Anchor Saison Spring Ale
Anchor Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
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3.59 | pDev: 12.26%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale
Notes: Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, we chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.
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Photo of josanguapo
4.99/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. At dinner, with sausages sandwich. After futsal match. Best usage of ginger ive found,subtle but adding it refreshing notes and personality without losing saison character. Very nice foam but dissapears quick

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber color with a light carbonation seen rising to fill a quickly dissipating head. No lacing. The smell had a crisp sweet fresh blend of citrus to grassy hops. Bready yeastiness combines to wrap it together. The taste starts off bready and leads to the sweet blend of citrus to grassy hops. Low bitterness all around. Sweet sticky aftertaste leads to a sweet grassy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still good for me and for the style. Overall, this was a pretty good seasonal saison that I would have again.

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, but a lot darker than most saisons, more of an amber color. A bit of a lemongrass aroma. Tart up front, changing to notes of yeast and toasted malt. Very clean feel. Lingering yeast finish.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears a peach-toned orange, simply gorgeous, somewhat clear but opaque enough to seem metallic. Soft and gentle head of light yellow, lower moderate retention. In bottle, smells roasty and spicy. After pour, tons of booze and phenols that give way in time to light spices and apple-like fruitiness, some yeast and wheat character. More like certain Strong Belgian Darks and Pales than the average American take on the Saison. Haven’t had any actual Belgian Saisons yet. Palate packs a punch. Semi-tart backdrop to an otherwise very spicy and toasty/grainy beverage. Tartness is akin to pears but also the smallest amount of vinegar. Definitely detect the lemongrass and ginger that the label mentions. Some dry white wine qualities that blend well with the lemongrass. Not sure if this has much in the way of hops, but I suspect they were mostly unnecessary given the presence of yeast-spiciness and brewing spice, especially the very hop-like lemon peel. Clove-like yeast spiciness is there in the back, but lost everywhere else. Retro-olfaction consists of cloves, lemongrass, sweet grain, smokey phenols, and various types of peppercorn. Light to medium in body, with appropriately delicate creamy effervescence.

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Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick off-white head with good retention.
Aroma with notes of bread, ginger, toasted malts, lemongrass and cloves.
Flavor with notes of ginger, lemon peel, mild booze, lemongrass, wheat malt, white pepper, green pepper and cloves. It is slightly toasted. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is felt a bit.
This Saison sure delivered the stated ingredients, not sure it ended up being very harmonic. I didn’t feel much the Belgian yeast as usual, but lots of phenolic spices. And you sure need to like ginger, which was a bit overdone.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a bit of white head. Aroma has malt sweetness, some yeast spice and orange flavor. Taste starts with yeast spice, malt sweetness, a bit of sugar and some fermented citrus fruits. Body is on the light side, quite dry, with medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but for my taste it's a bit too sweet for a saison.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange body, clear, yellowish velvety head, plentiful spots and streaks of lace. White pepper, herbs like rosemary and licorice on the nose. The taste is mostly peppery, with some lemon and mint thrown in there, and even a woody tree bark-like element. Medium body, with solid, yet refined, carbonation.
A pretty good saison, it had a very good range of unique flavors, I just with they had been a bit stronger- the white pepper really ran away with this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a two finger head; decent retention with squiggles of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Not quite lemon pound cake in its sweetness (perhaps a bit breadier); banana, white peppercorn and a hint of ginger

Taste: Bread and bubblegum, with lemon and banana tones developing; yeasty phenols, white peppercorn and ginger flavors arrive, in the middle; and the herbal aspect grows in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall; I like the creative twists the craft beer movement presents but in this case the marriage of California with Belgium is a relationship where each should have stayed in their own location

