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Elysian Oddland Series #01: Peppercorn Saison

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Release: May 15, 2013 The first beer in the series, Peppercorn Saison, features white, green, black, and pink peppercorns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
[6078-20131129] Bottle. Dusty light orange citrus cleaner aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Peppery fruity orange syrup flavour. Medium body is surprisingly spicy. Interesting but a bit hot after awhile. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7091) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Cool beer. Not one Iíd return to often, but a treat. Big peppery farmhouse aroma...black pepperish and hay. Some hops and funk coming through in the flavor. A little heavy on the peppercorn, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2004) - - SEP 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-23-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance Ė The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma is mainly of a citrus nature with tangerine and grapefruit hop smells. Mixed with these aromas is the peppercorn that would be expected from the name. This pepper adds a spicy dimension to the aroma which when mixed with the citrus and a bit of a bready smell creates a sweet and somewhat savory aroma overall. Taste Ė The taste begins with a flavor of citrus and malt with notes of orange, grapefruit, and a bready base. As the flavor advances some caramel comes to the tongue with more and more pepper flavor developing over time. It begins lighter with a more white pepper like flavor, but as it advances to the end, it gets stronger and becomes more and more black pepper in flavor. In the end a nice peppery and somewhat citrusy and sweeter flavor is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation suits the peppery flavors quite well and with the medium body makes for a spicy and easy drinking style. Overall- A rather refreshing and quite easy drinking beer with a good pepper kick. One to experience if you get the chance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
reus958 (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Extra points for being really good at being a "peppercorn saison", but that was a genuinely horrible idea, and the beer didnít do a thing to argue against that. If you want to simulate this beer, take a saison and grab your pepper shaker. Combine moderately. Youíve now created a 70th percentile beer by rate beerís ratings.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DipHead14 (26) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
When they say peppercorn, they mean peppercorn. The pepper flavor is strong, and it is too much in the aftertaste. I donít know, this beer might be good with a steak, but as for a drinking beer... I will pass. I donít like this beer at all. I donít think Iíll be able to get down 22 ounces of this stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
bottle from brewery. moderate peppercorn taste. decently drinkable. peppery afterbite. worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2014
20140408 22oz bottle from Honeygo. Motor oil color, like a green tinged amber, with lofty and lasting beige head. Aroma has good grainy, grassy saison yeast notes, but not much hint at pepper. Flavor is quite peppery, but the beer has an apple juice tartness to it that doesnít jive as well with the spice as Iíd like. Lingering wateriness and pepper at the finish. Itís okay, but not something Iíll seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2584) - New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottled. Cloudy yellow. Not much head. Deep peppery lemon zest. Flowers etc. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (2964) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bomber from Wallabyís. I picked this up a few times after I had it on tap at the Public House. Iím sad that it was a one time release because thereís nothing quite like it. Other peppercorn saisons are usually tasty but lack the depth and intensity of Elysianís. The aroma is delightfully potent with spicy and rich pepper. Itís natural like sniffing a grinder of a fine peppercorn blend. The saison yeast provides a gentle fruitiness that works great with the spiciness. The flavor is just as powerful as the nose. Plenty of real, fresh peppercorn. Itís very bold and intense, but not fake or unpleasant. The light fruitiness is the perfect complement. I wish Elysian would release this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pen & Paper Log (Aug 2013) c/o a gift from a friend returning home from OR. I want to preface this, by saying that when I rate a beer - I always consider what the bottle tells me it is, and I base my rating on that. If it doesnít measure up, Iíll deduct points. If it is something else, Iíll deduct points. If however it does measure up, but is offensive Iíll also take that into fact. I will also give a good overall if the beer is good, but doesnít quite live up to what it says it is. Aroma - no surprises the bottle said Peppercorn melange and I figured it might carry that essence - it peppercorn, herbs, and Belgian yeast Apperance - body is yellow-orange, hazy liquid, and about an 1" of white foam. Taste - I will give the brewer only one concession, and that is it is Odd & is Peppercorn, itís awful - no one can possibly drink this and truly be a having a pleasant experience, unless of course you like abuse. Itís peppercorn fluid. It tasted like a slurry of granulated peppercorn. Beer nomenclature hardly fits. Palate - body was medium, texture was on the thin side, the carbonation is lively, the finish and overall experience is awful. Itís really bad. This beer, if you want to call it that fails to meet any reasonable amount of balance. It is at best a marinade for meat, and even then it really has to be a savory meet that can withstand itís over the top qualities. Absolute drain pour, avoid

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