Poivre Rose | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Poivre RosePoivre Rose

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A French Saison brewed with Pink & Tellicherry Peppercorns.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Vonerichs
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw with a spongy white and persistent head.

Banana, funky, slightly spicy aromas. Band aid phenol.

Yeasty, spicy, faint dragonfruit. The peppercorn is heavy in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry and prickly. On the light side even for a saison.

I liked it but would have enjoyed it more if the peppercorn was dialed back and it wasn't so dry.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick layer of foam that eventually settles into a thin layer of white carbonation. Head of the bear is persistent and a notable sticky lacing coats the glass.

S- A lot of citrus up front with lemons and faint hints of phenols including a light clove. There is a certain floral quality to the smell that melds with the citrus towards the middle of the beer that I am going to attribute the pink peppercorns. Towards the end there seems to be a slight amount of peppery spice, but part of my wonders if I am imagining it since I know they used peppercorns in the beer.

T- Starts off once again with the lemony citrus and a surprising malt sweetness in the beginning. However, the floral character is more noticeable in the beer and takes the lead towards the middle of the beer. The floral taste is refreshing, not quite tea like, and not overdone. Towards the end of the beer, the spicey peppercorn character kicks in. I beleive the added peppercorn leaves a little strange taste in the finish, but nothing off putting.

M- Beer is a little sweeter to what I am used to in a saison, but drys out in the finish. Nice full carbonation as well.

O- Really liked my first saison from Pipeworks and will now certainly try the other one I saw at the store. I would have liked to see it be a little dryer and persona

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a big 2 finger head and lot of carbonation

Nose has a vinegar lemon zest note that fades into a fair amount of spice and a slight straw malt backbone

Taste has some interesting components to it. There is a bit of woody character that is mixed with some fruity notes. The peppercorn is the dominate flavor that enparts the contrasting notes. The yeast gives an interesting sour flavor that is accentuated with a small amount of tannin that is not at all off-putting.

Slightly dry, crisp light bodied and still refreshing

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Photo of thinkinflicka
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazey golden color with a big white head and lots of lacing

Smells grassey, silght citus and some pepper

Grassy, yeast and some bitter citrus , nice spice from the pepercorns but not overpowering

Nice balenced feel, slighyly dry finishes great

I love saisons and this is one of the better ones iv had in a long time, the peppercorns offer a nice changethat still stays true to the style different yet still very drinkable

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a massive head. About three to four fingers. Thick layers of lacing is left at each level of the glass. Slight yellow color to this brew. Active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: An extremely dry straw aroma dominates this brew. The peppercorns hit hard here. There is a cinnamon spice undertone as well. Getting some lemon and pepper as well. Interesting, just those peppercorns come on so hard it is tough to get past them.

Taste: Like the aroma, a straw/grassy front hit right away. There is some good hop presence here as well. The peppercorns do their thing again in the body of this brew, dry and spicy. The lemon doesn't come through like it did in the aroma, but provides some dryness on the back end. The finish is a yeast presence which kind of feels like a belgian ale. Like Pipeworks previous Poivre, this one is a unique twist on a farmhouse ale.

Mouthfeel: Some citrus and peppercorny dryness.

Overall: Like I said above, an interesting twist on a farmhouse ale. The peppercorns come on much hard then I thought they would and distract from the brew overall. Cool those off a bit and you could really have an elite brew here.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a murky yeow pour with 3 fingers of fluffy white head and nice amounts of lacing. smells of pepper, lemongrass, mustard seed, bready, yeasty scents. oh wow that's a nice peppercorn dominant flavor! this tastes like st patricks day dinner! mustard seed, peppercorn, bready, and yeasty.. slightly bitter from a spicy grassy hop. a lovely beer in all honesty. delicious meal like body, medium, with high carbonation.. lots of really nice peppery flavor. one of the best saisons i've had. i really really like this one.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a two-plus inch head of stark white. A solid skim coat remains with a generous amount of tattered lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead of with spice-studded fruits and bubblegum. Apples, bananas, cloves, peppercorns, and doughy yeast.

Light bodied with a crisp, fluffy mouthfeel.

Fresh, crackery malt dusted with peppercorns, cut grass, and a lemony twang on the palate. A mild warmth from the peppercorns builds and lingers.

Finishes with warming cracked peppers, zesty yeast, and mild funk.

