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Anchor Saison Spring Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by scottfrie:
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3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear light iced tea color with a surprisingly thin and short lived light tan head that quickly fizzed away into a faint scum.
S: Earthy yeast, grainy wheat, lemony citrus, and peppery spice. Wheat, spice, and mild citrus overall.
T: Dry wheat and earth up front, touch of sweet lemon and clove follow, with black pepper spice and Belgian yeast coming through in the finish. I get some notes of mild stone fruit and mild alcohol as well. Lemon and a slight mineralliness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, chewy and medium-heavy mouthfeel, with spritzy, fuzzy and tingly carbonation. Drying finish that is crisp and refreshing but not a desert.
O: A very solid and well rounded beer that drinks easy and smooth. Not the worlds most complicated or rich saison, but how many other $8 saison six packs do you see on shelves? Delicious for what it is.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefbender
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -0.6%
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 +8.4%

Photo of trubeernick
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of SB_Brewmaster
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
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 BKotch
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Shaymus
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Andyrectenwald
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BierGiek
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of m0rgana
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KSMONHNYIL
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

RJT

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.