1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve #3Farmer's Reserve #3

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

516 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 516
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 196
Gots: 88 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged in wine barrels with Strawberries (Swanton Berry Farms) and Nectarines (Blosson Bluff Farms).

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-29-2013)
View: Beers (32) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
WTKeene

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped bottle dated Summer 2013 into a Lawson's Finest Tulip.

Appearance: Well the beer gushed as I opened it, the beer is a hazy peach color with a moderately sized off-white, creamy head. Persistent lacing, and while the head dissipated relatively quickly, there is a thin crown that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Smell: Strawberries come through mostly in the nose, a hint of oak and a vinous tartness is evident as well. The nectarines aren't coming through much here.

Taste: A mild and pleasant tartness reminiscent of underripe strawberries. Hints of almond from the nectarines, and some fruitiness as well. Oak definitely plays a role here, and the finish is quite dry. A creamy malt character sticks around for a while afterward.

Mouthfeel: Pretty low on the carbonation, possibly because of the aforementioned gushing. Relatively thin.

Overall: Very nice example of the style. I would have like a stronger fruit character, but the fruit combo worked well together and I liked that. Not the most tart beer I've ever had, which makes this very drinkable and sessionable. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:02:13 | More by WTKeene
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jones153
Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2014 01:31:11 | More by Jones153
Photo of barbellsNbeers
barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2014 03:13:34 | More by barbellsNbeers
Photo of PhiGam25
PhiGam25

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-26-2014 01:28:18 | More by PhiGam25
Photo of Ferrari805
Ferrari805

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-25-2014 11:51:27 | More by Ferrari805
Photo of michaeljstraub
michaeljstraub

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-23-2014 16:47:06 | More by michaeljstraub
Photo of terraism
terraism

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-22-2014 01:32:21 | More by terraism
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-21-2014 03:35:57 | More by oline73
Photo of LopeJuice
LopeJuice

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2014 04:07:38 | More by LopeJuice
Photo of atpca
atpca

California

2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

07-17-2014 05:31:27 | More by atpca
Photo of Cubatobaco
Cubatobaco

Virginia

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
Photo of farnold
farnold

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

07-14-2014 20:15:17 | More by farnold
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-13-2014 15:42:57 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
Photo of mrebeka
mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-12-2014 23:37:03 | More by mrebeka
Photo of hecmin01
hecmin01

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-10-2014 13:01:19 | More by hecmin01
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-08-2014 15:29:30 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Ssippisam
Ssippisam

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-07-2014 20:40:22 | More by Ssippisam
Photo of trevor_s
trevor_s

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8%

07-06-2014 14:49:06 | More by trevor_s
Photo of BeerThursdays
BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-04-2014 11:55:59 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of Ant4711
Ant4711

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2014 13:18:47 | More by Ant4711
Photo of Geoff413
Geoff413

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-02-2014 14:17:39 | More by Geoff413
Photo of miggs3030
miggs3030

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +14.9%

06-29-2014 16:06:15 | More by miggs3030
Photo of Roze
Roze

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

06-28-2014 00:37:19 | More by Roze
Photo of ThreeFishes
ThreeFishes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-24-2014 19:30:33 | More by ThreeFishes
Photo of ColonelHopslam
ColonelHopslam

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-24-2014 17:33:12 | More by ColonelHopslam
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.