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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2041) - Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Tap - good size foamy head, nice dark amber color, balanced spicy aroma and flavor, sweet malt, peppery, fair earthy hops - pretty good saison ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drjay44 (3338) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is heavy cereal, hints of toffee/caramel from the malts, mild herbs from the hops, hints of clove from the yeast......taste is heavy sweetness, with light hints of toffee/caramel plus cereal from the malts, mild herbs, with light finishing bitterness from the hops, light clove, hints of lemon, earth from the adjuncts.....mouth feel medium, sticky, no astringency, carbonation low, with a mild acid finish. Although this is a beer, it really isn’t a Saison. It is heavily sweet throughout, lacks acidity, has low carbonation after the initial burst, is a bit high in alcohol and the phenolic are wrong being clove, rather than pepper in direction. A bad attempt from a usually good brewery. BJCP 6/3/10/4/5

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3129) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a copper color with white head. Yeasty, bubblegum, straw aromas. Yeasty, musty. malty, wet blanket flavors. Nothing spectacular, but solid.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
Draft at Bailey Taproom in Portland, OR on 31 May 2013. Copper colour with a medium, but dense white head. Great aroma of Belgian yeast, spice, soft fruits and a vague floral hop note. Flavours of bready malts, dry hay and peppery spice. Finishes with earthy, grass flavours and a touch of caramel sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gachupines (1242) - USA - SEP 23, 2013
Golden amber with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is funky hay somewhat like a barnyard. Flavor is light, almost seems like an Anchor Steam was forced to be a saison somehow. It’s missing some of the sparkling effervescence I would expect and it’s a little muddy and flat. Leaves a slight bitter finish that is a little unpleasant. Wife: 3.2

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bomber I guess. Wow. Really cool fat boy bottle. Pours a wonderful reddish copper color with a medium white head. Very sweet yeasty and candied fruit nose. Rich flavor of caramel, toffee, some candied Christmas cherries, a bit of yeast and banana. Excellent brew. I’m not sure exactly why, but this really came together really well for me. Almost like a English Strong Ale or BW.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle. Sweet and sour malty aroma. Clear deep copper with a minimal head. Toasty malt, yeast, and light clove flavor.. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation. Doesn’t taste anything like a saison.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4751) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottling date: May 17 2013.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dingy copper-hued body with a smallish, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Blended fruit notes, fragrant spices, and sweet-scented elements atop a bit of light toast, a bit of cookie.

Taste: Bready pale malts, restrained wheat maltiness. Rock candy sweetness. Teensy taste of marmalade, a nibble of apple. Touch of banana. Variety of peppery spices (star anise, clove), light bitterness. Rolls back and forth between the sweetness and spiciness while sustaining the fruitiness throughout. Crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is ultimately just okay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1819) - Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Appearance: cloudy amber-gold, thin white head of soapy bubbles. Aroma: honeyed cracker grains, yeasty spice, notes of clove, coriander, sage, citrus, and banana. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with a slight spicy bitterness the most prevalent. Finish: dry, slightly herbal, a little bitter, with a spicy zing that lingers. Notes: This is a properly decent saison. Flavors are a little spicy, but in a way that complements the light palate. On draft at Victoria’s Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, spice, banana, hint of lemon. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter hops on the finish. OK, but not great.


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