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

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82
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158 Ratings
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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
anchorbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of SoCaliC8
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer has a slight dense deep copper body with a butter cream head full of big bubbles. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The flinty wet stone aroma, geosmit, has some plastic hop notes in the finish.

T- The slight tart note leads to a slightly tin taste in the slightly toasted malt notes that finishes with a pungent hop note. There is some circus peanut esters that get over powered by some nougat characters as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has lots of odd flavors and an odd tangy flavor perhaps from the yerba but the nougat flavor that grows and lack of malt or farmhouse yeast character makes this beer a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of Jevers
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Serving temperature 45 degrees.
Appearance-deep copper red color, little head
Smell- clean and malty, not what you normally expect from a farmhouse.
Taste- clean with a good malt backbone, but no strong yeast notes
Mouthfeel - medium with sharp carbonation
Overall - good, but with cleaner malt notes than i would expect.

Btw, first time writing a review using this format. Apologies for errors.

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Photo of JVan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Ysgard
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nearly clear amber color. Two finger head that settles slowly leaving a thin blanket of lace with emphasis on each ring after every sip.

Good crystal malt aroma. A bit of alcohol and a touch of citrus rind sourness.

Far more bitter than the smell indicates. This starts almost immediately on the initial sip. There is a subtle farmhouse sourness as well. The soft malt gets a bit lost to these two flavors. The finish is biting and lasting. Good body and carbonation. Overall, this is flavorful but not overly complex.

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Photo of Paccamacca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of humulusphile
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged the last bottle in the cooler.
Apparently this was bottled end of May, so 6 months old at this point.

Slightly hazed dark orange, thin layer of loose foam on the surface, tight collar of foam around the edges. Decent clarity, a little bit of lace, retention is not the greatest, especially for a Belgian style saison.

Toasted grains, malt sweetness, fruity pear esters in the aroma.

Lightly tart, pears and light caramel, aftertaste has a building earthy bitterness. Body is medium, initial carbonation is good but it peters out a bit. It's ok, sort of complex but falls short after awhile. Worth a try but not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with a freshness code on the back label.

Very unique, the use of Yerba Santa brings elements not seen in beer yet stays subtle enough to let this still be a beer. Anchor really needs to play around with extreme brewing more often.

LOOK: Clear rusty amber hue, excellent head

SMELL: Very earthy, resin, evergreen, white peaches, brioche

TASTE: Soft herbal tone, solid malt backbone, mild resin, tobacco, faint mint, broth, mild caramel, modest hopping, warming alcohol, green plantains, peppery, semi-dry finish

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Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber maybe burnt orange colored beer with a smallish white colored head. Near clear with just a hint of chill haze.

Very aromatic beer, I can smell it from 10 feet away. Strong fruity aroma that reminds me of juicy fruit gum. Banana and ginger with some bubblegum. Little bit of coriander scent. Cherry juice and faint menthol. Very mild wild flower aromas.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of banana flower. Stout bitterness in the finish. Sweet fruity and bitter sums this up. Could be more complex but I not about to stop drinking it. One strange taste, roasted hay flavor. Banana, grass, bubblegum and wild flower flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty beer. Not quite traditional Saison flavors, more like the same beer brewed with a fruity ale yeast. Tasty stuff get a bottle.

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Photo of olafphysics
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Marshall_ofmcap
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a foamy, off white head.

Belgian-saison style yeast character in the nose and palate, floral, herbal notes.

Medium body, crisp finish. Foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A tasty, fairly standard saison. Prominent floral and herbal notes blend well with the yeast notes.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i feel like this has the wrong yeast for a saison, it just doesn't have that wildness, that funk, or even a Belgian essence. that said, its a tasty ale for what it is, and I am glad anchor is making new varieties, I have been waiting for that for awhile it seems. clear golden on the pour, honey color, the look is wrong for the style, but the head is foamy and rich and an inch tall. its got a nose of warm fermentation temperatures, and a syrupy malt element that is thick but not too sweet. the taste is way more grain forward than I expect in a saison, almost caramel English type malt rather than light French Belgium stuff. not at all yeast driven, and not even yeast interesting, but a tasty ale, if a bit boring. well carbonated and I like the medium body on this, more of a fall type. overall this didn't wow me like I wanted it to, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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