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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
No retention and no lacing. Smells of grass, ginger and floral. Tastes of spices, lemon and ginger. Spicy aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (1357) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Orange ok white head. Aroma is lemon banana rate same some pepper slight sour bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3286) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
Poured clear light amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet, spicy barnyard and sweet malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter. Nice and creamy, not sure I’d call this a saison though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (1870) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Wholefoods High St Kensington. Clear rich rusty orange, nose is caramel, orange, lemongrass, Brett yeast, barley grain, orange peel. Taste is really nice. Quite rich for a saison with elements of Anchors caramel and malt profiles from Steam Beer, but with Belgian yeast, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, lemon juice. Rich and nicely balanced. Hope this becomes a regular. Finish is crisp brettt yeast and a lemon citrous tang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Liked it as a Belgian ale, but not really as a saison. Had that Sam Adams grains of paradise thing going on (though GOP are not present)...a touch heavy in body for the style, but it worked, kinda. Peppery and spiced, liked the light ginger and lemongrass throughout. Not their best, but nice enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2290) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle. A fruity and spicy yeast dominated saison with heavy notes of citrus. The maltiness is maybe a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and malt aroma with light citrus and light spice. Malt and yeast flavor wtih spice and citrus. Medium bodied. Malt and spice lingers with yeast and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours amber with a sudsy head that subsides to nothing.

Aroma: Fruit and fresh cut flowers. A similar spicy malty mix as Anchor Xmas.

Taste: Fruity spicy yeast, ginger, euro hops, white pepper.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest prickly carbonation.

Overall: At face value, you this is a solid beer, really nothing not to like about it. As far as Saisons go, this was played way too safe. Not very rustic, not lively enough, and tasted awfully similar to Anchor’s other offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (187) - - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Very strong flavours of lemon, cloves and spices... Almost overpowering but for the soft fruit undercurrent. Not one you can have every day but a satisfying take on the style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2518) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle. Orange amber with a minimal head. Aroma is ginger tea. Flavour is dry ginger, a little spicy yeast, tea leaves on a spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (2897) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear amber pour with a big off white head, yeast and banana aroma, taste is very wit with spice, banana, some phenols, Belgian yeast character, not the most saison of saisons.

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