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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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139 Ratings

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
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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1/5  rDev -71.5%

SoCaliC8, Jan 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43%

Lare453, Apr 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

largadeer, Aug 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Gorgeous color; the look of great scotch. Aroma is off. Super ester-y. The mouthfeel is almost cask-ish, and the the overall favor is caramel, floral, and, unfortunately, banana. Lingering esters are overwhelming, in general a wholly unbalanced brew. Wouldn't purchase again

ARaces23, Aug 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

humulusphile, Dec 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Kopfschuss, Jul 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

mhaugo, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Looks nice enough in the tall Saxo tulip. A fine white cap of foam and lots of champagne bubbles with a brownish amber color. A very strange aroma. I first think of yesterday's damp bathing suit. Light body with plenty of spritziness.

What is that odd and distracting flavor? I'm thinking cedar chest, furniture polish, mahogany plywood. Something faintly like blackberry. Quite dry from start to finish. Little if any maltiness. It's all a thin faintly grainy flavor with a hint of citrus. Long bitter aftertaste, with a green tea flavor. Drinkable, but austere, and I wouldn't drink it again because of that weird perfumey woodiness.

I, too, hope they keep experimenting, but I don't see Anchor as coming up with any winners for the 21st Century yet. From the 22 oz bottle bought for six bucks at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

mactrail, Jun 28, 2013
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2.99/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a nice white capped head with an amber body, very clear, almost too clear to be honest.

Farmhouse funk comes through with hops and some very clean malt aromas.

The clean malt really balances out and keeps this one from being overly "farmy" yet there's plenty of hop and malt.

Very drinkable.

This is a good but nothing to write home about beer. Anchor has a nice C kinda example of the style which is as good or better than most.

bobhits, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

JasonFromLA, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

TastyIsBeer, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

RXUYDC, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

olafphysics, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

craft_shannie, Jul 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

AOShabaz, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

beerist, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

davewlfpckfan29, Aug 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

thufflife, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Screper, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

miadw3, Jun 30, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%

A - Nice color, golden apple juice. Off-white head has ok retention and lace. Not bad, but personally I like a little more head and a little more haze in my farmhouse ales.

S - Relatively sweet. Lemon, pear, cracked wheat. Touch of passion fruit and grape skin.

T - Waxy bitters, lemon pith, mandarin, wheat.

M - Light frame. Low carbonation for the style.

O - Not a bad beer, but not a great saison.

vfgccp, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%

22 ounce bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottling date: May 17 2013.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dingy copper-hued body with a smallish, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Blended fruit notes, fragrant spices, and sweet-scented elements atop a bit of light toast, a bit of cookie.

Taste: Bready pale malts, restrained wheat maltiness. Rock candy sweetness. Teensy taste of marmalade, a nibble of apple. Touch of banana. Variety of peppery spices (star anise, clove), light bitterness. Rolls back and forth between the sweetness and spiciness while sustaining the fruitiness throughout. Crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is ultimately just okay.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 22, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -13.1%

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
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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.