Monday, September 26, 2011

Brewery Vivant - Sgt. Peppercorn Rye

6.0% ABV

"Rye pale ale. Standard rye with a touch of carmel rye produces a dry and spicy flavor with beautiful color. Green peppercorns are thrown in the kettle as a well as "dy spiced" in the fermenters for a little kick."

The Pour

Poured from a half gallon growler, this beer is a fiery orange / red in colour. A one and a half finger head consisting of tight white bubbles crowns the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming from the sides of the glass.


A very fresh nose. Spicy notes dominate with a slight bitter to sour note present. Very pleasant.


Right away there is a huge breadiness. Lots of cereal grains as well as a nice peppery spiciness. With a very light mouthfeel, this ale finishes with a slight bitterness. Interesting in a pleasant way.

Overall Impressions

In the summer we visited this brewery in Grand Rapids, MI. I had picked up a 4-pack of their Farmhouse Ale for review, but the taste got the best of me and they were all finished before I had the chance to do a formal review. Well, I wasn't going to let this tasty treat do that. My neighbour brought this back from Michigan for us to enjoy. With an emphasis on Belgian styled ales, this too was a solid beer. Very refreshing, with a stellar flavour profile. Not too heavy, and a nice light mouthfeel. A solid "B+".


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