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Anchor Saison Spring Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear amber tan in the glass with light foaming.

There’s a pleasant aroma to this, with a lemony note and a touch of wet hay/funk that gives it some depth. I found a pleasant breadiness to the flavor, and a drying, nutty finish that balanced lemony-hay notes. Wasn’t sure what to expect as Anchor has been expanding their offerings at a steady clip these days but I found this one enjoyable and remarkably light for the relatively high ABV.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
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%
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 Tiernan
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chiefbender
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -1.4%
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 STEEL1980
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Andy311x
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
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 trubeernick
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of SB_Brewmaster
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Shaymus
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Andyrectenwald
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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