Farmers Reserve Citrus - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 40
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
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: ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with Citrons and Oranges and aged in Wine barrels.
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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/8/2014.

A- Hazy medium orange body. Short-lived white head, no lacing. Simple looking liquid.

S- Lactate, yogurt, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pale malt sweetness.

F- Lactate, yogurt, acidic grapefruit, lemon juice and some vinegar on the finish. This is essentially what I would imagine citric acid to taste like, except its probably far more drinkable. Tasty stuff, not especially multi-dimensional but complex enough!

M- On the thinner side, a bit undercarbonated for my enjoyment. But quite good.

O- Quite a tasty sour with a nice citrus quality to it; as if it was grapefruit/lemon with half the fruit sweetness taken out of the equation.

Photo of Ken_P
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2014 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Finger of bubbly white head that dissipates immediately to a ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Orangey - gold. Not opaque but definitely hazy. Small and steady bubbles.

Smell: Lemon, Citrus, Light hint of thyme or mint, wheat and lacto-funk.

Taste: Smack of acidic lemon sour followed by a grainy lacto finish. As it warms a mint/grassy/floral notes arise. Seems to be less acidic sour and more tart as I go on - could be my palate and not the warming.

Mouth feel: medium, somewhat bubbly. Slight sting in back of throat as swallowed but not as much as I was expected.

Overall: I've had about four beers from Almanac now and this definitely has to be one the best I've had. Their cherry-soured options are great but can be a bit too much for me. This is a blonde sour that separates itself from the traditional berliner weisse or a geuze. Surprisingly carbonated for a sour beer and not too funky or acidic. Highly recommended!

Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer comes in a golden hazy yellow with tinges of orange.

The aroma strangely has green mint, lots of tart quality, citrus peel, barnyard funk.

The flavor follows with that herbacious green leafy mint in the front. Very tart like Warheads. A wheat blonde ale comes in the middle. Slight funk and vanilla and then the beer dries out wonderfully.

A very tart brew with good complexities.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour citrus are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of sour citrons and strong notes of oak from the wine barrel aging, although I don't get any of the wine. The citrons really stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer—it wasn't as sour compared to other beers in the style and this may be because there were strong flavors of citrons.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Coaltrain in Colorado Springs in the summer. Been curious about these sours for a long time now.

A- Leaves the Belgian 12oz bottle to my chalice with a hazy golden light orange body. A white pillow tops the beer without reaching half a finger with frothy texture. Small ring remains but lacing is fairly rare.

S- Sour citrus pungent aroma flies out of the glass with a medium strength wine barrel behind it. Lemons, lactic acid, oranges, citron preserves, barnyard funk, tart apple and slight acetic acid notes. White wine grapes for sure.

T- Citrus and lactic acid bacteria really take over the show at this point. Lemon zest and sour juice is huge, probably a result of the lactic and added citrus combining. Vinous white grapes, slight wet oak, oranges, clementine peel, a touch of vinegar, barnyard straw and funk, sour green apple skin and satsuma mandirin combine riding a substantial sourness onto the taste buds. Raw wheaty lactic feel like a Berliner at times. Rubbery band aid hint once in a while.

MF- Light bodied with a lower than expected carbonation level on the low-medium level for the style. Semi dry and silky consistency with a light bit of creaminess. Finishes rather sour.

Well made sour ale but lacks complexity at times. A huge blast of mostly sour and citrus with some funk and wine leaves you wanting just a bit more. The body could also use some more texture to support the barrage of sour citrus flavors.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Expensive mid sized bottle - worth it...

Heavy citrus and sweeter fruit

Nice sour bite

Refreshing, complex, clean, long finish and super tasty

Worth it

Photo of 01001111
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden yellow, like a meyer lemon.

S: Yeast funk dominates the nose. There's a bit of citrus and white grapes.

T: Sour, but not overly so. It tastes and feels like the sourness of the citrus is the predominant contributor to the tartness rather than the lactic acid. Beyond the citric acid feel, there isn't much flavor from the fruit so the base golden ale comes through.

M: Tart, mostly dry.

O: Almanac put out some amazing sours last year. This year they're just alright. Here's hoping they can recapture last year's greatness at this scale.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

first ever almanac beer and I can see why they get good praise! very light and hazy pour. a TON of citrus and tartness on the nose. the taste is a bunch of oranges and lemons with a kick of sour. goes down smoothly and I look forward to the next almanac beer!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lemon. Some orange. Oak and vanilla reminiscent of a whiskey barrel. A bit of white wine.

Taste - Lots of lemon and orange citrus. Wine is stronger, especially in the back end. Medium sourness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Kinda one-dimensional, but that one-dimension is good.

Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A simple tangerine, and solid opaque tang like orange body. Minimal carbonation rising up in the middle with at first a soapy, and snapping sounding two finger head, that evaporates to nothing after a short while. No collar present either.

Good simple nose. Mild citrus, not as prominent or definitive as expected, not getting much citrus quality off of it. THere is though a good balance between malt and sour bread like dough, almost pastry territory without the sweetness though. Very mild and hardly and funk or acid, but hints toward an almost olive bread and spiced tart briney loaf quality. Real interesting.

Palate taste picks up on first sip. Considerably good tart and punch in the front of the palate. Mild prickly carbonation a bit, and a real good toasty and white bread pop and finish. Citrus angle hits more towards lemon, with qualities of some earth and dirt just a bit. Light bodied but with a good malt and toasty depth, hinting towards quenching and juicy body.

