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RATINGS: 159   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2334) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap. Pours clear amber, medium off white head, great lacing. Aroma is a bit smoky, yeast, biscuit, lemon peel, spice. Flavor about the same, light sweet, very light bitter, spicy, but not really definitive as to what, a bit grassy, earthy. Medium body. Quite nice actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Pours a clean, heavily carbonated amber color with about a 1/4 inch cream colored head. Aroma has a mild fruity note, light apple, grape with a strong earthy note to late in the nose. Flavor starts off with some yeasty esters and moves into a light bitter herbal flavor late. Light cherry fruitiness comes in late with some noble hops like bitterness kick. Body has a lot of carbonation, modest body with a sharp dryness to finish. Overall a pretty good brew. As it warms, the fruitiness mellows a little and the dryness subsides a bit. The earthy kick pairs well with the nice fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2634) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap at WOB. Pours a light brown with a thick off white head. Toasted malt and fruit notes in nose. Smooth malt with hints of toasted malt, with a light hop bitterness and fruit. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6313) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5726) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2222) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11124) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6199) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - 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.

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