Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 184
Gots: 85 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in wine barrels with Strawberries (Swanton Berry Farms) and Nectarines (Blosson Bluff Farms).
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Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orange-ish gold. Quite cloudy. Solid head. Lots of fine white bubbles. Very good retention with some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet strawberry jam with some background barrel flavor, lightly buttery oak and some deeper grapey-ness. Strawberries seem to be a hard fruit to use in sours. They seem to contribute a rubbery/plasticky touch, and while it's present in this beer, it's minimal and handled well against the flavors contributed from the wine barrel. There's a touch of light funk, as well. The taste is light to medium tart. There's a little bit of strawberry sweetness up front, but it fades out, and the finish is tart and moderately dry. Lots of strawberry flavor. A touch of that rubber flavor, mostly in the finish, and it kinda fades in and out, much less than some strawberry sours that I've tried. The barrel seems to contribute some light vinous flavor, some blackberry/raspberry and mild oak. Very solid taste. A little bit of body, though it's generally light and lively. Medium pucker - pretty firm sourness in the back of the throat. Almanac continues to impress me with their Farmer's Reserve sours. I'm looking forward to more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jtladner
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, split

Brewed with strawberries and nectarines, aged in white wine barrels with yeast and bacteria. Really lovely stuff - the strawberry comes through in a much nicer manner than say, Cascade Strawberry. Funky, nice tarntness, and fresh lively fruit flavor. Big fan.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head that diminishes to a medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of strawberry. Slight metallic note, but not much more than strawberry normally imparts. A bit of wine. Generic stone fruit, but not something I'd peg as nectarine.

Taste - Wine flavor much more prominent. Sharp sourness, but not to intense. Strawberry still beats out the stone fruit and nectarine itself is nonexistent. Grainy malt rounds it out.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Very pleasant beer. Strawberry flavor works very well. Don't expect anything over the top from this beer.

Photo of beerhan
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A--Pours a hazy straw orange color, thin but bubbly white head that leaves a thick film around the glass

S-Strawberries, oranges, and wood.

T- Very earthy, grass, wood, light vanilla and the fruit is very subtle initially. nectarines are a strong after taste.

M- mild sourness, easily goes down without tickling the tongue too much.

O- It's a nice refreshing beer but the fruit is a little subdued. I enjoy this beer but think it should be had very fresh.

Photo of mobius387
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into stemmed glass

appearance: honey colored pour with big white bubbly head that settles down into a thing white edging around the glass with few carbonation bubbles rising throughout the beer. beer is fairly opaque

aroma: big funk, soft strawberries, some oak, some orange/lemon/citrusy back notes

palate: very tart, acidic, not boozy, good flavor spread within the mouth, medium bodied

taste: hugely tart, some fruit flavors of strawberries, oranges, lemons, grapes, cant pick out nectarines at all and i love those dern things!

overall: very well done wild ale. its not overly acidic like some cascade sours, yet still delivers a big funky punch making this beer worthy to be called sour power! if it had more of fruit flavor, and i was able to pick out nectarines, it could be one of my all time faves. nontheless, its a great wild and im really enjoying drinking this one. this is my second brew by almanac.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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)

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

375ml bottle, bottled summer 2013, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a one-finger thick and creamy head that seems to retain forever, with carbonation bubble constantly shooting to the top, some nice lacing left behind

S- very fruity on the nose up front, the strawberries are definitely there, along with a hint of citrus. Toasted oak aroma mixes with grape skin and a hint of earthy funk

T- swirls of sweet strawberry and nectarine up front eventually fades to give way to some lactic sour notes, quickly followed by tasted oak, some white wine flavors and some musty & earthy funk notes to close it out

M- medium fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a bone dry finish

O- The fruity notes may have faded by now, but this still drinks just fine. Perfect mix of sweet fruit and sour funk

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a beatiful amber color with almost no head. Minimal lacing. Swirling produces a little bit of head.

S - there's no doubt that this is a sour beer. Lacto/Brett funk hit you right out of the gate. The fruit is a little muted but it's there. Citrus, stone fruit, vinegar. Awesome.

T - pretty classic, but great sour, funk, vinuous, fruit vinegar flavors as you might expect. I don't get quite as much fruit as I was hoping for. What fruit I do get is similar to what I get on the nose (citrus, stone fruit). Not getting a ton of strawberry.

M - very nice, light effervescence. Lighter on the mouthfeel but a great finish and lingering aftertaste.

O - great on a warm day. Each sip just makes me want more. Drank this one pretty cold at first (about 40ish). Allowed to warm up a bit, more of the fruit aromas come out. Delicious.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Golden opaque yellow colour with some orange towards the centre and a thin layer of white head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma and funk dominate the nose. Hints of strawberry, grapes and oak in the background.

T - Moderate sourness and acidity with the strawberry and nectarine really shining through nicely. Oak is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I went to buy bottles, but saw that it was on tap as well, poured into a goblet. Beer pours a hazy yellow with just a faint reddish tint, half a finger of loose white bubbly head. Some tiny bubbles floating up every now and then.

