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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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 355
Photo of mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of funky yeast, wheat malt, herbal hops, citrus fruit and spices. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Delicious brew.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Bright golden with a large, 2-fingers tall head that is foamy & recedes to about half its initial size. The beer is clear and the head stays quite well after its initial reduction.

Citrus & lemon with some orange too. Some yeast & cloves coming through with some spice, possibly the ginger mentioned by the brewery & a touch of bitterness towards the end.

Citrus & lemongrass with some spice featuring. Ginger and a bit of tart too with some of the yeast, sourness & subtle hops and a bit of orange rounding things off.

Smooth for the most part with a lot of sourness coming through alongside medium carbonation that was slightly lighter than I'd been expecting from this one.

I'm not the biggest fan of the saison style of beer and this beer simply reinforced that fact for me. It wasn't a bad beer at all but it's just not one of my favourite styles and as such it's not one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Duvel Snifter/goblet

A - Pours a Dark amber/orange with thin head which dissipates to a small cap. Good carbonation and leaves dotty lacing

S - Bananas, Slight hint of Lemon, cloves. Great smelling!

T - starts with a banana/clove hit which is delicious, finishing off with citrus and definitely lemon. Love it.

M - carbonated enough to bring the flavour through and very smooth

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Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
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 mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brassy amber color in the little Brugs chalice. Adequate but not outstanding foam. Plenty of spritz on the tongue with a few streaming bubbles in the glass. Verty spicy nose.

This one is really spicy. After feeling my mouth heat up, I read on the label it's brewed with lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger. And plenty of it, apparently. This has a really hot mouthfeel, so much so that you'd say it was a chile beer. On the positive side, it's quite aromatic. Very strong tasting. Apparently they didn't try the Strawberry Blonde Saison from Pyramid, a good example of how to make a light but flavored Saison.

You have to like a really spicy beer to go for this. I'd call it an Herbed/Spiced Beer rather than compete with the much better Saisons that are everywhere in the world. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of pants678
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear, too red, head sinks and disappears. Yeast appears to have been filtered out. Not a good start.

Weak esters but bright, citric nose.

Earth, spice and fruit mix for a tart, semi-sour that matches genre. Honey-esque sweetness, though faint, and mild soap on the back end, though. I'd prefer this to Steam.

Nice brew but carbonation's a tad light.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque orange with a white head.

N: Nose has a nice mix of orange, citrus peel, fruity belgian yeast esters, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very pleasant.

T: Nice lemon, orange, even a touch of tangerine. There is a light, pleasant tartness than runs throughout, from the fruity, citric opening, to the spicier finish, with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Also some malt, especially toward the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and pretty smooth.

O: Pretty good, not the most flavorful beer, but what's there is tasty and it's very refreshing on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is quite fruit forward with banana and apricot dominant.
The taste starts with a mild apricot sweet note and then has a mild pine and grapefruit bitterness. Descent balance.
The texture is crisp, a bit too fizzy though.
It's enjoyable enough.

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Photo of shleepy
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not particularly saison-like.

More like a less hoppy, more malty, lightly spiced pale ale. How is that different from a saison? Well, I suppose it's the lack of elegance, and overly high maltiness.

Color is nice - golden, clear. Otherwise, just not very interesting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Mikey_DLC
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

The color is a beautiful burnt orange with a white, soapy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is okay. I'm getting a lot of citrus and sweet fruit. Also a touch of alcohol. The taste leaves me with wanting more. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not very dry, which would have made this beer more pleasant. You get a touch of the alcohol in the back end, even when the beer is fairly cold. Taste is mostly of citrus. This beer is just okay

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

Appearance: Amber orange with a quickly disappearing head and noticeable carbonation. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Rainwater and lemon. Dank, almost as if someone made a pitcher of lemonade out of a watering trough.

Taste: Lemon, lemongrass, ginger, clove and banana.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium bodied. The lemony flavor sticks around, coating your mouth and tongue with it’s aftertaste.

The Verdict: Different. Anchor continues to underwhelm me with their brews. This one isn’t horrible, but it does nothing to endear me to the brand. Worth trying once, and that’s about it.

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

This pours a clear amber tan in the glass with light foaming.

There’s a pleasant aroma to this, with a lemony note and a touch of wet hay/funk that gives it some depth. I found a pleasant breadiness to the flavor, and a drying, nutty finish that balanced lemony-hay notes. Wasn’t sure what to expect as Anchor has been expanding their offerings at a steady clip these days but I found this one enjoyable and remarkably light for the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Bottle Craft Little Italy SD for $1.85. Pours a pretty golden color with lively carbonation smell is subdued. I pick up some ginger and Belgian yeast. Flavor reminds me of a poor mans Lost Abbey Red Barn. The lemon peel and ginger work well with the peppery yeast. There's something off about it though. It has an herbal flavor that is off putting. Not a bad beer at all but nothing I would seek out again.

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

I've been both waiting for and dreading this moment: Anchor's foray into the Belgian realm. I love their beers when they work within their comfort zone, but a few of the outliers—their bock comes to mind—have been disappointing. Let's see…

A: The beer is a deep gold, bordering on orange, which puts it outside of the pale, chalky yellow of many of the classics. The carbonation, as always, is fine, almost champagne-like. The head, though, isn't quite right. It makes a mild effort, but disappears quickly without any of the sticky, rocky, creamy residue one might expect in a saison. No lacing.

S: It's sweet, but the lemon adjuncts soon make their presence known in a big way. There's a bit of the classic rainwater barnyard funk you might expect, a bit of iced lemon cookie a-la Westmalle Tripel, but overall it's just not that dip-it-with-a-spoon cocktail you get from a Fantome or Dupont.

T: It's pretty good, actually. Again, it's a bit sweeter and heavier than a typical saison, more of a BSPA or tripel profile up front. As you might expect, the lemon and citrus sour comes through hard with the lemongrass and lemon peel combo. The ginger at the end actually works really well; you don't notice it, but it adds a nice sweet and spicy finish. It seems to compensate for the yeast flavors, which are quite muted. I wonder if the yeast didn't quite cut it and Anchor added the flavor points it was supposed to provide.

M: OK. It's fairly heavy, and a bit syrupy. On the other hand, at 7.2 abv it is a bit heavy, so this might have been a necessary evil. Still, a bit more of a BSPA feel.

O: It's not great, but it certainly doesn't suck, which is encouraging. They're heading in the right direction with this, the ginger is a great touch, and with a few tweaks I think this could be a very good saison.

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Photo of Phillustrate
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up in a tulip glass, poured from a 6 pack bottle.

Appearance - Very amber colored, not much head, quickly dissipated and left no lacing. Not what I expected of a "saison"

Smell - wet wood, spices, I'm getting nutmeg, even some pumpkin, something funky like soaked, rotting leaves or motor oil mixed with stagnant rainwater - slightly unpleasant

Taste - matches the smell, pumpkin, nutmeg, the slightest bit of lemon/citrus, but it's overtaken by autumn flavors.

Mouthfeel - a bit heavy/medium bodied, oily.

Overall - Very non-saison-like. Disappointing actually since I am a fan of saisons, the lemons and bright illustrations on the label were rather misleading. I wanted lemon, grassy notes, a crisp clean spring beer that poured more yellow and hazy. What I got would pair well with autumn, something to drink while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Not a bad beer, but the "saison" on the label threw me, it was very unexpected. Do not buy this if you're in the mood for a traditional saison, maybe buy them up and save them for October. Not a bad Fall ale.

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