Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross FarmhouseAnchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Fatehunter on 06-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
25.83%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 157
Photo of bobhits
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice white capped head with an amber body, very clear, almost too clear to be honest.

Farmhouse funk comes through with hops and some very clean malt aromas.

The clean malt really balances out and keeps this one from being overly "farmy" yet there's plenty of hop and malt.

Very drinkable.

This is a good but nothing to write home about beer. Anchor has a nice C kinda example of the style which is as good or better than most.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Ah, Fort Ross: where the colonizing forces of Russia, Spain, and the US met in California. Boom. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, red apple skin, light toffee, mild funky wheat, and a vague melange of spices (mostly clove and black pepper). The taste brings in more of the same, along with more red apple, some straw, some grass, and a hint of what may or may not be Brett. Just sayin'. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I can thoroughly say is all that great. It's just too odd a combination for my tongue to handle.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A head somewhere just over one finger tall settles to a constantly remaining half finger that's dense and craggy, off-white in color. Lacing is displayed moderately in mostly thick and heavy spotting, evolving in some places to patching.
The yeast conveys more banana and clove than funk, making it seem more like a Belgian Pale or something like it than a Saison. There's a bit of earth and a ghostly hint of dustiness in the aroma. Things get more interesting and complex in the flavor, where an herbal hops bitterness becomes stronger. Interestingly, there are notes of banana, clove and bubble gum flavors without much of the sweetness typically accompanying them.
The feel is bright and crisp in a light to medium body. Carbonation is steady and the crispness keeps it lively when the body slides off just a touch.

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: lemon zest, some breadiness, and a hint of orange come through to the nose.

Taste: fruity profile with a nice grainy breadiness, lemon zest, some yeast flavors, barely a hint of farmhouse funk, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: this was a mild but easy to drink saison styled beer. Flavors are a bit muted but well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of ARaces23
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Gorgeous color; the look of great scotch. Aroma is off. Super ester-y. The mouthfeel is almost cask-ish, and the the overall favor is caramel, floral, and, unfortunately, banana. Lingering esters are overwhelming, in general a wholly unbalanced brew. Wouldn't purchase again

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a sampler flight at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.

Real nice bronze body color on this brew, with slow rising carbonation. Tan light head is always present while drinking and consuming, never goes away.

Big smell of earth and mud on first whiff, but some real nice plum like fruit and softness to match. Light toasty bread crust all over as well. Real interesting quite different.

Real nice flavors and diversity on the palate. Good mix of crusty bread, some light funky character with tart fruity and punchy yeast. Lots of brown toast crispness on the finish, some good warming banana not unlike a marzen or something. Very dense mouthfeel but not over the top complimenting with a unique crispness and lightness.

Overall this is a real neat brew, with the classic Anchor profile and some neat estery fruity combinations. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Snebbu
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into glass from beast of 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Clear, copper color. Some complain the yeasties aren't floating around and isn't hazy enough. No bother for me regardless. They just filtered it out or used some fancy mossy stuff. Good head - about a finger tip's worth. Lacing is medium.

Smell: Loved the smell. For a "farmhouse ale," this is the most farm I got - refresshing smell that starts off with sweet bananas, and then turns into a mix of lemons and herbs. Almost a grassy scent that you smell in the fresh air, maybe smelling the grains on a farm.

Taste:As you first taste the beer, the grains hit you with a bit of a "bready" kind of taste followed by a sweeter wheat flavoring. This doesn't last long as a spice-like flavor comes through along with a little bit of pear and again more wheat (sweet malt flavor). The brew finishes clean and crisp and does not linger. I could taste less herbs than I could the spice flavors of the saison yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, doesn't linger. Not really dry, but not buttery or creamy either.

Overall: The Zymaster No. 4 Farmhouse Ale is a good summer beer to enjoy out on your deck/porch/balcony/the grass with good company. Even though the ale weighs in at 7.2% ABV, the flavor is light and finishes with a taste that leaves you wanting to take another sip. And another...and another. I had no problem finishing the large bottle without any friends with me. This is a definite recommendation for your hot and muggy weekend.

Read full reviews and other crazy food posts at endlesssimmer.com!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Nice color, golden apple juice. Off-white head has ok retention and lace. Not bad, but personally I like a little more head and a little more haze in my farmhouse ales.

S - Relatively sweet. Lemon, pear, cracked wheat. Touch of passion fruit and grape skin.

T - Waxy bitters, lemon pith, mandarin, wheat.

M - Light frame. Low carbonation for the style.

O - Not a bad beer, but not a great saison.

