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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross FarmhouseAnchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse

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140 Ratings

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fatehunter on 06-09-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and two fingers of white-colored head that dissolved into a quarter of a finger of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Big, pleasant aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread and French baguettes, blended with funky aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet aromas of candied sugar, as well as spices such as coriander, saffron, honeysuckle, and some faint notes of dried stone fruit such as dates and figs. The aroma is quite inviting and delicious.

Taste: Just as inviting and delicious as the aroma. There are strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread and French baguettes, followed by some lots of funky Belgian yeast-like flavors of orange-like citrus, a touch of sourness, and spices such as black pepper, coriander, saffron, honeysuckle. There’s quite a bit of candied sugar and dried stone fruit-like sweetness, as dates and figs. The beer finishes with a touch of bitterness and sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a great American version of a Belgian Farmhouse ale! Recommended!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +0.6%

RoyFokker, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nhogan88, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

thufflife, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

kmos27, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, hint of biscuit, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of biscuit, hint of hop, yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, the malt/biscuit levels are much higher than I'm accustomed to in a Saison, but still a good beer.

Tone, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

craft_shannie, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Sound_Explorer, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ReverendJon, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Budinetz, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jtrigonis, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Kurmaraja, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early February for $6.99. Bottled on 5-17-2003.

Beer poured with very little head, amber-orange in color.

Nose is yeasty with some fruity esters.

Taste is lemon zest bitterness layered over a good size malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated but lacks the lightness i would expect for the style.

Overall not a bad beer. i get that farmhouse brews are supposed to represent local ingredients but the result is a bit off the saison style in terms of the feel.

arizcards, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

DarrellK, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

rudabegga9, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

rudedude985, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Kelp, Apr 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Lare453, Apr 05, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 PT.6 FL. OZ bottle into a Duvell tulip. Moderate to aggressive hand. No clear date, but the label is stamped 3YQ. Maybe it's a Q. I dunno.

A: Hazy copper-orange body. 1 finger of mostly white head. Below average retention. Scant lacing.

S: Sweet yeast nose with a floral, fruity quality. Bready malt. Biscuit. Fruit is somewhat indistinct, but has a pleasant overall scent. Traditional hops float in the background. Honey. Maybe caramel.

T: Lightly bitter initially with a touch of yeasty spice. A semi-sweet malt appears midway. Returns to a moderate bitterness, relatively heavy for the style, and finishes fairly dry. Mildly herbal and floral, but the malt feels prominent. Little of the fruit noted in the smell. Light alcohol presence.

M: Bit less carbonation than your average saison with a bit fuller body. Good match for the flavors.

O: Fairly malt-forward for a saison. A bit of a biere de garde vibe. Reminiscent of Anchor Steam in certain ways. Drinks well. Flavors and scents were nice, if not a bit lacking in depth.

fourstringer, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

khargro2, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ambruns1979, Apr 02, 2014
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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.