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Farmer's Reserve #2 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #2Farmer's Reserve #2

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 124
Gots: 32 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This barrel-aged ale is a celebration of the California autumn harvest. Brewed with heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay, crisp Fuyu persimmons from Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley and fresh ginger from the Santa Clara Valley, then aged for over a year in white wine barrels to create a deliciously complex wild ale.
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Consumed 3/27/14

Appearance: Hazy gold, with orange and yellow highlights - pale around the edges - pours with a small, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sour and tart with some interesting aromas - squashy pumpkin, seems to have held up over time - some nice ginger with some other spices - light fruitiness that I'm guessing comes from the persimmons (I'll admit that I've never had the fruit) - white wine in the back - some pale malts at the base

Taste: Tart with some spices and pumpkin - lightly sour, with some lactic notes, but mostly just tart - some nice white wine and white wine barrel flavors - light fruits, like pears and apples - ginger in moderation with some other spices - some pale malts in the back, along with a hint of pumpkin flesh

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, smooth and crisp, finishes dry

Overall: You have my persimmon to try

Based on the quality of Farmer's Reserve #2, I'm not surprised that this is quite tasty. The pumpkin isn't really prominent, but it's there. The combination of tart, sour, pumpkin, spices, and white wine really works, probably because nothing is over the top.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with heirloom pumpkins, Fuji persimmons and fresh ginger and aged in white wine barrels.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a short lived white head.

Nose is a bit closed; there is a hint of persimmon but maybe only because you know its there with also very light pumpkin and only a hint of ginger. Not the nose one would expect; not offensive; just very light and non-assertive. Just a very light fruit character and not a lot more.

Mouthfeel is light an elegant carbonation with a light citric tart and very nice balance. Fresh and inviting.

Flavor profile is very elegant and refined, for lack of a better word. Very drinkable and goes down like a low alcohol berlinerweisse, not at all like an almost 8% abv. brew. The flavor profile is very subtle, although there is an initial hit of light ginger and an almost unripe peach/stonefruit character.

This is a delicious drink with a complexity that is deceiving. The finish is clean, lightly tart and fresh.

There is an almost mint finish that is very pleasing. This and Farmer's Reserve #1 are two of the nicest efforts I've seen in a long time.

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tegu glass

A- pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that retains decently, eventually leaving a thin film behind, some lacing left behind

S- tart lacto aroma up front with the ginger being noticed the most, some fruity notes of peach skin, pear and red apple. Toasted oak with some white wine tart aromas close it out, with some lingering earthy yeast

T- pear and lactic sourness up front with the ginger adding a fresh aspect, along with a hint of mint. Some earthy yeast mixes with apple and a hint of lemon. Oaky white wine notes close it out with a fruity linger. I couldn't pick out any pumpkin flavor

M- medium body with low slightly biting carbonation leads to a low foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- this certainly isn't extreme, compared to some of their other sours, but it's incredibly drinkable. The ginger adds a nice light and fruity touch

Photo of tanarm
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Lots of funk on the nose. Oak and citrus. Very inviting. Bready and grapefruity. Maybe a hint of persimmon, but would never guess it had I not known. Not getting a lot of pumpkin or ginger.

Yellow hazy hue. Nice and bubbly, good head retention and subsequent lacing.

Wow. Taste is very complex, herbal, floral, reminiscent of sage. Spicy ginger root mingles with woody oak and citrus, fades into a subtle smooth finish. Delicious. Not as sour/funky as nose suggests. Fades quickly. Not a brash in your face kinda sour.

Body is light-medium. Pretty dry finish. Refreshing. Carbonation is high.

Pretty approachable for a sour, while still being something totally different and interesting.

Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with half a finger of soapy loose white head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar leaving some light lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is lemon tartness, sweet stone fruit, white grapes, grape skins, light earthy funk. Light wood and spiciness as well. Sweetness probably resembles persimmon, but I haven't had one in a while.

Taking a sip, light tartness upfront, lemon juice and unripe plum, followed by sweet stone fruit, grape, oak tannin, herbal funk. Dry finish, lingering stone fruit and yeast spiciness on the tongue.

Lighter side of medium with tingly aggressive carbonation pricking at my tongue. Pretty good overall.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml brown bottle with etched label.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with an initial 1" plus white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving puzzle lace.

N: Vinous with white grapes, some barnyard must, pear fruit, hay/grass, yeast, floral, and citrus.

