Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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Autumn 2011 Farmhouse AleAutumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 1,000 lbs of organic San Joaquin Valley plums from Twin Girls Farm in Yettem, California and organic wheat from Massa Organics in Glenn County, California.

(Beer added by: DaveHS on 11-18-2011)
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Reviews by trxxpaxxs:
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leschkie for this bottle...
Limited Seasonal Release, Bottle # 1583 (9/28/2011)

A: Pours a wonderful translucent amber/copper with about two full fingers of bone-white head. The foam take a bit to settle, and there is a ton of spotting lacing left on the glass. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and a touch malty, with some slight spice and a touch of alcohol. I get some lemon zest as well. It's not an overly pungent brew.

T: Sweet and wet right up front. I get huge plums, raisins, and mild caramel. There is a spiciness to this beer that comes on strong in the middle. I'm picking up lemon peel and coriander. The spicy dominates in the finish, and it dries out. The booze is there, but it's balanced pretty well.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and wet. The flavors introduce themselves right up front and transition nicely. There is nothing cloying about this beer. The finish is a bit boozy.

O: Overall, I thought this beer was really well done. The plum was there, but I wanted this beer to be a bit more fruit forward. It's smooth, and fairly easy to drink, but the booze will get you in the finish. I'm happy to have tried this beer, but I don't know if I'll ever seek it out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rob133
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of sorvats
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this one so that it can get reviews sufficient for a score; otherwise I use "Hads."

Pours a dark lightly hazy orange ambe with a short thick white head that fades quickly but is back with a light swirl.

Nose is limes and plums with an underlying bright sweet tone. Nose develops a bit more complexity and white bread yeasty undertone as it warms and sits in the glass. Nose is very appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a "half and half" feel and light but pleasing carbonation.

Flavor profile is quite nice with a fruity "green" stone fruit character and underlying fresh white bread. Nice balance of the fruit and bitter tones. Flavor profile is not complex but pleasing and works well with all kinds of food, fish, game, poultry etc.

Finish is a nice green bitter light pine/green stone fruit character that is long lasting. There's actually a lot going on here.

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Beer poured a dark copper color, orange with hints of red and purple, with no head. Light lacing after swirling the beer around, but minimal head development. A few bubbles here and there, but rising slowly.

Nose is fruity esters mixing with plums and tarter plum skins. A bit of light grain sweetness comes through as well.

Taking a sip, plums come through more on the tongue, sweet plum fruit and slightly astringent plum skins, earthy and herbal flavors. Mid tongue, just fruity esters, bubble gum like continuing through to the finish.

Light to medium body with minimal carbonation, a few bubbles hitting the tongue every now and then. Pretty easy to drink saison, and the initial plum flavor was nice, but the yeast probably did too much work with the taste dominated by the ester flavor.

Photo of Barrelista
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grew up in the Central Valley, with a plum tree (unsure which variety) in my backyard, and the aroma of this beer is right on target with the sun-ripened plums I would enjoy all summer. Jesse and Damian didn't skimp on produce quality. Tastes like they included the stems in the fermentation process. Did not catch the piloncillo as much as I would have liked, but it is a beautiful beer overall.

Color is reminiscent of the flesh of early summer plums, specifically, the area where it begins to lighten toward the pit. Low foam on first pour. Bottle label really utilizes the colors of the plum tree--particularly the white and silver of late spring blossoms. Brilliant. Also, love the tagline, "Farm to Bottle," and the concept of pairing up with regional farms. I am new to craft beer, but look forward to scouting out Almanac beers in the future. Satsuma Stout, guys?

Photo of jpajpajeff
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Bev Mo in Elk Grove, CA. It was a nice surprise as I did not find it anywhere else including the Davis Beer Shop.

Poured into a tulip glass. Very low carbonation so I was not sure what to expect. color was great. My friend described it as the exact color of a ripened plum flesh right inside the skin.

I detected a hint of bubblegum in the smell and initial taste on the palette, but not in an offensive way. It goes down smooth and you can appreciate the bready saison yeast. Also, you pick up the plum in the aftertaste.

The bottle is beautiful. this is a quality beer. I have to admit the price is a bit steep; however, it is worth purchasing a bottle seasonally.

Photo of largadeer
2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy amber body that's almost opaque. The head is thin but lingers nicely.

Tons of bubblegum on the nose, which, combined with the fruit, makes me think of grape BubbleYum. Beneath that, there's a slight vinous character, some grain and citrus. Plum comes through a bit, but it's overwhelmed by the yeast.

Palate is grainy, vinous, with lots of bubblegum; very phenolic and intense yeast strain here. Citrusy dry hops are somewhat at odds with the yeast profile and semi-tart fruit. Strong tannins, but less abrasive than Almanac's summer beer (ie. it doesn't taste like I'm chewing on oak chips). Finishes with lingering bubblegum and oak. This might have been enjoyable with a different yeast strain.

