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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 150
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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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Ale brewed with plums and Cabernet, Muscat & Concord grapes and aged in used wine barrels"
375ml bottle; bought by recommendation by friendly knowledgeable clerk at Whole Foods in SF.
A: clear light copper
S: like a fine refreshing Riesling. Delicate sourness. Grape must. Clean and fresh.
T: light, fresh, delicate; refreshing, long lingering clean taste. Mild grapefruit juice. Complex.
M: delicate, very light and refreshing. Beautiful.
O: That is one fine beer. I feel like I'm drinking a wonderful wine instead of a beer. The flavours aren't broad but they are complex and delicate. This is one to drink slowly and linger with every sip. It's all in balance. I hope my friends enjoy the other Farm to Barrel beers I brought back as gifts.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 13:49:07 | More by EspressoGuy
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-21-2013 02:51:33 | More by BGsWo22
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-12-2013 14:51:50 | More by ShanePB
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-09-2013 14:06:18 | More by drgonzo2k2
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

04-01-2013 17:12:30 | More by MoistPope
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-31-2013 04:47:11 | More by monitorpop
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-30-2013 09:53:00 | More by Gobzilla
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elNopalero

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Farmers Reserve #1! Sour ale!

This pours a glowing orange yellow. The aroma is tart, with a slight funk emerging as it warms. I find dominant notes are a combination of sour cherries, dandelion greens and a stinky cheese funk. Nice.
The flavor comes across with an initial bitterness which dovetails into a light funk. Definitely expect the funk to become more present as this beer sits for some more time. I found flavors of wet hay, carrot juice, funky cheese, and some pinot grigio notes. Dry finish.

Another excellent beer from the folks at Almanac.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 05:50:10 | More by elNopalero
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kapkenobi

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-28-2013 19:20:51 | More by kapkenobi
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wethorseblanket

California

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown 375ml bottle with etched label.

A: Pours a clear peachy yellow with an initial one-inch white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Barnyard funk, vinous, wet wood, with some mold/must and fruity, grassy and citrus notes.

T: Mildly tart with some astringency, vinous with oak, and some dusty cheese.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Dry and fruity finish.

O: Nice and enjoyable. The plums are very faint with the barrel and prominent grapes and funk being the dominate parts to the whole. Just a tad thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:12:13 | More by wethorseblanket
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nrb1

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-23-2013 14:59:44 | More by mynie
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ElSid

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#75

A: Deep orange golden with a head of micro, white bubbles which fades to a collar.

N: White wine up front with a tart and acetic acid twang. Faint and clean sweetness comes through at times, but the biting tartness commands the olfactory.

T: Green apple, kiwi, plum, grape and hint of black pepper and lemon zest open. There are moments of wood and bread smoothness, but ultimately, the astringent tartness and acetic acid sharpness wrestles the palate to a dry and puckering finish.

M: Full, yet at he same time light. The moderate carbonation supports the tart palate. Coating syrupy linger adds to feel.

O: A very nice sour that thins the line between beer and wine. The bright and crisp fruit pairs well with the tart, acetic bite producing a much enjoyed ale that I hope to try again some time soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:45:49 | More by ElSid
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, bottled in Winter 2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, hazy apricot color, topped with a thin layer of white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Very nice aroma, lots of plum, grapes, pear, lemon and lactic acidity. The sourness seems solid and the fruit aroma is pretty complex. The aroma is great, but I was a bit worried based on the smell that the beer would taste very sweet, which, fortunately, isn't the case at all.

T- Nice lactic sourness, more tart than I was expecting. The fruit falls off a bit here from the aroma. Although it's a bit toned-down, there are some nice flavors of white grape, apples, plums, peach? and some oak and funk.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low, but does the job, this isn't nearly approaching Lost Abbey levels of flatness.

O- My first beer from Almanac and I was pleasantly surprised, the fruit flavor and tartness were both done well, this is a solid sour and definitely worth picking up, I'm looking forward to the other Almanac beers I bought.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:44:15 | More by WillCarrera
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Pinche_Oso

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-17-2013 01:52:53 | More by Pinche_Oso
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DovaliHops

California

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy in the grape department. I am really not that skilled to pick out all the different grapes, but I'm gonna definitely say there are some red and white grape aromas. Scent is EXTREMELY fruity with some lovely plum, apricot, kiwi, and strawberry aromas. Very unique nose on this one. Slightly vinous with some oak and tart aromas. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose implies...not puckering, but a fair amount of tartness to this one. Funky wild yeast flavors up front with some Brett characteristics. A lot of oak and a hint of vanilla. A lot of white grape flavor up front, but finishes with red grape skin. Plums, kiwis, and strawberries keep popping up on the palate. Finishes with more oak and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat soda-like. Drinkability is very high. Overall, after trying this and the Farmer's Reserve 2, Almanac has really stepped their game up. This one could have used a bit more sourness and some more depth. It reminded me of a sparkling fruit juice with a hint of booziness... the oak did help it a lot though. A very tasty beverage nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 08:26:50 | More by DovaliHops
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 20:39:17 | More by brentk56
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miadw3

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

03-11-2013 23:54:02 | More by miadw3
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Pecan

California

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep yellow with pink tint. Quickly dissipating white head.

Nose presents the familiar sour smell with a trailing sweet grape scent.

Surprisingly not as tart as I would have expected. Except for a brief moment, I'd almost call this bland. Initial taste of grapes and maybe a little sour plum shrouded in tartness that fades almost immediately into an acetic tone like white vinegar. The acetic taste transitions into a wine barrel flavor finish. The flavor ends abruptly.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. The carbonation subsides at the end at about the same time the flavor disappears.

Not a bad sour, but too acetic for my tastes. Also nothing that will blow anyone's mind, but a solid choice if you're a fan of wine and acetic sours.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:47:34 | More by Pecan
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GRG1313

California

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:48:06 | More by GRG1313
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 16:54:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ridglens

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-03-2013 13:29:54 | More by vissai
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -27.2%

02-28-2013 05:48:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.