Anchor Saison Spring Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-05-2014

Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, we chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.
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Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Standard Anchor bowling pin bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Pour is clear and deep golden/light amber with a half inch of short lived foam. Nose is spicy and accompanied by a peppery and floral hop presence which expands with warming.

Taste follows the appearance with a spritzy spice and a light caramel sweetness which is enhanced, to my chagrin, by the light carbonation on the delivery. This makes the beer come across in feel as a bit too rich as to my preferences to the style. Touch of lemon on the taste when agiatated but this beer largely falls flat on its heels. Needs more carbonation as it stands but even that would only go so far.

Liking the recent preponderence of saison style beers but find this one a bit flat and sweet.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not sure if Spring has yet sprung, but I never was one for seasonal sticklers. This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises candied lemon peel, a pinch of black pepper, light cereal grains, and a bit of basic Belgian yeast character. The taste leads with yeast-layered cereal, then quickly shifts to some lemon rind (not as sweet as in the smell), and then on hops the bite of grassily-bitter hops. The end combination of all of this ends up being a grassy ball of lemon rind with a twinge of soap on the back end. Harumph. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this saison just didn't do it for me at all. The addition of lemon wasn't necessarily what tanked things, but the hops combined with the lemon certainly did. Boo this stuff.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold to light brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers most of the top. Aroma of clove is all I get in the one note nose. I taste clove initially and then a hint of biscuity malt that is quickly drowned out by a massive amount of clove. The mouth is heavily carbonated.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant gold under a 2” dream colored foam cap
S: Several kinds of lemon arromas with ginger in the background. No funk.
T: Starts with big lemon flavors and then alternates with ginger with biscuit in the background and a light touch of hops on the finish. Light sweetness with some tart and bitter on the finish.
F: Creamy medium light body, mediun high carbonation.
O: a very easy to drink summer beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity and spicy yeast driven aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and spice hints of clove, pepper, ginger, and slight coriander. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest and orange. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of floral and spicy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely fruity and spicy yeast driven taste with notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove, farmhouse funk, pepper, ginger, and light coriander. Zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Pale malt with some notes of straw, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle floral and grassy hop presence. A pretty nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice zesty take on a Saison. Good citrus and spice notes.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, the latest Anchor seasonal to make it up here, north of 49, where spring is just starting to feel like it's gonna stick. Yeah, right.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some low-lying sea cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of zesty Belgian yeast, peppery lemon, earthy ginger, bready and doughy pale malt, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, lemongrass, mildly spicy ginger, white pepper, subdued earthy yeast, and more peppy herbal and leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather engaging with its well-balanced fizzy and frothy manifestations, the body a sturdy medium weight, and kind of too tight to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the underlying malt keepin' 'er between the ditches, while the various guest ingredients mill about, looking for a place to happen.

One of the best brews that I've ever had from Anchor - I suppose all the extra saison complexity more or less obfuscates the house yeast character for which I've developed a certain distaste. Anyways, well-made, tasty, and fresh-seeming (not to mention the AWOL, near 15-proof booze), a pleasant choice for the changing of the seasons.

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too much toasty bread crust malt, smells unpleasant. Spicy saison yeast character is too subtle.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is quite fruit forward with banana and apricot dominant.
The taste starts with a mild apricot sweet note and then has a mild pine and grapefruit bitterness. Descent balance.
The texture is crisp, a bit too fizzy though.
It's enjoyable enough.

Photo of Andy311x
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear yellowish amber in color, It poured with a nice head that quickly dissipated. No Lacing
S: Cloves and Lemon are predominant
T: Similar to the smell, I'm getting a lot of clove and lemon, along with some Belgian yeast characteristics , 7.2% ABV is hidden
M: Light, Dry and Refreshing
O: A very refreshing Saison! Nice flavors of lemon and clove.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big fizzy two fingers worth of off white colored froth quickly recedes leaving not much more than a thin collar... Brisk carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a warm inviting golden honey... Pleasant aroma... Lemon zest and Belgian yeast are at the forefront... Some light wheat notes are a bit beneath the surface... Some light herbal notes as well... Lemon zest... Cracket wheat... A slight touch of honey... The Belgian yeast is somewhat missing in action... Some light pepper notes... Lots of good flavor, but somewhat disjointed... Nothing seems to compliment one another... A faint Americanized hop presence on the finish... The mouthfeel is much more assertive than expected... Medium bodied, sturdy and slightly syrupy... A decent Saison, but not much more...

Photo of Derek_Besly
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this was the worst saison i have ever had. tasted like old moldy hay

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What a looker this brew is. Deep crystal clear, a fiery pinhole rising column of fire, and all through a gigantic beaming crystal orange bronze. Total mirror like finish, capping with a simple two finger head, basic and creamy, settling to a one finger puck fairly quickly with no lacing. Near perfection and very unique appearance wise, I could stare at this all day.

Bready malts on the aroma pop up nicely at first with a bit of candy sticky sweetness. Mild sensing hop notes but also hard to pinpoint or get flavors off of on the nose. Pretty basic, but a very impressive malt angle seems to save an ordinary score for the bouquet.

