Farmer's Reserve Pluot - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 95 | 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 cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

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 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 kevanb
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into an Almanac stemmed glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden color, cloudy and fizzy with a light and bubbly white head, about a finger or so high that has poor retention and leaves no lace. The aroma is okay, fruity but minerally, definitely get the pluot, tart and tangy, it's ripe and has some nice citrusy notes but there is a bit of a sulfuric presence that is mildly off putting. The flavors are nice, very mineral heavy at the front, light funkiness and acidity before the fruit character, nice and fleshy, very apricot forward moreso than plummy, but there is some darkness to the fruit at the back where some citrus sourness and light pale grain comes over. The mouthfeel is good, very lively and carbonated that coats the mouth well, nice body to the beer that finishes with some nice sharpness and tangy pucker.

Verdict: A nice fruited sour beer from Almanac. The fruit is certainly showcased well and brings out some nice depth of fruit flavors across a nice spectrum but the sulfuric quality in the nose and heavy mineral flavors aren't my favorite.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like this one less than the other almanac beers ive had. maybe its the pluot. the only other pluot beer ive seen is that disaster from new belgium, and while this is a whole lot better, its still got that weird plumy sweetness thats not super compatible with the wild ale yeast in this blonde and relatively flat looking brew, i wish it looked a bit more alive. fruity nose, not unlike some of the oddity apple or pear beers out there, but with a residual sugar level thats noticeable but not brutal for what it is. the brett isnt super robust in the flavor, but it contributes a balance, and a farmy moist morning dew vibe to the beer, which is needed and distinct. im not sure the fruit adds much to an already outstanding base beer, it may even detract for me. a little more time in the bottle may dry this out a little better, and more carbonation would certainly help. its different and delicious, but its absolutely not as tasty as the other almanac beers ive found. not all experiments are successful, and i appreciate the effort without disliking the beer overall.

Photo of vitALEity
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy, blond with a lot of carbonated fizz. After a few seconds the minimal head disappears completely.

S: A lot of oak/vannila aroma here. Some berries and a hint of peaches if anything "stone fruit". I don't really get much pluot and I've been eating Blossom Bluff orchards pluots for years (in fact I used to run booths at the Marin county farmers market just a few tents down from them!).

T: Some oak, vanilla, sour lemons, rice vinegar, sweet berries, funk.

M: Light, highly carbonated.

O: More farmhouse/funk than most Almanac offerings but a lot less of the stone fruit flavor I was hoping for. The oak comes through very nice though. Its like a sour Curioux.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a hazy peach with a quick to disapate inch and a half of head. No lace.

Smell starts with tart fruit, wood and a sweet country white bread in the back.

The sour overpowers the fruit by a little bit. This is a very fresh bottle so age will probably help. The fruit is there though, barrel around the finish. Goes down smooth, with a nice lingering tart yeast and fruit aftertaste.

Will pick up one to age pretty soon. Should do very well.

Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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....

Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks the same as the Sourdough wild ale, which I had three nights ago. Nose is mild, bready at first. Then it becomes straight woody funk. No strong pluot scent there either. And not really so much on the flavor either, it seems. Barely an accent. Seems like a wild ale with lactic tones and just an overall funky character. Mild pluots on the backend.

I liked the sourdough ale better. Much better. The carbonation on this one is extreme. The pluots give no firm distinction. It's kind of just, there. No real shining traits. Nice enough though.

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow gold color. Fairly hazy liquid. Medium-sized white head. Fades fairly quickly, leaving few bubbles behind. The aroma is big on pluots, berries and wine. There's some oak character, but the fruity sourness is in charge. Some lemon peel. The blend of pluot, wine barrel and sourness turned out nicely. There's some cheesy funk, maybe a little diacetyl. The flavor is tart. Tart berries, fairly juicy pluots, tart vinous note. More oak flavor, drying and a bit tannic. Some malt flavor, which is a touch odd. The cheesy funk comes out more in the finish and seems pretty buttery to me. Whatever the flavor is, I'm not a fan, and in varying degrees, it seems to pop up in most of Almanac's sours. It gives the beer a messy feeling - whether it could clean up with time, I really don't know. A little more body to the beer than expected. Still pretty light but there's some lingering malt sugar in there. Pretty good sour. In the upper half of Almanac's work in my opinion but not at the top of the list.

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 doubleipa444
4/5  rDev -4.8%

sweet upfront, acidity, carbonated, tart. probably better later on. will age the rest.

Photo of CowsandBeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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 rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Dope
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2014 bottling.

A: Cloudy golden pour with a good sized by very fizzy white head. Soda-like head really. Loudy and quickly fizzes out. Tiniest bit of lacing and zero head retention.

S: Smells like plums, a lot like plums. Then apricots after I read the label (of course). Tart, almost nose-curlingly so.

T: Oh yeah. Massively sour. Apricot mainly. Get some sour apple in the middle too. A little bit of wine barrel in the finish but the sour apricots really shine here. Lightly dry and very crisp finish with lots of lingering apricots.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and sour.

O: Man, I'm really starting to enjoy Almanac sours. Very sour but with a level of refreshing crispness that you don't find in too many other beers. Not super funky or barnyardy either. Just a straight up fruity sour with great balance and drinkability. Well done.

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.

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
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