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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

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 139
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 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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

brentk56, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

ygtbsm94, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Knapp85, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 17, 2013
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-

kojevergas, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

imperialking, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

yourefragile, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

orangesol, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

BARFLYB, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Gonzoillini, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mdaschaf, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.