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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6834) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3222) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2014
22 oz bottle served in a snifter. Excellent looking: copper body woth a large, durable head that leaves a fine partial coat on the glass. The aroma says "farmhouse ale" but without leather or barnyard; its floral and fruity rather than funky. The flavor largely follows but has a surprisingly pronounced and complex maltiness. Good balance and complexity. Feel: medium-light body with medium-high but soft carbonation. O: worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3964) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Backlog rating. Keg at the Rake, London. It pours a clean amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity and estery, lightly funky with notes of citrus, red berries, hay and grass. Taste is yeaty, malty, grassy, with notes of banana, bread dough, banana, grapefruit peel, citrus juice. Finishes lightly yeasty and dry. Medium bodied wit lively carbonation. Overall, quite tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Poured from bomber a nice coppery hue with a thin off white head of foam that quickly dissipated. Aroma of Belgium yeast, malts, spices and grass. Flavour of pepper, coriander, caramel malts and apples. Overall decent saison beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2014

Draught @ BeerTemple, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 RR.

[ As Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale ].
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, light grass. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity tart, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20130929]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3024) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Nice saison style from Anchor, a little tart with dry finish. Fruity, spicy nose, hazy orange golden body, minimal head, minimal lacing. Lighter body, slick mouth feel, taste split between spicy and bitter, coriander, pepper. taste lingers long after finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5269) - 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 I’m itching to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle @ Greg’s 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 (5171) - 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 don’t 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 (3499) - 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.

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