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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2011
Full straw golden color, some amber creeping in, head was a little underwhelming for the style. Overall, the carbonation was a tad underdone, which is important for the style. However, this think kicked butt beyond that. The aroma was bready with some sweet fruity esters, citrus, and pepper. No frigging idea what color the peppercorns really were, but they were a great touch to the finish of every sip. Bread, yeast fruity esters and phenolic products, pilsner malts (sulfury a small bit), some rye bite, some funk, and, of course, the peppercorns. An outstanding example of a spiced saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
Taster. Light golden thin white head. Spicy saison like aroma. Flavor is mild rye malt up front with a nice dirm bitter spice and hop finish. Clean and crisp. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at the brewpub back in March 2009. A: Slightly reddish with a decent head and lacing that sticks fairly well. S: The aroma of all the types of pepper is quite appetizing. T: While the pepper was good in the smell, there’s just a little too much going on here--it’s simply overpowering. Aside from the pepper, I can pick out some sweetness and a little bit of the Belgian yeast character. M: Fairly light body, but again overtaken by the pepper. D: Okay. I really like this brew in theory, but the execution was just a little bit off. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 04-24-2009

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Dark golden pour Aroma is yeasty, some citrus, floral zestiness, rather nice. Flavor is very nice yeast character, more farmhouse, spice, honeysuckle, lemon zest. The finish is what puts this into another tier, wonderful full black pepper flavor, lending some interesting heat to the brew. really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. Clear amber with foy white head. Floral aroma with noticable pepper and spice. Nice hoppy bitter with strong spice, not overpowering though. Lingering pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1650) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2010
On tap at CBC. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a 1/2" off white head. Nice little rings of lace ring the glass as the head recedes. Huge peppery aroma that will clear out your sinus cavity. Full bodied palate with the peppercorns assualting the tongue. As to flavor, again dominated with peppercorns with a nice barnyard funk in the background. Also, some nice Belgian yeast flavors in there too. This is one funky brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
A lightly hazed golden saison with a very thin whiite head. A pleasant aroma of subdued white pepper, with honey, and coriander. In mouth, a nice peppery saison with light peppeer burn, smooth, a bit thin but overall very good. A good summer quaffer. On tap at brewpub, April 4, 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2349) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Aroma smells of baby and pepper nose. Golden/clear. The pepper dominates and has a late spice finish otherwise very plain. Notes: Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest ’09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of peppercorn, grass, florals, herbs, and horse blanket. Flavor of pepper, herbs, Belgian yeast, and grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3392) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2009
First beer from them. On tap at PP Carlsbad. Color was a dark orange. Aroma of peppercorns, wheat and spice. A bit of yeastiness. Flavor had a more yeasty element, but the herbs and pepperiness really shine through. Lingers for a while. Very unique and interesting; would probably be best in a pairing, as it is probably not a beer you’d want frequently.

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