Fisherman's Sunrise Saison | Cape Ann Brewing Company

very good
24 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by morebeergood on 08-26-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 97
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.

 641 characters

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.

 2,283 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

 1,011 characters

Photo of metter98
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.

 548 characters

Photo of smcolw
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.

 355 characters

Photo of puboflyons
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.

 402 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear amber/orange. Large particles in suspension. Head formation and retention is awful. Just a few whispy patches of lacing.

S: Fragrant with a strawberry-banana scent. Subtle orange peel. Shortbread. Touch of vague spice and some tropical ester. Ghost-like tartness. Cleaner than the average saison.

T: Spicy up front with tastes of cinnamon, coriander, and pepper. Strawberry-banana, orange marmalade. Shortbread and a hint of toast. Hop oils are briefly encountered. Finishes with a strawberry shortcake impression and a lingering peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very bright and crisp with an aggressive carbonation. Creamy.

O: Really not saison-esque in the least, the yeast is far too neutral for that. If you can get past the fact that it isn't a saison, it's a decent beer. The strawberries really pop, and its crisp, refreshing properties mean that it will hit the spot on a summer scorcher.

 983 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a subtle pinkish undertone. Head is of normal stature. Head is off-white and retains pretty well.

S-Smells of the rhubarb/strawberry combo. However, underneath the fruity notes is a pretty nice Saison nose. Yeasty and spicy with light grass. Smells quite interesting.

T-The rhubarb and strawberries are more of an accent to the Saison flavors. Belgian yeast and spice with some bread and light grass. The juicy fruit sweetness is there all along but not obnoxiously stressed on the palate.

M-Medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is a bit mild. Juicy feel as well.

O/D-A cool beer. Worth a try. The fruits are set to the right pitch. It isn't one of those beers that is one-sided and only tastes of artificial fruit flavors. Pretty nice and a tad refreshing.

 801 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this recipe was adopted from a local homebrew club and calls for copious amounts of rhubarb and strawberries.

Thick and chunky white head like a dollop of vanilla frosting. Opaque orange custard color. Decent retention left thick foamy splotches.

Reeks of saison spice and to a lesser extent, strawberry toaster strudel filling.

Taste carries a great saison spiciness but none of the expected dryness. Possibly the first saison I've ever had with a juice-like mouthfeel. The rhubarb and strawberries are there, actually before I knew what fruit was in it I thought of grapefruit without the bitterness.

Hooray for trying new things. Probably the best beer I've had from Cape Ann thus far.

 707 characters

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a hint of amber with a 1-inch soapy head which quickly dissipates to a 1/4 inch head.

S: Aroma flows right out of the glass and is event more intense when you put your nose to it. I get some tropical fruit scent with strawberry, a little banana, apricot, and some wheat. A light flowery scent as well.

T: Similar to the smell with the Strawberry and banana. Also has a combination of hop sweetness and bitterness. Belgian yeast and malts follow the tropical flavor of this beer.

M: The mouth feel is more tropical than floral for a Saison. Moderate carbonation and quite drinkable.

O: This is a little twist on the style and is the first Fishermans beer I have had. I like Saisons and would say that this is a pretty good experimental beer.

 779 characters

Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12fl.oz. bottle at Blue Lobster Grille, Rockport, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a hazy, medium amber color and was topped by a fleeting crown of thin, light tan foam.

Strawberry notes dominated the aroma. I could hardly pick up anything else. Touch of sweet malts. Slightly wheaty.

The flavor profile was quite strawberry forward as well, yet it was definitely more complex than the nose. Strawberry notes melded with sweet malts on the front end. The sweetness faded in the center and the saison-like qualities came forth. Belgian yeast notes were apparent. Lots of orange peel. The finish was spicy, lemony and tart, and it contained notes of husky grains.

The mouthfeel was pretty ordinary. Medium bodied with a moderate effervescence.

Although this beer seems a bit hokey, it is still flavorful and immensely drinkable. This would definitely hit the spot on a hot summer day.

 909 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold with a foamy head that disappears.

Yeasty and musty up front, with some fruit sweetness in the nose.

Very pleasantly surprised by the yeasty note tied to the fruit sweetness. A little to rich, but I still liked it. Needed a little more coarse bitterness. The fruit shines more than the grain and bitterness. OK balance.

Medium to medium light body.

I lik this brewer a lot, and they usually come up with solid beer. This has some flaws, but it is still very likable. Worth a shot.

 503 characters

Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass. Very hazy orange body. Thin head. Smell was sugary and citrus-like. Taste was very interesting. The info there says that this beer was brewed with 90 lbs of rhubarb and 240 lbs of strawberries. It had a bit of the taste of a saison, but it really was more like a fruit beer. Mouthfeel was nice, as it was smooth and I found it very easy to drink, like a witbier. The higher abv was not noticeable. An unique beer that I read was a take on a homebrew club recipe. Worth a try, because who knows if they'll make it again. Everyone in my group liked it.

 617 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Strawberry, vanilla, green apple, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Light strawberry sweetness, toasted, pale, biscuity, vanilla, green apple, and possibly rhubarb bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, fruity, a little dry, slightly chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice saison with complimentary strawberry and rhubarb flavor. Perfect for the summer.

