Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 143
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +12%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ElSid
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Pecan
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -18%
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.

B-

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of nataku00
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.