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 lastmango
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold with an off-white 3 finger fizzy head. Light lacing was present. The aroma is more floral with a bit of fruit. I did not notice the bready taste that others noted. Taste starts with slightly sweet malt, some ginger and lemongrass. This finishes with a bit of bitter hoppiness on the end. I thought this beer had a rather light body with just a bit of oiliness. This is drinkable but Ommegang Hennepin blows Anchor away.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer. Crisp and clean. A wonderful color with a huge head that disappears after a few minutes. The color is an orange/sunrise color. The smell is a bit lacking in aroma. Very mellow and hard to pick up. The taste was nice, some citrus and some bitter hops. I would not call this a typical session/farmhouse ale based on the flavors present. Half way through the beer I tossed in a lemon based on the lemons on the label. I would not recommend this. Feel was easy and smooth. overall a good to very good beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle in a willybecker chilled.

The color is dark medium amber with quick dropping white head with very fine bead and no lace but visibly carbonated. The smell has a slight phenolic odor off the bat with slight citrus scent and subtle toasted malt aroma. The feel is dry with spicy medium high carbonation with low sweetness and low alcohol in feel with slihgt hint of fruity and nutty element with dry finish.

The taste has mild toasted grain flavor with slight yeast up front with a gentle citrus accent and slight tropical element with ginger addding a light woody note with low bitterness and dry malt in taste as it finishes with a slight amount of yeast fruitiness and slight medicinal aspect. Overall a good saison, but not great just lacks a little in the spice dept. The malt and yeast work well but slightly phenolic quality comes through more as it warms up which is distracting to me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Anchor Brewing Co. "Saison"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, production code is illegible
$1.99 @ Atlantic Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

As usual, Anchor has produced another solid beer that is new and different, yet still distinctly "Anchor".

It looks great in the glass with a slightly hazy deep amber body that's got an orange cast to it. The initially frothy and then creamy head holds well and leaves sheets of broken lace in its wake.

The aroma and flavor offer a beautifully balanced combination of soft but also subtly sharp fruits, spice, and yeasty minerals. It's peppery, gently citrusy, grassy, herbal, lightly sweet with bready and toasty malt, and "candyish" with clove. Only moderately bitter, it still finished dry due to its spicy and mineralish character.

A welcome addition to the Anchor family of beers!

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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 dd43
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine as a saison but there are many superior and widely available alternatives. The aroma is somewhat underwhelming and the flavor pretty much follows suit. It's like a saison with the magnitude dialed down.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, ginger, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, ginger, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, clove, pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, ginger, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, clove, pepper, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a very nice malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a nice spiced saison style. All around godo robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 maedhros09
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear gold with average head that dissipates quickly without a trace.
Smell: Belgian yeast, honey, spice
Taste: Starts sweet, fading into a spicy bitter finish. Doesn't achieve the dryness and crispness that I expect of saisons. Also, alcohol is apparent though not overwhelming or unpleasant.
Feel: Medium body similar to an IPA with average carbonations - certainly not the effervescence that I expect from a saison.

Overall: Even though this is basically an enjoyable beer, stylistically it is a dud. I am surprised by how uninspired it is, coming from a brewery like Anchor. Obviously it does not attempt to mimic the true Belgian saison, but it just doesn't have what I really like about saisons - the cloudiness with huge bubbly head, crispness, complexity of flavor, deceptively light body. It's not even that refreshing, really.

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

Look: Pours a nice straw yellow with good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Lemongrass, nice yeastiness

Taste: Refreshing, distinctly saison yeast, nice lemongrass, pepper, a little floral

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A nice example of a saison from a well respected brewery. Could do well as a summer beer, as it is nice and refreshing

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheap boozy wine dominates the smell. The taste is awful. Bitter without any purpose. Doesn’t even taste like beer. If this is representative of the style, no thanks.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with a modest cap of white head. Average retention and a little lace. Not the best looking saison by a longshot.

Nose showcases the ginger and lemon well but they cover up the yeast and snappy wheat that make a good saison so enjoyable. Other than that, it is a fresh, appealing aroma.

Taste shows a hearty malt presence with a zesty lemon flavor. This reminds me much more of a biere de mars than a saison. The yeast just can't hang with the spice additions and the malty caramel and toast are too dark for this style. As a beer it is fairly enjoyable, but doesn't fit all that well as a saison.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Minimal thin white head on a clear golden-orange body
S- Fresh lemongrass scent followed by a clean Belgian yeast that is peppery, slightly spicy
T- Brief lemon peel flavor followed by strong peppery flavors and sweet floral finishes
M-slightly under carbonated, but a nice moderate malt body complimented the beer nicely
O- A nice, slightly lemony saison with a rather peppery yeast strain. Pretty typical of the style, but I prefer a floral, funky strain rather than the dry, peppery ones.

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Photo of Dr_Hopulis
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep burnished gold. Clear. Thick frothy white head which persists

Aroma: medium bread. Slight perception of sweetness. No hop aroma. Medium ginger. Medium black pepper. Medium high ginger. Low alcohol aroma.

Flavor: Medium low grainy Bready flavor. Med low bitterness. Med ginger. Med high lemon. Slight fruity esters. Med low black pepper. Balance is towards the malts and additional flavors. Finishes dry. Aftertaste is of pepper, lemon, and low levels of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: this is where this beer misses the mark in a big way. It is medium to medium full. The carbonation is only medium as well. Body should be lighter and the carbonation much higher-- effervescent

Overall: not a bad effort. I will finish the 6 pack instead of trying to pawn it off on friends. This spring seasonal is much better than their bock.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love most Anchor beers, and I love saisons, but this is not a good example of either.

