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Farmers Reserve Citrus | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmers Reserve CitrusFarmers Reserve Citrus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Citrons and Oranges and aged in Wine barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2014

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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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

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Photo of More_betterness
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.12/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshflesh
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of algee77
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Expensive mid sized bottle - worth it...

Heavy citrus and sweeter fruit

Nice sour bite

Refreshing, complex, clean, long finish and super tasty

Worth it

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Farmers Reserve Citrus from Almanac Beer Co.
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