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Farmer's Reserve Blackberry - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 499
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 29.17%
Wants: 77
Gots: 88 | FT: 16
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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: largadeer on 04-20-2014

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bottle shared by the one and only Joepeter. On to the beer:

A surprisingly pale looking beer with a tint of orange, but with a pleasantly puckering tartness and addition of blackberries without ripping apart your palate.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually a bit let down with how subtle the adjuncts are in Almanac beers and the color on this one doesn't imply that it's heavy on the blackberrys either. However, this one actually had a nice blackberry smell and flavor. One of my favorites from Almanac who always produce nice beer even if they don't have much of a wow factor.

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Photo of PDXSOUR
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Mediocre in my opinion. Looks good, smeels good but meh. Wasn't impressed at all. The pluot, blueberry and cherry all taste the same to me. I cant tell any difference between them.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Funky, but blackberry aroma is much lighter than I expected, followed by faint bread-iness from the wheat

A: Orange-ish color with good clarity that has low head retention with some lacing

T: Initial blackberry flavors immediately dominate, followed by vinous wine barrel finish

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation

O: Tasty. Excellent call to use wine barrels as a means to compliment the blackberry flavor.

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Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach colour with a little haze a thin white head. Sour, funk and wood on the nose with some sour lemon and light fruit and berries. Sour taste with some nice wood and funk and blackberry that comes through in the finish. Nice but along the same lines as most almanac sours.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy golden tan with thin foam. The aroma is a funky wet stray hay sour tart with a muted fruitiness to it. I can't pick out the blackberry per se, but I get the bitter kick from it. A funky sour, good to start with.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange with hints of pink; the head fizzes away quickly though it leaves some dots while it lasts

Smell: Lactic fruit sour tones; perhaps a smear of blackberry jam on wheat toast if you let your power of suggestion get the best of you; funky tones, too

Taste: The lactic sour fruit tones arrive first, with the fruit evolving into blackberry in the mid-palate; acetic, funky, vinous elements develop, after the swallow; toasted wheat bread is underneath, though very subtle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Not a top flight sour but does the trick; I especially enjoy the blackberry tones

Thanks, CaliSooner, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of tart and sour notes with hint of blackberry is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with hints of blackberries. Some vinous notes are also noticeable but I would not say that oak plays a major role. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled April 2014.

A: pours a glowing apricot color with two fingers of very active and fizzy white head. The head quickly faded away into a very thin collar leaving no lace.
S: nice bright funk mixed with subtle vinous wine barrel and oak, with semisweet and lightly tart scents of stone fruits and berries. The blackberry is light but noticeable.
T: nice golden sour notes complemented by sweet hints of blackberry and subtle red wine. Greasy oak and hints of straw and tart red berries. The finish full of gritty and clinging tannins, and the aftertaste has a bright and clean lingering tartness to it. Slight notes of lemon, cranberry and grapefruit.
M: tart and drying mouthfeel full of gritty oak and wine tannins. Medium-full body with a nice greasy chew from the oak before the drying finish. Carbonation is sparkling and tingly.
O: flavors worked very well together. Using wine to complement the blackberry was a good call.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Fruity, but I wouldn't call it blackberry. A little bit of yogurt. Some oak and wine.

Taste - More dynamic. A bit sweeter here, too. Stone fruit sourness. More wine barrel. Less oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Sour and fruity. If that's your thing, it's good. It's just not really exciting beyond being sour and fruity.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer offers a tart quality upfront towards sour apple and lemon juice. A slightly single noted tart quality. The blackberry is a bit faint as it comes up after the sourness. Not much sweetness to speak of. Very similar to the other fruited sours that Almanac is offering.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Pour is clear golden amber with a white head. Nose is doughy and green, astringent brett, faint acetic. Taste is similar, green, doughy malt, a little bit of blackberry, moderate sourness, faint rubber in back. Syrupy messy body, assertive carb.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Poured into a Side Project stemmed glass 9/19/2014.

A- Cloudy, medium-dark orange body with minimal white head that dissipates into nothing quite quickly. Zero retention time, pretty much. No collar or lacing. [3.25]

S- Lot of yogurty lactate and acetic vinegar- essentially quite sour. Musty oak, a bit of acidic lemon. A small essence of blackberry tartness, but I don't feel confident that I would be able to pick it out in a blind tasting compared to other Farmer's Reserve beers. [4]

F- Warhead sour with a lot of lactate, more so than the acetic vinegar. A small bit of oak, white wine grape with a finish similar to blackberry tartness. Again, I'd be hard pressed to identify blackberry as a major contributor to the overall flavour of the beer. It is certainly more subtle than other blackberry sours out there. Still, very tasty and those of you who like straight up sours will enjoy this. [4]

M- Medium bodied, just about the right amount of carbonation despite the minimal head- perhaps it just retains the carbon dioxide better? Not difficult to drink despite how sour it is, as the blackberry tartness doesn't linger for long. [3.75]

O- Quite sour, not a ton of blackberry character but still a more than solid AWA. [4]

Final score: 3.94

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Slightly dull, rusty reddish pour with no visible carbonation, head retention, or sediment. There are blackberries in the nose, but it's much more of the tannic skin than the sweet juice. In a way this reminds me of royal tannin bomb from pizza boy, but more funky. The taste is subtle tart blackberries with a hint of wood and grain to follow. This has an incredibly approachable mouthfeel - blackberry forward with appropriately dryness, modest funk, and a light, effervescent body. There's surprisingly ample carbonation, though you'd think it would be totally flat based on appearance. This is another crushable fruit sour from almanac, highly recommended if you've enjoyed the others.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

375ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a pair of pilsner glasses. Left to warm for ~15 before sampling. Bottled April 2014.

