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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (278) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
Better than their saison, so not sure why they didnít mass manufacture this one. Typical anchor malt profile, zang, alcohol masked, yeasty. Nothing mind blowing but was well balanced, blended together. Nice touch using local ingredients.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3005) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
16.6 oz bottle 4/12/14 (Crown Liquor-Fishers)-Pours a murky light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of funk, wheat, and spices.Taste of the same with with a bad metallic taste. This light bodied brew is not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 30, 2014
NIce and quite refreshing too. Some fruit features and thick too. NIce bottle, differet from the other of the series.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
A softly hazed dried apricot body sits beneath a durable 2" tight off white head offering dense erratic lace all around
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Juicy citrus initially greets the senses with tropical fruit merging in and green melon rounding and finishing out the fruit components, accenting and at times interjecting notes of evolving herbs and tea, an overtone of floral earth with a sweet bready caramel malt grounding the brew, all on a quaffable body on the light side of medium forming a sticky sweet and herbal finish with lightly spiced residuals, a lasting tack coats the palate offering sweet echoes of orange juice

22oz capped bottle code 3YQ served at 45ļ and warming into 15.5oz StŲlzle Weinland water goblet


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Cloudy orange pour with a puffy white head. Lightly fruity and yeasty spice aroma. Flavor starts off fruity and sweet then dries out and moves to a lingering bitter finish. A bit odd.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Atlanta, Ga - Tower Beer & Wine - squat 22 oz bomber. Slightly hazy, medium copper pour, thick sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of thick sticky lacing. Aroma has a hint of yeast, molasses and wort. Flavor is patented Anchor with itís "house" yeasty taste. Pick up some light spicy notes, some ripening vegetables, a touch of clove, some bready notes permeate throughout. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty solid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a an orange amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma of banana, clove, pepper and other spicy saison notes. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, banana and clove with light saison yeast notes. A bit too tasty and not enough saison magic going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maley1 (658) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Clear light golden amber pour with large off whit head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, slightly fruity. Taste of yeast, malts, citrus, slight caramel sweetness, and a fairly dry peppery hop finish. Higher carbonation, medium bodied, nice and crisp refreshing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2015) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Sampled in a bomber. A nice crisp ale. The malts are the main event. Smooth and refreshing.


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