Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled Summer 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass
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.
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.
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.
Light bodied with an interesting, creamy texture. Moderate to high carbonation.
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)
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2013 01:47:44 | More by flayedandskinned
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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.