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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Saisons originated with the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, a mostly French-speaking region of Belgium. Bière de saison was brewed during the saison froide (cold season) for consumption during the warmer months. Today saisons are made and enjoyed year-round. Anchor Saison Spring Ale (7.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, Anchor chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eberndt (228) - - MAR 1, 2015
Some grassy and lemon/citrus notes here. Not much of a yeast profile here and a little thin tasting.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (3757) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Some bodega: pours gold with white head. Lemon, grass, some light saison funk. Taste is not that good and certainly worse than aroma. Body is kind of watery especially considering the relatively high booze level. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4009) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12 oz bottle. Deep gold with a decent white head. Aroma is of grass, grain, yeast, paper, and spicy. Taste is of grain, grass, spicy yeast character, and malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4231) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, golden in color, off white head. The smell is yeasty, fruity, malt, spiced, and ok. The taste is fruit, yeast, spiced, ok.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3371) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pour is a clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet bubblegum with some fruity esters. Flavor is a bit bitter then comes some spice and maybe a touch of honey. Finish is a kind of lactic citrus bitterness with an alcohol bite. Nothing from the yeast really shows up. Kinda disappointing that Anchor could not make a better saison.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2453) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from Village Wine and Spirits. Moderate peachy nose, some citrus, and tiny farmhousey funk. Light hazy copper color, good lace. Decent sweet fruit, peaches, apple, peach pit bitter, mild bitter finish, Slightly dry. Thin-medium body. Nice enough. Somewhat sweetish. Nothing wild or crazy.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerScout49 (41) - - FEB 26, 2015
Not my favorite saison. Nice foamy thick head. Color is a malty brown from the roasting and there are lemon/citrus notes at the end. That being said not the best example of a saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1412) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Bottled on: 01/16/15. A clear amber pour with a thick beige head. Cloves, bubblegum, lemons, coriander, zesty citrus rinds, ginger, juicy oranges, caramel, and a grassy hoppiness feature in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied and just a tad syrupy on the way down. Caramel and bubblegum upfront in the taste. Doughy. Herbal. Zesty citrus rinds, lemons, and oranges at the end. Spicy. Peppery. Quality stuff, but more of a watered-down weizen than a saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (3406) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Draft at The Rake tap takeover, London. It pours clean orange color with a small white head. Aroma is lightly yeasty and lightly sweet and grainy, with notes of bread dough, ripe peaches, orange peel and spices. Taste is medium bitter and lightly malty and spicy, quite crispy, with notes of grains, bread dough, peppery yeast, citrus peel and orange pith. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, decent spicy saison

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4639) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet candy aromas. Sweet, dry bubblegum upfront turning to bitter lemon and earth before the lasting pith finish.


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