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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewpub. Batch 1, bottled February 2012. Pours a lightly hazed, darker golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy and fizzy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is bigger peppercorns with an herbal, earthy, and slightly hot note. Some florals, a light pale malt backing, some Belgian yeast with a light coriander, and a touch of rye spice. Flavor is lightly sweetened, grainy pale malts up front with some Belgian yeast before the peppercorns come in. Herbal and earthy with a light spicing. Florals and a light coriander before this finishes dry with a nice mix of herbal, earthy, and slightly hot peppercorns as well as a lightly sweetened pale malt. Light bitterness before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste with the heat coming off the peppercorns a bit more. Light body and a crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Lots of peppercorn with an interesting mix of earth, herbs, and a light heat. Some florals, Belgian yeast, and spice along with a grainy pale malt backing keep the peppercorns in check. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate sweet rye & pepper aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Moderate spicy bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (8195) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks alright; orange with thin lacing. Smells solid; saison-y with noticeable pepper. Tastes alright; mild. Mouthfeel is average. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours clear golden with an orange hue and off white head. The aroma is sweet with a bit of farm tanginess to it. The flavor brings some saison sweetness at first and then the peppercorn hits in pure but palatable way on the tongue and throat. The peppercorn sits there for a bit as well! The body is a bit lighter for my palate for the style, but overall the saison is unique and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Golden/orange in color with a white head. The pepper aroma on this is huge. That’s pretty much all I smell, actually. A bit of sweetness from the bready and toffee malt. The flavor is nice. It’s a bit sweet and very peppery. And that’s pretty much it. While enjoyable, a small pour is really all that I could handle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (2069) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bomber. Golden pour with a white head. Very tasty farmhouse ale, no off flavors with this one. The Belgian yeast and the pepper combine perfectly to make a great tasting brew. Props to CBC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lbecker (43) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Very unique saison due to the spicies, that remain in the aftertaste for a long, long time (maybe too much). Proper aroma, riding the spicies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Smells of alot of pepper. An amount I would love on my food but not my beet. Looks golden yellow with almost no head.tastes a little grassy with s little but of pepper. Much less than the nose would indicate. Goes down smooth. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours pale gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head crackles and recedes to nothing. Sweet caramel and peppercorn aromas. Soft with sweet rye and caramel upfront turning to a nicely spiced hot pepper finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
Tap. Potent pepper punch, spicy hot pepper. Leaves a light burn on the throat. Black pepper, sea salt, ancho chiles, light dough. Nice.

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