Anchor Saison Spring Ale
Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale
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From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Ratings:
356
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 18, 2021
Added:
Mar 05, 2014
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  81
SCORE
81
Good
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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3.74 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 18, 2021
 
3.48 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 17, 2018
 
2 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
 
3.74 by probert from New York on Dec 02, 2017
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4.99/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Aug 23, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by yaron73 from Israel

A bottle from "BEERA" Store in Sofia.

Aug 12, 2017
 
4 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 10, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 04, 2017
 
3.83 by priley from England on May 21, 2017
 
3.85 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Apr 02, 2017
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nick_perry from North Carolina

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.

Mar 11, 2017
 
3.99 by Shanex from France on Feb 15, 2017
 
3.79 by Momon from Philippines on Dec 31, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Libeertarian from Montana

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.

Dec 31, 2016
 
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Oct 17, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

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.

Sep 17, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Jul 22, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by 1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

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.

Jul 22, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jul 16, 2016
 
3.62 by ciacciad from New York on Jul 04, 2016
 
3.75 by HippieDave56 from California on Jun 28, 2016
 
3.75 by leitmotif from Romania on Jun 24, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by twage04 from North Carolina

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.

Jun 19, 2016
 
3.5 by FreshButterbeer from Iowa on Jun 13, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ordybill from Georgia

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.

Jun 08, 2016
 
3.74 by JBudraux from Massachusetts on Jun 04, 2016
 
3.72 by Foley67 from Scotland on Jun 01, 2016
 
2.94 by Corey_Graven from Wisconsin on May 31, 2016
 
3.9 by MattMorin from Illinois on May 30, 2016
 
3.43 by aufie from Texas on May 26, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mfnmbvp from Illinois

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.

May 24, 2016
 
3.62 by Brandon632 from North Carolina on May 17, 2016
 
3.56 by GearHaiku from New York on May 14, 2016
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3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by devo1980 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 09, 2016
 
4.19 by stephenlee from England on May 07, 2016
 
3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana on May 06, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

May 04, 2016
 
3.5 by Rcaisse from Massachusetts on May 04, 2016
 
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Apr 30, 2016
 
3.2 by kfirestone from Arizona on Apr 30, 2016
Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 356 ratings