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Photo of impending
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

B+

Petaluma Taps. Served in a glass shaped like a can, dull amber yellow, minor white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is of the yeast and the added yerba santa which while apparent stays just a note.

The flavor is traditional low funk style saison, low bitter. Not particularly dry nor sweet. The aftertaste fades rapidly. Fine served extra chilled perhaps to its betterment. The herbal addition is not a dominate aspect, there yes, but bitter or dry would have sat in better. crisp & clean
thin bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this one up a few hours ago at a SoCal bottle shop for $5.99. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, but I lost a bit of excitement when I saw its current ratings, which aren't great. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle (with a great overall shape and style) with a branded pry-off pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 7.2% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of light khaki colour. Soft smooth complexion. Nice thickness. Slight creaminess. No real lacing. Apt if aggressive frothiness for the style.

Body colour is a clear copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Above average vibrance.

This is a farmhouse ale? Why the hell is it clear and obviously filtered? Why is there no yeast presence whatsoever? It's egregiously wrong for the purported style, but outside of style conventions it's of above average appeal. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt for now - especially considering the influential historical brewery behind it.

Sm: Banana and clove, probably from yeast. None of the pepper or subtle milky notes you'd expect from a great example of the style, but I'm starting to view this as a farmhouse-inspired generic ale. Good malty foundation with some biscuit and caramel malts. It's definitely fresh and appealing, with a pleasant graininess. Munich malts are prominent. It really is quite evocative, and the malty build is wonderful when paired with the subtle yet vague spicing. Hop character is minimal in strength and floral in nature. No alcohol is detectable. Any funkiness is very contained; it's very far from brettanomyces-forward. Quite clean - especially for the purported style. A bit bready. Looking forward to trying it. A pretty strong, fresh aroma.

T: Grainy and bready malts give it a wonderful core and foundation, with munich malts, caramalts, and some biscuit malt cooperating to support the subtler character present here. I get minimal floral hop character, subtle spicing, banana and clove from the yeast, and some really restrained lemongrass - which is most prominent on the climax and through the finish, lending a very subtle buried twang that ends the beer nicely. If we're treating it as a farmhouse ale, it's disappointingly simple - but I don't think that's apt; it's a shockingly well balanced beer with a lot of good things going for it. And fuck it is pleasant to drink. Light subtlety for what it's supposed to be. No alcohol comes through whatsoever. Not really funky; don't get any evocative brettanomyces.

While it does leave lots of room for added complexity and subtlety, the impressive balance and flavorful build alone are enough to make me really enjoy it. Flavour duration is well above average.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to help coax out the flavours. A bit overcarbonated. Also overly thick for the lack of flavour diversity and depth. Overall, it has a good presence on the palate - even if it does come off unnecessarily heavy. Fairly soft. Complements the flaovur profile well, and feels natural. Filling.

Dr: Throw the farmhouse ale expectations out and enjoy this one for what it is - a farmhouse-inspired American ale with a balanced flavour and drinkable approachable build. The price point is currently a bit high for the quality, but it's an enjoyable brew across the board. I wouldn't get it again or go out of my way to recommend it to friends, but it's a pleasant little beverage. Hides its ABV well. Another solid brew from Anchor. I'd like to see them continue to brew this.

High B-

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice enough in the tall Saxo tulip. A fine white cap of foam and lots of champagne bubbles with a brownish amber color. A very strange aroma. I first think of yesterday's damp bathing suit. Light body with plenty of spritziness.

What is that odd and distracting flavor? I'm thinking cedar chest, furniture polish, mahogany plywood. Something faintly like blackberry. Quite dry from start to finish. Little if any maltiness. It's all a thin faintly grainy flavor with a hint of citrus. Long bitter aftertaste, with a green tea flavor. Drinkable, but austere, and I wouldn't drink it again because of that weird perfumey woodiness.

I, too, hope they keep experimenting, but I don't see Anchor as coming up with any winners for the 21st Century yet. From the 22 oz bottle bought for six bucks at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange/amber with about 1/2 inch of head, moderate lacing.

Rustic grains, pale malts, slight citrus and a small hint of funk, not much though.

Pale malts and a bit of spice start this off. The middle has a nice lemon taste, a bit of bandaid near the end. Citrus on the finish.

Not a bad starting saison/farmhouse ale, obviously not a favorite though. I hope Anchor keeps experimenting, I'd like to try more from this series.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/14/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and yeast 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 some fairly bitter hop and yeast flavors for the style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured one finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma was rich with smoke and apple, like burning applewood.
The taste was spicy with some mild bitterness and dry hay. Subtle and good.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable drink.

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