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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
The taste is very spicy, with peppercorn and white pepper. The white pepper attacks from the back of my tongue and up into my nasal cavity. Citrus flavors are of lemon and subtle orange. The finish is very spicy with grassy notes and lingering citrus. An interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6764) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Sampled at esbls. I had this right after some really hot pepper salsa. A clear bourbon colored beer. Thin foam. Peppers all over this one. Not much else that I can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle. Hazy orange tinted gold. Aroma is interesting and pleasant, with elements of biscuit malt, light yeast, dusty peppercorns, and hibiscus. For me, the hibiscus really came to stand out over the duration of this beer, but on the palate, it shared equal billing with cracked peppercorns. Interestingly, even though the peppercorn character was unmistakable (and very pleasant), there was not a lot of heat in the finish other than a transient tingling in the soft palate. I refined and tasty pepper beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Hazy yellow pour with a white head. Funky, peppercorns, earth, and some yeasty notes. A nice saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4810) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
From a bomber. Pours hazy orange copper with a thin white head. Smells like sweet citrus hops. Slightly malty and musky. Light body and medium carbonation. Tastes like malty grapefruit and light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear, bright amber with creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, light grapefruit, light spicy and floral hops, peppers, and some grassy notes. Flavor is chewy bready malts forward with floral and fruity notes, faint hop bitterness, and light pepper spice; dry finish with a nice subtle spiciness that lingers. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, pepper, caramel and butterscotch. Malty and caramelly flavor with pepper and herb character before a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty peppery aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with peppery caramel hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear golden - white head. Spicy, peppery, fruity, nice malty, ok bitterness, chili/pepper bite, black peppery, light sweet notes, toasted, light bretty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Rye based saison Hazy copper with big creamy white head that fades to about 1 finger. strong rye nose and toasted malts + grassy hops, peppery throughout grainy texture. Malty semi sweet middle. Light body. Dry Bitter finish very nice.

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