T: Fruit up front with white grape, pear and citrus, midly tart with tannic oak and a ginger spicy zing.

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

O: Did not detect the pumpkin much. Persimmon is faint and melds with the mellow ginger spice. White grapes and barrle character is most prominent. Not as funky as #1.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle, bought @ Whole Foods, Venice CA; $10
S: Sharp lactic acidity. Tangerines, pears. Some funk integrated. Ginger spice in background.
T: High acidity. Persimmon. A bit of breadiness in finish. Mostly clean, crisp flavor.
M: Light body, but not thin due to high acidity and carbonation.
O: A commendable sour beer effort. Good balance of fruit and funk. Not extremely complex, but if it was cheaper, I would buy again.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a finger of creamy white head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Funky barnyard aroma with lactic acidity, ginger spice and pumpkin. I'm having a tougher time picking out the persimmon, but the funky and acidic aromas are very nice and are nicely accented with the pumpkin and ginger.

T- Tart lactic acidity, nice funkiness, along with pumpkin, ginger and a lot of other fruits (pear, white grapes). The barrel is subtle and lends just a bit of oak, white grape and some vinous and tannic flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Another win from the Farmer's Reserve series, I've really enjoyed both of these beers so far. The sourness is spot on and they're using some very cool ingredients really well.

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Haven't been impressed with Almanac, but the Reserve #1 was their best offering so far. I decided to give this one a go. Love the label art; well-executed etching on the glass itself with a stylish ribbon-style ring on the bottom. 375ml brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 7.80% ABV confirmed. White wine barrel aged. Brewed with Heirloom Pumpkins, Fuyu persimmons, and fresh ginger.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fizzy floater that dissipates within seconds. I think it was beige in colour? All I'm left with is a murky cloudy yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Nontransparent. Meh. It's okay.

Sm: White wine, light cidre, maybe white ginger, and pear. I look for pumpkins but don't detect them. I honestly don't know what a persimmon smells or tastes like, so I can't comment on that. Little yeast comes through, if any. I don't detect any alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pear, pleasant lacto sourness, biting cidery apple notes, and other citrus fruit. White wine, sure. Pale malts. Pleasant and lactic. Crystal malt. Well balanced, if simple. Clean and enjoyable. I don't get any pumpkin at all; call me crazy. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but I still like it.

Mf: Smack-your-lips feel. It's a bit thin. Fizzy. Coarse and wet. Clean. Pleasant. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Fairly acidic.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Satisfies expectations of the style, but it's still wanting for the pricetag. Hides its ABV well. Overall, it's a pricey offering from Almanac but one of their better ones. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends, but it's a solid wild ale for what it is. Don't expect too much sourness or complexity.

B-

Photo of notchucknorris
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a one finger bone white head. A steady stream of carbonation billows up from the bottom of the glass.

S: A lot of tart underripe orchard fruit on the nose. White peach, nectarine, green apple, some earthy ginger and some golden delicious apple skin. A light touch of spice as well.

T: Opens on a pretty nice sour note with some persimmon, lemon hard candy, a light hit of ginger. Finish brings just a hint of pumpkin with a touch of baking spice, big white wine note and some light baked apple. Finishes a bit plain, but a really enjoyable sour. Almanac is killing it.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Head is small and bright white. Ok head retention leaves a small clumpy cap and collar. Minimal lacing and a mild carbonation.

Smell: Very mildly fruity. Soft funk with some minor tart notes. A hint of ginger thrown in the back. A touch of white wine and a vague sort of woodiness. A little bit of pumpkin. Some slight pale malts add some cracker and a slight bready element. Really mellow. Some earthy hints. Fruit is most prevalent but it's still mild. A touch floral as well. Warming makes it a bit more tart, but not much.

Taste: Slightly tart fruit that runs somewhere between lemon and peach. Vaguely tropical. Some decent white wine running throughout. Some lactic tartness. Malts are very pale and light, adding a very slight sweetness. A touch of cracker and yeasty funk. A bit floral at the edges with a general citrus fruit. Ginger is really mild and only really comes out as it warms. Vaguely vegetal as well but it's hard to pull out.

Mouthfeel: Lightish medium body with a mildly effervescent but not bubbly or high carbonation. Relatively clean with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Check yo almanac yo.

Good not great. Very light and definitely feels more summery than it does fall.

Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with white cap thats quick to fade. It smells of ginger and spice with slight earth to grassiness across the back. The flavor is mostly comprised of the taste of ginger, slight herbs, lemony tartness and a wheat grainy backbone. It is light bodied, fizzy and unique. Worth a try but not something I feel I need to have again.