Basic palate stays away from anything jarring, or exceptional. Almost crisp body but a matching mix of honey like malt sweetness, and mild white pepper muted finish. Tangy fruit quality seems to want to poke out but it's to hard to discern, or far too indistinct maybe even small to determine the flavor profile. Mild herbality finish creeps in very unexpectedly, thyme like and full of sage soft density. Tangy and almost juiced mouthfeel give this some extra oomph too.

A real simple fun drinking saison, still want to put this on a pedestal to look at, just seems to overshadow everything else about the other beers quality.

Photo of dd43
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine as a saison but there are many superior and widely available alternatives. The aroma is somewhat underwhelming and the flavor pretty much follows suit. It's like a saison with the magnitude dialed down.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Saison has a thin, off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, some stray bubbles, and only slight lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of spicy, bready, malt, and the flavor is of a spiced bread, with lemon aspects. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Anchor Saison finishes crisp and refreshing.


Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemongrass and lemon peel are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having additional notes of ginger. The beer finishes with flavors of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the finish prickle your tongue a little.
O: This is an interesting take on a saison. The lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger flavors seem to be a bit stronger than the fruity flavors of orange peels that you would normally expect in a saison (compared to the yeast and spices), but they are not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with a modest cap of white head. Average retention and a little lace. Not the best looking saison by a longshot.

Nose showcases the ginger and lemon well but they cover up the yeast and snappy wheat that make a good saison so enjoyable. Other than that, it is a fresh, appealing aroma.

Taste shows a hearty malt presence with a zesty lemon flavor. This reminds me much more of a biere de mars than a saison. The yeast just can't hang with the spice additions and the malty caramel and toast are too dark for this style. As a beer it is fairly enjoyable, but doesn't fit all that well as a saison.

Photo of Dr_Hopulis
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep burnished gold. Clear. Thick frothy white head which persists

Aroma: medium bread. Slight perception of sweetness. No hop aroma. Medium ginger. Medium black pepper. Medium high ginger. Low alcohol aroma.

Flavor: Medium low grainy Bready flavor. Med low bitterness. Med ginger. Med high lemon. Slight fruity esters. Med low black pepper. Balance is towards the malts and additional flavors. Finishes dry. Aftertaste is of pepper, lemon, and low levels of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: this is where this beer misses the mark in a big way. It is medium to medium full. The carbonation is only medium as well. Body should be lighter and the carbonation much higher-- effervescent

Overall: not a bad effort. I will finish the 6 pack instead of trying to pawn it off on friends. This spring seasonal is much better than their bock.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.51/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good, nice aroma and really pleasant balance of tanginess and hops.

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a light golden orange with nice clarity, and a big foamy white head like you'd expect. Honey in a glass.

S: Clove, zesty citrus (lemon first, then tangerine), wheat, and peppery spice.

T: Wow! This is where the beer shines (as one would hope). Clove, peppery spice, coriander, citrus zest (aforementioned lemon and tangerine, as well as orange), wheat, biscuity cracker, and only a hint of barnyard funk adding a tartness to the brew. Some alcohol warmth is noticeable at 7.2%. As the beer warms up, some sweet apple flavors come through, which is an interesting layer. A nice, balanced, refreshing, complex taste.

F: Slightly creamy, medium bodied, with lots of carbonation and leaves a lingering, dry, peppery finish.

O: Excellent. I wasn't expecting this to be as enjoyable as it is.

Photo of Mikey_DLC
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

The color is a beautiful burnt orange with a white, soapy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is okay. I'm getting a lot of citrus and sweet fruit. Also a touch of alcohol. The taste leaves me with wanting more. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not very dry, which would have made this beer more pleasant. You get a touch of the alcohol in the back end, even when the beer is fairly cold. Taste is mostly of citrus. This beer is just okay

Photo of jmbranum
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Generous white head on an orangish clear liquid.

Very nice citrus/spicy aroma.

The labels describes it as a "spring ale" which seems pretty spot on. I can taste the ginger and lemony notes but also some other spices. A little bit of pepper on the tongue. Starts sweet but ends with a nice finish, playing between tartness and bitterness.

Fairly carbonated mouthfeel but still smooth.

This one is worth seeking out.

Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip pint

Clear golden orange with a foamy off white head.

Aroma is phenolic, clove notes predominately with some lemony highlights. A decent saison.

Photo of mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of funky yeast, wheat malt, herbal hops, citrus fruit and spices. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Delicious brew.

Photo of Mikus
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden hue into my tulip, ring of greyish bubbles that were quick to dissipate. Average aromas for a saison (from my experience), clove, hint of banana, some spicy yeast... seemed a bit run of the mill aroma-wise for a widely-interpreted style. Some bright lemon flavors on the front of the palate, follwed by the more standard saison standbys like the clove and slightly peppery yeast notes. Bit of a phenolic taste in there too. Lemon bit is nice and a bit unique. Somewhat dry finish, led nicely into the next sip. This was pretty good for a spring style. Definitely hit a lot of the marks for the style.

Photo of HipCzech
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass. Bright, completely clear golden amber with a short lived white head and visible carbonation. Belgian yeast, lemongrass and citrus on the nose. More of the same in the taste with some peppery spice and some toasty malt. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable, some nice spice, but otherwise average.

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Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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