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Farmer's Reserve #2 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 137
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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4/5  rDev -5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of nataku00
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

nataku00, Mar 29, 2013
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.

wethorseblanket, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

WillCarrera, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Trilogy31, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Johnnyramirez, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mynie, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Hopbrizio, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Gobzilla, Mar 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Grant35, Mar 14, 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

miadw3, Mar 11, 2013
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.

DovaliHops, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

lsummers, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

gueuzegossage, Mar 08, 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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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
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.


kojevergas, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jmgrub, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Swervine44, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 19, 2013
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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.