Oddland Peppercorn Saison | Elysian Brewing Company

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Oddland Peppercorn SaisonOddland Peppercorn Saison

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by LI_PO12 on 06-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Odd is very appropriate for this brew. Especially the door, which is something between industrial solvent and that new car smell. Just a bit of heat on the tongue in the finish. No wonder this beer has been discontinued.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger, off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy, earthy aroma with a strong peppery presence along with funky barnyard yeast, bread, light fruit, citrus, grass, straw and earthy hops.  Hoppier presence than expected but still some farmhouse must.  Peppercorns fade as it warns but are still prominent in the nose.  Some flower petal/rose water character complimenting the bready farmhouse yeast and citrus zest.  

Medium body with a strong  bread/yeast character along with spicy peppers that compliment the zesty citrus notes.  Strong carbonation with earthy funk, grassy hops and spicy peppercorn.  Prominent wheat/bread/bubblegum flavors taking away from the saison/farmhouse yeast and spicy peppercorns.  Somewhat floral but I was expecting  this beer to have more farmhouse funk.  Instead, it feels more like a peppery wheat beer that's been aggressively hopped.  

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Photo of wl0307
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; no BB date is printed on the bottle/label, served gently chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark golden to light amber hue, coming with great clarity, a thin off-white foamy head and rather restrained level of carbonation.
S: pepper-cone-ish spicy and dusty notes combine with sweet wood aroma, coriander-seed-like spicy esters, sugary pale malts, semi-sweet orangey citrusness and faintly funky yeastiness to deliver a light bodied but intriguing experience. Given a good swirl, other elements emerge such as spelt malt, old tangerine peels, etc.
T: lightly carbonated on the entry, first there comes an acute flavour dominated by white pepper spiciness and almost coriander-like esters, ensued by lightly tannic citric peel-ish as well as lightly phenolic undertones against light-bodied pale maltiness. The flavour texture remains quite flat, though, and the finishing touch, despite being pleasantly spicy and delicately bitter, does not deliver anything deeper or substantial.
M&O: medium-bodied, lightly carbonated but sometimes the texture falls a bit flat; this spiced Saison does have some charmingly spicy elements to it, but falling short of the level of complexities that could hook my palate.

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Photo of deg
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is an orange color. Clear, no yeast. Thick head which dissipates. When I try to smell the beer, I can tell there's something there, but my sense of smell is too weak to pick it up. The flavor is initially what I expect from a saison, but then the peppercorns hit. They work nicely with the hops. Very tasty. The spice from the peppercorns lingered, which I liked.

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Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer arrives wearing light orange color, with a small hit of haze. In between opaque and translucent. Not quite cloudy, just a bit of haze to keep the light out. The head doesn't last long, so look quick. Some mostly white bubbles with little retention and just slight lace.

You can pick up the fruity nose from several feet away. Plenty of spice as well. Think peppery pineapple. The smell keeps you guessing as to what flavors will shine when you take a sip.

Initially, it's very pale ale-ish with the fruitiness and citric flavors, but the pepper builds the whole time. From mid-sip on, it's all about the peppercorns, and given the name, that's not surprising.

The peppery spice dampens the tart and acidic fruity flavors, but it's still pleasant until the very end when an extra kick of spice punches the throat. The tongue takes some collateral damage as well as this peppercorn beast takes no prisoners.

It's a really good beer, but very different. I'm used to peppery saisons, but this is intense. Still, I'm glad I had it. It's hot and will leave your palate on life support, but I lean towards fiery beers.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no date that I can locate. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass. Distinctive custom artwork on the label for this Oddland series of beers from Elysian.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden color with some orange and brownish hues and highlights. Head is about a finger thick and slightly off-white, dissipating after a few minutes and leaving slick, silky lacing that fades away.

Smell - Two dominant aromas are the floral spiciness of pink peppercorn and a yeasty bread characteristic, like sourdough. Also some mild sweetness and citrus peel, but faint.

Taste - The beginning is more of that round yeast characteristic, but that quickly gives way to peppery heat and complexity. Certainly one of the most pepper-forward peppercorn saisons that I've tried. Tasty, but at the same time one note. I get the sense that there is some depth missing here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Tingling sensation from the spiciness that lingers.

Overall, a well-crafted take on the peppercorn saison, but I wish there was a bit more complexity. This one is all pepper and yeast, and while I like both of those things, but the end of my bomber, I was a little tired of it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: peppery indeed with a light, sweet saison underneath. I think this beer might work better with a subtler pepper character, but as a fan of pepper I can't complain too much.

Taste: again, quite peppery; the base saison is a little bit on the sweet side and perhaps even cloying. There's a lack of balance here that bothers me. As much as I liked the pepper in the smell, I think that this formula could use a little work.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Overall: I like the novelty of this beer, but beyond this it's not something I would consider a daily drinker. I applaud Elysian's vision, but their execution could use some work.

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Photo of William85
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This doesn't work for me at all, and I'm reasonably open-minded. The peppercorn is just *way* too overbearing, completely eclipsing what may have been an otherwise good Saison.

