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Farmers Reserve Citrus - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 40
Gots: 68 | FT: 11
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

Ale brewed with Citrons and Oranges and aged in Wine barrels.
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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by spoony:
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of white head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is very hazy and has a bit of orange tint to an otherwise yellow hue.

S-The aroma is lemony with a lactic, yeasty funk that suggests farmhouse or barnyard. There is a bit of orange zest too. The obvious acidity is countered by a doughy, bready aroma.

T-The taste is less funky than the smell and more tart. I taste lemons, oranges, a clean bracing acidity, and a bit of tropical - almost floral - flavor as the beer warms.

M-The body is on the light side with a spritzy, chunky carbonation that fits the flavors very well.

O-This is another solid sour fruit offering from Almanac. I can't say that it blows me away with complexity or layered flavors or anything like that, but it does make a nice summer beer. In fact, it drinks pretty easily for something that had the potential to be a full-on acid monster.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 +0.7%

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 -0.5%
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 -8.4%
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 -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 01001111
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
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!

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Farmers Reserve Citrus from Almanac Beer Co.
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