Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -15%
Reviewing the Farmer's Reserve No. 1, a wild ale brewed with plums and three different types of grapes from the Almanac Beer Co. out of San Francisco, California.
February 2013 vintage bottle served in a 7venth Sun snifter and enjoyed on 08/19/14. Thank you Fabrizio for the bottle!
Appearance: Reddish orange in color with a distinct yellow fade when held up to the light. Pours a half finger of head that settles to a ring around the glass with an island of residual froth floating in the center of the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5
Smell: Grape, plum, lemon, must, pear and a little lactic acid. Straight out of the fridge there is a distinctly unpleasant waft of poo poo pediococcus, but this disappears as the beer sits out to breath for about 10 minutes. Otherwise, quite pleasant. 4/5
Taste: Stone fruit and grape upfront, lacto and a residual sweetness on the finish. Sourness comes mostly across in the middle. Slightly buttery on the finish, with a little lasting power. Solid, but unspectacular. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/medium-light carbonation. Nice, but not strong, sourness. Modestly dry finish. 3.5/5
Overall: There's a bit of off flavor here, most of which airs out as the beer warms up and gets a chance to breathe, but this is/was a solid first commercially brewed (fruited) wild ale from a newer brewery. Later sour projects such as Farmer's Reserve No. 3 and the Pluot sour certainly demonstrate their competence as a local alternative to Russian River.
Cost: $12.99 for a 375 ml bottle.
08-20-2014 03:35:57 | More by jegross2
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Almost perfectly clear pumpkin orange with some rich gold running through it. Head is bright-white with decent retention. Nice chunks of sticky lacing. Small cap and some moderate carbonation.
Smell: Grapes, lots of grapes. Fleshy grape juice and some tannic grape skin. Funky yeast adds earthy, damp, grassy elements in abundance. Some deeper fruit buried in the back. Fruity like peaches and raspberry with some tart edges. Powdery damp yeast. Sweet and tart. A touch of worn leather and some apricot. A bit lactic. Floral as well with some solid oak.
Taste: Oak with some leather and a very mild fruitiness. Some raspberry and a ton of grape skin and flesh. A bit lactic with some mild powdery yeast. Sharp tart bite on the back and it increases as it warms. Some vague dark fruit pushing toward cherry. A bit more mellow than the nose indicates. Yeast is a touch powdery with some underlying brett funk. A touch earthy with some grass and hay. Damp mustiness. Wet and juicy sour. Nice balance of tart and funk and fruit. Oh hey, did I mention the oak.
Mouthfeel: Wet with a slight astringency. Clean with a medium to light body and minimal carbonation.
Overall: Bottled farm fruit.
A nice clean wild. Not a mind-melter, but worth drinking. Nicely balanced.
03-25-2014 21:41:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Purchased in San Francisco about a year ago, split with Goblinmunkey7
Appearance: Medium orange copper - lightly hazy - pours with a small bright white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing
Smell: Delightfully sour with a lot of red wine barrels in the background - sharp, bright acidic sour - some lactic sour - some funk, Brett, and some straight-up barrel - plums and some grapes - the red wine note is strong but not excessive
Taste: Nicely sour and very interesting - more lactic sour than I would have guessed from the aroma, but some sharp acidity as well - lemony funk - plum flavor, dark berries, with some grapes, but more of a red wine flavor - red wine barrel with some oak in the finish
Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, light acidity in the finish
Overall: Worth reserving
This is quite a nice sour. It has a ton of funky sour as well as some interesting red wine notes. I would say this lives up to the hype. I probably should have bought more than one when I had the chance.
03-25-2014 21:40:19 | More by angrybabboon
4.46/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle I have been cellaring for about a year now.
A - Beautiful pour. Poured an opaque medium amber color with a fine, quickly dissipating head. Little to no lacing.
S - The wine barrel aging is very evident in the initial smell. Red wine, black grapes, and sour plums dominate. Also getting some lemon zest, pink lady apple, and old oak.
T - Very balanced tartness. Sour, unripe plums, sour white grapes, lemon zest, yellow grapefruit and raspberries, with a faint hint of sweetness. A bit of oak and funk on the backend.
M - Very mild carbonation, which probably helps bring out the flavors, but could use a little more carb to make for a better mouthfeel. Tart bitterness on the afterbite is pleasant.
O - Great tarty sour beer. Another awesome brew from Almanac. I was pleasantly surprised that the fruitiness held up for this long. Sad to think that this may be the last time I ever taste this one. Straight, solid A.
03-11-2014 21:32:46 | More by beepill
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.