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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a deeper orange golden hue, mellow haze, lively carbonation, and frothy whitish head atop. Some fiery orange glow atop laces ok. Nice deeper glow and color. Aromas are a bit spicy, white and green peppercorns, some bready malts, touches of florals and earth. Richer peach fruit sweetness and tangerine rind. Some gentle sweetness, touches of orange, pear. Bready, mellow yeasty and estery fruit. Initial is lighter body, fizzy and dry, mellow yeast, some richer dryness, bubbly and a touch champagney. Some gentle sweetness, touches of spice and peppery elements come on into the middle and backend. Some spicy life, yeast and peppercorns meld into some heat into the back, earthy peppercorns and cracked pepper. Touches of fruit up front die out and let the pepper pop on the palate. Dry and light into the finish, some nice flavors, kinda a nice experience as it runs the gambit. Without the pepper, this would be quite forgetable. But as is, it’s interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6868) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours a clear dark gold with zero head. Nose is a nice mix of green peppercorns, candy sugar, over ripe fruit, cheese. Flavor has bright fruit but also earthy peppercorns, apples, jalapeno, malt, hay, grass. Medium bodied, sweet and spicy finish. I really liked the combination.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew, I think. Pours an orangey gold with a persistent white head. Nose is loaded with orange peel. Not much in the way of pepper in the nose. Some earthy and fruity notes. On tasting, fruity but it has a muddy palate. Earthy, light tartness. Pepper is low overall, some light heat. Weird and not really anything special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a large, foamy white head with good lace and retention. Aromas are strongly peppery, spicy, earthy, green pepper corns, bay leaves, nutmeg. Fertilizer. Medium phenol, dry apple. Malt is a touch stickier smelling than I like. Rustic, but overdone pepper aroma. Flavors are hugely peppery. A glass maybe, but why I’d this in a 22oz bottle?! Huge black pepper burn, green pepper flavor. All spice on the back end with pepper, nutmeg and tobacco. Low malt , medium ester. Dry, lively bubbles, harshly spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, pours hazy golden amber with white head. Aroma lemons, oranges, peppercorns, herbal, Flavors strong peppercorns, coriander, herbal. Not much. Too much peppercorns.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to nmann08 and nimbleprop. Clear golden pour. Nose is heavy esters, pear, mint leaf. Taste is spicy though pretty light, spicy pear and yellow apple. In the back end there is some noticeable heat. Palate is suddy, soapy, a lot of raw grain/oatmeal/grist character coming through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
transparent honey gold, thinnest white ring head. Nose and flavor of light celery, brown sugar, and bubblegum hints, estery finish, hot throughout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Very faint aroma, vaguely banana, corn. The appearance is drab, thin, watery, very light head. Taste is plain with a bit of rye, until a strong pepper bite kicks in on the aftertaste, especially on the tip of the tongue. Unique but not particularly enjoyable. Label art is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Robert brought this one back from a trip to Boston. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark golden color with a medium sized foamy white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was yeasty and funky with a strong black pepper presence and dryish, almost musty undertones. The flavor was dry and very peppery, a bit spicy and musty. Long dry pepper finish. Medium body. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bomber poured into a tall lager glass. Hazy pale yellow. I don’t get much on the nose, except pepper is present, not overwhelming. Base beer is pretty tasty. Earth/ straw. Decent flavor, little scorch of pepper on the back of the throat. Lingers nicely. Dry finish. Not my style, but I’m not upset about the purchase.

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