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque pale honey color capped by an inch of foam; a reasonable pattern of lacing is left behind

Smell: Lactic sourness with pear forward and ginger, persimmon and (perhaps) pumkin tucked underneath

Taste: Stone fruit and lactic sourness dominate the front end, with the ginger adding an edge that really becomes apparent in the finish; other flavors include persimmon (a personal favorite), pear and apricot; the pumpkin is hard to find, though there may be a hint just after the swallow if you search for it enough

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of acidity; moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice sour with an interesting fruit (and vegetable) profile

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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 yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial 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 some spice and pumpkin-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour fruity flavor 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 and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice earthy and sour aromas and flavors.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA. Brewed with "heirloom pumpkins, fuyu persimmons and fresh ginger" and aged in white wine barrels. Yep, this sounds interesting.

Pours a relatively bright, slightly hazed golden yellow colour with a white fizzy head that foams up and out, leaving very little. Body is quite light, but it holds some moderate fine carbonation when tilted. Had I not already had a sneaky sniff of it, I'd not be feeling particularly enthusiastic right now.

But I had had a sneaky sniff, and it smells wonderful. Funky, spicy and acidic, this actually smells a little more like a well-crafted wild than I was expecting. Indeed, the pumpkin only provides a little colour to the aroma, and doesn't dominate, or even stand out particularly much. Instead, the main characters are plasticky lambic-tones, earthy funk, and old oak. The pumpkin and fruit comes through subtly, providing a richness underneath, coming through more broadly as it warms. It's a very pleasant aroma.

Taste is clean and light, but surprisingly thin—although that could also be part of the cleanness. Tart, acidic entry, very gueuze-like, before some carbonic tones stretch on the back. Peppery notes sprinkle the back, along with a zesty aspirin bitterness. A little organic greenery finishes it off—again very clean, but also lacking a little complexity. It's all very good, but it's less interesting than I'd hoped.

Feel is clean and light, but it feels like part of the problem in the lack of complexity.

This is a good beer, and well-crafted. To get that nice funk and acidity just right is no mean feat. It just feels slightly one-dimensional though, and for a beer with so many ingredients, that's something of a disappointment.

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, clear, light wheat and gold body. Creamy foam cap. Lively carbonation in the glass. Ok retention and low lace.

S – Pear, honeydew, sour apple, and a mild lemon tartness. Just a hint of sweet squash and ginger.

T – Sharp tartness, with a bracing lemon acidity. Unripe nectarines, squash, and lemon warheads. Touch of ginger ale and plantains on the backend.

M – Nice carbonation. Light frame with a dry finish.

O – Bright and refreshingly acidic with a soft fruit back drop.

Photo of lsummers
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange, smell of sour plumbs/citrus hits the nose. Taste hits with tart sour lemon with a touch of ginger. There's some peppery darker fruit notes too.

Mouthfeel is fresh and sharp. A touch overly carbonated but works well with the sour notes.

Overall, a very refreshing sour that could definitely be a sour of choice after plowing a farm to barrel field. I could do without the ginger as subtle as it is but others will like it.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Ale brewed with Heirloom Pumpkins, Fuyu Persimmons and fresh ginger and aged in white wine barrels."

Pours out a very light blonde with not much head, decent lace.

Pale malts, earth and oak make up the smell.

The taste brings a lot more to the table. Pale malts, pumpkin and spice are quickly followed by a nice lactic sour. Oak dries it out and I get a bit of the persimmon and a tiny touch of ginger. Goes down smooth with a body that is thin, but not too thin.

This was a really nice sour, wild ale.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with some floating specs in it. The head is white with a scattered retention and light lacing. The smell is sour on the nose, not much else besides the barrel aging and some lemon aromas. The taste of the beer is acidic, some subtle spice, was hoping more of the pumpkin would come through. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty refreshing brew. Not bad, worth trying.

Photo of kmatlack
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't reviewed a beer on her in a long time. This beer was such a surprise to me that I had to get on here and throw a review up. Bottle served at cellar temp into a lost abbey tulip.

Appearance: Pours a glowing yellow-orange in my glass. Nice and clear with a very fine bone white that settles down and becomes apparent only at the edges of the glass.

Smell: Super funky. White wine barrel characteristics on the nose. I don't get any of the pumpkin but the persimmon is there. Your typical wild ale aromas: green apples, lemon, your grandparents house.

