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Peppercorn Saison | 3 Stars Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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176 Ratings
Peppercorn SaisonPeppercorn Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States
threestarsbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,406
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
176
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
49
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of joekoz007
1.33/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Belgians are not my favorite style but I still drink some. I just couldn't drink this one. Smelled of rotten bananas. Tasted like peppered bananas and formaldehyde. Total drain pour. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent saison; It seems like it knows how to go with food (I only had it with appetizers, a low standard in my book.)
Looks are average, could have more inviting foam. Smells mostly of malt and I detect some spices, but they act mysterious.
Tastes are balanced and clear; the pepper is there, but not pushing out the malt. Finishes fine (thin doesn't bother me in this style... cleansing the palate is key and this saison does.)

My first from 3 Stars, so I went on their website (Not as sophisticated as the competition.) But they sure are sophisticated in their brewing after only 5 years organized. They have two membership clubs (one for barrels and one for wilds.) But this is my first beer from DC, where I lived for 8 years in my pre-beer days. So, they get an OA hug for bringing culture to a place that needs to get more transcendent about itself... fast.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden. Sweet bready and banana aroma. The Belgian yeast really carries this with a slight underpinning of earthy peppercorn character. It's perfectly alright.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at 3 Stars in D.C.

Pours a clear light orange with quite a bit of soft foam.

Smell is quite peppery, white peper to be precise, and fruity. Some funk and citrus along with some yeast and banana.

Taste is fruity and yeasty, with som notes of hay and pepper, along with spices and citrus on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly, almost champagne-like.

Overall, a very nice, balanced and modern saison.

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Photo of beinerso
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap the Rochard, NYC.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a modest head that yields a thin ring crown once it dissipates.
The nose opens with a light earthy funk that is fleeting. Fruity aromas take over, evoking notes of banana, orange marmalade, apricot jam, and melon. Lots of sweetness emanating from both the above mentioned fruity esters and pound cake like malt. Notes of hay and grass add a rustic smell, while the spice of the peppercorns hits the nose midway.
The taste opens sweetly, with a dry fruity flavor amidst bready and biscuity pilsner malts. Good use of the peppercorn as it adds a nice touch of spice that is accessible and not overpowering. Surprisingly well hopped with bright citrusy flavors and a mild acidity.
Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry, yeasty and chalky finish.
A flavorful Saison that is well attenuated and features good eatery and phenolic yeast characteristics.

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Photo of dzni
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter

Dark golden color, thin head that dissipated quickly.
Smell is of berry fruit and malt sweetness. Also some hay smells.
Taste is also kind of hay-like with subtle peppercorn heat.
Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.
This has been a go-to beer for awhile. A nice combination of sweetness, carbonation, and heat from the peppercorn. And since it's a saison, still manages to finish crisp and dry. Not as amazing as some, but it's a good combination for me.

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Photo of mpyle
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold color. Cloudy. Pours big moussy white head with good retention

Nice peppery nose. Hints of sweetness

Pepper and a bit of a lemon character. Fairly dry and bitter in finish with a lingering pepper note

Light med body, high carbonation. Has the crisp drying finish that the style should have

Nice local version of a euro farm house beer. Pretty easy drinking and refreshing

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Photo of cgrunin
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMEG
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mike22ne
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, dated 13 Sep 2017.
Looks pretty good, a cloudy gold color with a thick white head.
Smell and taste are nice. Prominent saison yeast character, earthy and spicy with a sweet bready malt. A bit fruity and farmy, the spice character doesn't strike me as a bold use of peppercorns but it blends well with the yeast character (probably a good thing that the pepper is not over-powering).
I don't know about the feel. Other reviews say it is chalk dry, but I disagree - definite sweetness, though a bit dry in the finish. Maybe it's batch-to-batch variation?

Overall, pretty tasty! Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGibbons
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WatertowerIV
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a frosty mug

A- honey-gold, with a nice haze you'd hope for from belgian yeast. Lively effervescence and a half-inch head which settles down rather quickly, disappointingly.

S- almost like a heffeweizen, banana and clove prominent, but layered with an acidic funkiness underneath which becomes more prominent as the beer warms

T- Earthy barnyard up front, some clove, and a nice tingle from the pepper

F- dry, dry, dry. Like the Brös said, keeps you coming back for the next sip. Balanced carbonation and medium to light body.

O- saison's easily one of my favorite spring/summer styles, and this is easily one of my favorite expressions of it (alongside Boulevard Tank 7 and Brooklyn Sorachi Ace). Had it alongside a nice green curry and couldn't have been happier with how it complemented the food!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewLogan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good saison! Tasty but not outstanding

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Peppercorn Saison from 3 Stars Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 176 ratings