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Farmer's Reserve Pluot - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot

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BA SCORE
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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 580
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 2.65%
Wants: 50
Gots: 115 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 580
Reviews by spicelab:
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle thanks to Joe.

Turbid piss-apricot with a smallish white head that requires a bit of intent to reach a finger. Recedes fairly quickly to a slight ring. Slowish bead.

Nose has a lovely earthy funk, deeply tannic and oaky, which melds very well to the sweet/sour aspect of the Pluots and firm, base wild notes of tangy lemon and grapefruit. Thoroughly gorgeous nose.

Tartness ramps up in the taste, making it lovely and clean but shading the Pluot sweetness and vinous funk somewhat. Big grapefruit and lemon/lime is the main game.

Potent acidity and minerally carbonation gives it serious palate heft. Tartness lingers and builds until it's somewhat saliva stripping.

This is one intelligent and majestic barrel-aged AWA. Definitely the best I've had in the series. (782 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.16.14

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a smaller white head that fades slowly to the edges.

S - Tart stone fruit and oaky.

T - Very fruity, a nice hit of tartness, oaky, peachy-plum

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Good fruit flavors with a nice tartness. (297 characters)

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, grassy. Head disappears completely after about 20 seconds.

S: Pluots, apricots, apples.

T: Stone fruit, but it's subdued. The sourness is a tinge overpowering.

F: Medium bodied. Nice sour tang.

O: Very enjoyable and solid sour, which I've come to expect from Alamanc. But it lacks the complexity of their other outstanding sours such as VotHD. I'm planning to age a few bottles and try periodically to see if time tempers the sourness which should allow the pluot fruit to shine.

(bottled March 2013) (516 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Apricot

S: That familiar Almanac scent; some vinegar, some lemon, a bit of saison funk.

T: Very fruit forward but dry. The pluot really shines through. Its not particularly sour, closer to a berlinerweisse, but still quite dry and flavorful.

M: Crisp, dry.

O: This grew on me after a couple sips. While I prefer some of their more sour offerings, this is yet another excellent brew from Almanac. (402 characters)

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.