Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by WTKeene:
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:
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.