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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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147 Ratings

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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.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of dv8sean
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of andyfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Kaveman
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which shows good retention. The head is a slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a slightly hazy, medium to dark amber that glows medium when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Nice aroma but it's pretty much a one trick pony. Banana from both the bottle and the glass with slight hints of clove from the the glass. Vigorous swirling only reveals a mellow version of this aroma. Good but simplistic.

Taste- Reflective of the nose- banana is the central taste. Mild notes of spice and bitterness from the yeast hang around the edges. Lots of spice that invigorates the tongue. If I were unaware of the style designation, I would immediately assume that this was a tripel. Notes of clove and coriander. Most allspice spices but nothing that would something as interesting as what “yerba santa” or “hoja santa” has been variously described as. Although, on second thought, this seems to fit many of the various qualifiers for hoja santa.
Spice from licorice, anise, sassafras, black pepper, nutmeg, and mint all factor into the flavor profile. Its spice seems to overpower the spice of the yeast in quite a positive way. Bitterness dissolves away pretty quickly, as does much of the banana. This has quickly turned into a spice bomb that seems dominated by clove, anise and nutmeg. It seems on the fringe of a vague style but is nevertheless, quite enjoyable. Some cinnamon as well.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and light bodied with loads of carbonation. All good for the style.

Drinkability- Bitterness may be a bit much at times but the spice is so appealing. I don't remember the exact price ( 5 to 6 bucks for a bomber) but pretty good for a Belgian style ale.

Overall- Be it tripel or saison, it does not seem to matter much. This beer is fairly well rounded and overwhelming with the complexity of its spice profile. It's better than what people have been grading it but do not expect to be similar to some of the standards of the style i.e. Dupont and Phantome. There is no real funkiness but I do not think that is a requirement of the style. I think of it more as a tripel. Still worth a try. It's cheap enough and definitely interesting enough, whatever it is.

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3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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