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%
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Pizza Port Belgian fest 3/28/09. Forgot about this one until I took a glance at the beer list! From what I recall it was a cloudy yellow with very little to no head. What I definitely remember was the overwhelming amount of pepper in both the aroma and flavor. It was like drinking pepper juice. There was some farmhouse in there too, but pretty much all pepper. Medium bodied. Didn’t finish the whole thing.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ PP Belgian Fest 09, this was pretty damn interesting, I can’t say I’ve ever had a beer like this before, it was incredible but also gnarly. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is peppery super super peppery pretty much insane. Taste was interesting super super peppery, and overall insane.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Belgian Fest
I liked this beer. To me, it was a saison with a pepper finish. the peppercorns worked really well. kudos for doing an interesting & different beer.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting beer, whatever you do don’t have it if you plan on having other beers right after it. Aroma is incredible peppercorns. But so is the flavor which just burns for a long period of time. Interesting try for a beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma quite interesting with huge herbal notes probably best described in the brewpub’s description. Maybe a hint of biscuit malt, but the spicing is very much the focus here. Flavor continues this trend, but by the swallow there is a lot of heat, making it not terribly enjoyable for me to drink. Very interesting, but the heat ain’t for me.
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