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RATINGS: 168   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper-brown color with a small fine white head that has good retention. The aroma features esters, Belgian yeasts, flora and mixed white fruits. The taste is very fruity with apples, bananas, pears, mangoes and a bit of apricot. The malt base is a bit sweet with some caramel and is nicely counterbalanced by some spicy hops. The palate is light but effective for the style with prickly carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Decent saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Sampled in a bomber. A nice crisp ale. The malts are the main event. Smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Brilliant amber color with fleeting ivory head. Dry hay, pit fruit, mild dung aromas. Medium bodied with average co2. Spicy caramel, light pit fruit, tropical fruit flavors---not really Saison___not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
22oz. bottle. Big, spicy, estery aroma, full of Belgian yeast character and featuring notes of banana, citrus, flowers, melon, faint clove, vanilla and lightly sweet, doughy, honeyish malt. Light-medium golden amber color, faintly hazy, with a lasting, fine, uneven head and plenty of delicate lacing left behind. Flavor profile is predominantly fruity and spicy, with suggestions of tropical fruit, pear, faint pepper, even a very slight tartness to it early on, turning maltier and sweeter before seeing a dash of grassy hop flavor and bitterness appearing towards the finish, some lingering apple and herbal tones late, some degree of alcohol presence as well, seemingly. Finely effervescent, somewhat hefty and juice-like on the palate with a medium-full body. Interesting and enjoyable, I had never even heard of Yerba Santa before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2384) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours clear copper with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is peppery, funky, lemon, coriander. The taste is dry, peppery, lemon, not too dry. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (8791) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Keg at the Rake. It pours clear golden-amber with a thick off-white head. The nose is earthy, toasty, bread, spice, grain and a touch of sweetness. The taste is doughy, spice, earth, touch of alcohol warmth, chewy malt, grain, hay and a touch of bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, average carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Fairly uneventful really....alcohol becomes a fairly dominant feature after a while. OK at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (946) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Amber orange color topped by a medium-sized rocky white head. Toasted malt aroma has an underlying earthiness. Bittersweet malt flavor upfront. Slight yeasty funk along with notes of caramel, toasted nuts and spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1642) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Shared at GregFest 2013 from a big brown bottle into a nonic half pint glass. It poured a mostly clear orange amber colour with off-white foam, long-lasting with lace. Interesting aromas: mate, herbal tea, grass, rising bread dough, definite banana esters. Great banana bread flavour too, grainy, malty, with hints of caramel, toast, black pepper. A cool hybrid of brown ale and saison. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, warming but otherwise well-concealed alcohol, dry herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1352) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Banana. Herbal. Golden. Foamy. Thin lacing. Quite earthy. Light body. thanks Seymour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
This beer is clear and cinnamon hued. A fairly big off white head has good retention. I smell farmhouse malts and yeast and they are both soft. Gentle fruit as well. A robust beginning greets the first sip and it leaves a harsh after taste. Alcohol is tasted. Some interesting fruit that I cannot well describe. A little spice adds to the interest. Too soon this became a below average saison. Not horrible, at all, though.

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