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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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147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Fatehunter on 06-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/14/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some fairly bitter hop and yeast flavors for the style.

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i feel like this has the wrong yeast for a saison, it just doesn't have that wildness, that funk, or even a Belgian essence. that said, its a tasty ale for what it is, and I am glad anchor is making new varieties, I have been waiting for that for awhile it seems. clear golden on the pour, honey color, the look is wrong for the style, but the head is foamy and rich and an inch tall. its got a nose of warm fermentation temperatures, and a syrupy malt element that is thick but not too sweet. the taste is way more grain forward than I expect in a saison, almost caramel English type malt rather than light French Belgium stuff. not at all yeast driven, and not even yeast interesting, but a tasty ale, if a bit boring. well carbonated and I like the medium body on this, more of a fall type. overall this didn't wow me like I wanted it to, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nearly clear amber color. Two finger head that settles slowly leaving a thin blanket of lace with emphasis on each ring after every sip.

Good crystal malt aroma. A bit of alcohol and a touch of citrus rind sourness.

Far more bitter than the smell indicates. This starts almost immediately on the initial sip. There is a subtle farmhouse sourness as well. The soft malt gets a bit lost to these two flavors. The finish is biting and lasting. Good body and carbonation. Overall, this is flavorful but not overly complex.

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this one up a few hours ago at a SoCal bottle shop for $5.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, but I lost a bit of excitement when I saw its current ratings, which aren't great. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle (with a great overall shape and style) with a branded pry-off pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 7.2% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of light khaki colour. Soft smooth complexion. Nice thickness. Slight creaminess. No real lacing. Apt if aggressive frothiness for the style.

Body colour is a clear copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Above average vibrance.

This is a farmhouse ale? Why the hell is it clear and obviously filtered? Why is there no yeast presence whatsoever? It's egregiously wrong for the purported style, but outside of style conventions it's of above average appeal. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt for now - especially considering the influential historical brewery behind it.

Sm: Banana and clove, probably from yeast. None of the pepper or subtle milky notes you'd expect from a great example of the style, but I'm starting to view this as a farmhouse-inspired generic ale. Good malty foundation with some biscuit and caramel malts. It's definitely fresh and appealing, with a pleasant graininess. Munich malts are prominent. It really is quite evocative, and the malty build is wonderful when paired with the subtle yet vague spicing. Hop character is minimal in strength and floral in nature. No alcohol is detectable. Any funkiness is very contained; it's very far from brettanomyces-forward. Quite clean - especially for the purported style. A bit bready. Looking forward to trying it. A pretty strong, fresh aroma.

T: Grainy and bready malts give it a wonderful core and foundation, with munich malts, caramalts, and some biscuit malt cooperating to support the subtler character present here. I get minimal floral hop character, subtle spicing, banana and clove from the yeast, and some really restrained lemongrass - which is most prominent on the climax and through the finish, lending a very subtle buried twang that ends the beer nicely. If we're treating it as a farmhouse ale, it's disappointingly simple - but I don't think that's apt; it's a shockingly well balanced beer with a lot of good things going for it. And fuck it is pleasant to drink. Light subtlety for what it's supposed to be. No alcohol comes through whatsoever. Not really funky; don't get any evocative brettanomyces.

While it does leave lots of room for added complexity and subtlety, the impressive balance and flavorful build alone are enough to make me really enjoy it. Flavour duration is well above average.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to help coax out the flavours. A bit overcarbonated. Also overly thick for the lack of flavour diversity and depth. Overall, it has a good presence on the palate - even if it does come off unnecessarily heavy. Fairly soft. Complements the flaovur profile well, and feels natural. Filling.

Dr: Throw the farmhouse ale expectations out and enjoy this one for what it is - a farmhouse-inspired American ale with a balanced flavour and drinkable approachable build. The price point is currently a bit high for the quality, but it's an enjoyable brew across the board. I wouldn't get it again or go out of my way to recommend it to friends, but it's a pleasant little beverage. Hides its ABV well. Another solid brew from Anchor. I'd like to see them continue to brew this.

High B-

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: lemon zest, some breadiness, and a hint of orange come through to the nose.

Taste: fruity profile with a nice grainy breadiness, lemon zest, some yeast flavors, barely a hint of farmhouse funk, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: this was a mild but easy to drink saison styled beer. Flavors are a bit muted but well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber maybe burnt orange colored beer with a smallish white colored head. Near clear with just a hint of chill haze.

Very aromatic beer, I can smell it from 10 feet away. Strong fruity aroma that reminds me of juicy fruit gum. Banana and ginger with some bubblegum. Little bit of coriander scent. Cherry juice and faint menthol. Very mild wild flower aromas.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of banana flower. Stout bitterness in the finish. Sweet fruity and bitter sums this up. Could be more complex but I not about to stop drinking it. One strange taste, roasted hay flavor. Banana, grass, bubblegum and wild flower flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty beer. Not quite traditional Saison flavors, more like the same beer brewed with a fruity ale yeast. Tasty stuff get a bottle.

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.