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RATINGS: 146   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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9285) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Pours hazy orange with a small white head. The aroma has mushy malt, pepper, stone fruit, spice and mild lightly toasty malt. Only light, if any, saison/farmhouse notes. Very pepper heavy. It has a medium crisp biting body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off with pepper, pepper and more pepper. There is some stone fruit and some smooth Belgian yeast (not saisony though). The finish unsurprisingly has lots of pepper qualities. I did enjoy this, but you have to be a fan of heavy pepper to really enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Sample at Boulevardia 2014. Comes a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, and spice(?). Taste is citrus, malt, floral, and a bit of peppercorn. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (874) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Tap at brewery. Cloudy yellow orange pour. Pepper, citrus, floral, soapy. Light body. Spicy and sharp carbonation. Spicy finish. Pretty nice

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5231) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
Oct, 2013. JDW. Soft blandish malt with soap notes and some pepper (hah!) Some faint honey. And odd and unattractive beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7881) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes dunkel goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Pfefferkörner, dieser Geruch sticht sehr hervor und lässt somit andere Aromen kaum durch. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, zunächst nur leichter Geschmack nach Pfeffer, im Abgang hält sich dieser Geschmack dann ziemlich lange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2014
Aroma: Peppercorn to the fore; a little lemony; some cheesecloth- simple overall but pleasant. Appearance: Translucent honey gold with a billowy off-white head that dissipates into a whipped, foamy cap. Flavor: Peppercorn accompanied by a little honey sweetness underneath; honey gives way to a little lemon/light floral notes toward the finish. Palate: Medium body, thick texture, lively carbonation, lingering peppery finish. Overall: Actually quite enjoyed this; would be lovely with (not fried) fish, and I’d wager a nice, herbal pot roast with some goat cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours hazy orange from the bottle. This foamed out the top on the counter. Nose is earthy spice and light peppercorns as mentioned. Flavor is dry earthy and peppercorn comes out moderately. pretty good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
The aroma of flowers and copper are strong. A good tasting IPA but I do not detect any peppercorn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is peppar, malt, hop , fruit. Flavour is peppar, malt, hop, fruit, pine. Fun to taste this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle at Hoppy Loft. Golden colour, clear, small white head. Aroma is lightly peppery, bit fruity, nice light graininess. Taste is good, pretty subtle black pepper, but it does linger and becomes more prominent as the rest fades. There’s other stuff there but I am struggling to pick it. Definite belgian feel, possibly with the body. Grainy bread. Good stuff. Maybe a bomber was too much but it makes me feel like I have eaten, so could be a good thing.

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