Saison | Cape May Brewing Company

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Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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

Added by Slatetank on 04-29-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 19
Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, dark straw color that's nearly opaque with ripe banana colored edges. Two finger frothy white head that's reminiscent of a nitro pour. Very good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting cap that coats the glass with sheets of soapy lacing on the way down. Good head retention but the color is a little darker/cloudier than I prefer.

Strong spice and yeast presence in the nose that reminds me more of a Belgian wit and German wheat beer hybrid. Lots of clove and pepper along with lots of bread/yeast, bubblegum, banana and subtle citrus. Slightly floral farmhouse presence with hay, grass and straw. Also some lighter notes of apple and pear that compliment the strong yeast notes.

Full body with flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. A little more rustic/earthy but tastes a lot like a german hefe or Belgian wit beer. Lots of zesty,peppery spice up front with clove, ginger, coriander and white pepper followed by earthy hops, bread, banana and crisp citrus. Strong yeast character mid palate with hints of sourdough bread, bubblegum, apple, pear and banana. There also lingering tart citrus sweetness in the finish with hints of orange and lemon pith. Slightly mineral along with grassy hop bitterness. Spice and earthy notes remind me of a saison but other than that it's more of a wheat beer flavor profile. Not so true to style but still packs a lot of flavor. Complex, thirst quenching and pretty easy to drink. Nice spring/summer beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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