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RATINGS: 156   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (255) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Great fruit aroma and bronze color. Crystal clear. Distinctive Belgian taste with a little more malt and hops that expected. Overall a good beer.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dittoson (5) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014 does not count
Seasonal ale that certainly provides a fresh and exuberant taste you canít find elsewhere.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (265) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (721) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Slope-shouldered anchor bomber, decent label. Fluffy, bone colored head on a misty, tea-orange brew. Raisiny, leathery, lightly smoked aroma - peaty and mildly sweet. On the dry side, moderately bitter, a little astringent, leathery, stale golden raisins, smoked peat. Lightish body, slightly metallic finish. A bit indistinct, not loving it. Quick-n-Save, E Tennessee St.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hockeybeerguy (1502) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Tonightís beer was this. I poured it into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a decent haze trying to overcoat the transparency trying to come through. Still, I see a decent light carbonation rising through to feed the one finger white foamy head that ends up dieing at a moderate pace and ends up leaving some light adequate lacing. The smell, well, it took a while, (Iím thinking I had this too cold), but nonetheless, once I got it to the correct temperature, there were some spiced apples over top of a light Belgian spices all combined and coming through in a rustic sort of earthiness. The taste was sweet and herbal with a slight earthy Belgian spiciness. The aftertaste was a sweet and herbal apple-ness leading into a sweet sticky finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability aspect to it. Is it really there? Hmmm....it wants to be, but I ended up sipping it for the most part. The carbonation is somewhat smooth but drying a bit as it runs over my mouth and tongue. Overall, not a bad saison, but not one that I think Iíd really seek out again. It seemed like there wasnít enough yeasty earthiness going on to be a true saison, however for me, I think I could come back to this if I wanted to. Its just not one to seek out again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (796) - - MAY 10, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a pale amber with a ring of off white head. Aroma of funk and spice. Taste of bread, a bit of funk, and hay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
It's got a wild funky tasty and feel with a super malty love and has a taste if soapy hops at the end. It does the beer style right ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2014
The aroma is slightly wild with malt and hops. The appearance is amber. The taste is very much like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall not my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2014
~14 oz Tulip draft at Bridgerís Bottle Shop in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a hazed golden orange with a well formed light tan head. The head falls slowly with pretty lacing. The aroma is herbal yeast along with hay. The taste is herbal medicinal straw along with a lightly sweet honey yeast finish. The yeast character gets really medicinal and a bit muddled in the aftertaste, particularly as the beer warmed. The palate is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation and the medicinal finish. Nice enough, though not as crisp as I normally like my Saisons.


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