Tasty brew. The peppercorns are not overdone and barley a trace of warmth.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 21
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a creamy snow white head and a strong swirl of microbubbles.

S- Soft earthy yeast notes grow a bit as the beer opens but it is a pretty clean aroma.

T- The taste is dry pale malt that leads to a finish with a hint of soapy peppercorn that comes through as the it warms. The bitterness lingers and has a pithy taste to it as it opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft scrubbing bubbles with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The saison character is very soft and the peppercorn adds a dominating bite that grows a bit harsh as it opens up. This is a clean beer with not much flavor and is a bit hard to get through with the peppercorn bite.

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Photo of JohnStech
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled several Pipeworks beers, and this was my favorite. The peppercorn flavor was an excellent accompaniment to the saison style. However, while I was initially floored by the taste, my appreciation faded as I finished the glass. Maybe it'd hold up better with food.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!

The beer is hazy and golden yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings fruity esters, earthy tones, yeast, bread dough, light spice. The peppercorns emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Light sweetness with freshly cut grass. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A tasty beer and solid example of the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden hay color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light sweet notes and some light peppery ester. Taste is also dominated by solid rustic malt with balanced sweetness level and light peppery notes with some good floral ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering and I’m glad the pink pepper notes were not overly dominant as it would have been a shame to hide some of the nice characteristics of this beer.

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Photo of divineaudio
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes. bomber into a tulip, batch #21.

a - pours a murky amber color and forms a pinky of off white foam. after calming i get a thin film and thin, leggy lacing.

s - faint clove, pepper, toasted bread, light candi sugar, faint citrus effervescence.

t - light tart spiciness over lightly toasted bread. notes of lemon, pepper, clove, orange. has a faint mustiness to it and finishes crisp and lightly bitter. one of the more delicate, complex, and interesting beers that i have tried.

m - lighter in body with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is coarser than i prefer, adding to the spicy qualities in the taste.

o - the friend that i got this from described it as refreshing, and i'd say that's quite accurate. better than some other well known examples of the style. i'd like to get my hands on some more of this.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, batch number 21, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy pale golden color. Even a careful pour produces a huge fluffy white head, which has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S- Spicy peppercorn, which really does leave a bit of pepper aroma tingling in the back of your nose, also a considerable phenolic clove aroma and some fruit.

T- Similar to the nose, has lots of prominent crispy apple and pear flavors, as well as Belgian yeast and phenol, before a bit of spicy black pepper takes over towards the finish. The pepper is more subtle than I expected, with sweet and fruity saison flavors usually dominant.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth, slightly crisp feel, subtle warming alcohol.

O- A very enjoyable saison, the pepper makes a great complement to the fruity and yeasty flavors, definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Etan
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 21.

A: Pours a mellow orange-gold with a huge white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Sweet perfumy pale malt and farmhouse yeast, some cherry notes.

T: Light cake and stone fruit esters, slight peppery spiciness, vanilla. Palpable creamy, fruity notes from the peppercorns meld well with the soft esters.

M: Soft, moderate carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this. The peppercorns are just right.

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Photo of Agold
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent reviewed in a while, so why the hell not.

Poivre Rose is nice and clear and golden with a nice healthy 2 inch head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is very fruity, almost berry like and spicy but mostly just very fruity. This beer has a lot of very spicy saison qualities that are accentuated by the peppercorns which are very light and in the aftertaste. Definitely fruity and a touch sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I would like. It doesn't have that great crisp quality I love in a saison, but it is still very nice.

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Photo of brystmar
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance with tons of head and stubborn lace. Yeasty, earthy, grassy nose; mild fruitiness in the background.

Hmm, almost tastes pink and fruity. Bold sweetness is surprising for a saison. Peppercorn is subdued; nice accent to the base. Enjoyable, glad I tried it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Billowing two inch tall white head. Opaque dull orange in color. Nice looking head retention and lacing.

Definite saison aromas. No sensing any peppercorns in the nose.

Good farmhousey on the frontend. Kind of a strange flavor about three-quarters though each sip, guessing the pink peppercorns? Lavender.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Meh. Average saison at best, and this coming from a big Pipeworks dood. I feel like the peppercorns could be brought to the forefront (blaaack) and it would be better received. Thanks for the share TATURBO.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Alchemist pint glass. Batch #21.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick, creamy, cap with chunky lacing. Hazed apricot body.

