Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.
Bottled Winter 2012.
Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruity, bile, and cheesy aromas. Taste is much the same with only sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting smells but this one tastes much better in my opinion.
03-05-2013 16:54:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.94/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Arrives looking like a glass of cider with a slight plum tinge; no head or lacing
Smell: Fruity aromatics that are stone fruit dominant, with plum and nectarine; grapey tones, too, with a lemony/oaky sourness
Taste: Lactic sourness bringing all the fruit flavors from the aroma into play; the stone fruit and oak leave the most memorable elements
Mouthfeel: Thick body (again, like a cider) with an acetic bite; low carbonation
Overall: Despite the weird look and mouthfeel, the flavors were very refreshing and the liquid disappeared from the pint glass almost before I realized how quickly I was drinking it; I suspect this may be very different in the bottle if the appearance/mouthfeel of #2 (which I tasted the next day) was more indicative
03-14-2013 20:39:17 | More by brentk56
4.56/5 rDev +10.7%
Brewed with Plums and Cabernet, Muscat and Concord grapes, aged in wine barrels.
Slightly hazy orange amber with a short lived white head.
Nose is orange marmalade and orange rind. Nose is actually very muscat wine in character.
Mouthfeel is tart, fresh and citric with very light carbonation and a nice balance.
Flavors are tart lemon/tangerine, orange rind and light marmalade with a hint of lacto in the back end.
Finish is bitter orange tart with a hint of sour lacto undertone. Very drinkable; very nice and very much like a lighter, "friendlier" european sour.
This is a high quality beer. I'm going out to buy several bottles. I'll drink this one as much as I can.
03-08-2013 04:48:06 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
This poured out as a hazy golden color with a decent white head on top. The lacing is spotted and the retention isn't too bad. The smell is funky and fruity, subtle grape aromas and barrel aged aromas fill the nose. The taste of the beer is tart, decent sour malt fruitiness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied. Pretty nice overall I enjoy this one.
04-27-2013 00:08:19 | More by Knapp85
3.75/5 rDev -9%
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.
12-07-2013 05:59:06 | More by mactrail
3.36/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
02-26-2013 05:41:17 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Short bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Rich and Sam.
Pours a clean clear cloudy orange, with a persistent head of white that leaves streaks of sudsy lace. Body is quite fine and thin. Carbonation is decently held. Looks pretty good.
Nose is fresh and bright: slightly fruity, with a rounded acidity that reminds me of berry gelato. Almost a pleasant gueuze-like character to it, but with a savoury grain character that pulls it back into true ale territory.
Taste has a very pleasant acidity through it that provides the core and basis of the beer. Some sweet fruity characters come through around the edges: a little stone fruit skin and more of those fresh berry characters. And there's also a decent grainy malt character still permeating it: it grounds it in some sense, but also provides a counterpoint to the acidity.
Feel is clean and light. In fact, a little more body might help the beer veer away slightly from the acidity—but how it is, it just emphasises that the acidity is the core.
Overall, this is very good stuff: bright, fresh and clean with decent balance and plenty of interest. Almanac continue to have a very good run with me, providing exceptionally clean and integrated wild ales.
09-21-2013 06:02:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.