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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

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 133
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:
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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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

09-14-2013 16:54:51 | More by chippo33
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kojevergas

Texas

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-

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:00:00 | More by kojevergas
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afrokaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-30-2013 16:57:09 | More by afrokaze
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-15-2014 07:35:37 | More by Rollzroyce21
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-28-2013 06:33:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-14-2014 16:57:27 | More by tectactoe
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-24-2013 16:06:34 | More by acurtis
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-03-2013 18:05:29 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-25-2013 01:50:46 | More by Gonzoillini
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-10-2013 05:03:26 | More by kbuzz
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-17-2013 03:01:44 | More by mdillon86
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WeisGuy

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-12-2013 01:13:55 | More by WeisGuy
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-17-2014 06:04:00 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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JorSince88

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-03-2013 23:12:00 | More by JorSince88
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Ak555667

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-27-2013 02:29:07 | More by Ak555667
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 06:09:57 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Gobzilla

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-15-2013 05:19:29 | More by Gobzilla
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-13-2014 15:42:33 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-02-2013 23:34:05 | More by LoveStout
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-29-2013 01:43:37 | More by drummermattie02
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mroberts1204

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-25-2013 21:29:04 | More by mroberts1204
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-20-2013 22:36:41 | More by imperialking
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tanarm

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 05:06:23 | More by tanarm
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 17:01:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:01:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.