Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Anchor Saison Spring Ale
After getting a taste with Anchor's Brewmaster a few weeks back, I decided to check out Anchor Saison Spring Ale today. The story on the neck label offers some history as well as sets your expectations for this "traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist." The California twist is the lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger the beer was brewed with. 7.2% alcohol.
Wheaty, grainy aroma with soft fruit, spicy ginger and a touch of lemon. Wheaty twang with a definite Belgian yeasty component. Lots of bold spices with ginger standing WAY out. Peppery with some lemon nuances as well. Alcohol shows at the finish, bringing out the ginger even more.
Not bad all around, but while I love ginger in general, there are limits. In this case, I wished there were no ginger by the time the bottle was gone. I bet this would make kick-ass cooking material! As for the beer, was OK, but GIVE ME LIBERTY (Ale) instead!