Farmer's Reserve Pluot - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 94 | FT: 21
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of sourdog
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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)

Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: mostly yellow with a hint of orange. Thin, almost no head. Kinda hazy.
S: vinegar. Pear.
T: chardonnay. Plum for sure. Grape and vinegar. Perfectly Oaked.
M: medium to light carbonation. Tart. Pucker and gleek.
O: tasty sour. Like it. Will buy again.

Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There we go. Wild and tart like a sigma alpha Kai sorority party, Raul is feelin' this. Whatever a Pluot is, give Raul another, because it is riper than Jessica Alba after her last airbrushing.

Thang is just fresh, flavorful, and ready to go.

Yep!

Photo of Absolut
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow with a white head. Smells of lemon and plums. Tart bite. Love, this sour.

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of spicelab
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed light yellow with a two finger soapy white head that slowly fades without leaving any lacing
S: Smell is lactic sourness, citrus, funk, and some fruity smells
T: Taste is a nice smack of sourness mixed with some pluot flavors, some lemony citrus, slight funk, and some yeastyness. Swallow is more sourness, pluot, and a hint of band aids.
M: Lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carb and a drying finish
O: Another phenomenal beer from Almanac that can go toe to toe with the best of them. Priced a little bit lower than RR but the quality is about equal.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation and a finger head that does not last very long.

S-Mild funk and sour, oak, grapes as well as a good bit of citrus.

T-The pluots are there but not in full force, a tad more fruit/citrus flavor would have improved it greatly. Grapes and some oak come through with nice more tart than sour.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, dry crisp finish.

O-Another rock solid sour from Almanac, they have better ones but the increased output is amazing.

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BWood
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent sour. Just getting into these so my judgment may not be the best.

Photo of KornWallace
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 5/13/14
Location: Received in Trade from California
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Hazy orange to golden in color with solid carbonation. A half pinky head is all that appears from a typical pour. White to off white colored head gives way to reveal a small viscous ring at the beers edges.
Aroma: There is a wild array of aromas in the glass. Starting with the wine barrel there are lovely scents of the pluots, grape peel, a medium white wine, and a little oak. The brett scent comes after the fruit and gives it that mouthwatering funk.
Taste: In reverse of the aroma the first flavor to hit me is that wild yeast tart and wonderful. The fruit follows with nice flavors of pluot and grape. For me, I’m getting a nice part of the peach aspect of the pluot.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. The beer has that puckering sensation from the brett. The fruit gives the beer almost a nice chew to it when trying to discern all the fruit flavors.

Notes: Received in Trade.

Photo of nmann08
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Mar 2014. Thanks, Chris!

As with the typical Almanac sour blonde, this pours a mostly clear yellow orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring. The nose has a lactic sourness with a white wine vinegar hint, wet hay, pluots, skin and all, honey And a mild floral note. The palate opens with a moderate sourness, wet wood, damp hay, fruit- pluots and whit grapes - and a little vanilla. Honey and a little citrus appear on the mid palate. The pluot character is more dominated by a semiripe apricot flavor. Drying on the finish, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Nice stuff.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the salt of the earth, no other ale conveys the presence of earthiness like the most raw and rustic spontaneous varieties. While steering the taste and the terrior toward specific tastes, Almanac Beer Company has "almost" complete control of that taste and what's responsible for them. ..."almost" in the most wonderful way possible.

Its piquant aromas are complex with tart wine, earthen hay and something akin to cider vinegar. And while the ale's more pungent scents of sea air, saddle leather and wood must shy away in taste, the early palate is alive with salted lime, orchard fruit, tangy chardonnay, apple cider and under-ripened berries. Though fruity, the pluot individuality is understated and washed out by the ale's tart overall character.

Joining the tandem, more earthy flavors link upon the middle palate as dry oak, sandalwood spice, pepper, and sharp sourness all seep into the taste buds. its mouthwatering taste pierces the jowls with a combination of apricot and plum along with vinegar and wood spice.

And those earthen wafts of horse blanket and cellar-type must return with echoes in aftertaste even as the ale finishes with dry and thirst quenching acidity. Its light and effervescent body projects a fast drinking ale, but its sourness makes it much more of a sipper.

Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, oaky, tart. A nice blend of contradictory, but complementary, aromas.

Taste is puckerlingly sour with an underlying fruity, berry sweetness. Nice dry oak presence.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, refreshing.

Overall a really nice, drinkable sour.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed dirty blonde color with a one finger bone white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Fairly sweet on the nose. Underripe plum, peaches and cream, juicy red apple, ripe raspberries and some mixed berry puree. All with just a hint of a lactic edge to it. Very inviting.

T: Gives you a nice lactic drawl across the palate right away, rich with underripe raspberry and plum. Middle shows just a hint of malt breadiness before dropping into a finish of underripe white peach, plum skin and meyer lemon. Cuts off a bit short on the finish and isn't as intensely sour as some of the other Almanac sours, but this is absolutely worth trying. Very tasty.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice wild. My third Almanac and likely my least favorite but still delicious.

Hazy straw color. No lacing after two finger head recedes.

Aroma is tart and funky. Slight apricot.

Taste is sweet apricots followed by a funky tartness.

Medium mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.

.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.