S - Aroma is extremely peppery, with some phenolic notes as well. Some grain, perhaps a bit of clove. As it warms, there's a bit of peripheral sweetness.

T - The taste is significantly sweeter, with marmalade and stone fruit flavors mid-palate before giving way to a peppery finish. Some yeasty and earthy flavors too.

M - Juicy texture, medium bodied, with a mildly tannic finish. Pleasant moderate carbonation, and a touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - I'm spoiled by offerings from Hill Farmstead and Fantôme, but this is a pretty enjoyable beer. The peppercorns are well-integrated and it's quite easy-drinking for nearly 8%. I like Pipeworks' Saison yeast better than Half Acre's strain already.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light yellow on early pour turns to a clod ire pastel yellow on later pours. Forms a very large, rather fizzy white head that reduces down to a thickish surface coating.

S: aroma is a bit seltzery and simplistic. A little lemon, some yeast, and a hint of black pepper.

T: The taste is certainly more exciting. There is mild honey-like sweetness on the front end that turns to lemon and yeast before the spice and peppercorn finishes things off. The pepper is certainly noticeable, but if it weren't on the label, I'd guess this was all yeast derived.

M: on the lighter side of medium. Crisp, spicy, and tingles the tongue. Very mild bitterness. Heavier carbonation.

O: a nice Saison. I've got to admit I'm starting to turn away from all of these beers where the brewer decides to drop as much shit in the kettle as possible, but this one really works well. The brewers exhibited a good deal of restraint allowing the peppercorns to play nicely with the yeast.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

I've already used my one peppercorn joke (a sad play on a Sandlot character's name) before, so I guess it's right on to the beer this time, eh? It pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a couple fingers of decently quickly-dissipating white foam. The nose comprises a healthy dose of Belgian yeastiness, light black pepper, light cardamom, and a few squeezes each of lemon and orange. The yeast is definitely rocking the 'strils here. The taste brings in more of the same, though the citrus fruits come in stronger up front, yielding to the spicy and lightly funky yeast as things progress. The pepper is definitely there, but it's not up front/in your face (always good, I guess). The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice saison, indeed, one that makes me look forward to future batches and other Pipeworks takes on the style. Good times.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbet chalice.

A- pours a dark golden color with a 2'finger white head. Small blotches remain on the glass.

S- honey, lemon peel, grapes, and spices

T- some sweet citrus along with slightly bitter lemon and orange. Nice spice with peppercorns standing in the forefront.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable with a crisp and slightly dry finish.

O- nice solid saison. Will try this again and a very nice beer to enjoy on a warm day.

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Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Founders tulip. Batch 21.

A: Pour a semi hazy golden amber color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and some light bubbly wisps.

S: Light citrus fruit flesh, some lemon rind, grass make up the initial part of the nose. There is light peppery notes and some mild funk with a little bit of must. Mild cheese is in the background.

T: The initial sip has great yeasty flavor profiles. Mild wet hay, some cheese, and phenolic notes as well. Peppery spice, Lemon pith bitterness and with a creamy malt body.

M: Medium to light bodied with an above average prickly carbonation that carries the flavors away a little to quickly. It is really drinkable though.

O: Very easy drinking and flavors are pretty balanced. I would have like a touch more spice from the peppercorns as I thought they were somewhat lost.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Pipeworks small tulip

Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a two finger bright white head. Bready yeast, flora and grass, and dried fruit with citrus highlights on the nose. Very light citrus, apricot, maybe a touch of peach, bready, earthy yeast with just a touch of funk and peppery spice in the midpalate, and finishes dry with the spice added by the peppercorns. Light to medium body with a touch of creaminess and adequate carbonation adds to an enjoyable mouthfeel. A solid and very easy drinking saison, perfect for this pleasant summer night.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted off the yeast into a tulip glass, it pours a gorgeously saturated orange color, opaque and nearly glowing in the light. Half inch of white foam rises, and begins to leave some lace behind. Visible trails of carbonation rising at the edges, and a patchy skim on the surface.

Soft aromas of phenolic Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and field grass.

Taste is a little more fruit forward at first, with some dried apricot leading off, moving into a more earthy pepper middle. Dry aftertaste, slightly bitter. Creamy supple feel, medium bodied and lighter on carbonation. Overall the spicy, earthy notes win out in the end against the light apricot traces and honeyish malt flavors that surface at first. A good saison that could be a little more dry and crisp for my personal taste, but I also like it for what it is.

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Poivre Rose from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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