Farmer's Reserve Pluot - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 554
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 49
Gots: 106 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: obiwan on 03-18-2014

Pluots are some of our favorite fruits. Created by cross-breeding apricots and plums, there are dozens of varieties with an amazing range of color and flavor. All through the summer, Blossom Bluff Orchards picks each variety at its peak: Dapple Dandy, Honey Punch, Flavor Queen, Black Kat & Dapple Jack were all added to a sour blonde ale and aged in wine barrels to create this funky oak-aged brew.
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Photo of UncleEmu
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almanac Farmer's Reserve Pluot Wild Ale
serving type: wine glass, 12oz bottle from California Craft Beer, Fremont, CA (July 2015)

A: Hazy gold, no head

S: Brett, extremely tart, not much else present

T: TART! All the pluot shows up in the astonishingly long finish. Not super puckery, but still quite acidic and tart. Despite the tartness slapping you in the face, it's still quite balanced with a nice mix of malts. The finish is long and slow with bright fruit.

M: Ciderish. A decent amount of carbonation for a medium-bodied sour.

O: Worth getting just for the finish. (577 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the COOP a few weeks ago.. Finally getting around to enjoying it while doing some late night lawn watering.. Pours a mostly clear golden with a fizzy short-lived head.

Tart lactic and black plum skin.. no real "fruit" essence but the tannic notes that I associate with plum skin are the bigger players.. surprisingly dry and IMO could use a smidge of sweetness to help things tie together better.... Light body with big acidic bite and a burpy carbonic bubble... Tasty, but even the small bottle was too much for me tonight.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.5 (563 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with very small amount of head. What is there is cotton white. Little retention or lacing but that is to be expected with a sour I think. Smells tart and fruity, brett/apricot/berry mixture. Never had a Pluot and not a big fan of plums so I don't know if the berry I am picking up is plum but it sure smells good...maybe I should revisit plums...anyways. Taste is very tart, sharp fruits similar to the smell, very nice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the thin side...almost like a dry wine but better (obviously, it is beer). Overall it is an amazing beer. Not sure how it isn't one of the top rated fruity sours out there. Love the beer and worth the price tag for sure. (704 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A: Clear dark yellow, with a thin white cap atop. Retention is mostly low, but a substantial ring remains throughout once the majority has dissipated.
S: Apricot and plum, of course, but also peach-like qualities, and some grape skins, with a hint of oak, and a touch of apparent sourness.
T: Starts a bit plum-like, switching to apricots, and then quickly to a lightly puckering tartness, but a fairly clean, crisp sourness without much in the way of funk or barrel.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation, but feels a bit like an oily apple juice.
O: Pretty solid beer and, after chasing super sourness, then scaling back, this is the current perfect level of tartness for me. (715 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Loved the Blueberry, not so much the strawberry.
This is a very good mellow, balanced refreshing tart beer. Not overly sour. The fruit is perfect (152 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving only some traces of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with hints of plums.
T: The taste has some hints of apricots and plums but is mostly sour, and this strong amount of sourness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and extremely tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is beer is so sour and tart that you don't really get any of the fruity flavors in the taste.

Serving type: bottle (635 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Farmer's Reserve Pluot. 7% ABV.

A: Over a finger of lopsided, fluffy white head. Dissolves fairly quick, down to a slim ring. Orange-yellow in the glass; slightly deeper orange in the center. Hazy white in the dimple. Decent sheeting; no lacing.

S: A decent amount of yellow stone fruit aroma. Peach, nectarine, yellow plum, apricot. I don't notice much in the way of tartness, though.

T/MF: Off-dry flavor, with a moderate amount of tartness; the least from their sours that I've tried so far. Apricot and yellow plum dominate the fruit profile.

A better starting point sour than the Strawberry, I think.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (676 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at PreFunk. Looks unassuming, aroma hints at flavor, which then wallops the palate. Over the top sourness, still maintaining the fruity essence of the pluots. Just be ready to pucker.... (194 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz to snifter, bottled April 2015

Pours a hazy orange with gold hues, not much foam but there's a pretty frothy ring. Moderate carbonation, okay lacing

Smells of tart apricots (well, pluots anyway), a bit of sour cherry, vinegar, leather, a touch of oak, a little white wine, and a lot of Belgian funk

Taste is more or less the same. Sour fruit- apricot/pluot, some citrus and a bit of cherry. Behind that some of the oak and white wine from the barrel

Feel is moderately sour, alcohol is hidden well. Light body, fun to sip

Overall standard farmers reserve release. Good beer, got a second to throw in my cellar (620 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (~1 month old) into a teku at fridge temp.

