Terrapin Poivre Potion | Terrapin Beer Company

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89 Ratings
Terrapin Poivre PotionTerrapin Poivre Potion
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional beers with a twist on their style has been a Terrapin ritual since the beginning. In keeping up with tradition, our 2015 employee beer “Poivre Potion” Dry Hopped Imperial Pink Peppercorn Saison, fits the bill. Brewed with pink peppercorns for a complex spice, and dry hopped for some extra aroma, this multifaceted beer will keep you guessing on which flavor comes next.

Added by Jason on 12-19-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iCabaLLero
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz 2016 shared bottle.
Orange-amber colored body with a white head. Sheets of lacing temporary coat the glass.
High ABV is evident in both the feel and the taste.
Floral, fruity, peppery and yeasty aroma.
Strong flavor is just lightly funky, mildly tart, lightly peppered and quite fruity.
Lively carbonation in a medium+ body.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color capped by an impressive head; nice retention and a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Dried orange peel, pear and pink peppercorn; shortbread malt buttresses

Taste: Medicinal tones and shortbread, with pear; the pink peppercorn arrives in the middle but the finish is chalky; the medicinal flavor lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A year on and the sweetness has dissipated (that's a good thing) but the overall flavor profile is bizarre and not particularly enticing

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2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beyondthepalace
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass
Light golden yellow with a big foamy head. Highly carbonated beer that lasted throughout. Decent lacing. Very light tasting farmhouse beer with just a hint of the pink peppercorn.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Traditional beers with a twist on their style has been a Terrapin ritual since the beginning. In keeping up with tradition, our 2015 employee beer “Poivre Potion” Dry Hopped Imperial Pink Peppercorn Saison, fits the bill. Brewed with pink peppercorns for a complex spice, and dry hopped for some extra aroma, this multifaceted beer will keep you guessing on which flavor comes next." Brewed in the style of a Saison Ale with pink peppercorns added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a golden-white color over a mildly hazy golden amber body with light carbonation and fine pulpy sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Dry-hopped nose of gentle tropical fruit, spicy pine resins and herbal tea with a moderate bitterness meets an aromatic nose of what I can assume best is pink peppercorn spices, generating what I can best describe as a uniquely fragrant perfumey and herbaceous tint over a pale malt base with a soft sweetness. Not much yeast-borne fruitiness, acidity nor funk to speak of in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Delicately dry malt base of pale malts with a high cleanliness and very low sweetness, little hop presence and light bitterness, and a subtle impact from pink peppercorns that is fortunately a bit more pedestrian than the aroma suggested, creating peppery and spicy qualities of gentle mulling spices and herbal notes of fresh mint. The yeast profile doesn't generate much compound character in the way expected of a saison yeast strain, with minimal fruit, barnyard funk or acidity and the malt and hop profiles are so passive that the beer honestly doesn't taste like much aside from the pink peppercorn, which happens to shine as its boldest asset. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly creamy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is nearly even peppery and spicy to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) It's been a few installments of Terrapin's employee brew-off contest winners, yet no clear winners for me in particular. Poivre Potion creates a decent flavor from the inclusion of the unique ingredient pink peppercorns, but unfortunately the beer otherwise doesn't have much body, malt, hop or even yeast character to serve as much of a compliment to the ingredient. At least it's not offensive, but it doesn't come off as much, and not a particularly memorable saison, even with the peppercorns in place. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Poivre Potion Dry Hopped Pink Peppercorn Saison
3.51/5.00

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Photo of vande
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 0_0
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spice, Citrus This beer reminds me of the time I got lost in Paris with this girl I was interested in and her friend. We hopped into a small cafe and sipped on our drinks lightly until the sun set, figuring out our plan back to the hotel. Mystery sweetness and spice.

I ended up getting with the friend if anyone was interested. No? Ok then.

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4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #109 (FEB 2016)

STYLE Saison | ABV 9.3% | AVAILABILITY Rotating | BEERADVOCATE.COM SCORE NONE

Spicy, Medicinal, Chalky, Dry
A bit of Brussels lacing going on here, quite the show. Rich aroma of phenols, peppercorn, nutty yeast, floral alcohol, and cracker-like graininess. Fresh grain on the palate with a pop and a prickle of peppercorn, the yeast character is very believable for a Saison. A subtle herbal tone plays well with the phenols, while the perceived bitterness is higher from all of this, making this beer pretty damn enjoyable. [Jason]

Look 4.25 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium gold, head / lacing weak for the style. Both the aroma & taste align pretty, both in the pros as well as the cons. I was impressed by how rich & distinct the peppercorn notes are, I'm just not sure it's s great mix with the more delicate hops. The heftiness of the darker pepper spice sublimates some of the other flavors. It's spicey and moderately bitter. As a saison the base beer seems a little too husky / malty as well. It tastes more like a solid pale ale that someone dumped a pepper shaker into. Nice change of pace but nothing exceptional. Worth trying for a one-off

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