Overall though, it's funk quality is subtle to the malt toast and nice light crisp quality. It's still wild at heart but with a nice dough punch of funk that hits the right spot and angles. Very nice.

Photo of amsguitarist
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

This is what my ideal sour tastes like. Clean, citrus, tart with a tiny bit of funk. This beer reminds me of Russian River Sanctification. Great!

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almanac has been crushing it lately like Mickey Mantle in his prime. And up to bat tonight is another dinger: Farmer's Reserve Citrus.

Thang is just sexi on all levels. A beautiful golden/blonde hue is met by wonderful citrus (duh!) aromas like the fields from my home county before they tore down all the orange trees. The sucker is just clean like a Ryan Braun, err, Yasiel Puig drug test.

Get on the wagon, my children. Get on that Almanac wagon and ghost ride it hard!

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

A-Semi clear yellow orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Smells rather funky with some citrus coming through.

T-Less funk and less citrus. The nose is the best part of this beer. The taste just doesn't live up. Some grass and earthy flavors as well. As it warms the sourness comes out more.

M-Lighter, semi dry with not much carbonation.

O-Not as good as previous Almanac sours, but still tasty.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated June 2014. 375ml.

A: Pours a hazed pale yellow with a thin (1/4") white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves just a few spots of lace.

N: Bright lemony citrus zest with a slight funk.

T: Tart and astringent lemons with a bit of wood.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Wheaty, sour lemon finish.

O: I was starting to fade by the time this was opened - and it woke me right up!.

Photo of More_betterness
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing hazy straw gold with a two finger white head that recedes to half a finger after about a minute. Inviting.

S: Tart lemon,zesty orange oil, and white wine immediately. A bit of musty funk and a backing note of pear follow. Very complex, I find new facets to the aroma each time I lift the glass to my nose.

T: An interplay of tart and sweet not unlike a Meyer lemon. Dry oaky wine barrel and pithy orange. Mineral note closes everything out. Tastes like a mimosa and a glass of sparkling lemonade had a love child. Great flavor.

M: Thin bodied and effervescent. Tartness coupled with a drying finish lingers long after each sip.

O: Just a great beer. Beautifully executed and definitely the best beer I've had from Almanac. Reminds me of Farmers Reserve #4 which makes sense as they were very similar in composition.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL (12.68 fl. oz.) bottled purchased from, unknown brewing/barreling date but bottled in June 2014, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over 30 minutes

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

375ml bottle dated June 2014

Hazy pale yellow pour with thin dissipating head.

S - Lactic acid, lemon citrus, sweet apple and grape, yogurt, bready malts, vinous, a touch of oak

T - Leads with sweet fruit (grape and apple) layered with lemon and orange citrus undertones and a mild musty funk. Quite sour midpalate which adds brightness to the fruit. Finishes dry with some oak which is slightly astringent. There is some bready malt on the end of the finish that mostly stays out of the way.

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation. Works for the style.

O - Very well done - Easy drinking despite the high acidity. The fruit and barrel are well integrated. The light musty funk and the vinous qualities keep this interesting.

Photo of Celtics17
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this from the first smell and sip. Very nice tartness, along with mouth puckering goodness. Big citrus, slight vinegar. It's like biting into a lemon.. This is one of my favorite wild ales to date. It's a great mix of sourness and flavor, very refreshing.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle opened on 8.20.14
Bottled: June 2014

Very sour and tons of citrus. The sourness lingers long after the drink. Very acidic and tart.

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is sour and bready, acidic.

Taste is pale biscuity malt and lactic acid, lemons. A little minerally. Tastes like a lemon drop.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, refreshing.

Overall a nice citrusy sour, but not my favorite from Almanac.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Glowing apricot color with a quickly fading white head.

S: Vanilla, lemon, ginger and citrus rind. A hint of cinnamon as well, which I wasn't expecting.

T: Sharp tartness upfront, followed by a long pull of lemon peel, light powdery malt, kumquat juice, and a lot of acetic tartness. Really loved this one.

Photo of Devman171
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pours hazy yellow with quick fading fizz. Aroma is funky grassy hay and citrus. Taste is similar with a dry tart and sharp citrus.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loads of lemon to my tastes which is nice, but slightly disappointing considering I was anticipating orange and citron. Dry and tannic finish with little to no sweetness to round things out. Very straight forward and acetic...simple.

A decent beer, and fun afternoon sipper, but from memory the weakest of what I've had so far from Almanac.

Photo of Hesscabob
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first from Almanac and will pursue more from them as this was fantastic. Sour and tart enough on the tongue with an amazing aroma of citrusy/acidic fruits. A bit overcarbonated for my liking for a sour but that might be subdued after some storing. Would definitely try again.

Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 2014 375ml bottle split thanks to Mr. Butova himself during a pre-Christmas tasting of sorts.

A - A hazy orange pour, some flecks in there, white head turns into a ring after a short time and remains for the duration.

S - Lots of tart fruit, wine, and dirty cheese sourness. Lime, general citrus, and mint leaves interestingly, come to mind.

T - The citrons and oranges create a force to be reckoned with with tons of interesting sour citrus flavors, lemon lime and tangerines especially stand out. Big white wine, buttery oak barrel, weird dirty minty bretty lime wine funk.

M - Spritzy and foamy, maybe a little too foamy but adds a nice lightness to it. Good sourness, pretty intense and unique flavors.

O - Big weird zesty citrus wine fest, pretty intense and interesting flavors coming from all over.

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Farmers Reserve Citrus from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.