The Scupper

New Jersey
United States
The Scupper by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

The Scupper "an opening in the side of a ship intended to carry water overboard” is the third release in our Barrel Aged Series, carrying enticing flavors into your life. Beginning its journey as our Misty Dawn Saison, The Scupper embarks on a four-month voyage in French oak red wine barrels alongside four distinct strains of Brettanomyces, imparting intoxicating aromas with a rustic finish. With flavors reminiscent of the barrel's past life, vinous aromas complement the Saison's natural complexity, finally disembarking with a dry finish that leaves you longing for another sip. Left to bottle condition for three additional months, if consumed fresh, The Scupper is a rustic and oaken Saison, but if stowed away, a far more complex and funky journey awaits.
 

Profile

ABV: 
7.4%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
Czech, Saaz
Malts: 
German Pilsner, Wheat, and a touch of Caramunich 2
Judges Review 
Pat Mulloy's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Category 28C Wild Specialty Beer. It’s like sticking your face into a fresh spring bouquet with banana, berry, spice, floral, faint orange, pepper, almond, light toast and a hint of tobacco rising from the glass. It pours hazy gold as streams of fine bubbles race to the surface under a moderate, frothy white cap with moderate retention. The saison and oak come together especially well on the palate with the oak joining moderately high hop bitterness to balance the big fruit, honey, peach, orange, banana, pepper and spice yeast flavors. The crisp, medium light and dry beer hints of white wine as a light tartness, a slight, oaky astringent note, and traces of vanilla bring the beer to a pleasant, satisfying finish. The beer does everything a saison should do while the oak is there but not over bearing. The Brett comes through more as spice, fruit and floral than funk and helps create the rich mouthfeel.