Serve in Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

Ernest's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6264) - 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 donít know whatís supposed to suggest a "farmhouse" beer in this concoction, but itís extremely hard to enjoy in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5011) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Another oversized Anchor bottle, this one 22 oz. Nose is strongly spicy and floral, thick rustic malt with light wheat and lemon, a little roast/toast under the phenols, intriguing and attractive. Pours dark, hazy pink-orange with a huge rocky beige head. Light body with wheat (but no slime), lots of spice, as if from added adjuncts on top of potent Saison yeast. Malt ends up thin and relatively undistinguished other than a mild sliver of toast; clove phenols remains but the fruit is meager and somewhat artificial, and the esters have disappeared entirely. Distinctive herbal quality gains steam and comes out in front just before the finish line, matches and passes the lightly astringent herbal bitterness that makes itself known in the long aftertaste. Disappointing compared to the last I had from the series, and, though not bad, not something Iím itching to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle @ Gregís palace. Pours a bit hazy dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Some citrus and herbal notes in the nose along with some biscuit and bread. More biscuit and dough in the flavor. Some white pepper. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4773) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Super hazy, very nicely tinted orange coloured body with a deep bronze and copper glow - all with two centimetres of a tan head atop the beer - nice looking for sure! Aroma of bananas, yeast, coriander seed, curacao, bubble gum, alcohol, caramel and more oranges - smells more like a german wheat or a tripel than anything else. Medium-bodied; Assertive alcohol and bitterness from the malt at first with a light citrus flavour, some subdued herbal and grassy notes, but a lot of yeast qualities throughout. Aftertaste shows a hint of light hops, some caramel and full oranges and a little metallic quality at the end. Overall, a nicely refreshing beer with a lot of flavour and some subdued sweetness, but this is a beer of mixed identities - it shows and tastes more of a german wheat or a tripel than it does of any saison or biere de garde - not a bad beer, but donít expect a pure saison from this one. I sampled this anchor-only-stubby 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 24-October-2013 for US$6,99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-September-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2203) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet grass, doughy malt, dry corn and light citrus. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet dough, bubblegum, light lemon, and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3607) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal malts, light caramel, light floral notes, light hay, and faint apple. Flavor is dry malts, light hops, some grassiness, and some dried apple notes; very dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
"A dry, lightly funky and very approachable saison. Has the nice, rustic farmhouse qualities. Lightly fruity and hoppy, and fairly complex, though itís drinks easy and light."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dittoson (24) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Seasonal ale that certainly provides a fresh and exuberant taste you canít find elsewhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (276) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Corn and cereal aromas. Pours copper with a thin white head and lots of carbonation bubbling up. Tangy up front with a grainy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bomber. Pours a medium amber, big rocky cream-colored head with outstanding retention and solid lacing. Nose is fruity (apples, apricots), malts, toffee, light clove, hint of yeast funk. Mouth is medium bodied, maltier than any Saison/Belgian farmhouse Iíve ever had, bits of caramel, biscuits, wood, clove and whiff of vanilla, bitters out and gets kinda metallic like pennies near finish. Full disclosure... this (in my beer-drinking opinion) is about as Belgian-Farmhouse as Egg Foo Yung, so Iím deducting points based on style, but it isnít a bad brew in its own right, and comes off more as an amber ale or an English Pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9839) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy dark amber with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate Northern Brewer hops, minty, light earthy wheat malt with pear esters and biscuit malt. Flavor is minty and woody hops, sweet malt, lightly oxidized, sherry notes, light pear esters, medium bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 17

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50