This is not a Saison sprinkled with some unusual flavor notes -- it is a peppercorn-flavored beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich golden amber with a half finger white head kept persistent by streams of carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast and distinct and spicy black pepper. Interesting! There is an initial assault of fresh cracked peppercorns, then light fruit (apple and white grape) and faint malt that does lean towards a saison. Light bodied with more pepperiness from the carbonation. The pepper was distinct and forward, but I liked the level of spiciness. I was wondering whether the pepper would outlive its welcome for a whole bottle, but I actually started liking it more and more. It sounds like this is another series to push the envelope for unusually flavored beers. I really liked virtually all of the Beers of the Apocalypse and this is a great start for this series. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of fresh pepper, this may not work for you.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dirty gold shade. White head forms and laces the glass well. In the aroma, musty yeast and black pepper. Quite peppery in the nose and slightly herbal. For the flavor, there is a Belgian yeast spicyness the plays well with the coarse peppercorn notes. Not intensely bitter but there is some acidity and citrus from the hops. Herbs, pepper and must. Finishes with a lingering spice note. Overall, this was a pretty good brew, as I am a fan of peppercorns in brewing.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. If there's any bottled on/best by/batch number printed on the bottle, I can't find it.

Pours clear golden with a small filmy head. Little or no active carbonation. Smell is grassy, apples, slight tartness, something sweet.

Taste is slightly tart, definite peppercorn flavor is noticeable. Definite (but mild) citrus sweetness, a little more of that apple acid flavor. More interesting in flavor than good, but definitely not bad.

Mouthfeel is thin, flat, a little filmy. Overall, it's not very special.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, thin white head dissipates to a bit of lace.

Smells of honey, lemon citrus, coriander, and spicy peppercorns.

Tastes of mildly sweet honey, lemon citrus tartness, and grassy malts with some notable pepper character. Has a bite at the end.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue followed by a pepper sting in the throat.

A good light refreshing saison, hides its strength well, and brings the unique addition of peppercorn spice which adds welcome but palatable zing to the beer. While it is certainly different, its quite good and worth trying. Whether you like it or not will partly depend on how much you can deal with spiciness in a beer and partly on how open you are to interpretation within the style.

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Photo of Omnium
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had as a sample glass at Bocktown Monaca

This review is gonna be short and well...not so sweet.
A - Straw color, spritzy, looks like a saison would.
S - Belgian yeast, and spices, mainly peppercorn, but its not too much...yet.
T - PEPPERCORN. And thats pretty much it, it assaults your palate with the most abrasive use of any spice ive ever tried. Awful.
M - That taste lingers, hurry up and wash it down.
O - Wouldn't give this beer to someone I hated. I cant believe there's people out that justify this much use of one spice.

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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark yellow color with a 1" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: pepper and lemon zest are nice on the nose.

Taste: grainy malt profile with loads of peppercorns, some lemon zest, yeast, pear, and golden apple. Bitterness is hearty and nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the initial swig, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a decent saison that is a bit heavy handed on the peppercorns but not in a bad way. Nicely spicy and easy to quaff.

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Photo of ckollias
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at LURES in Maryland

A: Pours a copper hue with a white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Very sweet and spicy aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet and spicy flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Excellent Belgian Brew – would grab this again.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a golden brown color with a 1/2 finger head which does not last long. Light lacing.

Dank yeast, diacetyl pepper, lavender and sweet malts.

The taste is pretty bland, sweet malts a little lemon then the pepper comes in at the end. The pepper does provide a burning type of heat that almost saves the day but it is not quiet enough to make me like this beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit tangy, a little bubbly and carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty plain Saison. There is not much hear unless you like pepper and then there is not enough of it. I wish this brew had been as good as the artwork on the bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a ¼ inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind on the glass.

S- Sweet aroma of Saison yeast and some spice but not just peppercorn. There's also some rosemary and lavender that's just as prevalent.

T- The sweetness continues in the flavor and the capsaicin burn of the peppercorn comes in but is very subtle and complimentary letting the other spices and the yeast contribute equally. Incredibly drinkable and delicious.

M- Quite sharp and hot from the peppercorn burn but is very welcome and not overwhelming. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- As far as saisons brewed with peppercorns go, this one hits the mark as far as balance goes. Just enough heat to keep it drinkable and plenty of other elements to play off of. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tangerine brew with honeyed hues. Nice finger-and-a-half cap of white head stays and ponders. A little lace follows proving this beer wants to leave its mark. Nice look, Oddland. Nice look.

Mega-peppercorn nose. I just reviewed White Magick of the Sun, and this is how I remembered it before my most recent experience. Saison yeast is held in check to the spiciness. Still pale wheaty malt notes and semi-dryness. Earthy vibe gives way to more Belgique character. Not saying that it's overblown with that array of peppercorns, but it's forefront and appealingly show-stopping.

Starts with a wild tang of fruitiness, immediately followed by a soft and sustaining note of peppercorn and coriander. Has a floral hop note, coupled with the spices, that is absolutely delicious. Still, all in all, in a soft way. A delicate brew, in flavor, with everything except the peppery notes. I like how loud it is. Great stuff.

