1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Farmer's Reserve Blackberry - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

457 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 457
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 71
Gots: 83 | FT: 17
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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 04-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (27) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by 2beerdogs:
More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

my favorite from Almanac

Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt red-orange.

S: Almanac funk, lemons, faint blackberry.

T: Good puckering sourness. Lemons, apples, yeast funk. Not much fruit in the flavor, just a bit of sweetness on the finish.

M: Dry, puckering, with a sweet finish.

O: Another good sour from Almanac but could definitely use more fruit.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Quite a nice body color, a deep reddish orange, more like pink grapefruit pulp in the inside, and it just glows. Head is barely two fingers which falls to a simple collar of light white. Pretty much looking like a lambic here, with a unique colored appearance.

Big funked nose. Dry, earthy, and huge juice tart notes, and soil dirt. Fruit forward, not exactly the most discernable kind for blackberry, but pretty solid, and aggressive, without getting too out of control.

Large tartness on the palate on first sip. Very tight carbonation, but with a good controlled finish. A bit wet, and really missing oak aging roundness expected from wine barrels. Very minerally but with once again an indistinct fruit that doesn't hit at its base. Chalky drying finish, even slightly salty as well. Fleeting palate. Just a big indistinct tart blast.

Overall it's not bad, but nothing really memorable in the wild ale realm. There's room to make this better, and it doesn't stand up well amongst other giants in the style. If you want to just get hammered by tartness go ahead this is your beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Really sour and very tasty, just wanted the blackberry to be a bigger contributor to the flavor.

Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Loved it. exceptionally tart, nice berry flavor that meshes well with the barrel. Couldn't ask for more.

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL into a tulip. Pours a pinkish orange w/ a minimal head that vanishes almost instantly.

Aroma is acidic and grainy; decomposing berries and wild yeast.

Taste is tart and acidic, clean and fruity. Berry sweetness counters the lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, refreshing, dry finish.

Overall another tasty fruit sour from Almanac.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy pink with no head. Nose starts with some presence of cereal grains paired with heavy blackberry character. The blackberry brings a bit of farmy funk with it as well as tart berry character. The taste is up front sour with nice lactobacillus profile going. The fruit is juicy and tart with some waves of sweetness. The finish is tart and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, another delicious sour from Almanac.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for The Bruery Sucreversary held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, blackberry, white wine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour blackberry, white wine, 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 blackberry and white wine barrel aging combination that comes through slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

Photo of GJ40
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of JGam115
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Baby VSB...so I've been told. Very tart and delicious

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

Very sour, taste is similar to Nocturn from Jester King. Good stuff.

to view more.
Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.