Photo of joshrosborne
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of afrokaze
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours burnished orange with a slight haze and close to an inch of off white/khaki head. It deflates over the course of a minute leaving an intricate ring of lace.

S- Aromas of sweet plum and tannic fruit skin penetrate a layer of earthy sweetness. Less prominent notes of wet hay and fresh mulch provide a nice contrast to the fruit sweetness.

T/M-An incredibly subtle, delicate flavor profile. The fruit is used in an interesting way, creeping in and only fully revealing it’s fleshy, pulpy goodness on the back palate. The beer opens up under the guise of a simple, well made saison, but there’s more going on here. What especially impresses me about Almanac is their adeptness at combining flavors. The soft, juicy sweetness of the plums is an excellent foil for the slick, spicy shot of saison yeast that sticks in the back of the throat. A hint of pink bubblegum sweetness sneaks in mid-palate, undercut by dry, grassy hops. The body is soft and slick on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

O-Very nice stuff.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of IHyphySF
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a tulip looked light brown almost an amber like color and it has a foamy head just like pouring a nice saison. It took awhile for the head to settle and was pretty carbonated.

S: Hints of pluot smell vs a straight up plum smell because it smelled a bit sweeter. Pleasant to smell not over fruity but can smell small hints of plum/pluot.

T: Starts out mild and then really yeasty and a small aftertaste of plums but the yeast was overpowering

M: Nice bubbles but leaves a chalky finish

O: Would not pick up a second bottle because of how expensive it was but was able to try it on tap and it was a little less yeasty than the bottle.

Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beer Revolution

Pours a hazy brownish-purple color with a big white head. Smells sickly sweet. Tons of plums and a bit of sugar. Maybe some mild grass, but overall just not very good or complex. The flavor is quite watery, doesn’t really taste like much other than a bit of sweetness and nutshells. I don't really get much in the way of plum, yeast, etc. Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of roodie
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip

A: pours golden brown with a thin white head light retention and no lacing

S: hint of the plum tartness no real sweet aspect some wine flavor too Yeast and citrus round out the profile

T: under- ripe plums and yeasty wheaty flavor with a boost at the end from a light citrus

M: chalky and yeasty w a lingering spice

O: enjoyable. Would be better w more fruit

Photo of Hopbully
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark golden color. Nice head and good lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrus (lime and grapefruit), bubblegum, and plum.

Taste: Bubblegum, plum, citrus, and oak.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels nice in the mouth; a good level of carbonation but smooth.

Drinkability: I like this a little more than their blackberry beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold color and hazy body, poured into a tulip glass with a half inch head. After a few minutes, dissipated into a ring and a light veil of foam. Lacing is sticky at first, but gets more motile as time elapses. Label describes this as a Farmhouse Pale ale. So we are starting off bridging saison/farmhouse and belgian pales ales here. Well, let's see.

Smells of ripe plums and ripe plum fruit sweetness, brown sugar, a little farmhouse funk, vanilla, oak, light malt, green herbs, and orange rind. Some white pepper and saison spice notes (as in Dupont) and metal. The nose is strong and complex, but smells to me more like a belgian IPA than a saison. One could argue it borders both styles.

This tastes more like a belgian IPA than a typical saison, with light bready and caramel malt tastes and the biggest impression is that the yeast is very dominant. A note of earthy metal (others have described it as copper penny), seems to structure the whole palate. The fruity richness of the plums is there especially in the midpalate and the hops are big in the finish with strong notes of orange rind and herbs. Once I give this beer the time it deserves, I'd say it is a nicely complex and fruity belgian IPA--and I've had my fair share of Piraat, which I could compare this with in terms of the base ale character. There are also light tannins from the plum skins that give this an additional layer of complexity and a more vinous character.

The body is moderate and it is delightfully carbonated, with a crisply refreshing feel when cold which evolves to a lightly creamy mouthfeel as it warms in the glass. The slight numbness in my tongue after glass 2 is certainly coming from the hops.

I think the base beer tastes fairly similar to the earlier, summer release, though it is a percent lower ABV and might have more wheat malt. The yeast has a vocal presence in the base beer in both releases, but the different fruit adjuncts take the beer in different directions. The plums take this release in a more vinous direction than the blackberries, and it understandably would do so, adding tannins from the plum skins. I think that the brewers made a wise decision in adding a little piloncillo to balance the tannins.

Debating styles is not to the point here. Generally, fruits are not added to Belgian saisons or golden or pale ales, nor are they aged in barrels. So the brewers are taking belgian style farmhouse and pale ales in a new direction. Overall, I find this beer balances tartness, sweetness, and bitterness quite well. It may not be perfect, but I appreciate what they are striving to do. It might also benefit from some cellar aging. This release, and the one that preceded it, are worthy contributions, crafting a niche in the intersection of the locally sourced sustainable and healthy foods movement (farm to table) and craft beer movements (farm to bottle or keg). I appreciate what they are doing, and I look forward to future releases which someday may use more ingredients that are locally sourced and sustainably farmed and hopefully even more delicious and healthy.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.