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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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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ChainGangGuy (4920) - 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
JDBaker11058 (2336) - 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
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.

2.8
Borresteijn (7412) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
On tap at Beer Temple. Deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of banana, spice, bubblegum, very much like Leffe Blonde. Flavour is light spicy, sweet banana, esters, bittersweet finish. Light-bodied. Not great.

3.3
TheJvd (1321) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
From tap at Beer Temple. Pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a bit yeasty, spicy and slighty fruity. Taste is quite sweet with spices, some malts and a bit of yeast. Medium body and carbo. Decent.

3.5
Erasmus_ro (3133) - Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Tap @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours a hale orange with a good, off-white head. Aroma is like a Belgian blond. Fruity with apple. Taste is a different matter. Caramel, fairly sweet, a lot of spiciness. Caraway, light coriander, earthy. Sticky, a bit light, good carbonation.

2.9
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Draft at Jerry?s. Copper-amber with huge, foamy, white head, wet lacing / Musty nose of toasted grain, honey, light citrus / Light to medium body, thin, lightly sour, mostly dry with bitter finish / Simple flavors of toasted grain with notes of honey, banana, and citrus / Nothing particularly Belgian about this very uninspiring ale.

3
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Serving: Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a deep reddish amber with a small off white head. The nose is very fruity with notes of apple. Slight florals as well. Odd taste with those fruity notes, florals, and slight plastic phenols. I’m guessing that’s the Yerba Santa. Starts off a little sweet but finishes fairly dry. This one didn’t do much for me.

3
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pours a deep golden color with two fingers of white foam. The nose has some yeasty esters, lots of bubblegum and a bit of earthy malts. The palate, though not as sweet as the nose, is a touch disjointed. Yeasty phenols, pepper, apple, earthy doughy malt and bubblegum.

3.4
Svesse (8743) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
(Draught at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam, 25 July 2013) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, spicy nose with dried fruit, toast and hints of wild yeast. Malty, spicy taste with notes of dried apricots, orange, gentle flavours of wild yeast and a certain spicy bitterness in a fairly dry finish. More than medium body, quite dry. Well balanced and tasty. Quite nice.


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