Taste: Strong acidity up front, mouth puckering sour, tart lemon peel, actually might be getting some of the pumpkin here? Fantastically dry white wine characteristics. I'm pairing this with a creamy brie cheese and it goes well. The taste blows the aroma out of the water.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, thin, perfectly dry. Amazing wild ale. This suffered from carbonation loss pretty quick.

Overall: This series of beers is amazing. I wish more people knew about them but at the same time, Im glad they don't because that means more for me.

Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful silk screened bottle. Pours hazy and gold into a wine glass, fruit particulate evident. Fizzy cap of white reaches a finger and a half high with poor retention and a delicate sheet of lacing.

Sharp lactic sourness with stone fruit, sour apple and very bright yellow citrus. Powdery ginger spice and white wine barrels evident. I got a bit of the oak and sweetness of the persimmons but no fleshy pumpkin.

Lactic acidity with a bracing lemon tartness that leaves my mouth watering. Complexities of oak, white wine grapes, sour pear and sour apple and earthy and grassy funk. Bright overall and clean.

Prickly carbonation that really enhances the sour. Clean and fresh sour.

So impressed by Almanac's sours thus far. This one is very bright and tart but harder to pick out the individual components than some of the others. Still a great wild ale.

Photo of impending
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-

375ml into a tulip. Pours a fairly hazed orange apricot yellow, pure white dense froth, vigorous carbonation sustains a cap for the session.

The scent is wholly unexpected with pumpkin listed first as it doesn't find its way to me. Persimmon and ginger keep it bright, alive. A label is not needed to tell you white wine barrels were involved. Tart is the extent of the sour. sharp crisp dry, no funk of any measure
smooth in every facet
cheers
jd

Photo of DovaliHops
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Snagged me a couple bottles of this one. Hope they're worth it. Pours a hazy, orange-straw colow with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is packet with stone fruit aromas...peach, apricot, nectarine, and even persimmon. I've had persimmon on many occasions, as my girlfriend's family always has them at their house. The pumpkin is really hard to find in the nose, but if you search for it, you can definitely pick it up...especially as this beer warms. The ginger is quite mellow, which is nice. Lovely lacto sourness in the aroma as well. The nose is awesome, as it reminds me of some very well-crafter berlinerweisse I've had. Taste is just as pleasant...and that's awesome! Initially, I got a taste that I remember significantly from certain fruited American wild ales. I looked around at my bottle collection, and it hit me: ITHACA! I've had this similar barrel flavor from Ithaca Le Bleu and Brute. Granted, I've only had each of those beers on one single occasion, but that's how much it stands out. Funky and somewhat buttery, with lovely sour/tartness throughout. Still can't really find the pumpkins, but this one is definitely fruity and refreshing. The wine barrel aging does this beer a whole lot of complexity, Overall, I find this to be a great beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated and lip smacking from the fruit and tartness. Drinkability is high. Overall, the best Almanac brew I have had so far. I still have FR#1 and Noir in the fridge though. This is a whole lot better than the 750ml bottles they were putting out before.

Photo of popery
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky darkened shade of yellow, not quite orange. I think most of the murkiness is from sediment, so that might vary be a bit based on pour and bottle handling. It settles out to merely cloudy after a minute. Fizzy medium head. Dissipates to not much after a minute. Looks like a sour. Aroma is mostly a tart lemony note and white wine barrel flavors, though there is definitely some fruitiness. I like persimmons, and knowing they’re in the beer, I can pick them out, but it’s not exactly a descriptor that I jump to naturally. Mild and fresh ginger aroma. Happy to find that it doesn’t smell like a bad pumpkin pie. That bright, spicy ginger note is actually quite nice and much different than the ubiquitous ginger powder flavor of so many holiday ales. The white wine barrel contributes oak and a bright vinous flavor. Lots of fresh notes in the beer. This is one that lives up to their Farm To Barrel branding. The taste starts with firm acidity. Lots of fruitiness and oak through the middle, and the finish cleans things up with a zesty ginger bite. There’s a little muddiness of flavor right as things tail off, but it’s no big deal. Quite dry. Seems drier and tarter than my keg samples during SFBW, so that’s a nice surprise. Fizzy feel. Good pucker. Mild oak tannic quality. This is a very good sour. I’ve been pretty dubious of Almanac for awhile, but they seem to be taking steps in the right direction, and that’s great to see. More wine barrel sours, please.

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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.