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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle from Raley's in Benicia, CA. Has the aroma of lemon. It was really a miss for me. The clove and lemon flavors were just a mess on the palate. Smelled and looked better than it tasted


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (904) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle from Wegmans Malvern. Aroma of yeast, lemon zest, spice (peppercorns), pine, wheat. Flavor has a pronounced malt undertone, lemon peel, spice which is probably pepper and gum. Prickly fella. I am enjoying it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2250) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Wheat and yeast nose. Slight potpourri aroma along with black pepper or white pepper. Mall character. I think I have fallen out of love with this style or it could be that this is a poor example of it or both or neither.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
On tap at Bishops Arms in Örebro. Light smell, fruity and herbal. Similar taste. Nothing wrong with it, but it lacks something that makes it stand out.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimusPrimed (73) - SPAIN - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from bottle to glass. Good golden colour, not spectacular lacing but very drinkable!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1898) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle from Trader Joes. Clear golden honey color with white head that fades. Homey sweetness mild toasty grain with some melon/cantaloupe some tobacco bitterness with raw honey and lemon drop bitterness and spicy clovey ginger. Medium body. Slightly sticky. Very complex but not all the flavors are pleasant. Good. Anchor badly needs a reboot and this aint it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Hazy golden coloured with a rich malty, toffee and spicy citrus flavour, lemon and vanilla notes followed by a smooth creamy tart, sugary and clove fruity finish. A bit more gentle than a lot of Saisons, very nice though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (7211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
12oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Code on back looks like it says 4D9. Clear orange color. Half-finger of off-white head, quickly fades to minimal. Ginger and lemon peel in the aroma, belgian yeast, some caramel malt, mild pepperiness, light spiciness. Herbal, mild zest. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, mild tang. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp/soft, lighter carbonation. An alright six-pack saison, not impressive though. Focus seems to be more on the adjuncts, not much character without them. Better options are available (even in 6pks).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7618) - 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...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4114) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (340) - - 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.


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