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Farmer's Reserve #2 - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve #2Farmer's Reserve #2

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 131
Gots: 33 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 02-19-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
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-

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.