Pours quite hazy with a few odd floaters drifting around. Amber, with a small white head that fades slowly into a creamy sheet. Smell is tart and fruity, smells nice.

Taste is very tart, very slight unripe berry flavor, almost makes me think of rhubarb. Very tart.

Mouthfeel is very dry, almost chalky. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 2014 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A - Hazy apricot body. Thin head dissipates quickly without lace.

S - Plums, blueberries, and lime. Touch of salt.

T - Tart, dry and sourdough bread with edges of tart unripe blackberries.

M - Sharp medium body for the style.

O - A solid sour.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

April 2014 bottling.

A: Pours a clear orange with a good sized and very fizzy white head. Soda-like head dissipates very quickly. Decent little chunks of lacing for a sour. Halfway decent head retention despite the initial fizziness to o.

S: Distinct blackberry aroma (of course). Lightly tart.

T: Blackberries, sweet for a second and then BOOM, huge sourness. Bracing tartness catches me off-guard. After a few sips I'm accustomed to it a bit. Nice tart blackberries from start to finish. Light sour apples in the middle and a slightly dry lingering aftertaste. No real funkiness to it, just straight up acidic sourness.

M: Medium bodied, clean and mouth-puckering sourness.

O: Another nice sour from Almanac. Crisp and clean, very little to no funk. Pure fruits and tart ones at that. Drinkability is surprisingly high despite the sourness. It's got just enough punch to give it that crisp refreshing hit without making it over the top. Tasty.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 2014.

Deep, bright copper color, with a ring of froth leaving some lace. Looks very good in the glass.

Natural, restrained blackberry aroma, along with some attractive earthiness and dried leaves, and a bit of acetic tang. Quite nice.

On the palate, fairly sour and vinegary. Bright, tangy blackberry vinegar, and some underlying old barrel and earthiness. Not as pretty and delicate as the aroma, but well composed, refreshing, and quite tasty.

Smooth, cushy texture thanks to very tiny bubbles. Plenty of acidic tingle.

Nice beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Copper and hazy with a small head of large bubbles that dissipate quickly. Nice blackberry aroma. Excellent balance between the sour, tartness and the fruit. A light pucker response with a tingling of tiny bubbles escaping as they hit your tongue.

A mature American fruit sour with nice depth and balance.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just feelin' it. Just straight up cold hard feelin' it!

Like a Tahitian sunset, this thang is just vibrant.

Aroma is like waking up next to Xenia Deli on a Monday morning.

Taste? KO! Someone wake up Raul! Glorious blackberry textures met by that luxurious wine barrel againg just like how Claudia Cardinale hasn't skipped a beat.

Let's go to sleep. I'm done.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Dan - thanks. 375ml.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish orange with a thin 1/16" white head which leaves no lace.

N: Sour, oak tannins, only slightly fruity and citrusy.

T: Here comes the sour fruits although the blackberry itself is shy, tannic oaky notes.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Prickly sour and fruity finish.

O: A good sour blonde with fruit. Wanting more pronounced blackberry, oh well.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy pinkish orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Funk, oak, some blackberries and a little bit of acidic notes.

T-Starts with a good deal of funk, oak, grapes. Finishes with sweet blackberries.

M-Lighter, crisp dry finish.

O-Another great sour from Almanac. They don't make word class sours but damn are these good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blackberries are tough to make really prominent in beer, especially dryer beers, because so much of their flavor comes from their sugars, which are mostly or entirely fermentable, so the brewer must find a balance between fruit flavor and residual sugar or not. definitely not easy to do, and i think this comes close to doing it brilliantly. it could stand a degree or two more fruit in my opinion, but i like that the delicateness is preserved, nothing abrasive here. the color is a muted and rather hazy purple, lavender maybe, just colored, with an airy white head and some settling out yeast dust. the nose has a lot more berry than the taste, and actually shows a ton of fruit before the tartness and the brett characters come in. something interesting in the grains too, white wheat is not alone, or the mash is unconventional, i can't place it, but the base is unique here. the flavor starts tart and akin to other blonde, wheat based wild ales. it never dries all the way out, but comes close, and prickly carbonation moves it swiftly along, maybe even too swiftly to pick up every nuance. the blackberry comes out in the finish especially, but is more of the tart, maybe a little under ripe fruit rather than that sun bursting blackberry intensity. works well with the wild yeasts though, and I'm not wishing this was much different. its quality radiates through it, and its one of those beers that sets the standard. always well done when its from almanac.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Yellow color, might have a tint to it but I can't really tell, minimal head. Aroma is a bit of brett, a touch wild, can't really pick up too much barrel, wine, or blackberries but there is a fruitiness. Flavor is mildly sour but really does not have a very good blackberry component to it. This was just ok, glad I didn't get a bottle.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed orange color with a strawberry-like red hue to it. A thin cream colored head tops the beer and drops away quickly. Color is really beautiful.

S: Hay, grain and a ton of acetic tartness. A good amount of mixed berries in the aroma as well along with some lemon. But all the fruit kind of hangs on the periphery.

T: Tons of lactic tartness, underripe blackberry and plum and hay. A little bit vinous with some lingering grape must.

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Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.