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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Our Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale (7.2% ABV) is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a California twist. The unique bitterness and earthy spiciness of Yerba Santa, a native California herb, perfectly complement the fruitiness and clove-like flavors created by a local saison-style yeast. And in addition to hops, barley malt, and wheat malt, we used toasted Belgian wheat malt, which gives our Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale its distinctive maltiness and burnished bronze color.

Zymaster Series No. 4: Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale will be available in draught and 22-ounce bottles and will be poured in select bars and restaurants throughout the United States, as well as the Anchor Taproom, starting June 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Brass and copper penny pour with a small ivory crown. Caramel, toffee, and a slight fruitiness accompanied some biscuit, honey, malt, and yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not earth-shattering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1572) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Tap at Redlight. Hazy yellow pour with a bubbly white head. Mostly yeasty and fruity aroma with estery notes. Flavor is much sweeter than expected with mostly yeast dominance and sweet wheat grains. Not bad but not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (398) - - AUG 5, 2013
On tap at the Anchor Brewery. Nice sour note in the nose. Nice and bitter with a slow finish. Subtle but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Pine Box, Brooklyn tap ($6): Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and fruitiness. Taste is actually somewhat bitter. It is also pretty sweet, but not really excessively so. Generally good balance. Not really dry or funky like a saison should be. In any case, it was a perfectly good Belgian inspired American ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5830) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Yeasty and fruity, light herbal notes, hints of peach, and a nice quick yeasty finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Aroma of banana, nuts, malt, caramel and yeast. Flavor is sweet caramel with some banana and colve with some alcohol. Medium body, averagea carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Hotel Room, Courtyard Oyster Point, San Francisco, CA
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, wheat, banana and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a slightly warm and banana fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13108) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. A small, off-white head sits on top of a clear, golden body. Rather German aroma, with some spiced notes. Full body, pleasant carbonation. The flavor too is a bit low on maltyness, with green apples, some fruityness, cloves and a touch of banana. Certainly a boring one, but drinkable. 130803

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Draft. Clear amber pour, with a white head. Grain, bread, light fruit, some yeast, and maybe a hint of spice. Not really a saison in my opinion. Itís not rustic, and itís too sweet. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3288) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas. The aroma on this has a lot of banana and coriander present. Not really much funk or horseblanket esters, as I would expect. Light metallic undertones, too. Not a classic saison aroma, but I actually think this is decently quaffable. Transparent copper body with a medium, decently strong, off-yellow head with fair lacing. Starts initially with yeast esters including some banana and clove. Light dustiness present. Becomes a little metallic in the middle ("steam flavor"). Becomes rather herbal, pretty bitter, and quite hoppy to finish. Nice balance, and a unique take on the style. Definitely prefer this to your typical saison.

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