It completely misses the subtlety, the lightness, the slight dry astringency, the sense of refined roughness and evolving flavors that make good saisons such an awesome summer beer, in favor of a muddled mix of heavy flavors with an almost syrupy consistency. It's basically a "flavored ale" with a somewhat interesting yeast.

I guess it was an interesting idea, but it seems like something that probably shouldn't have made it out of testing... not up to the usual Anchor standard.

At the least, they should have used a different name; as it is they're going to get saison fans buying this, and it's probably going to leave most of them disappointed...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Aromas of toasted grains, cloves, lemon grass, caramel, herbal highlights, bubble gum, and a subtle funk. Flavors are herbal forward, heavy on the lemon grass and bitterness, with subtle lemon highlights blending with sweet bubble gum and a heavy roasted character. There is a subtle yeasty funk throughout, with some popcorn notes towards the back of the palate. The body is big, but the carbonation is effervescing it on the tongue. The aftertaste is more bready and popcorn notes, with some of the fruity notes still lingering on weakly. The finish is slightly watery, with a slow fade of roasted and malty notes. This one just doesn't hit as refreshing as some of my favorite Saisons, but it is a decent beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear, thin dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, ginger, and sweet melony yeast esters, and a touch of bubblegum. All very well balanced between each other and with the beer.

Flavor: Unfortunately a bit more muddled than the aroma. Peppery and fruity yeast ester comes out, lemon[grass] and ginger pretty much fall off.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Not nearly refreshing enough.

Overall: Completely nailed it in my eyes on the balance in aroma, flavor a little less, mouthfeel was totally off.

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Photo of beermeplz
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given my general attitude to standard (i.e. non-funky/-sour) saisons, I fully expected to not like this, but this one caught me by surprise. It's a bit atypical, which probably explains why I like it, with an earthy malt presence that really compliments the more conventional elements of a saison's taste and smell. The ginger is effectively utilized here as well, providing a sharp and then lingering spiciness without being overpowering in the least. Very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slight haze to the dark gold color. Good initial head with some ring lace to start.

A bit of refrigerator to the nose. A bit of Belgian style yeast smell.

Notable licorice finish. Neutral pale malt start. Peppery swallow but short finish. Good body.

Not your typical saison at all but it's still interesting and easily drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big fizzy two fingers worth of off white colored froth quickly recedes leaving not much more than a thin collar... Brisk carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a warm inviting golden honey... Pleasant aroma... Lemon zest and Belgian yeast are at the forefront... Some light wheat notes are a bit beneath the surface... Some light herbal notes as well... Lemon zest... Cracket wheat... A slight touch of honey... The Belgian yeast is somewhat missing in action... Some light pepper notes... Lots of good flavor, but somewhat disjointed... Nothing seems to compliment one another... A faint Americanized hop presence on the finish... The mouthfeel is much more assertive than expected... Medium bodied, sturdy and slightly syrupy... A decent Saison, but not much more...

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper, large white head, good lacing

S: Spice, clove, earthiness, malts

T: Spice, earthiness, good amount of hop bitternrss on the back end

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: A really good beer in my opinion. I have several different beers in my fridge and I found myself chooseing this one the last couple of days. Really good earthy taste, can really tell it is a Belgian.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.42
Purchased: April 3, 2015
Consumed: April 4, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 26, 2015

Poured an orangeish, caramel mostly clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white, frothy head.
Average amount of light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled mostly cloves in the beginning, then getting lemongrass, light banana, green grapes, ginger, unknown spices, caramel and honey. (Smell - 3.75)

Was pleasantly surprised with the taste. Got peppery spices, Ginger, earthy caramel, cloves, Ginger Ale, herbal, lemongrass, metallic, honey and faint apple. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty good Saison overall. I’d have it again for sure. Has some bite as well. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip pint

Clear golden orange with a foamy off white head.

Aroma is phenolic, clove notes predominately with some lemony highlights. A decent saison.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What a looker this brew is. Deep crystal clear, a fiery pinhole rising column of fire, and all through a gigantic beaming crystal orange bronze. Total mirror like finish, capping with a simple two finger head, basic and creamy, settling to a one finger puck fairly quickly with no lacing. Near perfection and very unique appearance wise, I could stare at this all day.

Bready malts on the aroma pop up nicely at first with a bit of candy sticky sweetness. Mild sensing hop notes but also hard to pinpoint or get flavors off of on the nose. Pretty basic, but a very impressive malt angle seems to save an ordinary score for the bouquet.

Basic palate stays away from anything jarring, or exceptional. Almost crisp body but a matching mix of honey like malt sweetness, and mild white pepper muted finish. Tangy fruit quality seems to want to poke out but it's to hard to discern, or far too indistinct maybe even small to determine the flavor profile. Mild herbality finish creeps in very unexpectedly, thyme like and full of sage soft density. Tangy and almost juiced mouthfeel give this some extra oomph too.

A real simple fun drinking saison, still want to put this on a pedestal to look at, just seems to overshadow everything else about the other beers quality.

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Anchor Saison Spring Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 355 ratings