Xenon (78) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes pretty good. Similar to the sofie, but a bit maltier. A little bit of licorice flavors to balance out the breadiness from the yeasts. Pretty strong molasses aromas as well, almost like a doppelbock.. Not really sure what the rye does, but the beer was pretty smoky for the style. Can’t really say that it added anything besides an interesting dimension though. Would drink again, and also wouldn’t heartily recommend.
Div (25) - SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 02/24/11
This one have developed really well.
Mature notes of strawberry/raspberry jam in the nose.
Taste follows the aroma, with a mild roasty and smokey suprise in the finish. Simple and clean.
As it warms up a light note of butter begins to show, but it doesn’t disturb, now it smells like a roasted butter jam sandwich.
I’ve had 2 bottles of this batch and they have been exceptionally good, with a big difference from all other Pepe Neros I’ve had.
Bamsen78 (2885) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark brown with shades of ruby and airy but very stable light tan head. Clear aroma of fruit, malt, and caramel, with hints of hops and alcohol in the long nose. Sweetish, fruity notes, enhanced by touches of malt and caramel. Notes of hops and pepper. Mildly spicy and sweetish finish. A nice one.
Shinskyweiser (27) - - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown on the bottom and black on top. Head is off white and long lasting. Aroma of cherry, roasted coffee and fresh pine. Taste of roasted coffee, maple, smoked cherrywood with a classic Belgium yeast. As it warms it develops complex new flavors. You get a more warming alcohol followed by sweet/tart cherry bitter dark chocolate. Tangerine and banana follow well at the very end. Smoky/dry finish. Not overwhelming, very drinkable. I'm a huge fan of robust porters and the roast character in this beer is very enjoyable. Really good beer. If you love robust porters and Belgium beers you must try this!
Corrinado711 (78) - - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Pours A thick dark deep brown with thick carmel head with good head retention . Aroma of roasted malt
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Bottle. Awesome head retention. Nice spicy smell. Very light, clean finish. Dark cherry, vanilla, mineral finish. Probably wouldn’t cellar again, better fresh.
robinvboyer (2984) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown pour, big, billowy off white head. Peppery aroma, dried, dark fruit, yeasty and bready, with some spice. A cross between a dubbel and a saison. Light roasty notes, some nuts and more musty fruit. Finish is clean and dry with low bitterness. Minerals linger in the end with a sweet yeasty, breadiness. The roast caps it off, with a touch more of the spice.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - BCA - Bottled Apr 2011, BBE Apr 2016, Drank Jan 2013 - Dark Reddish Brown in colour. Good carbonation; thick foamy tan head. Malty; lightly roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, some coffee, smoky notes, hint of nuts; includes black rye. Yeasty and spicy; peppery. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy. Roasty malty yeasty spicy fruity and dry throughout; slight fruity sourness. Dry yeasty finish. Nice Beer!
Helsdon (111) - Toronto, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
765ml Bottle from my local LCBO. Pours a dark opaque brown, thick foamy tan head that sticks around with lacing, high carbonation. Not getting much nose of this, malts and that’s about it. Taste of that lovely yeast that seems indicative of a good Belgium-style beer, malts, hints of smoke. Not the best beer from the Island.
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brownish body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin film. The nose is rather spicy and earthy with a heavy rye component. Lots of yeastiness, a little chocolate and a touch of light smoke. The flavor is a little too overpowering on the rye spiciness for my tastes as far as what I’m looking for in a Saison. Not that I really dig rye much at all in the style, but this is especially in your face. Some light roast and burnt notes on the finish with a little spiciness and a hint of alcohol. This is a bit of a train wreck for me, I want something soft and subtle from a Saison, and this isn’t it. Medium bodied and a touch clingy with fizzy overactive carbonation. Not digging this one at all really.