 623 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, strawberries, Belgian yeast, bananas, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of strawberries, bananas and spices. Then some bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

 744 characters

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the New World Tavern Plymouth, MA

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, low carbonation

Smell: strawberries and hay

Taste: big strawberries at the start--light rhubarb and hay, then a big wheaty middle, light pepper and Belgian spices at the end.

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium-light bodied, slightly sweet and funky

Overall: A pleasant and different take on the saison style. Almost like a strawberry wheat crossed a saison. I really like this. Could not drink it all day, but very refreshing.

 538 characters

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My beer can was labeled 4.5%, not 6.5%. I think, based on the other ratings and my own, that this was a positive recipe change as the recent ratings are much higher than the older ones.

 186 characters

Photo of Brew_42
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange and gold with a thin white head

Smells citrusy with some strawberry

Tastes start up front giving way to some strawberry sweetness.

Mf light and crisp

Overall refreshing summer beer

 205 characters

Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

13.25 oz tulip glass. Served on tap at Cambridge Common.
a) poured with a finger thick head. Hazy body. Orange red in color. Thin and sticky lacing.
S) fresh strawberries. Subtle caramel aroma.
T) Carries some of the tartness of a saison or maybe that is the rhubarb shining through. The strawberries add a pleasant spin to the taste. Sharp flavors up front then a mellow finish with some earthy tones and a slight bitter bite.
M) Smooth. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious saison. I might just order another one.

 526 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Redo years later, original review from 2012 below.

Pours a decent fluffy creamy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice messy lacing, slight hazy sunrise orange yellow color.

Nose gristy wheat, toasted grassy malts, hay, mild yeasty with fruity esters, quickly into fresh strawberry, juicy strawberry jam, and mild tart rhubarb.

Taste light malts, very little malt, gristy wheat with straw hay like notes, but very light. Big strawberry flesh, fresh jam, and tart slightly bitter rhubarb, quite a lot of fruit. Bitter rhubarb finish, tart with lingering strawberry seed and flesh, dry, little yeasty note.

Mouth is med lighter bod, crisp and refreshing with nice popping carb.

Overall quite nice, delivers strawberry and rhubarb nicely with flashes of nice saison. Great summer beer. Obviously they've improved a bunch, perhaps the canning helped, but glad to see them improving.

An aggressive pour still only yields a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly and forgets to leave lacing, over a semi hazy nectar darker orange colored beer. 3.5

NOse is a little weird, it has some saison aromas, light wheat like and almost hay malts, hint of saison spices, but quickly turns to fruity aromas, blood orange, little fruit punch, clementine, strawberries actually kinda fresh, a light rhubarb too, but it has a syrupy fruit syrup like aroma as well which gives it that candy like. 4

Taste brings tons of strawberry, fresh strawberry, a little juice, again syrupy strawberry candy, a light tart bitter rhubarb, fairly fruity, a light clementine citrus again I think from the saison this time, light saison spices which actually go well with the fruit and the bitter tangy rhubarb, light wheat and malts, fluffy, and a light but decent bitterness I think mostly from the rhubarb. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky, little syrupy still, more candy flavors, a little fruit but that mostly dries up, little strawberry syrup sticks to the sides of the mouth. 3.5

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little sticky and syrupy, carb on the lighter side. 3.5

Overall OK, I hate to say it but more of a "girly" like beer. It has some nice flavors, but they seemed to get sweet and more candy like for the fruits. The rhubarb adds a nice interesting bitterness and some tangy flavors, but not much, and the saison is mostly gone if it was there to begin with. However, still not a bad beer. 3.5

 2,414 characters

Photo of pisano
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with half finger white foamy head that doesn't stick around too long. Not quite the hazy straw yellow I expect with a saison but I don't mind that.

s: dried apricots, malt, saison yeast, not much hop aroma to speak of

t: malt sweetness up front, then apricot and peach dominate with a bitter, dry finish and some breadiness as well

m: light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

o: a solid saison, unlike any I've had. I really enjoy the strong apricot notes.

 512 characters

Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Think this was a new recipe. It was only 4.5% ABV and brewed with a ton of Strawberries and Rhubarb.

Pours spritely, but cloudy for the style. Smells tart and fruity with mild spice complexities. Tastes very sweet, mildly tart, yet still a discernible saison. Starts out like sweet strawberry rhubarb pie, getting more yeasty near the middle, ending on dry nodes of white pepper and coriander. Wonderfully complex, but never as tart or funky as what some might expect out of a contemporary sour saison.

 531 characters

Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I originally rated this beer a 3.75 in Sept of 2013. It just came out again and I bought a 4 pack on May 13th 2015. This version of the beer has an ABV of 4.5 (the original is listed at 6.5). So I assume the recipe has been modified.

I love this beer. Subtle hint of strawberry and rhubarb with a very dry finish that makes me want to take another sip immediately. It's refreshing with a little sweetness and just a touch of funk on the finish. I can see myself drinking a lot of these over the summer, if I can continue to find it. Kudos to Cape Ann for making this a really good beer, or to me for my improved palate :-).

 624 characters

Photo of WoostaBia
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully made beer. Tart taste of noticeable rhubarb and strawberry finish. Dry finish that requires another taste. A well made saison that embraces it's farmhouse origin as the fruits are well blended in.

 208 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.