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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7444) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to me bro, Markimus. It pours clear orange-amber with a small white head. The nose is sweet, doughy, straw, light spice, spring onion and orange marmalade. The taste is crisp, bitter, malty, light spring onion, lemongrass, touch of spice, citrus rind and stewed orange with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. I’m not 100% sure on this one... Maybe a touch oniony, but if you can past that it’s ok...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Anchor where one of the first if not the first American craft brewery available in England introducing me to tastes I could only imagine compared to the local bitter and mild. But they seemed to have lost their way a bit with this one not giving any encouragement that the corner has been turned. It is bronze with a small head and medium body. As you would expect it is fruity and quite satisfying but rather boring. They have a long way to go before they become my favourite brewery again. Shame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (333) - - DEC 14, 2014
Very interesting. Not too yeasty or sharp. The hops are citrusy and the added ingredients work well with them. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a white head, aroma is hops and fruit, the taste is light and fruity with a dry fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (926) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle from St Pancras Sourced Market. Deep, clear gold with very little head. Aroma of citrus and vinegar, ginger and cardamom. Taste has a natural sweetness complemented by a crisp acidic sour-bitterness. An odd taste I can’t place; I think it may be the lemongrass. Long bittersweet finish and aftertaste. This is quite good if rather strange and jumbled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle from beermerchants.com. Smell is strong and deep with some malts , yeast, lemon, pineapple, mandarin and oranges. Pours orange with a small white head, looks tasteful. Taste is refreshing yet strong and full. Some malts, slightly bitter together with some citrus fruits. Palate is much fuller than expected for a saison, still pleasant. Overall a disappointment to be honest. Not really a saison for me, but if you like big beers, this is a definite alternative.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1724) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Clear gold. Thin, sticky, white head. Soft, sweet, bready malt. Light, medicinal thing going on. Taste is dry, light bitter, with a toffee sweet edge. Palate is a bit boozy, and a bit acidic. Finishes fairly bitter. Got the ginger right at the end. A bit all over the shop. Like a hopped up wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1783) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2014
Fat på Bishop Gustav. Smak och doft av humle, malt, smörkola, grapefrukt, örter, hostmedicin, halstabletter, gräs, citrus. Fruktig, tydlig beska med smak av grapefrukt, maskros och ingefära. Obalanserad då beskan tar ut svängarna lite väl långt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle from Drinkstore, Dublin [210914]
Golden amber, slight haze, frothy white head that dissipates
Aroma of mainly soft ginger, bit spicy
Taste of soft ginger, sweet light caramel malts, hint of lemon, bit peppery, slight clove, dab of alcohol, subtle flavour, ginger dominates the taste, fresh
Palate - soft carb, light to medium body, fairly sweet. Finish of soft spicy ginger, some warming alcohol
Overall - Not like a traditional Belgian saison at all, hardly any of that saison yeast character in their. Quite pleasant - think I would prefer this on keg a bit cooler

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (1773) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Orange ok white head. Aroma is lemon banana rate same some pepper slight sour bitterness. Medium body.

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