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

Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross FarmhouseAnchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse
BA SCORE
32.3%
Liked This Beer
3.5 w/ 158 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
158
Liked:
51
Avg:
3.5/5
pDev:
12.86%
Alströms:
3.72
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of jlisuk
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottling date: May 17 2013.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dingy copper-hued body with a smallish, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Blended fruit notes, fragrant spices, and sweet-scented elements atop a bit of light toast, a bit of cookie.

Taste: Bready pale malts, restrained wheat maltiness. Rock candy sweetness. Teensy taste of marmalade, a nibble of apple. Touch of banana. Variety of peppery spices (star anise, clove), light bitterness. Rolls back and forth between the sweetness and spiciness while sustaining the fruitiness throughout. Crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is ultimately just okay.

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Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a burnt amber with a huge fluffy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film that left clinging lace down the glass.
S: Peppery spice and fruity yeast on the nose with hints of peach, nectarine, and mandarin orange.
T: Slight banana, very fruit forward, slight dough, peppery spice, herbal hop, floral finish, apricot, apple juice, slight orange. Finish is sweet, floral, and fruity with hints of apple juice, and the aftertaste has a decent bitterness to it.
M: medium-full body, greasy, slightly syrupy mouth, super fluffy and soft carbonation.
O: A bit thick but a solid fruit-forward saison. Sweet but very drinkable. Great spice profile.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick, fluffy, white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet caramel and hoppy aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet caramel flavor with a mild hoppy background that finishes on the sweet side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a solid beer – it actually improved as it warmed up a little.

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Photo of jme015
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Pears & appleskins, plus apricot & a touch of dirt

T: Follows the nose, much grassiness & leafy hops up front. Very dry with green appleskins as this warms, a bit of white pepper as this warms. Finishes fruity, dry & with grass & hay notes, candi sugar notes as well, too dry for my liking

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Hides the ABV well, but can't get to worked up over this. On style, but way better Saisons being made right here in Oklahoma & Missouri

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Photo of buffcityx
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of gbrill
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kjrod20
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of swierczt
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of EdelweissDad
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of dv8sean
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden-orange glow. A little darker (crystal malt?) than many saison-slash-farmhouse styles out there, but that's ok with me.

Aroma is a beguiling mix of barnyard funk with fresh hop aroma. I dig it.

Flavor, like the color, has a bit more malt influence than typical for the style, but the yeasty influence and ample hop bitterness keep the balance playful.

Mouthfeel is exemplary. Maybe it's San Francisco's priceless water source, but Anchor's beers seem to consistently have the best textures. This is the best aspect of this particular beer.

Judged on its own merits and without strict consideration as a "Farmhouse Ale", this beer is great. Those expecting a more pale-yellow, less aggressively hopped beer may be a bit weirded out. However, those looking to take some Old World substance with a healthy dose of Left Coast style should be stoked.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled, chez White

A: perfect creamy head; clear copper; good carbonation; nice lacing
S: sweet yeast, bubblegum
T: delicious; very yeasty; sweet, not hoppy; it's remarkable that it can be such a clear glass despite the amount of yeast going on; complex

I really like this beer; outstanding, exciting, and remarkable

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Deep golden amber with a nice fluffy, near white head.

Smells medicinal and like a sweet floral candle. Not in a way that makes me want to drink it.

Oh no. Like a mouthful of sage. I really don't like this. About the most flowery saison I can remember.

A little syrupy for the style, the flowery taste stays with you for a while.

I haven't had any of the previous 3 in their Zymaster series and this makes me a little hesitant to try the future ones.

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Photo of Kaveman
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 32.3% out of 100 with 158 ratings
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