Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.
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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.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 05:41:17 | More by kojevergas
3.96/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy burnt orange with some reddish purple hues. Minimal head but some decent lacing when swirled a bit.
Nose is f ruity, stone fruit, plum and nectarine, sweet grape, a bit of plum and grape skin astringency, sour cherry, lemon, light oak and vanilla. A bit of earthy funk comes through as the beer warms.
Taking a sip, sweet and sour plum flavors, grape and plum skin astringency, light lactic acid tang, earthy and floral flavors, biscuit malt sweetness, light oak flavors. A bit of a vinous finish, light tannins, red grape fruitiness lingering on the tongue.
Medium mouthfeel, fine carbonation that softly glides along the tongue with a slightly slick feel. A decent wild ale with a good amount of flavor without overpowering your taste buds with tartness. I would have liked a little more acidity though, but it's still flavorful.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 03:30:49 | More by nataku00
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a brilliant old gold amber with very nice clarity, finger of foam settles down to a few flat icebergs of cream. Nose is an explosion of juicy sour grape and bright citrus, a vinous quality along with slight sour funk - but it really pops and is lively. Also some sour stone fruits - not so much plum but apricot than anything, very complex. First sip uou are hit by a rush of really bright sour lemon (truly refreshing and is not dulled by funk, if anything the earthiness is very muted and I just got sour with a complex wave of fruit), dark fruit skin, some pithiness, not too much grapes if anything and a light sourdough note stands up for the malt. The finish is lightly drying but the puckering acidity leftover makes this a great food beer. While I am slightly subjective in regards towards Almanac (though biere de chocolat pretty much sux as well as winter wit and the fennel one) this is an amazingly well done sour. Compared to 'loon gueze i would take this any time - fantastically done!
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 01:07:31 | More by Trilogy31
4.09/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On-tap at Jupiter during Sourfest - served in a small snifter. Brief review from notes.
Described as a Saison aged in wine barrels with plums, Caberet, Concord, and Muscat grapes...
This ale was light in color and light in body with an aroma that could peel paint. One of the most memorable smelling beers of the festival, this had a distinctive and intense humid aroma of a commercial dairy farm off the I-5 near Buttonwillow. The flavor was more of the same, and tasted more of terroir than any ale I've sampled in recent memory. The plums were no where to be found and the grapes dried out the finish while adding some fruity complexity and further types of acidity. As if dispensed from a hulking udder...I of course went back for seconds.
Will have to track down a bottle of this to see how it compares in a different serving style.
Serving type: on-tap
02-13-2013 00:43:53 | More by augustgarage
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.