Poivre Du Sichuan | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Poivre Du SichuanPoivre Du Sichuan

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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Boilerfood
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of KFBR392
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Overall pretty regular look. Thick head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was less then presence while drinking. Average carbonation throughout.

Smell: Nutty, with nice touches of buttered popcorn. Wild yeast and a very bready biscuit aroma.

Taste: The front is a very crisp yeast touch. The body is a bit thin but has a lot of complexity in the flavor. A very spicy finish is very prevalent. A dry malty, biscuit flavor left on the palette. Fresh taste, definitely bottled very recently. Very pleasant overall though.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly texture which is different but interesting.

Overall: A decent brew overall. A lot of good things going on. Seems to lack some of the very traditional accents of a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JellyJacket
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Bay01
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of KDawg
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip, Pours a hazy gold color with a very foamy head.

Really good and complex aromas of spices, florals, pears, and mangoes. Very nice depth to it, though I think that the smell isn't for everyone.

Medium bodied with a very good feel. It's a little lighter than I'd like with nice flavors of mangoes, pears, and spices.

An enjoyable saison. I would've liked a creamier feel personally. It's a little thinner, but the nice dry finish was very welcome.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DrinkingDuck
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A yellow/orange pour with a nice 2 finger head of white foam which dissipates fairly quickly to a slight foam ring.

Smell: A distinctively pleasant aroma of peppers, spices and citrus notes abound in this along with a light yeasty aroma.

Taste: A brilliant combination of peppercorns, citrus, and other spices all come together in this Saison Style Ale to bring a uniquely satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: A mild to medium mouthfeel with a slight tingling on the tongue due to the peppercorns. Very slight touch of warmth, but no heavy alcohol feel on this one.

Overall: This is a pleasant Saison style Ale with a nice combination of ingredients making it pleasantly refreshing overall. Another great beverage for a relatively young brewing company.

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Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Treebs
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Southern Tier imperial glass. Batch #24

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a slow dissolving two finger height of white foam. It settles down to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Definite yeasty notes up front with some mild must and fruity esters. The faintest hints of peppers are there on the finish of each sniff and it leaves a nice, fresh smell in the nose. Not overpowering in the least bit. Light cracker malts, but the yeast and pepper dominate the show.

T: Sichuan pepper upfront in the flesh state. The middle definitely gives way to the bready yeast, slight must and fruity esters. Mild sweetness in the middle as well from the malts, but the taste quickly leaves the palate which is sort of a let down. I was hoping for some aspect of the flavor, be it the peppers or the yeast, to stick around a little longer. As the beer warms more of the spiciness comes out and does linger around a little longer.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation level. The finish is rather light and slightly watery. Easily drinkable.

O: I enjoyed the Poivre Rose more as I felt it was a beer with peppercorns as opposed to beer and peppers. I felt the taste was slightly disjointed and the yeast fought the sichuan peppers the whole way. It was still an easily drinkable saison, though, and I'm definitely excited for more to come in the Poivre series as I love the experimentation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy, dark orange with a 2" white head. Large bubbles of lacing reside quickly.

S- Big notes of coriander (I had to cheat and look at the label to figure out what I was smelling here), pepper, spices, and a hint of citrus.

T- Some sweet pale malts with lots of pepper. Coriander and other spices finish this beer.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Beer finishes rather dry with a linger after taste from the spices.

O- Just ok for me. Preferred the Poivre Rose for sure. More pepper and spices than citrus that doesn't make this beer all too refreshing for me, which is what I think of for most saisons.

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