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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

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   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2015
On tap at SBWF15. Golden with white head. Aroma fruity and malty, citrus, ginger, slight yeast and spicy notes. Taste is similar, medium sweet, spicy, ginger, lemon, fruit with some yeasty estery notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4006) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Sampled February 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, golden-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells precominantly of ginger, but there is also some lemongrass (and by that I mean lemon and dried grassy notes), some earthy, clove leaning, almost coriander like, and peppery spice notes, as well as a pale malt, dried straw character, a bit of cracker like grain, and even a touch of whole grain bread maltiness.

The beer has a light malt sweetness to it that is quickly balanced by a spicy, ginger-leaning, tongue clinging clove character, and soft lemon like herbal / spice flavors. The body is somewhat light, though not overly so for a Saison, but it still manages to be light and refreshing. The malt character has a light, pale toasted, nuttiness to it, some cracker like whole grain, and even a touch of crystal malt character it seems. The finish definitely tastes of Belgian yeast, clove, peppery spice, and just an earthiness that is characteristic of that type of yeast. It doesn’t have the austere spiciness that a Dupont type of yeast has.

A bit more spice focused than I typically prefer in my Saisons, but still not overly spiced, so I won’t have a problem finishing off a six pack of this. Better than I might have expected from a brewer that isn’t known for its Belgian styled beers, but still not one I would buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
androman (1050) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2015
12fl oz bottle @ home from Bert’s Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Body is clear pale golden, head is small, white, fizzy, fully diminishing, no lacing. Nose is sourish fruity, tropical fruits, caramel, floral, honey, light spices, malt. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting hoppy medium bittersweet, light fruity sourish, light alcohol warmth is present. Light body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy, refreshing, interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4673) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Nice pour from these bottles. Good strong initial blast on the palate. Crisp with a kick. Pretty good sizzle on this one. Stronger, alky thing starts to kick in. Tight twist. Gets quite relaxing near the end of the bottle. Yes, quite an experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamnowek (789) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
Clove and grassy taste. Fairly carbonated but ultimately just a bit flat. I guess they’re going for distinct but it doesn’t quite work out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1627) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Pours an amber colour, musty aroma. Taste is yeasty and Belgian like. Not what I was expecting

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3821) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle from Shawan Liquors.Pours golden with a thin white head. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. not a lot going on on the nose. I definitely got clove on the tongue which is confusing given the style especially since it’s missing those traditional farmhouse elements that make this style so refreshing, It’s a miss for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (404) - POLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Piana niska, szybko znika praktycznie do zera. Barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna. Aromat delikatny, ziołowo-cytrusowo-przyprawowy - są dominujące nuty imbirowe i w tle cytrynowe, trawiaste i kwiatowe. W smaku jest podobnie, przy czym imbir zakłóca nieco odbiór całości i mam wrażenie, że jest tu niepotrzebny, dodaje wręcz nieprzyjemnej pikantności, szczypie w język. Poza tym jest przyjemna winogronowa słodycz, lekka cytrusowa kwaskowość, fajna średnia do niskiej goryczka. W afterteasie półsłodkie różowe wino i pikantność pieprzowo-imbirowa. Nieco za wysoki alkohol. Nagazowanie średnie, odczucie półpełne, cierpkie. ość przeciętny Saison, nieco zbyt przyprawowy i alkoholowy - odczucie tego drugiego wzmacnia bezapelacyjnie imbir, w starciu z którym poległy nawet rewelacyjne amerykańskie chmiele. Jestem przekonany, że zastąpienie imbiru np. czerwonym pieprzem poprawiłoby pijalność i atrakcyjność trunku o kilka klas :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sokuzs1 (278) - - AUG 8, 2015
Aroma: spicy, malty, herbal, grass Taste: light sweet, light bitter, malty, lime, spicy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (10903) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Judyvv and Joes. Clear orange golden color, medium sized off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, yeast, slightly herbal, a bit sweet. Weird. Is it just me? Average body, fizzy carbonation.

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