. Pepper | Cambridge Brewing Company

very good
348 Ratings
Sgt. PepperSgt. Pepper

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of kanno
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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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!

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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

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!

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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.

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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.

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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%

Photo of philmen
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of espnbam
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Enjoyed the hell out of this brew, great initial taste not too bitter no after taste, and the pepper flavor was perfect not too peppery.

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Photo of Burkbom23
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mbonugli
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Great beer. Enjoyed this and would drink again

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Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of goblue3509
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Sgt. Pepper from Cambridge Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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