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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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

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BA SCORE
91
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 149
Gots: 27 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by mactrail:
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mactrail

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely fizz to this stuff poured into the snifter. It starts out with a rich fruity scent, which is my favorite part. Aromas of grapes and apricots with a distinct vinegar note. It's all very tart but with a nearly drinkable level of acidity. A taste of fermented apple cider leads down a funky path to a bitter finish.

I'd love it if Almanac would make a version of this like Rodenbach brews, with half new, fruity brew and a big dose of this sour aged version. From the 12 oz bottle at Local Habit in San Diego. It was fourteen bucks, as I recall.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:59:06 | More by mactrail
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cmacwiz

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-04-2014 21:03:48 | More by cmacwiz
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-16-2014 18:17:58 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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scotv

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-09-2014 03:37:07 | More by scotv
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MrGone

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2014 07:24:50 | More by MrGone
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-06-2014 21:17:08 | More by greenspointexas
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-27-2014 01:09:49 | More by taylor714914
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Drake415

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-22-2014 01:15:02 | More by Drake415
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

04-16-2014 03:32:22 | More by funkyaudio
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-02-2014 05:07:44 | More by zestar
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-02-2014 03:58:28 | More by MastaShonuf
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:40:19 | More by angrybabboon
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-23-2014 19:23:59 | More by Jeffrey2310
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-16-2014 13:14:31 | More by thebigredone
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mvdillman

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-11-2014 23:48:32 | More by mvdillman
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beepill

California

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 21:32:46 | More by beepill
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-11-2014 03:28:27 | More by Smarty_Pints
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SupremePie

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-03-2014 05:11:16 | More by SupremePie
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-03-2014 00:04:32 | More by yourefragile
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-24-2014 23:38:35 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-17-2014 19:17:09 | More by jvillefan
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-15-2014 07:35:06 | More by Rollzroyce21
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LittleDon

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with very little head. Aroma is very muted. Grain, oak, apples, and a bit of spice. Heavy carbonation and light body. Flavor is its strong point. A subtle sour. Great balance between sweet and dry with a hint of oak. Light sourness and very mild funk on the finish. BTW, I cellared this about a year, which may have toned down some of the characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:55:31 | More by LittleDon
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drz955

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-30-2014 13:57:57 | More by drz955
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Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.