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Farmer's Reserve Pluot - Almanac Beer Co.

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 39
Gots: 70 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: obiwan on 03-18-2014)
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Photo of DovaliHops
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First bottling...2014. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a small-medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is slightly funky with a good amount of Belgian yeast aromas. Some stone fruit...peaches, plums, apricots, and even some strawberry aromas. Doesn't imply that this one is going to be very sour. However, there is a lot of oak and some white wine aromas. As the beer warms, the pluots really shine. Taste is more sour than it smell, yet still not as sour as a lot of the other Farm to Barrel beers. Sour and slightly acidic stone fruit up front with a good amount of oak. Hints of lemon and just the perfect amount of acidity. The flavor is pretty light and highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is dry and lip smacking to a certain extent. Overall, this beer is one of those "perfect for a hot summer day" beers. Well balanced and highly drinkable sour beer here.

DovaliHops, May 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BEERchitect, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ralphw56, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ShanePB, May 04, 2014
Photo of vitALEity
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

vitALEity, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.