Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.
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3.94/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours a pale saffron colour, mild haze. Head is a swirl of bubbles on the top, decent lace trails. OK.
Smells wild - tart and hugely oaky. Peach notes with buttery wood, caramel, some barnyard character and dry spice rub. Oddball, but crazy good.
Flavour is massively sour, much more than I was crediting it for. Tart, puckering citrus upfront that actually mellows out nicely midway, giving peach and apricot notes. Finishes slightly oaky-sweet but plenty of tang to keep it crisp and interesting. I like it a lot.
Quite sharp, puckering. Doesn't quite mellow out texture-wise. Still, decent for style.
Crisp, tart and refreshing drop. Few inevitable flaws with something this crazy, but it's not much poorer for it.
08-06-2014 02:31:47 | More by laituegonflable
4.56/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured into a Cabernet wine glass from a bottle dated Summer 2013 (Batch FR3 05/15/13)
A - Hazy, golden orange in color with a good amount of carbonation present. A white lacing that sticks to the area in which you tilt the glass. *Edit - Be careful pouring the second half of the bottle. There is a lot of yeast in the bottom.*
S - The first aroma that I get is vinegar. It seems kind of reserved after being in the bottle for a year. Let's swirl this thing and get it to open up. There we go! This is going to be tart! You can smell the sourness. There are nectarines, cantaloupe, a hint of banana peel, and star fruit. You can also get the strawberries used and a touch of raspberries and cranberries. I can't wait to taste it as it has my mouth watering!
T - This more reserved that I thought it would be. Wait...there it goes! After about 3-4 secs the flavor explodes across the palate. Flavors of sour apples and cranberries hit first followed by the tartness of the citrus from the nectarines and strawberries. This is insane! I'm sure there are more flavors that will present themselves once it warms.
M - Medium bodied, tart and very acidic. Crisp and refreshing that is mouth-coating with a long finish.
O - This is probably one of the best sours I've ever had. Of course I haven't had a lot of the "whalez" out there, so there are only so many I can compare to. This beer is ver well balanced and contains the "perfect" amount of sweetness and tartness to enjoy without being overdone by either. I am glad that I have one more bottle.
07-15-2014 01:31:31 | More by Cubatobaco
Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.