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RATINGS: 770   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A black rye saison that combines a roasted/smoky malt character in balance with a pepper spice from the yeast. Finishes dry with a refreshing level of carbonation.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2011
22oz btl. Pours a deep medium bodied brown with a finger of off white head. Not a lot going on in the aroma obvious rye, some powdery chocolate. Rye bread, some chocolate, a mildly dry with a bit of bitterness. A little boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown with a glowing red. Aroma is very basic. A bit of grain and rye, very soft and simple, some roastinesa. Flavor starts with some dark fruit and raisin. Picks up some woody and earth hop notes to a dryer abd toasty finish. NOt bad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3673) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Dark brown pour with tan head, somewhat murky. Aroma of pepper, some roast and smoke character. Some fruity belgian esters, specifically a banana note. Earthy. Flavor is earthy and smokey, the spicy rye pairs with the pepper notes from the yeast. The dark malts brings out some coffee and roast. Very dry, well carbonated. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Had on tap at Holy Grale. Pours very dark with ample brown to light brown head. Aroma is a little earthy, a little roasty. Taste is very interesting, with hints of the rye, the roasted malts, and some spice, the only significant clue to this brew’s saison heritage. Finishes with roasty bitterness that ends cleanly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Draft at Blind Pig Co. in Champaign, IL. Pours a deep brown with a tan head- WAIT! A saison? Aroma of nutty malts and faint Belgian esters. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of chocolate, very mild coffee, and wheat malts countered by a slight phenolic tang. Finish is a tad medicinal. Interesting, but really struggles for identity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a milky brown with a nice head and some lace. The aroma has a bit of chocolate and a nice light fruitiness. Some of the peppery notes show through the aroma and there is a light earthy presence. The flavor is very bready like a nice loaf of country bread with some snappy peppery character. There is a mild bit of fruit in here as well. Subtle and awfully nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2010
On tap at El Bait Shop. Not much black pepper. Nice brown ale malts. Dry. Everything I love about brown ale, dubbel, and saison all mixed nicely together.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Tap on GI night at el Bait Shop. The body is deep rusty brown with a thin yellowish khaki head. The nose has some sweet grass, hay and a hint of the pepper. There is also a little bit of tropical mango. The taste is orange peels and bitters. There is also a little tang along with bread crust. I get just a whiff of black pepper in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2010
I got to try this rarity on tap at the Goose Island Invasion at International Tap House-Chesterfield. Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of earth, chocolate malts, toast, farmhouse funk, and Belgian yeast. Flavor follows suit mostly, with a lot of the same earthy character found in the nose along with some overripe fruits. However, the mouthfeel was oddly metallic, which kept this from being a lot better. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. I had higher hopes from Pepe Nero, although it’s still a pretty good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5548) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
32oz growler pours a watery, translucent black with some light, white head. Nose is bread, yeast, spice with some nice malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, light spice, yeast, bananas. Finish is medium bodied and sweet.


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