Drinks light and fluffy, but still carries with it some body. Carbonation is a tier above medium, and that helps to carry the beer to a new level. Wildly drinkable, if you're looking to down a tasty summer saison. Alcohol is small, a positive. Feels superb.

Not the most complex saison of the bunch, but a beer for those who love these unique flavors. They're reppin' the spice rack, and I love it!

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Photo of draheim
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale orange w/ a minimal head that quickly settles to a thin collar. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is mild soapy Belgian yeast and vague spices and herbs. Some bubblegum and perfumy esters. Rosewater.

Taste is flowery, sweet, perfumy, fruity draped over a mildly grainy malt canvas. Peaches and honey, maybe a gentle spiciness. Some orange and mango as it warms. Unlike other reviewers, I don't pick up the strong peppercorn. Just a touch of spicy heat on the back end, which might be my favorite thing about this beer.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, a little thin. Low carbonation isn't helping this one.

Overall a pretty bland, inoffensive attempt at a saison. Not sure who they were making this for.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a citrus nature with tangerine and grapefruit hop smells. Mixed with these aromas is the peppercorn that would be expected from the name. This pepper adds a spicy dimension to the aroma which when mixed with the citrus and a bit of a bready smell creates a sweet and somewhat savory aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of citrus and malt with notes of orange, grapefruit, and a bready base. As the flavor advances some caramel comes to the tongue with more and more pepper flavor developing over time. It begins lighter with a more white pepper like flavor, but as it advances to the end, it gets stronger and becomes more and more black pepper in flavor. In the end a nice peppery and somewhat citrusy and sweeter flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation suits the peppery flavors quite well and with the medium body makes for a spicy and easy drinking style.

Overall- A rather refreshing and quite easy drinking beer with a good pepper kick. One to experience if you get the chance.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a thin one finger white head. with very little retention and no lacing.

Aroma: peppercorn, slight farmhouse funk, noble hops.

Taste: Loads of peppercorn flavor... and little of anything else. Quite one dimensional. But it doesn't really claim to be anything otherwise. Faint fruitiness and spice but it's really all peppercorn.

Mouthfeel: Medium-lite body with some sparkling carbonation. Not a lot in that department.A little watery. Finish is dry, with a little heat coming from the peppercorns.

I like the idea of peppercorns in beer and have tried a few that I really enjoyed, All i really get out of this are peppercorns, not much as far as saison qualities go. It's okay and I'm glad I tried it. Looking forward to whats next in the Oddland series.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up while down visiting my friend in Baltimore.

Pours an OK fizzy head that fades at a med to quicker rate no lacing, mostly clear slight hazy applejuice tan colored beer.

Nose starts with a sharp peppercorn aroma, some sweet candy like malts, maybe a bit syrupy, fruity, candied apple, hint of orange peel, slight yeasty, light floral flowery like aromas.

Taste brings a sharp peppercorn again, pretty much dominates. Under that is a bit of sweet candy malt again, almost syrupy, with light floral flavors, hint of candied orange peel, sweet malts, touches of a saison malt character and touch of esters. The pepper gives the beer some spice and heat to it, with a touch of booze in it. Hard to get much of anything other than peppercorns. Finish is a bit sticky sweet, lots of lingering peppercorns and a bit of heat from it.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, plenty of peppercorn heat.

Overall I do like peppercorns and it's nice that there is plenty of it... but unfortunately the rest of the beer is gone because of it. I feel like I'm drinking a sweetened candy like liquid that was drenched in peppercorns. very little saison character too, or at least hard to find it in the shower of peppercorns.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber in the tumbler with a white foamy head. Plenty of carbonation. Sharp and on the acidic side. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC. Rather fruity with some of the Hefeweizen wheaty malt.

Truly odd flavor. At first it tastes like pencil shavings. Then there is a meaty flavor. Finally the pepper comes to dominate the taste and the heat gradually accumulates. This must be the most strongly black-pepper-flavored beer I've had. And after a while, the graphite and cedar come back for the aftertaste. This is certainly interesting, but after half a glass I've had more than enough.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a very expensive $10.... I would expect I can find it around town for $7-8....

The brew pours lightly hazed golden with a 1 finger white head that leaves pretty decent lacing.

The nose is very saison-lite because it is hammered by the peppercorns... big black peppercorns ...malty/esters play as lite apricot and white peaches..

Flavor is similar with a lingering burn on the palate that I actually enjoy... saison qualities are pretty light and move toward light stone fruit... apricot is present on the finish and some honey notes are magnified mid-palate with warmth..

The body is light/medium and has a lesser carbonation for a saison, but still pretty okay.

Christ... This is a "food beer"... I cannot appreciate it standalone.. the peppercorns really do build burning on the palate and esophagus..

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Photo of harrymel
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled unk

Well, this pours toasted gold with a solid quilt of toasted cream foam. Smells like black, green and pink peppercorns. Honestly, the pepper is so strong I can't smell much else -that's a negative. Peppercorn and grain with more peppercorns (really makes me think of meat), there is a clove character as well. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish. This beer is really one dimensional - maybe just dump this over a pork loin overnight before you give it a good bake - otherwise, this beer is although tasty, poorly constructed.

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