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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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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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 -71.4%

01-19-2014 17:48:55 | More by SoCaliC8
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

04-05-2014 02:16:01 | More by Lare453
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

08-24-2013 20:34:12 | More by largadeer
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:58:19 | More by ARaces23
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

12-12-2013 09:47:28 | More by humulusphile
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-23-2013 05:24:23 | More by Kopfschuss
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

08-29-2013 03:42:37 | More by mhaugo
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

08-25-2013 21:26:18 | More by Kaveman
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2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:48:46 | More by mactrail
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2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:31:15 | More by bobhits
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-14-2013 19:55:35 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-30-2013 04:00:16 | More by JasonFromLA
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-13-2013 23:40:05 | More by TastyIsBeer
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-14-2013 03:46:59 | More by RXUYDC
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-07-2013 02:12:20 | More by olafphysics
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-01-2014 15:23:39 | More by craft_shannie
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-19-2013 23:59:48 | More by AOShabaz
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-20-2013 18:41:31 | More by beerist
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-02-2013 21:46:34 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-09-2013 18:55:36 | More by Screper
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-30-2013 04:00:34 | More by miadw3
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:11:03 | More by vfgccp
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3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:16:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:27:52 | More by andyfrancis
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Ah, Fort Ross: where the colonizing forces of Russia, Spain, and the US met in California. Boom. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, red apple skin, light toffee, mild funky wheat, and a vague melange of spices (mostly clove and black pepper). The taste brings in more of the same, along with more red apple, some straw, some grass, and a hint of what may or may not be Brett. Just sayin'. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I can thoroughly say is all that great. It's just too odd a combination for my tongue to handle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 20:36:49 | More by TMoney2591
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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
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