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RATINGS: 136   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. Bičre 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a slightly hazy, bubbly golden-orange with an average size lasting frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is yeasty, herbal and fruity (banana and citrus mainly) along with a hint of pepper and some grain. Nice flavour: Yeasty, fruity, spicy and herbal along with a long lightly bitter/peppery finish -- I drink it quite fast, it goes down easy. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. Better then expected (not sure why), I thought it was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neorej80 (256) - - MAY 4, 2015
Fresh copperlike aroma with yeast and yellow fruit. Nice clear dark yellow colour with a white head. Round flavour full of spices, malts and a bit of rasins. Fresh dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter dry on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (910) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 3, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice bronze with beige head. Taste is of floral, grass, citrus, spice and yeast. Similar aroma. Has a medium body with a citrus finish. Refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1343) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
I have no problem with breweries being experimental with classic styles, just as long as the result is a tasty, drinkable beer. Anchor Saison is a very “California-ized” saison with Nelson Sauvin hops, lemongrass, lemonpeel and ginger. The flavors are a bit odd, which makes for an interesting palette – though not an especially delectable one. It’s also surprisingly boozy for the weight. This should be an excellent beer, but it’s only above average as of now.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/27/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Surprisingly dark orange hue with crystal clarity. No visible carbonation. Pours to a small, pinky-sized white foamy head which dissipates completely and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Citrusy lemon scent plus significant spicy notes. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Taste: There’s a certain recognizable taste to a saison – due mostly the yeast – and that’s present here right away. Instead of light, citrusy and wheaty, this beer is closer to a bigger, bolder, more complex Belgian-style ale (not unlike a tripel, actually). Spicy to be sure as those spices create for a zesty, peppery mélange of flavors. Clove and peppercorn seem to be quite prominent even though this beer does not contain them (the ginger probably accounts for a lot of that). There’s a syrupy sweetness here; almost like orange juice concentrate. Not much in the way of bitterness or hop flavor – maybe just a bit of white wine on the finish. Vanilla is also featured – reminiscent of a barrel-aged brew (that’s from the alcohol I’m sure). Not being a fan of ginger this palette didn’t really do much for me, but I will say that I enjoyed it more than not.

Drinkability: Though big at 7.2% ABV, Anchor Saison is not exactly a beastly brew. I’ve had others of the style that were just as big (if not bigger), yet this feels a lot heavier than it actually is. Alcohol imparts a lot of warmth in the mouth and lingers in the throat. The carbonation is surprisingly low – this is a fairly thick and fairly flat beer. It should be more effervescent and lighter in the mouth (it does finish clean with little aftertaste – which is nice).

Score: 6/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2015
12oz bottle pours with a crystal clear deep gold body that has copper hues and supports a thin white head. The modest aroma offers up spicy saison yeasty notes as well as apple, fig and pear fruity sweetness. The taste rushes forward with saison spiciness, apple and fig fruitiness and then yielding to more spices and a cracked black pepper sensation. A decent saison but leans toward being a bit too sluggish and sweet and not pulling up the lighter crispness I enjoy in far too few saisons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2015
5/1/15. 12oz bottle from Bird Dog. Wow, this is a huge disappointment from Anchor. Drab dark golden pour, almost no head, no lacing. Hmph. Bitter aroma, vinous, tannic, bitter lemon peel and pith, big phenolic aspect. Not a good start. Bitter flavor, chalky, minerals, lemon peel, pith, ginger. Not wanting to finish my half (sharing all these ticks with Mrs. Owl). Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4918) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2015
12oz bottle. Really, really, really wish they didn’t add the spices. Anchor is capable of finessing the style a little more than most, then they throw it all out the window with the additions. This is still pretty decent for the style, albeit a little stronger and full bodied than a typical example. Honey herbal tinges. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
A clear, golden pour with a small, white head. The aroma has lemon and light herbal notes. It has a light, crisp body with lively carbonation. The taste is sweet with just a hint of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (325) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
This is a tremendous spring ale that is light and fresh. It is good for the spring time has a great palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (674) - CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Pours clear pale gold with a fat finger of off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Nose is cloves, light banana, wheat, earthy pale malt, mild lemony citrus. (6/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter, mild white pepper, very mild funk. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly spicy finish. (3/5) Limited Belgian character, very limited barnyard funk. Not unpleasant, but not a heckuva saison. Not really all that interesting, but it does grow on you - the flavours, in particular the pepper, build as the pint progresses. Not enough to make it memorable, perhaps, but enough to salvage it from the doldrums of mediocrity. (12/20)

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