The other day, I had the chance to try the new Vintage Ale from Goose Island, Pepe Nero.
It is considered a farmhouse ale, but is much darker than any I have seen of this style. When I first poured the beer, it was a dark brown-red color. It had a very strong scent to it, with a large burnt caramel aroma with a bit of Belgian-style sour scents mixed in.
The flavor was very interesting. It had a strong roasted chestnut flavor with just a hint of Belgian funkiness on the finish. It had a slight bit of tartness, but not too much to be overwhelming. The final impression reminded me of a lighter Belgian dubbel .
Did you try Pepe Nero? What was your impression of this new ale?
Sofie from Goose Island, made in Chicago, is a 80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. At the start, it smells fruity, kind of like peach. It is very effervescent, and tastes very orange-y and peachy. It was served at 60 degrees, and had a slight Belgian yeast flavor. It was a very delicious beer, and is my favorite of the three Belgian-style Goose Island beers distributed in Iowa: Pere Jacques, Matilda, and Sofie.
From their website, it is for lovers of the saison style, and uses Amarillo hops, which may be the main reasons I enjoy this so much.
Have you tried Sofie? Which one is your favorite: Pere Jacques, Matilda, or Sofie?