RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison-style ale with Peppercorns. It was twenty years ago today… Well, almost twenty years ago today, as we present to you the first of three special Anniversary Beers in celebration of our upcoming Twentieth Anniversary! It was April Fool’s Day, 1989, when Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne first opened the doors to what would become one of the preeminent breweries in the country. Of course, true to the spirit of the day, it would be another month before the first house-made beers would be available on draft. Sgt. Pepper has been brewed with Pilsner, CaraVienne, and Rye malts, plus Magnum and Spalter hops. But the driving force behind this beer is the contribution from whole peppercorns! Black, Green, White, and Pink Peppercorns were added to the brewkettle, and they provide a noticeable fresh, herbal spiciness to the nose and through the palate. Pink pepper provides a high, floral character mostly as an aromatic, and Green pepper offers an herbal freshness with slight heat. White pepper contributes a subtle earthiness, and Black pepper engages the palate in a lingering, tingling warmth. All combine to accentuate the complexities of our Belgian yeast, and are balanced by crisp malt character with a hint of sweetness. OG: 1.054 (13.5*P) FG: 1.008 (2*P) ABV: 6.0%

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2441) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Hazy gold pour with a 2 finger, creamy white head. Aroma is full of pepper, earthy spice, some sharp, fruity esters and a bit of cereal. Flavor is black pepper, earth, floral and planty notes and lots of doughy yeast. Medium body with a velvety entry, leading to a slightly chalky, but still creamy finish with a light, but sharp and blanketing carbonation and noticeable black pepper heat that lingers and warms the throat and stomach a bit. Good, but not really much going on besides the pepper. I really wish I would have though ahead and bought a nice juicy ribeye to accompany the rest of this bottle. That seems to be the best use for pepper heavy beers.


3.9
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2017
So, I bought this to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles album of the same name...Well, actually I didn’t even realize until the guy at the liquor store told. me. But, that said, this is very tasty. Nice smooth yeasty, grassy notes up front, with a crisp, light peppery burn in the finish. Nice stuff.

3
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Floral, peppers, spices, and a lighter fruitiness.

3.2
ben4321 (6510) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2016
750 ml bottle from Whole Foods, Chelsea. Unclear darker orange with almost no head and zero lacing. Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, banana, and a little earth. Leans sweet. More of a Belgian Single type flavor than a Farmhouse for me. Doesn’t really have that funk, and it’s pretty sweet. Pepper is there, but not overwhelming. Solid, but it’s missing something, probably that Farmhouse flavor, that would get the score higher.

3.7
NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2016
This is pretty good. Nice traditional said on up front and then a nice peppery aftertaste. Not spicy but a little heat. A different taste but welcomed. Taste like crusty bread with a little butter and cracked pepper on top.

3.2
dinkle50 (1477) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Very clear, yellow pour with a wispy white head that fades very quickly. Spicy nose, can smell lots of pepper right off the bat. Medium bodied. Taste has an herbal, almost spicy quality to it. A hint of floral hops, but for the most part, all I’m getting is peppercorns. There is a tingly mouth feel, and the pepper heat does build a bit. Not a chili pepper heat, but a black pepper heat. No lace present.

3.2
mateuszk (2675) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber in colour, nice white head. Spicy, peppery in aroma, in taste lightly sweet, dry with lots of pepper. Medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly bitter and spicy finish. I got what brewers promised, peppercorn forward beer, but in my opinion it turned out way too one-dimensional and boring.

3.6
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Panama City Beach, Chan’s Wine World - 22 oz bomber. Hazy, medium orange pour, long lasting off-white head that leaves a light film of lacing. Aroma has a pleasant spicy bent to it with a emphasis on peppercorns. Flavor has kind of a ginger-like essence to it, some sweet pepper notes, a bit of raw cake mix sweetness. Mouthfeel has a nice thick presence to it.

3.8
BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2016
A very unique farmhouse ale. Tons of crusty bread on the front end and a nice peppercorn spice on the palate. Hits at the end. Pours a dark copper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
JDBaker11058 (2220) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2016
appearance: clear dark gold, short fizzy white head quickly fading to nothing; no lacing. aroma: bright, sharp, earthy, peppery nose, with some golden grahams and banana but mainly rye, spice, grass, and pepper. taste: spicy up front, with strong pepper, light grass, hint of caramel and earth. finish: lingering rye and pepper heat, with some grassy hops. notes: Quite liked it. Peppery without being too hot. Not quite a one note beer. Palate was good. You can tell the underlying saison or whatever is a solid beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

3.3
weihenweizen (3831) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy light orange with no head. Aroma is light pepper, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is yeasty, pepper, and spice.


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