Look: lighter than expected, a gorgeous golden orange, no head, slightly opaque.

Smell: standard Farmer's Reserve, but with a healthy layer of confectioner's sugar on top. Enticing.

Taste: again, typical of the series, but a notch above. Sharply sour up front, but the fruit comes through, and the middle and back are dominated by sweet fruit and very mild bread.

Feel: light to medium, good carb, fairly smooth, and not too dry.

Overall: this is a remarkably good beer, and hands down my favorite from Almanac. The fruity sweetness, and identifiable character of the base fruit, really make this enjoyable. (662 characters)

Photo of GSSW88
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow so amazing. I grew up eating plums and apricots my grandpa grew in the backyard so this was a trip down memory lane. Pours a nice orangish gold color with almost no head and eventually dissipates into nothing. Smells of pluots! Plum and apricots, stone fruit, cherries, lemon peel, red fruit, fruit leather. Taste is amazing! Dry, tart, lactic acid, pluots (a mix of plums and apricots) with a little oak, earthy fruit pit/stone. Nice high carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Very refreshing! Totally recommend, but over $10 for a 12.68 fl.oz bottle? Not the best value. (567 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow with a hint of orange and an inch white head, there was decent retention and very good lacing for a wild ale

Smell is full of citrus with apricots, lemon peel, orange zest, grapefruit, a mix of berries, honey, straw, and funk

Taste starts off tingly with a big apricot bite, it fades into barnyard with a bit of sweetness, plum skins linger on the tongue, sweetens up as it warms, tons of citrus with sharp tartness throughout, like all the sour fruits

Mouthfeel is great, nice body for the style, sharp biting carbonation, and nice prickliness fitting for the flavor profile

Overall this is a great sour, one of only a few I have tasted with pluots, I liked the bold feel of this beer and the big fruit profile, Almanac makes yet another great interpretation of a sour (801 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice crystal clear, light wheat body with a finger of neon white head. Nice rendition and lace is above par for the style.

S - Tingly nose. Clean malt, bright lemon juice, touch of honey, and plum skin.

T - Oh my... that's tart. Crisp, sharp, tart, underripe plums, cumquats, white bread crust, lemon juice, and a touch of salt.

M - Medium frame with smooth center. Sharp acidic edges.

O - One of the bolder sours in the Farm to Barrel series. Nice plum (although I guess it's technically pluot) character. (520 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled March 2014.

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers of fluffy white head that faded into a lasting film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Tart and clean nose with bright flavors of acid and pluots. Light blonde ale notes poke through beneath. Slight oak.
T: A sour blonde ale first with pluots second. Clean and delicious notes of pale malt and bready yeast mix well with semisweet fruit flavors of apricot and plum. The finish is full of buttery oak and mild white wine, and the aftertaste is juicy and lingering. Tartness is very clean with no acidity or harshness.
M: Medium-full body, juicy, sweet, tart, and easy mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft sand smooth.
O: One of the smoothest and easiest to drink Almanac sours I've had. (774 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy lemonstraw color capped by a fizzy head; not much retention with some decent stickage

Smell: Vague lactic plum/apricot (pluot) tones; slightly funky

Taste: Lactic stone fruit flavors, up front, bring subtle hints of plum and apricot; increasingly sour, through the mid-palate, with white wine and sour apple tones; a bit oaky in the finish with a strong mineral tone

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather puckery

Overall: I can't help but think there is just something lacking here; while there are a lot of nice flavors there is an underlying lack of complexity to match the sourness (654 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-01-10
375ml corked bottle served in a little sampler snifter. I got the top of the bottle, so I got little to no sediment. Bottled in March 2014.

Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with little or no head. Smell is yeasty from afar. Tart and lemony from near. Very slight pine hint.

Taste is tart -- lemon and sweet. Something very sweet tarty.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy comes to mind. Overall, nice beer. I like it. (423 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a cloudy bright yellow color with active carbonation and a wispy thin head.

The smell is tart, lots of funk, apricot, plums, white grape. The nose is just very bright sour fruit. The flavor is moderately tart, more fruit, apricots and plums, Beglian yeast backbone. This is really enjoyable. Very clean refreshing, not overly sour. (357 characters)

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Hazy apricot with no head at all. A really beautiful color.

