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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
9oz on tap at Yardhouse Cincinnati, $5.25 during happy hour. Mostly clear golden orange color. Good one-finger thick off-white head, with good retention. Nice toasty belgian yeast character, some lightly burnt caramel. Light on the spice, little pepper, some citrus fruit, light candy sugar. Very tasty, complex aroma, with a nice drawn out finish. Head leaves great rows of lace. Medium to bigger body, smooth kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky in the finish. Moderate sweet taste, light bitterness. Tasty, flavorful belgian ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Draft at blue monk, lighter copper colored pour. Fruity and floral aroma, different herbalness from yerba I assume. Earthy, fruity, kind of doughy. Good mouthfeel. Decent

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Dim golden body with a dense white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with some yeast. Flavor is fruity, oranges, grapefruit and light sweet malty. The finish has an orange peel bitter impression. Quite light and addictive refreshing

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Bright ckear golden amber color, thick fluffy white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper and citrus. Taste is floral and perfumey with a touch of vanilla.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, popcorn), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a notes of bubble gum, taffy, and grains of paradise. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Blah...artificial candy-like odor and popcorny as well. Sweet and a bit syrupy, rather unpleasant aftertaste. I don’t know what’s supposed to suggest a "farmhouse" beer in this concoction, but it’s extremely hard to enjoy in any way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear medium orange hued body with a large, bone hued white head. Aromas are malt forward, deeply toasted, biscuity, grainy, medium ester, some isoamyl acetate, a bit of spicy phenol, 4vg like clove, some nutmeg, and something else that I cannot place. Flavors are medium bitter, very toasty, moderate melanoidins. Pretty dry finish despite the malty character. Peppery phenol, neutral to bitter balance. Lingering tobacco like spicy/rustic dry quality. Lively carbonation, dry, medium-light bodied. Something odd in the finish that I cannot place. Pretty good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1111) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2013
22oz bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a dark, copper-amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty, clove, a little banana, a little nutty, a little grassy. Medium on the palate with soft, smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty, some spicy, yeastiness, grassy hops, with a light, clove finish. A little more caramel than I was expecting. An interesting mix of flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber body with a short off-white head. Rich toffee, nut and toasted Munich malt nose with leathery wheat and stewy orange peel and light hop aromatics. Starchy and tart flavor, semi-sweet, highly bitter with an enjoyable crispness and fresh cut apple esters. Fruity, tart, musty and rustic, slightly doughy. Soft and creamy carbonation with quenching acid and a crisp edge, pretty dang nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Clear golden orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet citrus, honey, and cereal grain aroma and taste with light apple notes and a dry lightly bitter finish. Bright lively palate.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SSSteve (3719) - - JUL 6, 2013
bottle. clear bronze with a large, whipped, cream colored head. floral aroma with dried leaves and some booze. flavor is spicy with an unpleasant herbal note. minty, tea. astringent. high carbonation. really strong unpleasant herbal note, i guess is the yerba santa stuff. not a good one.


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