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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve #1Farmer's Reserve #1

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

153 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%


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:
Our first California wild ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet & Muscat Grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms and plums from Twin Girls Farm—all located in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 autumn harvest with farmhouse funk.

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 02-13-2013)
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-10-2013 02:26:25 | More by Beerandboards
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:41:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in San Francisco about a year ago, split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 3/25/14

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.

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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.

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Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.