Review: Cape May Brewing Harvest Ale | Craft Beer & Brewing
Cape May Brewing Harvest Ale
85 out of 100

Style: Saison

ABV: 6.4 IBU: 23

85/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Cape May Brewing Harvest Ale

What the brewers say

“We devised a killer Saison-styled recipe with wheat and Pilsner in the malt bill and a generous helping of Hallertau Blanc hops. Then, just as fermentation was almost through, we added a bunch of fresh Merlot must from California.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Nice saison esters. Spicy and herbal hops, corn tortillas, pepper, peach, bubblegum esters, clove phenols, and white wine. The grape must contribution complements fruity esters.”

Flavor: “Some bready malt character comes through with notes of banana. Grape must character is present but dry in character, and this adds a slight sweetness but not much. Hints of fruit—apple and peach—with a strong fermentation character and lightly tart in finish.”

Overall: “Enjoyable, solid saison, and the grape character added some complexity and tannic qualities.”

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