Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
3.48/5 rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a hazy light orange/red-ish. Big fizzy off-white head that fades away almost instantly. Zero lacing, just a spot here and there maybe. Almost no retention either.
S: Some very sour strawberries and lots of acetone. Lots and lots of acetone, especially when swirled. Plastic...burning plastic?
T: Oh yeah, lots of acetone. Kinda eye-watering initially. Like gasoline and fruit. Sour nectarines and strawberries, sure. Can barely pick up on the nectarines, they're pretty buried. Nice juicy strawberry carries out into the finish after the acetone fades. Big juicy flavor for sure especially in the finish. A hint of burning plastic sometimes in the finish as well.
M: Decent medium body, quite tart.
O: Hmph. Almanac definitely has some interesting sours. This one is loaded with acetone up front, something I didn't get from their Dogpatch sour. Kinda detracting but the juicy strawberry flavor is second to none so it sorta balances it out. Letting the beer sit for a while really seemed to lesson the initial acetone (or I just got used to it).
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 02:10:30 | More by Dope
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4.56/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 01:31:31 | More by Cubatobaco
Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.