Poivre Potion
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,265
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,175
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
90
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
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86
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 90
Photo of iCabaLLero
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rated this a 4 last time, not anymore, tryin again after my new found love for saisons and this is absolutely fantastic 10/10 beautiful. Would drink a 6 pack of this and wake up with many regrets. Fantastic job guys, from valdosta area, keep it up.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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 0_0
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ajm5108
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Pours clean medium gold , white head leaves decent lace. Light toasty malt aroma. Very peppery taste with session yeast finish. Hides the abv well. A little too peppery for me, but not bad.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Dry hopped pink peppercorn sasion.

A: A pristine pale weathered orange has a good density of slow rising bubbles. Patchy, off white foam head is one inch high and well lasting for visual sake, leaving a full one finger wide band lacing behind.

S: Citrus, potpouri and peppercorns open the nose with some sweet sugary malt and spicy curaco orange spiciness. Some fruitiness of green melon of good strength and duration mixes in with some wet spruce notes to give a lasting and very unique impression.

T: Flavor was just as unique as the nose and kept you guessing with some spicy orange, wet spruce and warming of pine. Light peppercorn scent, spicy warmth of peppery woodsy citrus and some breakfast fruit yeastiness. Nice dry fruitiness with some light anise, birch and some cypress. Straw, toasted barley with a noticeable alcohol warmth of the swallow.

M: Slippery smooth medium body with a syrupy consistency. Yeasty fruit and alcohol warmth on the inner cheeks with a nice tingle of carbonation.

O: Nice drinkability, semi-dry fruity yeastiness and musk with some spicy orange and peppercorn highlights host a variety of secondary spicing that will keep you intrique. very good overall.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very unusual tasting beer. It's dry and clean with a hint of peppercorn spice. But on the back end, there's an interesting bit of farm-y funk. Very good and you don't even notice the higher alcohol content either.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber for $ 7.98 ($ 0.362/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bottle dated 12.07.2016 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of yeast phenolics, fades throughout drinking time
Head large (Four cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to irregular 10 to 14 mm lacy ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide band of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight haze, effervescent
Flavor odd. Some yeastiness but the peppercorns add a tartness, not unpleasant, just unusual. Any hops are voted down in the yeast/peppercorn alliance. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, more than watery but less than creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden color. Head rentention is good and clarity is also very good. The aroma was sweet and funky with malt and rustic yeast lending heavy aroma, a bit of peppery spice. The taste was moreso American Saison style, super clean though a bit of funk in the back. Slight hop and more pepper with a slight cotton candy wheat thing going on. Medium bodied more so on the full bodied side. A beer I would gladly revisit.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murkey orange color, nice 1 inch white head, great lacing

S: A sweet floral smell then, musty yeast smell

T: Sweet peppery bite up front but not too hot, I think this was the floral that I was smelling, then that classic Belgian yeast mustiness.

M: Medium

O: I nice change of pace from my most recent selections. A nice Belgian is always welcomed. With that said, I will not be seeking this out in the future.

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Photo of jhartley
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian Snifter.

Look: Crystal clear slightly amber to golden body. No amount of head or lacing in the glass.

Smell: Sweet fruit and floral aroma, slight Saison funkiness. Very nice and enticing,

Taste: Not what I was expecting at all. A little too much sweetness up front, however the floral like sweetness of the peppercorns comes through. Not enough spiciness or Saison funk in the taste.

Feel: Nice and light; not too much of a lingering taste left-over.

Overall: Unfortunately this didn't live up to my expectations. Not that it was a bad beer, just seemed a little to muddled to me with a little too much sweetness.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Murky brown tinted peach color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is about average and one finger of dense lacing is left behind.

3.75 S: Peppery peppercorns start this off with a pleasant spiciness. Also quite floral with wildflowers and jasmine. Grassy notes with apple fruitiness.

3.75 T: Again lots of peppery spice. Dry flowers and herbalness. Grass and hay. Lemon and apple fruits. Mild bitterness. Lingering herbal aftertaste.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat spritzy, somewhat creamy, but very nice overall.

3.75 D: Very pleasant beer. Love the peppercorn addition.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber, with a bottled on date of 12.xx.15

L - Hazy yellow, with no clarity. 2 fingers of head, and some nice retention and lacing

S - Not getting much aroma, but digging deep I get the farmhouse saison yeast

T - Nice belgian funk, peppercorns, and a slightly sour/tart finish. Tasty!

