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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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%


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   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1639) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10721) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2331) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12096) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3377) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours a clear gold, white head. Light malt, floral hops, and pepper in the aroma. Flavor is very much ground black pepper, with some malt, lemon, and hops. Burns the palate a little, and the pepper sticks around. I thought it was a pretty good beer, just couldnt drink a lot of it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5042) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2009
(Draught at BA’s BBF’09) Poured golden and hazy with small white head. Mostly peppery aroma. Medium bodied and burning palate with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, pepper, bitterness, spices and hops. Peppers and fruitiness in aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2009
On tap at CBC. Dark golden colour. Interesting idea and an interesting aroma to boot. However, on the palate, I felt that the pepper was far too dominant and swamped any saison character. Also very hot on the swallow with a lingering afterburn. One of those brews that is so far from the norm that it is difficult to evaluate as a beer. It was too much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours clear yellow with an average, frothy white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, meal), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of clove and pepper. Light bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.


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