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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
92
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 150
Gots: 27 | FT: 5
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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ehammond1


2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Bottle (2013)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

An unfortunate blemish on an otherwise incredible series of Farmer's Reserve beers. This one has a distinct aroma of vomit, and the flavor, though not as bad, it's similarly bad. Fairly sour, and some definite Muscat grape character as well, but a dominant vomit character overrides most of the enjoyable, worthwhile flavor here. This one may get significant better with time, and if I'm fortunate enough to try another bottle (and it's better), I'd be happy to update my review.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 17:47:58 | More by ehammond1
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -27.2%

02-28-2013 05:48:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

09-05-2013 16:58:58 | More by GraduatedCashew
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kojevergas

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

375 ml brown glass bottle with cool etched label (and pink ring-label at the bottom) and standard branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I haven't liked the three or so offerings I've had from Almanac but I'm in the mood for a sour and this sounds nice.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a shockingly thin fizzy head of white colour that disappears within ten seconds. I could hear it fizzing like sprite as I poured. No lacing whatsoever. Wow, that's pathetic - especially for a scant 7.00%. Body colour is a murky watery copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's looking pretty bad so far; this is the worst appearance I've seen in the last couple months, and I've had a beer or two in that time period. Translucent and transparent.

Sm: White wine notes, lacto yeast, juicy pear, peach, and crisp apple. I don't get any plum whatsoever. The lacto is restrained; this doesn't seem like it'll be all that sour. A pleasant fruity aroma that has me intrigued. Maybe this won't be so bad after all. A bit cidery. Mild in strength.

T: White wine notes, dried pear, crisp green apple, and a touch of light sourness. I don't get any plum. Structurally, all the flavour hits in the late second act and climax; the open is empty and devoid of flavour. Quite weak up front. If only they could make the peak flavour consistent throughout. It's pleasant nonetheless, if a bit bland. Poorly balanced structurally, but decently balanced flavour-wise because it's so one-note. Cidery and enjoyable, if underwhelming. It's very shallow in terms of flavour, but what little is there is likable.

Mf: A touch watery up front; certainly too wet. Weak and thin. Carbonation is horridly underdone. Nicely smooth. Palate presence is poor. Lacks body. Acidic. Crisp.

Dr: Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable, but lacking in flavour and texture. This one needs serious work and probably shouldn't have made it to market. Still, it's not bad for a beginner's sour. The best beer I've had from Almanac, but that isn't saying much. Still, it restores a bit of faith for me; I'm not so hesitant about the Reserve #2 I've got waiting in the fridge now.

B-

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:41:17 | More by kojevergas
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afrokaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-30-2013 16:56:48 | More by afrokaze
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -15%

09-14-2013 16:54:38 | More by chippo33
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-22-2013 03:01:22 | More by illidurit
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15%

05-08-2013 07:23:14 | More by beernads
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-24-2013 16:02:36 | More by acurtis
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-22-2013 15:37:45 | More by incubuscience
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-06-2013 20:27:42 | More by largadeer
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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-02-2013 10:40:17 | More by pperez38
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-31-2013 18:48:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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ridglens

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-03-2013 21:50:01 | More by ridglens
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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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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-17-2013 04:15:16 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-18-2013 05:38:01 | More by jeff1973
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-09-2013 18:21:48 | More by cfrances33
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-31-2013 04:19:48 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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nrb1

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-23-2013 15:36:47 | More by nrb1
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-07-2013 05:16:35 | More by BAsbill
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Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.