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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 149
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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Photo of beepill
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

beepill, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of SupremePie
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SupremePie, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

yourefragile, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jvillefan, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

LittleDon, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of drz955
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drz955, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Mike, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bauermj, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.7%

CuriousMonk, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of MJsGhost
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

MJsGhost, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of humulusphile
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

mactrail, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange colour, bit of cloud. Head is white, decent lace but just a ring. Alright.

Smells Bretty and funky. Good vinegary tartness with rich apple, currant and balsamic notes. Yeah, redcurrant, tart, some wild funk. Very pleasant.

Taste more funky and more tart as well. Lots of barnyard with wet lucerne, some touch of balsamic, strawberry, champagne on the back. Quite a pleasant, European funk note to it. Not overly polarising, but a good deal to make you sit up and take notice.

Full mouthfeel, lots of little bits in my mouth. Pull on the back.

Funky, not overly refreshing. But if this beer were a person, I would let it look after my kids. It's alright. I trust it.

laituegonflable, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of topdown
4/5  rDev -2.7%

topdown, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

akang, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Lare453, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

MarkyMOD, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

riemster, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -2.7%

thebouch01, Oct 13, 2013
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.