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Saison - Cape May Brewing Company

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
If an IPA, a Wheat Beer and a Belgium Double had a baby; it would be called a Saison. This is a refreshing, medium to strong fruity & spicy ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped, and dry with a quenching acidity. Originally brewed at the end of the cool season to last through the warmer months before refrigeration was common. It had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not too strong to be quenching and refreshing in the summer. We brew ours with coriander and lots of Saaz hops.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 04-29-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a stubby sort of pub glass, the brew appears a hazed golden color with a creamy film of white head that slowly fades to a thin film leaving a webby pattern of stringy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has a bright zesty aspect to it, somewhat reminiscent of lemony coriander. A bit of fresh grainy wheat quality and almost a hint or orange marmalade of sorts. Very mild yeasty esters are present giving it a bit of earthen dryness that almost brings out a bit of straw or hay grainy quality.

The flavor is pretty nice iteration of what the aroma leads you to believe you are in for. Suggestions of lemon grass, orange zest and wheat with a solid backing of herbal bitterness to keep things in check. There is an overall yeasty feel from mid palate into the finish that really drives home the saison aspect.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated well and this makes for a nice summertime enjoyable brew. Thanks again Matt for sharing.

stakem, May 23, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

Pours a yellow in color with a foamy, soapy bone white head. Great retention as it falls slowly and leaves some clingy lace on the inside of the glass.

The nose is of cereal grains and alcohol. Clean, cracked wheat. Light earthy hops. Saaz and hallertau, is my guess.

Grassy, earthy hops roll over the tongue with some sweet cereal malt through the middle. A little white pepper and coriander peek through here and there The finish is a blend of slightly sweet malt, bitter earthy hops, and booze.

Medium body with a bit of a boozy finish.

This is a pretty spot on example of the style but lacks the depth to make this elite.

ColForbinBC, Jun 23, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery tasting room on tap, enjoyed chilled from a glass.

the color is slightly darker than average golden with thick pale cream with fine bead. The lace sticks well. The smell is slightly herbal and spicy with yeast esters and slight hint of fruity yeast in the auxillary aroma. The feel is very good with both a bitterness level and dry texture you expect from an American style saison with relatively high carbonation and medium body.

The taste is very good with some wheat flavor and yeast gives a slight pear-like taste with some herbal hop flavors adding to the saison with nice bitterness level and the dry finish adds to the overall enjoyment. I was pleased to see this style on tap and this is a very good representation of the style. I would drink this again if I could.

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Saison from Cape May Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.