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RATINGS: 151   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1766) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Aroma of yeast, fruity notes, light malt, citrus, floral notes, ginger, spices. Flavour is moderate sweet with a light to moderate bitter finish. A decent spicy/herbal Saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
__Rb81 (340) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
On tap at Jack’s biercafe. Amber with a white head. Floral aroma, spices, coriander, malts. Sweet taste, malty, spices, floral hoppy, dry ending, hoppy bitter aftertaste. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle. Golden color. Floral aroma with apricot and gingery notes. Floral hopbitter flavor with ginger and a hint of lemon peel. Fairly dry. Tasty. Raisinny notes. Low on carbon.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1374) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Kensington. Poured quite a deep amber colour, surprisingly dark, decent head. Quite sweet, caramel. Strong spicing, lemongrass and ginger. Interesting tastes, but a bit cloying unfortunately. For me needs a lighter malt bill, less spice, more yeast/hop character, better attenuation. Apart from that it’s great...well that’s a bit harsh but this wasn’t my favourite saison attempt.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (5244) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2015
35cl Bottle from Sterk. Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of lots of spices, coreander, quite sweet, reminds me a lot of Leffe Blond. Flavour is sweet, spicy, malty, alcoholic, some toast, decent nutty and herbal bitterness, but too sweet and Leffe-like. Medium bodied. Not bad, but stil disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markextrae (1868) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2015
bottle sample. poured a clear amber colour with a small white head. notes of crisp malts, hay, citrus, cloves, yeast. banana, grains, sweet bubblegum, orange, weird of smell and taste. one to forget.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3751) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
bottle. Golden yellow with one finger head. Very herbal saison with a light sweetness. Very mild yeast. Odd take on this style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (1150) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
355ml bottle Appearance: A crystal clear dark orange with a small, 1 finger sized white foamy head when being poured and which dissipates completely and leaves no lacing. Aroma: Leon, spices and alcohol Taste: Concentrated orange juice like swetness a hint of lemon tartness, some clove like and peppercorn are thre providing a spicey touch and there is some saison yeast and alcohol.. Medium-full body, soft carbonation.. It’s a bit to heavy ,incase of the body for it’s style. A bit to thick saison, which is a bit too much trying to also be a Belgian Strong Ale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcnielsen (2484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a copper color with white head. Grainy, earthy, slight metallic aromas. Grainy, husk, ginger, spicy, alcohol flavors. Really doesn’t do it for me. A lot of these Anchor seasonals have been very mediocre for me.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3294) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle 0,33ltr: Clear amber colored brew with an dry bitter taste, hints of lime and faintly spiced. Need more of pepper like an true Hainaut Belgian Saison.


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