Anchor Saison Spring Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale
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Anchor Saison Spring AleAnchor Saison Spring Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by scottfrie:
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3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear light iced tea color with a surprisingly thin and short lived light tan head that quickly fizzed away into a faint scum.
S: Earthy yeast, grainy wheat, lemony citrus, and peppery spice. Wheat, spice, and mild citrus overall.
T: Dry wheat and earth up front, touch of sweet lemon and clove follow, with black pepper spice and Belgian yeast coming through in the finish. I get some notes of mild stone fruit and mild alcohol as well. Lemon and a slight mineralliness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, chewy and medium-heavy mouthfeel, with spritzy, fuzzy and tingly carbonation. Drying finish that is crisp and refreshing but not a desert.
O: A very solid and well rounded beer that drinks easy and smooth. Not the worlds most complicated or rich saison, but how many other $8 saison six packs do you see on shelves? Delicious for what it is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Standard Anchor bowling pin bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Pour is clear and deep golden/light amber with a half inch of short lived foam. Nose is spicy and accompanied by a peppery and floral hop presence which expands with warming.

Taste follows the appearance with a spritzy spice and a light caramel sweetness which is enhanced, to my chagrin, by the light carbonation on the delivery. This makes the beer come across in feel as a bit too rich as to my preferences to the style. Touch of lemon on the taste when agiatated but this beer largely falls flat on its heels. Needs more carbonation as it stands but even that would only go so far.

Liking the recent preponderence of saison style beers but find this one a bit flat and sweet.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Since tomorrow is trash & recycling day in my neighborhood, I am laser-focused on getting rid of some of the bottle backlog today. The empties will be summarily placed at the curb and sent away to glass heaven or hell. I don't care since CANs are what really matter!

From the bottle: "Saisons originated with the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, a mostly Frech-speaking region of Belgium. Biere de Saison was brewed during the saison froide (cold season) for consumption during the warmer months. Today saisons are made and enjoyed year-round. As brewers, we were drawn to this beer style's enigmatic history, the freedom it offers, and the creativity it demands.
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."

Lots of verbiage, but now it is time for the Pop!ping of the cap. I utilized a gentle decanting since it has a little age and I see no reason to rouse the lees, if any. I got two fingers of foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a lemony mustiness, like Pledge sprayed on old newspapers stored in the attic. That may not sound appealing, but it is part & parcel for the style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was spicy, citrusy, lightly funky and unique for the style, IMHO. I do not profess to be a Saison guru, but I generally am not a fan, but I really liked this. The finish was quite dry and highly refreshing as a result. I would really dig this in the summer or with Chinese food. Tony Wang's, here I come!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not sure if Spring has yet sprung, but I never was one for seasonal sticklers. This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises candied lemon peel, a pinch of black pepper, light cereal grains, and a bit of basic Belgian yeast character. The taste leads with yeast-layered cereal, then quickly shifts to some lemon rind (not as sweet as in the smell), and then on hops the bite of grassily-bitter hops. The end combination of all of this ends up being a grassy ball of lemon rind with a twinge of soap on the back end. Harumph. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this saison just didn't do it for me at all. The addition of lemon wasn't necessarily what tanked things, but the hops combined with the lemon certainly did. Boo this stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/6/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, lemongrass, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with lemongrass, ginger, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth 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 solid lemongrass and ginger qualities that are a bit better in the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BRB1978
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chiefbender
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold to light brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers most of the top. Aroma of clove is all I get in the one note nose. I taste clove initially and then a hint of biscuity malt that is quickly drowned out by a massive amount of clove. The mouth is heavily carbonated.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant gold under a 2” dream colored foam cap
S: Several kinds of lemon arromas with ginger in the background. No funk.
T: Starts with big lemon flavors and then alternates with ginger with biscuit in the background and a light touch of hops on the finish. Light sweetness with some tart and bitter on the finish.
F: Creamy medium light body, mediun high carbonation.
O: a very easy to drink summer beer.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity and spicy yeast driven aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and spice hints of clove, pepper, ginger, and slight coriander. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest and orange. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of floral and spicy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely fruity and spicy yeast driven taste with notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove, farmhouse funk, pepper, ginger, and light coriander. Zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Pale malt with some notes of straw, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle floral and grassy hop presence. A pretty nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice zesty take on a Saison. Good citrus and spice notes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar goblet.
Clear copper body topped by a weak white head.
Floral-fruity-yeasty-bready aroma.
The flavor is spicy (mainly ginger), mildly bitter and lightly floral including some lemongrass.
Unusual mouthfeel for style: medium-full body with a creamy texture.

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Photo of Beersilio
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justme
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, the latest Anchor seasonal to make it up here, north of 49, where spring is just starting to feel like it's gonna stick. Yeah, right.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some low-lying sea cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of zesty Belgian yeast, peppery lemon, earthy ginger, bready and doughy pale malt, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, lemongrass, mildly spicy ginger, white pepper, subdued earthy yeast, and more peppy herbal and leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather engaging with its well-balanced fizzy and frothy manifestations, the body a sturdy medium weight, and kind of too tight to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the underlying malt keepin' 'er between the ditches, while the various guest ingredients mill about, looking for a place to happen.

One of the best brews that I've ever had from Anchor - I suppose all the extra saison complexity more or less obfuscates the house yeast character for which I've developed a certain distaste. Anyways, well-made, tasty, and fresh-seeming (not to mention the AWOL, near 15-proof booze), a pleasant choice for the changing of the seasons.

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