Goose Island Pepe Strano
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Sour Ale brewed with Black Pepper. 7% ABV, 30 IBUs. Brewed originally at our pub in 2008, we "forgot" about this lost barrel in our cellar and are unveiling it only at special events. The roasted and spicy peppery notes of our black saison complement the funky Brett backbone and lactic sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Brownish red pour w/ a whispy head. Aroma comes through of bourbon and light peppers along w/ a hint of funk. Avg palate. Oddly funky and earthy, tart blanket taste w/ a touch of white pepper. A nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
sampled at GTMW 1010.... dark cola brown pour with lighter edges and a thin off-white head... tart fruity aroma with an underlying hint of pepper.... flavors are a continuation of the same. seems similar to pepe clausenii to some degree. would be cool to try a side by side comparison. drank pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours a dark amber-brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of leather, earth, herbs, and horseblanket. Flavor of citrus, brett, earth, grass, lactic, and some pepper with a dry oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - Pours dark cola with next to no head. Smells sour and bretty, with some decent citrus funk and a touch of spice. Taste is lots of citrus funk and a decent amount of malt to give it a bit of a backbone. A bit syrupy in the mouth, and strikes a nice tart/sweet balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9935) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of tart fruits with a bit of sweet grain and spice underlying. Flavor was more mellow in tartness with a sweet fruit note (mainly apple and cherry) with some pepper and brett underlying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Sampled on tap at the GTMW ’10 (Madison, WI). Pours a ruby red brown pour, light haziness, small loose tan bubbles. Aromas are light sourness, lactic acid, black pepper spice, malty bread and biscuits, decent funky brett and oak. Initial is sweeter, fruity esters move into sour acidity, citrus and faint vinegar, vanilla and honey. A lighter roastiness, mellow fruit, darker caramel malts. Lighter acidity and good oak. A touch of prickly acidity and funky brett with some dirty cheese move in. Finish is mellow fruity sweetness, touch of pepper spice, and light acidity with funky cheesy brett coming in stronger. Fairly sweet fruitiness, almost feels like a sour version of Pepe Nero, lactic acidity and dusty dry brett. A touch more oak, light roastiness. Nice, fair complexity, but not as in your face as I was thinking.

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