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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours hazy dark straw with off-white head. Nose is hopcitrus, pale malt, big black pepper. Tastes pale malty, intense and well carbonated, with hopcitrus, and a high level of black pepper flavor, which I enjoy immensely. Some in the Craft Ale House tasting room did not like this one, but it reminded me of the Furthermore black pepper beer, which I loved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
traviskurowski (27) - - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. VERY unique flavor--four whole peppercorns combine in the brewing process to make a peppery noise & almost cayenne-like aftertaste. Nice, drinkable, complex Saison. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
On tap at Cambridge Brewing Co. Clear amber with foy white head. Floral aroma with noticable pepper and spice. Nice hoppy bitter with strong spice, not overpowering though. Lingering pepper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2011
Full straw golden color, some amber creeping in, head was a little underwhelming for the style. Overall, the carbonation was a tad underdone, which is important for the style. However, this think kicked butt beyond that. The aroma was bready with some sweet fruity esters, citrus, and pepper. No frigging idea what color the peppercorns really were, but they were a great touch to the finish of every sip. Bread, yeast fruity esters and phenolic products, pilsner malts (sulfury a small bit), some rye bite, some funk, and, of course, the peppercorns. An outstanding example of a spiced saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2012
22oz bottle. Batch 1 bottled Feb 2012. Pours a golden orange color with a small white foamy head. Nose is syrupy with fruit notes of apricots and honey. Palate is soft and friendly up front, light bite in the middle, then hard stinging and pepper blasts in the finish. A nice pepper heat coats the tongue, grabs it’s wallet and emptys it’s bank account. Flavors of light sweet fruit are consumed by some bready notes woven with pepper bites and light rye notes. This is intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5834) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Aroma is complex spiciness, rye malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is citrus, fruit, rye/barley malts and a spicy heat in the finish from the peppercorns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2013 A beer that burns! Pours a pale gold without much of a head. The peppercorns are obviously the main attraction here, they dominate the aroma and the flavor. It’s a cumulative effect that you can really feel by the end of the bottle. The base beer behind the spices is quite pleasant, with a light but not watery mouthfeel. About $6 for a 22 oz bottle from CBC in Kendall Square.

   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.

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