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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Light golden pour with minimal head. Faint aroma of black peppercorns. Again, this is a winner from CBC. Imagine a great Belgan Golden ale and layer in green, pink, and black peppercorns. It’s amazing. 8. Peper and Belgian Yeast sweetness linger long on the palate. 4. O: 18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2012
22oz bottle. Batch 1 bottled Feb 2012. Pours a golden orange color with a small white foamy head. Nose is syrupy with fruit notes of apricots and honey. Palate is soft and friendly up front, light bite in the middle, then hard stinging and pepper blasts in the finish. A nice pepper heat coats the tongue, grabs it’s wallet and emptys it’s bank account. Flavors of light sweet fruit are consumed by some bready notes woven with pepper bites and light rye notes. This is intense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Tap @ Belgian Beer Fest 2011. Nose is lemon, herbal (thyme, rosemary), light white pepper. Flavor is lemon, thyme, light pepper, great pils character. Some yeast comes out in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a medium sized white beige head. Very light peppercorn, spicy and green. Gentle pepper, musk and wheat. Warm peppercorns on the finish, spicy and very nice. Well balanced with the peppercorn flavor coming through clearly, but not dominating and throwing things out of balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (3368) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Sample, draught, on the premise, trip to the Boston Beer Summit with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on April 17 2011; eye: caramel with a yellowish hue, lightly hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, average lacing; nose: malt, light pepper, light spices; mouth: malt, pepper, light spices, light caramel, finale in pepper with presence of malt, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, bue sur place, voyage au Boston Beer Summit avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 17 avril 2011; œil : caramel avec une teinte jaunâtre, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : malt, léger poivre, léger épices; bouche : malt, poivre, léger épices, léger caramel, finale en poivre avec présence de malt, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2960) - 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 (1357) - 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 (665) - 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.

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