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity

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Photo of twage04
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/amber with medium carbonation. Smell is fruity with a little vegetable thing going on. Taste is much of the same, with some spice and toasted malt. Kind of an odd saison, reminds me more of their steam beer than most saison's I've tried. The vegetal taste and maltiness kinda distracts from whatever flavors you're getting from the yeast. A heavy beer that is more of a sipper. Overall not one I'd revisit.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a murky orange with a large off-white head. The aroma is flowers, malt, citrus and grass. The taste is slightly bitter with citrus, grass and malt.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, code 6JG on the back label. A new one to me from Anchor; acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours dark coppery orange with excellent clarity, much darker than anticipated, per the style. Just under two fingers of light fluffy frothy white head that leaves good fluffy lacing behind. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Soapy. Lots of spicy saison yeast, gives off notes of clove, banana, some might say bubblegum aromas. Floral & spicy, with a mild alcohol note. I detect a blast of spicy / citrusy ginger, but lemon peel & lemongrass are subtle.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp Belgian saison yeast, notes of clove / ginger spice, clean florals, notes of grain / wheat, lemongrass. Finishes with a bit of lingering ginger spiciness.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready / yeasty dryness on the finish. Very easy drinking stuff / borderline refreshign, especially for the modest 7.20% abv.

Overall, a very nice beer from Anchor. Definitely an interesting take on a saison; has a lot of witbier characteristics in a way. Crisp & drinkable, with good depth & duration of flavor. Glad to have picked up a single of this. Will surely please fans of the style.

Anchor Saison Spring Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of devo1980
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take on a Saison. Could be a very refreshing "summertime" beer. Nice hints of lemon, but not overpowering. Is a decent beer, but nothing really stands out. I would not seek this beer out, but wouldnt turn it down.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, coriander, saison yeast, light citrus and hints of stone fruit, classic saison. Flavor is grainy malt, lemon citrus, clove, mildly funky saison yeast, developing bitter lemon flavors that combine with the clove for an odd earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. The malt body is close to traditional, but close to a biere de garde or grainy farmhouse than a saison, the yeast gives a good saison taste and feel; the finish didn't work for me, with the interaction between the lemon grass and clove a bit too astringent and off style. An interesting take on a saison and a bit more daring diversion from style than I expect from Anchor, and though I applaud the effort, this one did not gel for me. Glad I tried it, but will probably not return.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold/copper colour. Fruity, banana yeast aromas, but faint, and slightly malty, Tastes a little malty, banana, yeast body throughout, with a slightly bitter finish that lingers. Crisp, flavourful, and medium-bodied. Much lighter than the 7.2% ABV suggests. Hint of pepperiness near the finish and faint hints of ginger as well.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a snifter from the 12 oz bottle. This nice saison pours A nice clear light amber with a decent head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and subtle lacing. Nose of moderately heavy citrus with--duh---lemons, light floral notes, and subtle sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with light and tart lemonade on the front and middle, yeast notes fall on the sides and fade into the back with a light herbal hops note accentuated with lemon zest. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation, and a bitter lemon and hop aftertaste with a touch of yeast in the background and a dry finish. Nice, yet somewhat outside the standard boundaries of the saison style.

Decent session brew.

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Photo of jp32
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange in color. A bit fizzy, but not much head retention. Belgian yeast dominates the aroma. Some lemon in the background, and possibly cardamom.

The flavor is a unique mix of belgian yeast, cloves and herbal spices, bubble gum, and a punchy lemon character. It's pretty good, but it could possibly be better without such a strong yeast flavor.

It's mouthfeel is nice, slightly big for a beer of this style. No qualms there.

Pretty decent. About what you would expect a saison with a belgian yeast twist to it would be like.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a rusty orange with a white head, no head retention, lots of carbonation, beer is clear, no lacing.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, honey, ginger, pepper, slight lemon notes.

