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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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BA SCORE
80
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140 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A head somewhere just over one finger tall settles to a constantly remaining half finger that's dense and craggy, off-white in color. Lacing is displayed moderately in mostly thick and heavy spotting, evolving in some places to patching.
The yeast conveys more banana and clove than funk, making it seem more like a Belgian Pale or something like it than a Saison. There's a bit of earth and a ghostly hint of dustiness in the aroma. Things get more interesting and complex in the flavor, where an herbal hops bitterness becomes stronger. Interestingly, there are notes of banana, clove and bubble gum flavors without much of the sweetness typically accompanying them.
The feel is bright and crisp in a light to medium body. Carbonation is steady and the crispness keeps it lively when the body slides off just a touch.

Brenden, Aug 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of andyfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Deep golden amber with a nice fluffy, near white head.

Smells medicinal and like a sweet floral candle. Not in a way that makes me want to drink it.

Oh no. Like a mouthful of sage. I really don't like this. About the most flowery saison I can remember.

A little syrupy for the style, the flowery taste stays with you for a while.

I haven't had any of the previous 3 in their Zymaster series and this makes me a little hesitant to try the future ones.

andyfrancis, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with a freshness code on the back label.

Very unique, the use of Yerba Santa brings elements not seen in beer yet stays subtle enough to let this still be a beer. Anchor really needs to play around with extreme brewing more often.

LOOK: Clear rusty amber hue, excellent head

SMELL: Very earthy, resin, evergreen, white peaches, brioche

TASTE: Soft herbal tone, solid malt backbone, mild resin, tobacco, faint mint, broth, mild caramel, modest hopping, warming alcohol, green plantains, peppery, semi-dry finish

Jason, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Beer21, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

DarrellK, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev 0%

sgttibbs, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer has a slight dense deep copper body with a butter cream head full of big bubbles. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The flinty wet stone aroma, geosmit, has some plastic hop notes in the finish.

T- The slight tart note leads to a slightly tin taste in the slightly toasted malt notes that finishes with a pungent hop note. There is some circus peanut esters that get over powered by some nougat characters as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has lots of odd flavors and an odd tangy flavor perhaps from the yerba but the nougat flavor that grows and lack of malt or farmhouse yeast character makes this beer a bit underwhelming.

rhoadsrage, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.3%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of JasonFromLA
3/5  rDev -14.3%

JasonFromLA, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
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
Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +14.3%

dertyd, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured one finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma was rich with smoke and apple, like burning applewood.
The taste was spicy with some mild bitterness and dry hay. Subtle and good.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable drink.

Fatehunter, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.5/5  rDev 0%

hooliganlife, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Pears & appleskins, plus apricot & a touch of dirt

T: Follows the nose, much grassiness & leafy hops up front. Very dry with green appleskins as this warms, a bit of white pepper as this warms. Finishes fruity, dry & with grass & hay notes, candi sugar notes as well, too dry for my liking

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Hides the ABV well, but can't get to worked up over this. On style, but way better Saisons being made right here in Oklahoma & Missouri

russpowell, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jlisuk
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jlisuk, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged the last bottle in the cooler.
Apparently this was bottled end of May, so 6 months old at this point.

Slightly hazed dark orange, thin layer of loose foam on the surface, tight collar of foam around the edges. Decent clarity, a little bit of lace, retention is not the greatest, especially for a Belgian style saison.

Toasted grains, malt sweetness, fruity pear esters in the aroma.

Lightly tart, pears and light caramel, aftertaste has a building earthy bitterness. Body is medium, initial carbonation is good but it peters out a bit. It's ok, sort of complex but falls short after awhile. Worth a try but not really worth seeking out.

emerge077, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
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
Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a sampler flight at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.

Real nice bronze body color on this brew, with slow rising carbonation. Tan light head is always present while drinking and consuming, never goes away.

Big smell of earth and mud on first whiff, but some real nice plum like fruit and softness to match. Light toasty bread crust all over as well. Real interesting quite different.

Real nice flavors and diversity on the palate. Good mix of crusty bread, some light funky character with tart fruity and punchy yeast. Lots of brown toast crispness on the finish, some good warming banana not unlike a marzen or something. Very dense mouthfeel but not over the top complimenting with a unique crispness and lightness.

Overall this is a real neat brew, with the classic Anchor profile and some neat estery fruity combinations. Very enjoyable.

smakawhat, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

LoFiDave, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Marshall_ofmcap, Nov 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

largadeer, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

IvoryFoxhole, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Reswald
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Reswald, Jul 21, 2013
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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.