Fruit doesn't come out too much on the nose, mostly four funk with just the smallest amount of fruit sweetness (very small). Primarily a sour smelling beer, as it should be.

Tart and sour taste. Very light plum/apricot (pluot, I suppose) flavors that balance out the puckering sourness of the beer. Some light funkiness. Like the nose, this beer is primarily sour and tart, with just a hint of fruit sweetness.

Medium with very little carbonation.

Overall, another excellent beer from Almanac. The sours I have had from them have all been very enjoyable and I look forward to checking out some of their others. The fruit could, honestly, shine a little more and I would be even more happy, but it is still very solid as it is. (793 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle into a Teku
2014 vintage

Thanks to KevSal for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a translucent light golden color, with less than 1 fingers width of bright white head. Head dissipates down almost immediately and leaves zero lacing. 4

S: Very tart, lots of lactic acidity, some funky burnt plastic like notes, sweet fruity aromas. Excellent. 4.5

T: A nice puckering tartness, lactic acidity, sweet fruit flavors to balance things out, lots of Pluot flavors (just kidding I have no clue what Pluots taste like as Ive never had them in my life). Great mix of sour and sweet. Delicious. 4.5

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation appropriately high,a touch syrupy, the sour tartness gives it a nice bite, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Awesome beer. I will be seeking out more from this series. 4.5 (841 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Smutty tulip.

Pours a apricot color with quick half finger head. Smell is peach, apricot, vanilla, lemon, oak. Taste is sour grapes, apples, peaches, and plenty of oak. Feel is heavily carved and crisp with a firm sourness.

Overall this is a nice fruit forward sour, but I don't know if I get plots. (336 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Medium white head.

Smell - Light yeasty tartness. Stone fruits.

Taste - Tart and lemony up front. Stone fruit builds up. Tartness builds equally. Some wine-like flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - My palate is shot, but this is pretty good. I'm not getting any complexity out of it, though. (415 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin wisps and a light halo 4

S - Aromas of the usual almanac yeast notes, faint generic citrus notes, light sweetness, not bad but rather genetic and lackluster. 3.75

T - Taste is nice and tart and sour, good citrus notes, faint pluot notes mostly just sour. Good light funk, nice acidity, still it is quite genetic run of the mill sour albeit a good one. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel is not bad, nicely carbonated, good tartness and acidity. The finish is quite sticky. 4

O - Overall this beer was, like most almanac beers for me, was incredibly underwhelming. 4

Serving Type: Bottle (703 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, slight hazy straw water chestnut color.

Nose nice lambic like sour, nice lambic like funk, tart generic fruit and a pluot like juicy fruit, tart vinous aromas, almost sour strawberry like, some acidity too.

Taste quite sour, tart generic fruit, little lambic, big sticky lactic acid sour sweet candy thing, like underwhelming sour patch kid. Very mild pluot like or berry like fruit, mild vinous notes, green blueberry flavor. Finish is sticky and flemmy, tart sour fruit lingering, bit more lactic acid.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, sticky flemmy, big acidic bite.

Overall ok but underwhelming, like a great lambic watered down, but decent. (733 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -42.2%

Pour is a hazed golden amber with a bubbly white head that sits for some time. Nose is very green right up front, a little off, hint of plastic, some grain notes, faint fruity plums but extremely light. Taste is faintly green up front, gets very sweet and a hint doughy. The plums are sugary and take over mid palate on. Body is syrupy and thick, strong carbonation and a fizzy finish. (387 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottled poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottled 03/2014.

Ap: Pours a thin cap of fizzy white head which quickly faded to a thin ring. Goregous hazy light orange body with thin lacing. Brings to mind some kind of cocktail. 4.0

Ar: Fresh pluots up front, a bit of dry musty yeast, and a light lactic sourness blending very well with notes of fruit juice (pluots, papaya, grapes) and tart wine barrels. Refreshing and tart. 4.25

T: Starts off with a huge wave of lactic sourness before with a little bit of decaying farmhouse type yeast to cut it. Some fruit tartness and a washed stone/mineral note in the middle, but it's mostly a big wave of fruity sourness before ending on cracker malt backbone and wine barrel. 4.0

Mf: Prickly, light mouthfeel with a huge pucker. Chalky finish. Sip slowly. 3.75

Overall: A light, refreshing fruit sour with a big bite. Almost brings to mind a mini gueuze with its unique mineral note and lactic bite. A fruit punch gueuze, if you will. With that said this was well worth the price and recommended. I regret not buying more than one. (1,090 characters)

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.