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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Pours lightly hazy copper orange with a large beige head. The aroma has a very ripe fruitiness, herbs, mushy malt, caramel malt, cream and a bit of fruity Belgian yeast. Not what I expected from a take on the saison style. Medium / full body that’s a bit rich and has a bit of huskiness with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts off very malt with a cellar mustiness, leafy herbs, hints of alcohol, pepper/clove spice, caramel and overripe nectar fruits. Finish has a funky weird fruitiness and lots of phenolic spice. Okay beer, but not up to what I’d hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a decent, bubbly head. Light, citrus aroma with a thick sense of malt. Citrus zest with some spice. Strong malty presence as well. Nice little ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2569) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2013
Draught @ In de Wildeman. Semi-dark maltiness. A bit sour. Notes of cookies, chocolate and marzipan. Tool heavy for a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
Poured a medium amber with a solid off white head. Aroma of sweet zesty citrus over soft malt. Medium body, flavour of sweet spice, lightly roasted malt and a lingering bitter sweet end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
On tap @ In De Wildeman. Clear amber color. Uneven, off white head. Aroma’s of red fruit, caramel malts, with some sweet spices (ginger?) retronasal. Flavor is moderate malty sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Finishes with a slightly roasted and lasting bitter flavor. Nice, but imho more a Bičre De Garde than a Saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (2048) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Draft at the Khyber. Tulip. Clear dark orange. Big-bubble foam top. Runny lace. Sugary sweet with a spicy bite. Candy apples. Caramel corn. Varnish. Sugar cane. Agave. Green banana. Pepper. Sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Soft banana and musk on the nose. Tastes of bananas with a little bit of wheat. Spicy musk with more wheat. Finishes with a little bit of spice a little bit of wheat little bit of musk. Weird vinyl banana flavor. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Draft at YardHouse, Cincinnati. Pours a clear burnt orange color, more golden around the edges, with a finger of lasting, creamy off-white head. Thought it was a little cloudier first, but that was from the condensation on a hot day. I didn’t choose the patio. Anyway, the aroma has nuts, toasted and bready malts, peanut brittle, mild spice, and dried fruits. Flavor of bready and caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, mellow spice, grass, and wheat. Almost thought I was getting a little clove and banana from this, and could have mistakenly thought there was some dunkelweizen character here. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Looking forward to trying the other three.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3953) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On tap at Churchkey. Nice amber body with medium head. Nose is fruity, malty with caramel. Taste is also nice and malty with some spices and barley notes. Warming finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Always fun to see that you have caught up to a series. Granted only four in the Zymaster Series, but I have had all of them! Pours a reddish orange. Nice 1/2 finger white head of foam. A crazy quilt of funk, hops and some metallic notes in the first sip. Maybe that is the Yerba Santa? Very earthy to me. A little dry at the end as well. A search finds some tea notes and vanilla in the aroma. To me closer to a dubbel than a saison.

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