Fisherman's Sunrise Saison | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Sunrise SaisonFisherman's Sunrise Saison

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by morebeergood on 08-26-2010

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3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bark
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid got some passing chill haze. The finger thick head is off-white, it sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is sweet with lots of strawberry jam and other red berries. Hints of cinnamon and some clean bitter flavours.

The taste is bitter-sweet with some tart notes in the background. Lots of strawberry jam and red fruit syrup. Some phenolic yeast notes. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit tart with clean strawberry flavours. Hints of salt and lots of fruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the big bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Too much fruits for my taste.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sunrise Saison opens to a fruity nose, the strawberry and rhubarb additions immediately apparent, lending a dominating overtone of strawberry-rhubarb pie. Brown sugar and vanilla add more sweetness, as do a selection of cherry and berry fruit esters, which combine with the strawberry and rhubarb to produce a bubble gum-like aroma that borders on cloying. There are a few other aromas in here, including biscuit, pie crust, toast, and very faint hints of sweet pink grapefruit, but the aforementioned fruits and sugars easily occupy perhaps ninety percent of the aromas. As a whole, while the sugars in here are quite potent and varied, offering a surprising variation in fruits and pie fillings, they do border on cloying, and the bubble gum feel is distracting.

On the tongue, the strawberry and rhubarb notes are slightly more muted, compared to their aromas, but still very present adding sweet strawberry and astringent, bitter rhubarb notes, the rhubarb being slightly the stronger of the two. These are added to helpings of brown sugar and cherry and berry fruit esters. The Saison part of the beer brings in bits of banana and peppery clove, as well as a slightly sour, funky spiciness that, when combined with the fruit esters and added fruits, does blend into a nice peppery, spicy fruit turnover feel, the spiciness almost adding a cocktail-strong feel of alcohol, though the ABV is only 6.5%. Toast crust, baguette, and lots of biscuit add a pie crust taste. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, but with even stronger Saison notes, and the bitter rhubarb becomes even more present, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is slightly above-average fare. There are a lot of flavors in here, and all of them are present in good strength. The problem mainly lies in the combination of all of these flavors, which lends the beer a “kitchen sink” feel, as if a strawberry rhubarb pie recipe had been altered by throwing in bananas, cherries, berries, peppery spices, and touches of spiced rum, the result being a dessert not entirely sure of what flavors it was supposed to showcase. Simplicity, here, would have been better.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with some light to moderate aromas of peppery yeast and light hints of lemon.

T: The taste of this beer is primarily of malts but not just pale malts, perhaps pale malts with some hint of adjuncts. The peppery yeast that is present in the aroma is lacking in the taste. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present but fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I was a little surprised by the lack of dryness in this saison as it seemed a little atypical of the style. I was also disappointed that the spicy yeasts did not come through in the flavors and it lacked the refreshing qualities I expect from a saison.

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3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head.
S: Light aromas of yeast and malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of yeast and nondescript malts—no spices are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little too malty compared to other beers in the style and lacks any dryness. It definitely doesn't taste refreshing compared to most other saisons.

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3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Small head but it does leave an initial ring of lace then some spots afterwards. Cloudy amber color.

Sour with a combination of rinds from lemons and oranges.

Very tart like unsweetened lemonade. Almost like a lambic. The carbonation is low but I wouldn't describe the body as rich. This is a one-trick pony of a beer--there's little else to describe.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on September 25, 2015.

Light amber colored pour with a modest, short-lasting head and a slight cloudy appearance.

I get those Belgian toasted malt characters minus the spice along with a more vibrant fruity note and especially strawberries.

Medium body.

Big fruitiness to talk about in the taste too. Some of the characteristics are there but it was missing something.

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Fisherman's Sunrise Saison from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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