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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Saison-style ale with Peppercorns. It was twenty years ago today… Well, almost twenty years ago today, as we present to you the first of three special Anniversary Beers in celebration of our upcoming Twentieth Anniversary! It was April Fool’s Day, 1989, when Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne first opened the doors to what would become one of the preeminent breweries in the country. Of course, true to the spirit of the day, it would be another month before the first house-made beers would be available on draft. Sgt. Pepper has been brewed with Pilsner, CaraVienne, and Rye malts, plus Magnum and Spalter hops. But the driving force behind this beer is the contribution from whole peppercorns! Black, Green, White, and Pink Peppercorns were added to the brewkettle, and they provide a noticeable fresh, herbal spiciness to the nose and through the palate. Pink pepper provides a high, floral character mostly as an aromatic, and Green pepper offers an herbal freshness with slight heat. White pepper contributes a subtle earthiness, and Black pepper engages the palate in a lingering, tingling warmth. All combine to accentuate the complexities of our Belgian yeast, and are balanced by crisp malt character with a hint of sweetness. OG: 1.054 (13.5*P) FG: 1.008 (2*P) ABV: 6.0%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear orange/copper with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by mainly black and green peppers, caramel, herbs, yeast and very light rye’ish spice. It’s almost impossible to make out anything but pepper. Taste is light+ sweet and light bitter. Body slight+, texture is oily, carbonation is near flat. Finishes spicy and with substantial pepper burn. Quite simple and one-tracked, probably does exactly what was intended but the peppers almost overpowers everything else in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14077) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours translucent gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is spicy - but there seems to be some greenery as well. Med body. Flavor is definitely peppery/spicy, but there’s also some Belgian yeast fruity ester - arguably banana/pineapple. Quite a mixed bag of flavors here. Finishes fruity/spicy/dryish. Pepper heat as well. Might go really well with pizza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2013
5 oz. taster from @ the brew pub. Clear gold color. The nose is almost nothing but peppercorns with a trace of yeast. The taste is biscuit malts and an intense amount of peppercorn. For me the flavor is drowned completely out by pepper. It’ s really to get any other flavors from the blast of pepper. For me this brew was a big disappointment and I waited to sample this on draft. Just not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. Clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is pepper, caramel, light wort, rye, fruity. Taste is medium sweet with some lasting pepper heat. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The pepper is pretty much overpowering hop and yeast notes, but the heat is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours to a golden body with a thin white head. The aroma is a variety of peppercorns with a rye, earthy yeast, and subtle Belgian yeast. The flavor is very muddled. Pretty much like an earthy peppery malt. While not overly spicy, the peppery flavor is there. Strange choice of yeast. Easy drinking and clean palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottlle (22 oz). Thanks to David! Clear straw color with a medium diminishing white head and no lacing. Aroma is of spices (mainly pepper, but quite complex spices mix) with malt, yeast and floral notes. Taste is slightly sweet, floral at first, but when the peppercorns are in there, they leave no place for anything else. Spicy/peppery finish. Medium body. Peppery/hot. Lack of drinkability/balance because of the peppercorn. I had a hard time finishing my glass. Interesting aroma, but it’s overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5773) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Aroma is complex spiciness, rye malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is citrus, fruit, rye/barley malts and a spicy heat in the finish from the peppercorns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3446) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Brew at AZ crews driveway tasting. Pours orange withnwhite head. Nose of citrus and peppercorns. Tastes of citrus, yeast, floral, light banana, then plenty of peppercorns. Not quite the burn of the recent peppercorn saison I had from 508 but that’s probably for the best. Pretty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pale, hazy yellow pour with a white head. Nice saison yeast flavor up front, some hay, barnyard funk, leather and then the burn of peppercorns. No question that peppercorns were used here!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6028) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours heavy gold, with a short, off-white head. Scent is Belgian yeast, funk.... Taste is yeasty, citrusy, with a very nice peppercorn heat and sting. Slightly flat, but enjoyable.

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