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Farmer's Reserve #1 - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MastaShonuf, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear pumpkin orange with some rich gold running through it. Head is bright-white with decent retention. Nice chunks of sticky lacing. Small cap and some moderate carbonation.

Smell: Grapes, lots of grapes. Fleshy grape juice and some tannic grape skin. Funky yeast adds earthy, damp, grassy elements in abundance. Some deeper fruit buried in the back. Fruity like peaches and raspberry with some tart edges. Powdery damp yeast. Sweet and tart. A touch of worn leather and some apricot. A bit lactic. Floral as well with some solid oak.

Taste: Oak with some leather and a very mild fruitiness. Some raspberry and a ton of grape skin and flesh. A bit lactic with some mild powdery yeast. Sharp tart bite on the back and it increases as it warms. Some vague dark fruit pushing toward cherry. A bit more mellow than the nose indicates. Yeast is a touch powdery with some underlying brett funk. A touch earthy with some grass and hay. Damp mustiness. Wet and juicy sour. Nice balance of tart and funk and fruit. Oh hey, did I mention the oak.

Mouthfeel: Wet with a slight astringency. Clean with a medium to light body and minimal carbonation.

Overall: Bottled farm fruit.

A nice clean wild. Not a mind-melter, but worth drinking. Nicely balanced.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in San Francisco about a year ago, split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 3/25/14

Appearance: Medium orange copper - lightly hazy - pours with a small bright white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Delightfully sour with a lot of red wine barrels in the background - sharp, bright acidic sour - some lactic sour - some funk, Brett, and some straight-up barrel - plums and some grapes - the red wine note is strong but not excessive

Taste: Nicely sour and very interesting - more lactic sour than I would have guessed from the aroma, but some sharp acidity as well - lemony funk - plum flavor, dark berries, with some grapes, but more of a red wine flavor - red wine barrel with some oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, light acidity in the finish

Overall: Worth reserving

This is quite a nice sour. It has a ton of funky sour as well as some interesting red wine notes. I would say this lives up to the hype. I probably should have bought more than one when I had the chance.

angrybabboon, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jeffrey2310, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

thebigredone, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mvdillman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

mvdillman, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of beepill
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle I have been cellaring for about a year now.

A - Beautiful pour. Poured an opaque medium amber color with a fine, quickly dissipating head. Little to no lacing.

S - The wine barrel aging is very evident in the initial smell. Red wine, black grapes, and sour plums dominate. Also getting some lemon zest, pink lady apple, and old oak.

T - Very balanced tartness. Sour, unripe plums, sour white grapes, lemon zest, yellow grapefruit and raspberries, with a faint hint of sweetness. A bit of oak and funk on the backend.

M - Very mild carbonation, which probably helps bring out the flavors, but could use a little more carb to make for a better mouthfeel. Tart bitterness on the afterbite is pleasant.

O - Great tarty sour beer. Another awesome brew from Almanac. I was pleasantly surprised that the fruitiness held up for this long. Sad to think that this may be the last time I ever taste this one. Straight, solid A.

beepill, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of SupremePie
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SupremePie, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

yourefragile, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jvillefan, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with very little head. Aroma is very muted. Grain, oak, apples, and a bit of spice. Heavy carbonation and light body. Flavor is its strong point. A subtle sour. Great balance between sweet and dry with a hint of oak. Light sourness and very mild funk on the finish. BTW, I cellared this about a year, which may have toned down some of the characteristics.

LittleDon, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of drz955
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drz955, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Mike, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bauermj, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

CuriousMonk, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

MJsGhost, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Dec 07, 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
Photo of topdown
4/5  rDev -2.7%

topdown, Nov 25, 2013
Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.