Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.56/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-05-2013 15:42:47 | More by StonedTrippin
3.04/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
09-22-2013 03:16:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.79/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a burnt amber with a huge fluffy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film that left clinging lace down the glass.
S: Peppery spice and fruity yeast on the nose with hints of peach, nectarine, and mandarin orange.
T: Slight banana, very fruit forward, slight dough, peppery spice, herbal hop, floral finish, apricot, apple juice, slight orange. Finish is sweet, floral, and fruity with hints of apple juice, and the aftertaste has a decent bitterness to it.
M: medium-full body, greasy, slightly syrupy mouth, super fluffy and soft carbonation.
O: A bit thick but a solid fruit-forward saison. Sweet but very drinkable. Great spice profile.
09-14-2013 20:34:09 | More by scottfrie
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a copper hue with a thick, fluffy, white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.
S: Sweet caramel and hoppy aroma.
T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet caramel flavor with a mild hoppy background that finishes on the sweet side of dry.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: This is a solid beer – it actually improved as it warmed up a little.
09-12-2013 02:11:42 | More by ckollias
3.35/5 rDev -4.3%
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
09-11-2013 02:41:14 | More by russpowell
4.05/5 rDev +15.7%
Nice golden-orange glow. A little darker (crystal malt?) than many saison-slash-farmhouse styles out there, but that's ok with me.
Aroma is a beguiling mix of barnyard funk with fresh hop aroma. I dig it.
Flavor, like the color, has a bit more malt influence than typical for the style, but the yeasty influence and ample hop bitterness keep the balance playful.
Mouthfeel is exemplary. Maybe it's San Francisco's priceless water source, but Anchor's beers seem to consistently have the best textures. This is the best aspect of this particular beer.
Judged on its own merits and without strict consideration as a "Farmhouse Ale", this beer is great. Those expecting a more pale-yellow, less aggressively hopped beer may be a bit weirded out. However, those looking to take some Old World substance with a healthy dose of Left Coast style should be stoked.
08-28-2013 02:11:45 | More by dv8sean
4.33/5 rDev +23.7%
Poured chilled, chez White
A: perfect creamy head; clear copper; good carbonation; nice lacing
S: sweet yeast, bubblegum
T: delicious; very yeasty; sweet, not hoppy; it's remarkable that it can be such a clear glass despite the amount of yeast going on; complex
I really like this beer; outstanding, exciting, and remarkable
08-26-2013 19:04:21 | More by Arithmeticus
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
08-26-2013 02:27:52 | More by andyfrancis
Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.