otakuden (1616) - Vero Beach, Alabama, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: beautiful cherry and mahogany woods, old, polished, and deep. Voluminous tan head resembles freshly frothed cappuccino. Head is dense mousse which caves in slowly like a reverse donut – thick. Lace sticks full circle.
Nose: dry, earthy, twiggy, and rich with dense dark fruits – plums and grapes. Acorns and almonds. Grape seeds bitter and tannic. Haystacks and stable dust with a faint and pervasive essence of saddles and blankets. Old leather.
Palate: plums and raisins. Earth, twigs, and fall leaves in the finish – crispy and crunchy. Soft frothy smooth mouthfeel. Raisins and figs lead into cakey fig newtons in the back. Oiled leather and saddles. Dry nutty stones also in the back. Dry tannic thirst-inducing quaff to quaff. Dried leaves and twigs. Spice in the breath.
Final Thoughts: loved this beer! No. I really did. I love rye and saisons and Goose Island beers in general so twas no surprise the Pepe Nero was a divine treat. My only regret was that I had but one bottle to enjoy.
Spab (1639) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
765 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark, ruby-tinged brown with lasting tan head. Aroma is roasty dark and fruity malts with spicy Belgian yeast. Flavour is quite roasty with cocoa, grape, pear, modest spiciness and a gentle funkiness. Medium plus body. Rather nice.
JesseM (1099) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle I got from the LCBO amidst the bi-annual ’oh shit they’re going on strike’ shopping spree people go on when they are suddenly reminded that they are alcoholics. Opaque dark brown and a big tan head. The aroma is interesting but not as much as the flavour to come. I just get a big whiff of Belgian yeast that reminds me of Unibroue, with undistinguished dark malts and fruits. But the flavour is quite interesting. The roasty smoke element is definitely present but not in an ostentatious way. Rich and creamy chocolate malt rides along the surprisingly smooth palate. I actually get very little of the fruit character I would typically expect from something like this. I wouldn’t say that the yeast character is peppery like it’s supposed to be, but it’s still interesting. A very good beer although the price is a bit ridiculous.
kevinsenn (550) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours a super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a very nice combination of "saison" and roasted barley. Taste has caramel, roasted notes, vanilla, spice, and light fruit notes. Medium-full body. I really enjoyed this.
jmcgavin12 (162) - Madison, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Notes of dark fruit and roasted malt on the nose with a bit of yeast and bread.Taste is a great balance between sweet and bitter with a bit of a spicy dry finish. Overall a delicious beer and something different
DerWeg (1392) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a gorgeous beer. Puffy dark tan head over viscous black body. Salls over the palate velvety and light like silk. Yet bursting with subtle flavours of cocoa, grapes, kola-spicy phenolics, sweet grassy hops, lemon, decadent fresh whole grain bread, vanilla. Aroma clean and bright. Really offers a lot and now it sucks that I will want more of this drug for twelve bucks a hit. Sexy beer for sexy bitches!
kermis (2463) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Deanso. Pours almost black with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet malt, yeast, roast and light spice. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, roasty in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
deanso (3185) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33.cl bottle from khiosk .
Thin creamy off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Some choc holate but refreshing like a saison .
SDalkoholic (1767) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Henry’s: Created a monstrous sizing of foamed head which took several minutes to fully retreat. The liquid was a dark brown with an amber reddish tint. As for the nose, there was a spicy scent of smoked dark malt with a notice of pepper and some floral aroma that hinted towards fruit perhaps banana. Taste is heavily spiced with dashes of pepper, clove and sweet malts that left behind an aftertaste of cigar tobacco.
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from central market. Pours a very dark brown color with a foamy beige colored head. Aroma is roasty right off the bat. Some Belgian fruit and yeasty notes as well with perhaps a small funky bit. Flavor is roasted first, with a bitter farmhouse zest. Flavor is a bit funky, earthy finish.
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ellolovey (264) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled 6/13/2012. Pours a dark brown with a tan frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, and pepper. Taste just like the nose. Roasted malts, almost burnt, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, and nice peppery spice on the finish. Good carbonation. Pretty good. But Sofie, she’s much warmer and creamier. She’s def my favorite Saison.