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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A French Saison with Pink & Tellicherry Peppercorns, refreshingly dry,

FG 1.004

Bottling Dates:
Batch 021: 7/5/12
Batch 040: 10/9/12

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3.7
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle and served in my now trusty Pipeworks snifter: Slightly hazy golden hue with a huge fluffy head and excellent lacework. The aroma has notes of wet pale biscuity grains, flowers and heather fields, LIGHT pepper, banana and peach like vapours. Slightly cardboardy but not intrusive, I found almost no diacetyl as a someone else I know did (perhaps they got a bad bottle?).

The taste is rather smoother than I expected, really was prepared for a spice attack but that is not the case. More earthy, yeast driven, pale malt atypical saison with a tad more fruity notes and final bitterness than what you would normally find in the genre. The finish could still be cleaner despite the FG being so low, that cardboardy character does seem more a issue on the finish. It is very easy to drink and is properly carbonated. I like this and would buy again, makes me interested what the next saison will be like.

3.8
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden hay color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light sweet notes and some light peppery ester. Taste is also dominated by solid rustic malt with balanced sweetness level and light peppery notes with some good floral ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering and I’m glad the pink pepper notes were not overly dominant as it would have been a shame to hide some of the nice characteristics of this beer.

4
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
DC tasting thanks to noodleuser. Hazy tan yellow body. Sweet, but very true to style, belgo mouthfeel. Excellent, really well executed. Fruity and big yeast esters. Really mile with the peppercorn. Nice!

3.5
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
22 oz. bottle. It pours a cloudy light yellow/orange color with a massive white head. The aroma is wheat, orange, apricots and some pepper. Not as peppery as I was expecting. The flavor is on the sweet side with orange marmalade, dried apricot and lots of pepper. Wheat backbone with lots of effervescence. Nice but a bit cloying.

3.6
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22oz bottle courtesy of Tooch4321. Cheers, Adam! Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, some peppery character with some yeast and light fruit and spice. Flavor is similar to the aroma with spice, big pepper, earthy yeast, and some sweet malt. Medium in body for a saison and nice overall.

3.3
jandd1983 (4604) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Sampled at DLD 2013. It poured a hazy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma was of light spice with sweet grain and a hint of light red fruits. The taste was of sweet grains, light spice, peppercorn and light fruits with Belgian yeast and slightly bitter grass. Very good.

3.5
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a hazed orange pour with a thick eggshell colored head, which quickly fades. Aroma of peach, nectarine, spicy yeast, and peppercorns. Flavor is fruity, mild sweetness cut by the the spicy peppercorns. Mild apricot and pear, with a strong belgian yeast notes. It finishes with peppercorn in the back of the throat. Medium bodied, nice refreshing carbonation. Finishes semi-dry.

3.6
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle. Pipeworks Rose vs Pipeworks Sichuan, because I’m a nerd and hadn’t had Rose yet, also I didn’t read the descriptions of either and I’m not sure why I’m telling you that.. Both pours slightly hazy bright golden but rose had a stiff foamy head while sichuan’s head fall fast just leaving a white head around the rim. Perhaps carbonation hasn’t completely built up in Sichuan. Rose aroma has pleasant chamomile tea character, vanilla, flowers ,cest of lemon while Sichuan’s aroma has a huge musty lemony tea thing happening very fragrant and perfumey with asparagus. Rose’s flavors of semi tart lemons flowers earth, sweet bread, soft bitterness that leaves a crisp finish, and Sichuan’s flavors are again a strong fragrant lemoney floral bomb some spicy bitterness slight vanilla sweetness, flabby feel. Rose has more tart lemons while Sichuan as more funky dusty floral and lemons but the main thing is it’s much tighter and focused albeit more perfumey. Rose finishes sweeter and with a tart twang. Rose is still a good saison and isnt overly sweet or spiced, I’m actually surprised I like the most spiced and fragrant Sichuan (because I prefer a Saison that relies on great yeast fermentation bringing almost all of the character but it is drier than Rose. Pretty solid saisons though. Rose - 7/4/7/4/14, Sichuan 7/4/7/4/15

3.7
Huhzubendah (3753) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Shared by noodleuser. Thanks man! The beer is hazy and golden yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings fruity esters, earthy tones, yeast, bread dough, light spice. The peppercorns emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Light sweetness with freshly cut grass. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A tasty beer and solid example of the style.


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