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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 (7722) - 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.

Leighton (21496) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2017
Bottle shared in MV. Pours hazy orange-brown with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma has some aged citrus rind, lightly toasted wheat, pale grains. Medium sweet flavour with some earthy bitterness, more rind, grains, hay. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with moderate rindy bitterness, some earth, a little citric tang, grass, orange peel. So so overall.

oobawa (1501) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2017
Curious as to the age of this bottle. Tastes like it’s been percolating for a while, the saison yeast developing a little funk on the edges, a slight sourness in the corners. The malts are full-on bruleed banana sweet, with red apples and clove leading into an herbal, woodsy bitterness, a slight boozy warmth peeking through on the fade. Comes closer to an imperial pils or wheat ale than a saison. Drinkable. Kinda.

Mario80 (29) - Galicia, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
One of my favorite beer! Pours gold colour beer with a medium head. Well-balanced!

Reynolds314 (3462) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Really nice looking beer is amber color with frothy egg shell head. Aroma is bubble gum, wheat bread, banana, clove, and earth. Taste is belgian amber ale. Bit sweet and quite malt forward. Odd beer but not entirely bad.

X (172) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2015
bottle. Oddball sort of a beer here. Big clumpy off-white head that last forever gives this one a five star appearance. The nose is fruity. The taste is very malt forward with a robust malt profile accented by un-sweet fruits and finishes with minerals and old world spicy hops. The palate was a bit oily. In summary a nice little quaff that is a good alternative to the Dupont standard.

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.

chinchill (5073) - 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.

teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - 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

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.

fonefan (49568) - 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]

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