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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2103) - 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 (1396) - 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 (3295) - 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 (1876) - 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 (2282) - 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 (2292) - 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 (196) - - 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 (2530) - 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.

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