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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4791) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7428) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap GABF 2009. I am surprised by the average ratings for this beer since I thought it was very solid. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet bready malt and loads of pepper. Flavor is insane amounts of complex pepper - apparently they used 4 different peppercorns, and you can taste it. Also some pale malt, floral hops, and herbal notes. This is as peppery as it gets. Palate is light and crisp with the pepper really tingling on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: Pours a clear yellow color with a white head. Nose was extremely inviting in strong peppery ways. Flavor is predominately fresh ground pepper with a grainy malt backdrop. Somewhat astringent mouthfeel but i like the idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Draft at CBC. Clearish amber with hardly any head. Nose is slightly sweet, a little bread, and lots if peppercorns. Flavor is surpringly smooth with a peppercorn finish. good beer and not as over the top as I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
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.

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