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Poivre Du Sichuan | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kawilliams81 on 08-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, it appears a murky dark orange, slightly brownish. Very charged with lots of foam, have to pour slowly. Big head of foam, doesn't last too long though. Settles quickly to a ring around the edges.

Yeasty aroma with some earthy peppery spice.

Dry earthy flavors, hint of honeyed malt underneath in the aftertaste. Peppercorn is front and center, some minor herbal traces in there too. Fairly straightforward with the phenolic spice. Full bodied and well carbonated, froths up on the tongue and dries out pretty quick. Overall it's decent, though I prefer the regular iteration of Poivre Rose.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

My initial bottle of this was broken under semi-mysterious circumstances. Luckily, I was given a second chance... This stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, black pepper, clove, green pepper (the kind from a mill, not from a salad), banana peel, and a touch of vanilla way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pepper really coming on strong. This results in a bitter (in a peppery way) wave that washes over the tongue from early middle through to well beyond the finish. Malingering, to say the least. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay saison, one that had an interesting idea with the pepper and other spices, but, alas, only the former came through, and, when it did, it o'ershadowed pretty much all else.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a CCBW pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam slowly recedes to a thick cap, leaving a few specks of lace behind. Largely transparent golden body with tiny bubbles visible.

S - Smells like spicy peppercorns alright, along with some phenolic yeast, grain, clove, and coriander. Somewhat similar to the original version, but with a bit more 'hot' spice flavors.

T - Unfortunately, I don't like the flavor as much as Poivre Rose. There's a touch of malt sweetness with notes of lotion and stone fruits, but there's more of the earthy, peppery, and mildly vegetal flavors. Rather than making a Saison with a spicy kick, this has a bit too much spice.

M - Medium-full body, with a nice heft to it. Pleasant moderate carbonation and a fairly dry and tannic finish. Not much alcohol here - only a touch of warmth.

D - I liked spicy beers, not spiced beers, and unfortunately this is more of the latter. Not much pepper heat, but black pepper flavor instead. Still, it was surprisingly easy to drink for what it was - actually managed to finish the bomber over an extended evening.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Typical saison with slight pepper notes. Not bad, but nothing great.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale tannish-orange in color. Forms a very large white colored head with fairly stable retention. Light lacing.

S: There is lots of spice on the nose: coriander, black pepper, and that unmistakable lemony-woodsy character that is sichuan pepper.

T: Taste is an odd blend of saison-like yeastiness with the woodsy-spice character of the sichuan pepper. The flavor is unique: green apple, earthy wood, lemon, black pepper, green pepper and, for lack of a better term, somewhat meaty. I don't care for it.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation approaching the heavier side. Mild bitterness. Mild "mouth-numbing" quality from the sichuan pepper.

O: This is an interesting beer, but not one I really cared for. Now I am a fan of Sichuan and Hunan cuisine and I have a great appreciation for the sichuan pepper, but this combination just didn't work for me. In my mind sichuan pepper is a "savory" component whereas saisons lean towards the "sweeter" side and mixing the two created an imbalance I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a Binny's in Naperville while visiting the fam over the holidays.

Served in a Game of Thrones glass.

A: Poured an extremely murky orange, with a 3-4 finger fluffy white head that hung around for a good bit.

S: Much better than the reviews have led on. Lots of barnyard, farmhouse funk, with added Pixie Stick dust. Man candy!

T: Very smooth, but somewhat boring. Even though I got a bit more pink peppercorn that some of the other spices (e.g.. coriander, ginger, etc), this really wasn't dominated by any one particular spice, which is probably a compliment unto itself.

M: Very bubbly and spritzy, with almost a marshmallowy silkiness. Airy…… I see gas in my future! A slight bit of lacing left on the glass, but nothing to write home about.

O: I liked this one a lot more than others on here, however, considering the over $10 price tag, I can see why others might bit disappointed.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a hazy orange pour with 2 fingers of fluffy bright white head. spotty lacing. smells of lemongrass, bell pepper, bread, very yeast-heavy scent. a very funky flavor.. starts off with a black pepper-like spice, which then has a weird bitterness to it, and a funky yeast creates almost a balogna like taste towards the finish. the peppercorn flavor is dominant but not off putting. a very nice saison. medium body with high carbonation, perfect to refresh yourself after a hot day.

not a bad saison, but i like the other variant i had of this a little better. the french yeast strain they used has a somewhat weird lingering flavor that i can't get too behind. not usre if they used the same yeast in the other one but it was not noticeable.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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