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Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #3Farmer's Reserve #3

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BA SCORE
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521 Ratings
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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 200
Gots: 87 | 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)
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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flayedandskinned

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled Summer 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy golden with peach highlights. A tiny bubbled, 2 fingers tall, pure white head sprouts and quickly falls, leaving no lacing behind. There is liberal amount of spent proteins and even some strawberry seeds floating in the glass, which is pretty neat.

Aroma: (4.5)
Tart, acidic lemon perforates your nostrils immediately, with an underlying lactic, sour cherry note. These traditional sour notes are accompanied by a huge presence of fresh picked strawberries. Layered neatly on top of the strawberries is a complex, musty cellared tone from the souring bacterias and the Brettanomyces; sun warmed leather, wet hay and some light tangy pineapple notes that matured brettanomyces can give off. As the beer warms, more and more of the fresh nectarine character comes out to play. Very tropical, refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.25)
Much more immediately tart then the fruit forward nose makes you expect; Bright, tart lemon juice explodes onto your palate immediately, with more that typical cherry pie filling tone sours have. After this initial blast of acidity, you're greeted with big, slightly creamy notes of juicy nectarines and strawberries. The fresh fruits are coated with a slight funky, musty character from the bacteria and wild yeast. The beer finishes pretty dry, but not nearly as sour as the initial taste would lead you to believe. Long lingering notes of fresh, juicy strawberries, nectarine flesh and lemon juice. Behind these fruit overtones, there is a light vanilla impression and light tannins imparted by the wine barrel.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Light bodied with an interesting, creamy texture. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
This is a very crisp, unique sour that might not be the most complex wild ale made, but it certainly harnesses the raw fruit character of nectarines and strawberries. This is the first Almanac beer I've had, but I'm definitely going to try more of their offerings after this awesome beer. Highly recommended(name another strawberry/nectarine sour ale)

08-16-2013 01:47:44 | More by flayedandskinned
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Doug for sharing his bottle. I have one coming my way, so I hope that it delivers! This will be my first of Almanac's Farmers Reserve series. Number 3 pours a murky, golden-yellow with essentially no translucency at all - very much opaque with only a white collar as opposed to a full-on "head". The hazy golden body and quickly transcending head is typical of the blond sour style, but not something I'm incredibly fond of.

Oh, wow... That's different.. Very different, but in the best way possible. The label said this beer was brewed with strawberries and nectarines; strawberries I get, nectarines, not as much. The strawberries come out very heavy and sweet with a very "candy-ish" aroma; I'm drawing close parallels with strawberry Pez candy. Very interesting and very nice, all the same.

I guess I can get some orange-y aromas out of the back-end, but without having been told nectarines were in this brew, I probably wouldn't have pinpointed it. Mildly acidic, somewhat sweet, and pleasantly tart. This beer smells like a modest fruit and candy collaboration, and I've gotta admit, I'm really digging it. It's damn hot outside right now, too, so let's hope this tastes as refreshing as it smells.

Surprisingly enough, Farmer's Reserve #3 pulls the ol' bait-and-switch, and the first thing my palate is scorched with is a big-time brazing of oranges. Tangy nectarines, starting with a mild acidity and lactic sourness that transform into a juicier rendition of the fruit as the flavor heads from tart to delicately sweet within seconds.

Strawberry fruits are apparent, but much less noticeable, and the Pez and candy notes are lost on the palate, as the strawberries take on a more raw, fruity character. A touch of some vinous oak finally peaks it's head out in the end, resulting in a dry, yet mouth puckering finish. Thin-medium bodied with above average carbonation and a slick mouth feel.

Wow, what a damn good beer. My hopes were high for this one, and my expectations were met anyway. Great amount of tartness - enough to please the sour-heads, but not so much that it becomes undrinkable. Really nice balance of lactic and acidic sourness as well. This is something you could certainly drink in quantity on a hot day. The "new" summer shandy, if you will.

07-29-2013 15:55:20 | More by tectactoe
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Dabeel

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-17-2013 07:27:09 | More by Dabeel
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andyfrancis

California

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a bulbous red wine glass, pale with reddish-peach tones that look like something that was made with strawberries and nectarines. Eruption of carbonation birthed a near-white inch tall head that settled into some clumpy goodness.

Fuckin a, smells delicious. Almost equal thirds of fruit, wine, and sour funk. Subtle enough that it won't scare away the uninitiated.

Much like the smell, so tasty and complex, while subtle enough that this would be a great gateway sour for that friend you've been trying to get into them. Sweet and sour swirls around mouth while the funk tickles your nose from the inside leading to a citrusy tart finish.

Initial stinging carbonation attacking all surfaces. Settles into sour astringency and mostly fades away.

I wish I had a third hand to give this 3 thumbs up. Or maybe 1 thumb up while clapping with the other 2. In the upper echelon of palatable sours with The Russian River 'tions, and New Belgium's La Folie and Eric's Ale.

07-14-2013 00:01:30 | More by andyfrancis
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-21-2013 22:59:46 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-04-2013 00:39:54 | More by Callmecoon
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-23-2014 05:02:09 | More by mctizzz
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rob133

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2013 20:15:19 | More by rob133
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Prospero

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-25-2014 06:05:47 | More by Prospero
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-28-2013 02:13:33 | More by standardcherry
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

4/5  rDev -8%

03-10-2014 17:30:33 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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ehammond1


4.44/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle (2013)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A really incredible entry into the Farmer's Reserve Series. The aroma along is enough for this to be something truly special. It's reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake with creamy, sweet vanilla ice cream on top, all turned into a sour Popsicle. Really exceptional. The flavor is just as good. True, authentic, juicy strawberry character, nice vanilla and oak notes, with a fairly large sour presence. My favorite in the series, though Farmer's Reserve 4 is also quite incredible.

08-14-2013 17:48:41 | More by ehammond1
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sourdog

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-17-2014 23:47:48 | More by sourdog
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2014 23:19:33 | More by williamjbauer
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%

Cloudy golden color with a sizable white head that lingered and provided nice lacing. The aroma was tart, a bit funky. I didn't notice the strawberries, but the nectarines definitely came through nicely as the beer warmed. Fairly complex, tart flavor kind of like a gueuze, but with a little fruit at the end, and not as dry of a finish.

A very good beer, especially for a hot summer day.

06-22-2013 18:00:21 | More by jtladner
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-24-2014 17:35:47 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to leftyhyzer for sharing

A - Hazy orange with a white head

S - Strawberry is strong and full with a light nectarine. Like strawberry jelly with a light orange presence.

T - Strawberry presence that gives a nice sweetness to it. Melon with a tart sour presence with light vinegar and lemon on the backend that makes it tart

M - Light carb with lots of bubbles and a dry finish

O - Good fruited wild with a good balance of strawberry balanced with a tart lemony vinegar

09-01-2013 15:14:32 | More by jeonseh
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BobbysLiquors

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-10-2013 19:22:43 | More by BobbysLiquors
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VinceMig

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-06-2013 21:00:47 | More by VinceMig
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

07-28-2013 01:12:41 | More by acurtis
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JasonFromLA

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

09-19-2013 22:28:14 | More by JasonFromLA
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

06-24-2013 07:07:52 | More by ste5venla
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switzer

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%

07-31-2013 02:07:51 | More by switzer
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Johnny58

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-02-2013 05:41:03 | More by Johnny58
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-29-2013 01:18:48 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.