F - Medium body and well carbonated. Nice and smooth

O - A great brew. Way to think outside the box to the the Turtle crew. I enjoyed it

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Photo of jpro
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into teku glass... Pours an orange tinged, straw gold, with a fluffy white head of foam. Aroma is complex... Pear, bready, light esters, pepper, not much funk. Taste starts off with bread crust followed by fruity esters / white grape, and a nuanced, rustic finish; lasting bitterness on the end and peppercorn character becomes more evident as the beer warms. Feel is a bit too big - full and creamy. Overall an interesting beer - while this is an enjoyable, complex beer, the concept of an imperial saison feels a bit forced here. Still, a very interesting, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. This is a really enjoyable and unique saison with some nice added characteristics from the dry hopping and a really unique spiciness from the peppercorns. Tasty stuff!

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent looking. Light aroma of some barnyard and hay. Taste is quite mild and along the styles of this beer. Very light on the pink peppercorn. Overall, finished relatively clean with minimal funky aftertaste

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not my favorite beer from these guys, or i should say, maybe too big of a dose for me, taking the bomber to my head on a hot day. its a strong brew, but benefits little from its strength, coming across a little fuller bodied and sweeter than would be ideal, and feels more like a tripel than a saison in some respects, but i really appreciate the beer, and like how unique it is. pink peppercorn is such an intense ingredient, flavorful and distinct and hard to cover up, easy to get carried away with. i know right from the first whiff of this thick hazy golden brew that they flirt with the line on that. the pink peppercorns are floral and pungent, and with a yeast as belgian spicy as it is saison funky, the fusion is quite bizarre. tangy and a little sweet in the flavor, but the peppercorns last through the finish, and for me, its a little too much, especially as the beer warms up a bit. some may love this, my girlfriend did, but after so many ounces, i liked it less and less. i did that to myself, but it definitely is negatively impacting my opinion of the beer overall. i hope terrapin keeps making beer like this though, the experimentation and use of weird ingredients like this is what makes their beer so exciting to me. this one, as tasty and unique as it is, is just a little too much in my opinion.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber, decent head that thins quickly. Aroma is slight marshmellow, and peppery. Maybe hops are in there to give it some flower.

Taste is immediately sweet-n-spice, with some hop astringent coming in. Another reviewer felt the sweet was like artificial sweetener and I agree with that. Fake honey. The spice has a clove tinge, slight bubblegum, oregano? Then there's a citrus bitterness funk underlay. Lot of things happening, nothing quite resolves.

Feel is oily and and becomes dry as you finish. Sticky, with a yeast body trying to get through but it doesn't get past the sour aftertaste. The fake-tasting sugar throws this one off. Booze is well hidden, though. No alcohol heat is obvious, although it does become present as the beer warms, a kind of bourbon sweet presence.

Letting this one sit for a spell is a good idea; taste gets more on the dank side with patience. But I'm not a fan.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I usually like all the Terrapin offerings but this one just did not do it for me. I found it overly sweet and undercarbed. I did not taste too much pepper nor did any come across on the nose. The hops were not on the forefront or present much at all for that matter.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a peach amber with a large head. absolutely brimming with tiny sediment. nose; bubble gum, belgian yeast, grassy hops, & apricot sweets. tame nose, but heavy on the gum. taste; belgian yeast, dank citrus hops, gum, pear, apricot reduction, coriander, & slight peppercorn. quite a touch cloying on the sweets after a bit. medium+ carbonation & medium mouthfeel. the yeast funk build here is big, and nothing helps to cut it. the fruit & gum try, but it only starts tasting like artificial sweetener. the 9.3% abv is remarkably tame, it's just too bad this one is off the mark on drinkability; it builds to a sweet artificial funk taste pretty quickly. not terrible, but not a great example of a saison. decent.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium gold with effervescence streaming up from the point of stem attachment in the bottom of the goblet. The pour produces 2 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, offwhite head that leaves a wash of motes & streaky lace. Aroma is very fruity & less floral with Belgian wet hay & earth, the dry hopping adding more hop character than is expected for the style, peppercorn notes & alcohol hints waft up as a backdrop, bubblegum appears as the brew warms. Taste is diversely fruity if given a long, contemplative session, peppercorn, spice (peppercorn and alcohol), wheat, alcohol & some Belgian funk in the dry finish. The dry aftertaste is earthy, peppercorn, bitter & astringent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, wet & slick, lively in the mouth with a prickly, peppery bite, tight, astringent & dry.

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Poivre Potion from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 90 ratings