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: 555
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 50
Gots: 107 | FT: 23
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, acidic, wood, wine, and plum aromas. Taste is much the same with sour plum, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice sour fruit presence that is slightly better in the taste. (569 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,300 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 RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (554 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
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)

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 DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (623 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 popery
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,019 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 BMMillsy
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Doug. Thanks buddy! Pours hazy light tangerine color with a one finger fizzy white head that disappears shortly after pouring. Beautiful sour aroma, huge lacto bite, vinegar, and lots of sweet fruits: plums, apricots, even some berry notes. Beautiful. Flavor is an amazing blend of very sour plums and apricots as expected, lots of lacto and big puckering sour, yet the fruits are sweet and juicy as hell. Some warming vinous notes from the wine barrel that accent the fruits. Lots of prickly carbonation and light to medium bodied. Maybe my new favorite from Almanac. Fantastic. One of the best sours I have ever had. The only thing holding this back from being perfect is a slightly strange wheaty finish, but it is extremely subtle. (756 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (845 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 sourdog
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)

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased during a business trip to SF and take home to NC to sample with my wife.

Golden and hazy with no head. Nice fruit aromas and flavors. A mild tartness that asserts itself without overwhelming. A release of tiny bubbles as it hits your tongue.

A nice overall balance of fruit and tart. Tasty. (302 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)

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