3 Stars Peppercorn Saison

When Val was in DC, she stopped at a beer store for me. The person working there told her that she absolutely had to buy this beer for me if I was any type of beer nerd. So, it came home with her. I’m hoping that it lives up to the hype from the beer store, because I haven’t heard of this beer before Val walked in with it.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Slightly sweet fruity nose, hints of grass and coriander, smooth underlying bitterness, clean dry finish, smooth lingering citrus notes.”

Random: Val doesn’t like pepper, so I rarely use it anymore.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of spice, not surprisingly, I picked up a lot of peppercorn. Yeast had a major presence as well, along with light citrus. The taste had a lot of pepper as well. It wasn’t overwhelming, but gave the beer a nice bit of depth. After that, I picked up lemon and orange along with some tangerine and very subtle banana. It was quite dry, with a medium thick body and high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with fruit and peppercorns. This was $8.99 for the bomber, which came to $.41 per ounce. This was a really well-done beer that highlighted the use of peppercorns without having them overwhelm the other flavors. If distribution were wider, I would get this again, but chances are that unless we go back to DC, we won’t be trying it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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