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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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%

adnielsen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Mile High Denver. Pours a bit hazy golden orange appearance with a fluffy khaki head. Heavy peppercorn, sweet orange citrusy, a touch yeasty aroma. Spritzy/champagne, white wine, banana, orange citrusy, heavy black pepper flavor. Not horrible but Jesus, the peppercorn is way too much for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (958) - 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 (2942) - 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 (3424) - 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 (619) - 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 (2091) - 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 (322) - 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 (5124) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3521) - Radom, POLAND - APR 15, 2015
Ciekawe piwo choc wygladajace zwyczajowo, Mala pianka, mglista barwa pomaranczowa, niskie wysycenie. Zapach suszonej moreli. W smaku owoce moreli, gruszka oraz lepki karmel z przyprawowym dominujacym smakiem pieprzu i zio. W gardle lekko i przyjemnie drapie. Pieprz rozgrzewa i silny jest ten posmak w ustach. Troche zdominowal ten pieprz bo malo bylo chmielu w smaku jak i zapachu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennetporter (405) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2015
I’m a big fan of this beer, it’s been a while since I’ve had it so I’ve been waiting to add it to RB. When I took a homebrewing class and made a peppercorn rye bock, I brought this in to show how peppercorn and rye were natural partners and could round out a beer, even though this is a completely different style. It pours a hazy amber, almost muddled looking, from a bottle. Nose is a sour earthiness. Flavor has some citrusy fruit, both dry and sweet at the same time, but then has this great spiciness from the peppercorns which add considerable and long-lasting heat, and a slight sourness from the rye. Not what I expect from a saison, but the additions make a great and inspired beer.

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