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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ShanePB, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drummermattie02, Feb 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

chippo33, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice, clear, solid gold body. Fine, pure white head. Nice retention, poor lace.

S - Tart, lightly tanniny. Granny smith apple, champagne, lemon, white oak.

T - Firm tartness, plum, oak, unripe white grape, crisp unripe pear. Lemon acidity and a light saltiness complement the bright, tart white fruits.

M - Fantastically dry. Medium, creamy body with well balanced carbonation. Nice, lingering finish.

O - Well balanced with a complex mouthfeel and an excellent flavor profile.

vfgccp, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

bsuedekum, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

claspada, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Lare453, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Gobzilla, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kscaldef, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

aasher, Sep 19, 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
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

illidurit, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber, a glowy brown-ish orange. Somewhat cloudy. The head is small to medium and slightly yellowed white. Fine foam. Most of the head dissipates after a minute, but there's a nice blanket left over. Some lacing. The aroma has a very nice fruit flavor, and you can really pick out the grape varieties and plums. It's juicy and sweet with a refined, musty fruit skin edge. The wine barrel adds a deeper fruit and oak flavor. Quite a nice combination. My only complaint is that there seems to be a touch of butter in there, though that will probably fade away with time and I seem to be more sensitive than most about such things. The taste starts with that sweet, juicy fruit (and the touch of butter) before it gets tarter and oakier. The finish is dry and packs a good tart bite. Medium sour. Lots of fruit. Very good after a hot day. Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and some nice pucker. Mild to medium tannic from the barrel. I've liked both of these Farmer's Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. It's great to see Almanac put out some better stuff, particularly sours, which seems like a natural area for them (and the sour version of their first beer was excellent). I'm definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmer's Reserves.

popery, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tectactoe, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

BGsWo22, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

mynie, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dicers, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

akang, Nov 04, 2013
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2.4/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

ehammond1, Aug 14, 2013
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.