T: Up front, Belgian yeast with spice, pepper, clove, touch of ginger, in the middle there's some lemon, finish is dry and citrusy with a touch of spice, no alcohol on the flavor.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Pretty solid, I like the lemongrass and lemon peel addition, adds another layer of flavor and balances well with the traditional saison characteristics, a great perfect spring beer as we transition seasons in California, definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, which I feel is too dark to be called a true Saison. Good flavor with the lemon and ginger present, but dominated by a pleasant soapiness. Refreshing and a good beer, just not a traditional Saison that I was kind of hoping for. Cheers!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another farmhouse ale with added ingredients (in this case lemon peel, lemongrass and ginger). While the lemon flavor is subtle (more of an aftertaste) it's enough to cover the yeasty tones that one should expect from a beer of this style. While not unpleasant, it gets old quite quickly.

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Photo of Boxer_Rebellion
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber into an Epic Brewing pint glass with very little head. I have to admit that I haven't found a Saison to my liking, we'll not enough to ever buy the same twice. Many I'd tried I feel were on the sour side- not my favorite taste combination with the maltyness of a Belgium ale. But since Anchor has always been one of my favorite go to brewers with favorites like Steam Beer and their seasonal Christmas Ales, I decided to give it a shot. Very glad I did! Crisp but malty with a slight citrus kick, and it pairs well with most with spicy foods. Recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't like to criticize the mother of all craft brewers....
But this may be another example of why you should stick to your knitting.
Anchor specializes -- and rarely produces an excellent beer -- outside of the english ale tradition.
So when it goes into the Belgian tradition, it is unfamiliar territory.
This Spring Ale tries too hard and doesn't succeed.
Anchor seems to have broken the rule that led to its success: improve a little... be moderate.
This was too big an experiment... particularly with the lemon that takes over.
Saisons fruits are better sweet than sour.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Body : Pours a toasted grain/dark yellow amber color with 90% opacity.
Head : Head is fluffy, 3 fingers, super soapy.
Retention : 1 finger.


Initial : Smells of musty grain, sweat socks, yeast, apple and pear cores.
With Agitation : Add white peppercorn and baby powder.
Saisons have never been a hit for me with the aromas, but this is fairly par for the course.


Front : Very crispy out front with tons of lawnmower action - grass, clover leaf, straw, dead weeds.
Back : It slugs along the palate also bringing the white pepper and lemon...
Finish : ...finally ending on a fairly watered down bubble gum yeast.

Initial : Creamy from the jump with sharp spikes of carbonation.
Finish : Ends semi-dry.

Overall : This isn't a bad Saison, but it's not fantastic. I could do without the copious amounts of grass/weeds before you get to the pleasant lemon and pepper flavors. The bubblegum at the end is nice. Ultimately it ended up going down the drain.

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Photo of heymikew
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! Refershing and food friendly
But this is no session ale. Although meant for spring, this is winter brew in heft. Many subtle flavors hinting at a hefe.

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, date stamp 5D0 (December 15, 2015) served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright dark gold, approaching golden amber in color. Thin white ring of foam at the edge, with some islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Unusual. Lemon, metallic, and a herbal/spicy note. Must be the lemongrass + ginger.

Taste: Definite taste of Belgian yeast/what malt, and then there is the strong spicy/herbal flavor, followed by lemon peel, cloves, and some bitter notes. The middle spicy/herbal flavor is not working for me - it clashes badly with the start and finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, giving a powdery mouthfeel with the nice thickness of the beer. Dry finish and a tiny bit astringent.

Overall / Drinkability: It's rare that I can't finish a beer, and this is one of them. There are parts of this beer that are good (appearance, the Belgian notes) but apparently I REALLY don't like lemongrass in my beer. I've had lemongrass in Thai food with little to no dislike, but in this beer it's all wrong. The smell and taste are not at all appealing. I even let the beer warm up to room temperature in the hopes it was one of those flavors that just wasn't good cold and would get better warming up. No luck. Not very drinkable and not a good beer. I've liked so many other things from Anchor over the years that I'm just going to chalk it up to a dislike of brewed lemongrass and leave it at that.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head. Wheat, yeast, some spice, and a little grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with spice and some yeast notes.

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Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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