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RATINGS: 178   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2016
On draught over the years, most recently, 1/11/16 at the brewery.
Mildly hazy, light amber-golden body has an off-white head atop that shows moderately-strong retention.
The nose divulges little, if any of the pepper, probably not able to tell it apart from yeast phenols. Lots of bready vienna malts, with some herbal hop notes that add complexity. Little bit of citrus character with vanilla and a touch of mustiness. Pretty straightforward Belgian ale-like characteristics. Not going to confuse this for Dupont or Blaugies, yet nor are you going to confuse it with the pseudo "saisons" running rampant in American breweries. No alcohol or flaws noted.
The flavor is where this thing really shines, in my opinion. The peppers begin fairly reserved, with light honey, bread and dried herb notes. Begins to gain a peppery spiciness and by the finish the dry, but highly flavorful pepper notes linger very lovingly on the palate. I don’t like spiced saisons, and I’ll admit there’s probably a little novelty here, like in a chili beer, but I think this thing works wonderfully. There’s enough acidity from the yeast to give it a real enough Belgian character, while malt and hop provide enough complexity to prevent this from being a one-trick pony. Tight carbonation, a bit of a bready, hard texture, but with some more maltiness emerging as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3712) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2015
This was poured into a tulip glass, thinking it was a saison, but after smelling and tasting, this does show enough saison characteristics to proceed in the same glass. The appearance was a semi-dark hazy burnt orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light messy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell starts off with a strong spicy peppercorn, almost overbearing, but as it warms, light breadiness with some lemon shows up wanting to balance. The taste was mainly spicy with a hotness running into the breadiness and sweet lemon. Peppercorn dominates the aftertaste and allows a quick hot to spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels fine as a saison or a vegetable beer, whatever one wants to really call it. Overall, I liked this one for me, but if you don’t like "peppercorn" and a lot of it, I probably wouldn’t buy this if I were you. It’s a bit of a palate wrecker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (1673) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 29, 2015
W aromacie cudowna kompozycja belgijskich fenoli, kwiatów, słodkich owoców i ziół, nieco biszkoptowego słodu, genialny! W smaku bardzo belgijskie w charakterze, półpełne z lekkimi przyprawami, żytnią ziemistością i lekką brzoskwinką, posmak wyraźnie pieprzny, drapiący w gardło, ale mimo wszystko pasuje to tu, nadaje piwu charakteru. Do pełni szczęścia brakuje bogatszego, bardziej złożonego smaku, choć i tak jest znakomicie. I mega pijalnie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3430) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle back from San Francisco. Love that I have to go to sf to bring a beer from Boston back. Never mind that there is still a lot of Pepper here. A little bit of lemon. Bit of a wild yeastyness. Aroma is lemon and tart, pretty nice all around. The pepper is a little powerful though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. Pour is clear orange with a small white head and good lacing. Big cracked pepper aroma - some lemongrass, biscuit, floral, herbal and musty. Taste is lemons, biscuit, ground pepper, some herbs, basil, and bread with a big spicy finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Not bad - pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
michellekc (5) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
I can definitively taste the peppercorn, especially as an aftertaste. Light orange color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2015
Peppercorns are obvious. The saison itself is nice and has extra spIces from the peppercorns. Color is light. Very low carbonation. Aroma is nice. Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2015
Good, but the pepper is not strong enough, and the beer itself is a bit bland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkam (409) - POLAND - APR 22, 2015
2014-10-19 Bottle. Pours deep golden with a white head. Aroma of saison beer with pepper. Taste is spicy with a pleasant presence of pepper. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5676) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2015
Hazy orange and copper coloured body with a thinnish, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of white pepper, coriander seed, curacao, yeast, alcohol and quite a bit of wheat. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal notes with a lot of curacao along with yeast and white pepper kick showing some light fruit near the end. Aftertaste showing a touch of light hops, alcohol, grass and a bit more coriander seed than before - pungent. Overall, a nice beer with a good kick of spices and a pleasant yeast flavour near the end. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from The Charleston Beer Exchange a few hours ago on 20-April-2015 for US$7,99 sampled in my hotel room in the evening on 20-April-2015.

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