The aroma was very nice, fresh strawberries and nectarines, a bit of almond like nuttiness, some sharp lactic acid sourness, oak, and mild wet soil funk. The fruit really stands out though.

The fruit isn't as prominent in the taste, some strawberry and nectarine flavors that quickly meets with sharp sourness, fruit skin and lactic acid. A bit of biscuit malt sweetness and some light brett earthy funk. Finish is dry, with some lingering fruit and malt sweetness, old oak, and a nutty flavor.

Light body and refreshing, with good amount of carbonation. Of the three Farmer's Reserve I've tried, I've enjoyed this offering from Almanac the most, and will try No. 4 next. Would have enjoyed a little more fruit in the taste, but still a good wild.

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down and consistently left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness, nectarines and white wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of oak, notes of sourness, nectarines, wine barrels and hints of sour berries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a wild ale, this is very light and refreshing. It has good drinkability because the taste isn't completely dominated by sourness or wine barrel flavors.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy yellow orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Some funk, oak, grapes, strawberry and some citrus.

T-Well balanced, oak, grass, strawberries, citrus and a tad bit of funk.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A sweeter sour, a tad bit more funk would have been best, but still very yummy.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Library Alehouse for tap takeover with 9 offerings.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thin (1/4") white head whichs fades quickly and leaves spots of lace.

N: Fresh strawberries dominate along with other fruits and some vinous notes.

T: Tart and fruity with some slight funk. Very crisp and bright.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Fruity and tart finish.

O: Would not have guessed the nectarines, but the strawberries are very present. Aged in white wine barrels for over a year induces not so much of a barrel influence but a home for the wild bugs added. Definitely want again.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright citrusy acidity, with stone fruit (apricots) and berry (strawberry) flavors. A subtle sweetness that reminds me of gatorade. Vanilla and dill come through, indicating barrel aging.

Good not great. Glad to try it, but will not buy again at this price.

Photo of t420o
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almanac Farmers Reserve #3

A- pour into tulip yields a 2 finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Beer is a hazy gold in color. 4.5

S- lighter smell but very pleasant. Berries, I love nectarines and definitely get those, moderate yeast, very nice wine barrel notes. 4.25

T- absolutely amazing. The tannic wine barrel gives an excellent white wine flavor and is excellent with the berries and nectarines. Yeast is in background. 4.75

M- nice active carbonation, mildly dry, lower side of medium body appropriate for the style. 4.5

O- great beer. Great drinkability. 5


Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paccamacca for this beer!!!

bottled in 2013 Summer. 375ml bottle with pressure cap. An aggressive hiss as the pressure cap comes off the bottle. Very classy looking label and cap on the bottle looks like the brewer really takes pride in the product they brew.

Poured into Crooked Stave belgian style tulip/snifter.

Appearance: hazy orange bodied beer with almost two fingers of head that quickly fizzes down to a thin ring.

Smell: Big whiffs of oak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and hint of lemony tartness. Hay and straw. A lite musty, dusty basement funkiness! This smells so great!

Taste: lemony tartness with a slight bit of vinegar right out of the gates with a nice dose of wood and earthy oak notes! Sweet and juicy strawberries and oranges balance out the tartness in a flawless manner. A little hint of a fruity white wine in the finish that brings everything together so well. Great complexities from this beer . You can easily find all the different elements used to brew the beer. Everything translated into the flavor in a distinctive manner, there is not guessing what your tasting.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of low carbonation that is almost moderate carbonation. The carbonation fizzes as it hits your tongue and has some creamy texture to it. This beer makes you mouth water after every sip. Does not give you any heartburn due to being over the top sour. Highly drinkable sour for sure. Semidry finish that is very clean.

Overall: This is my first Almanac sour and I gotta say that this is impressive! I recently traded for a full set of Farmers Reserve 1-4 and I am really looking forward to trying them all. Complex, balanced, drinkable sour. Alamanac really executed this beer very well. I want more!!!

Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.68 fl.oz. (375ml) bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA
Bottled Summer 2013
Served in a tulip

Outstanding bottle design. The silkscreened label is gorgeous. As for the beer, it poured a nearly clear, golden color. When some of the yeast sneaked into the glass on the second pour, the liquid turned rather turbid. A large bubbled, bright white head capped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved. Solid lacing. Large streaks and patchy drops coated the glass.

Strawberry notes were apparent in the aroma, but no as much as I had hoped. Yeasty and tart with a touch of hay. There was a moderately strong Band-Aid/plastic-like quality as well. Slightly oaky and funky. Overall, quite interesting.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, except that the strawberry presence was more subtle. Lots of hay and lemony tartness on the front end. Yeasty. Some Band-Aid notes appeared in the center. Light oak/barrel. The beer finished tart and crisp with mild strawberry notes. The nectarines were unfortunately nowhere to be found. As the beer sat, the oaky, funky and sour flavors intensified. Overall, quite refreshing.

The mouthfeel was fairly standard for the style. Crisp, frothy and rather light on the palate with a fairly aggressive carbonation.

I really liked this beer from San Francisco's newest wild ale experts, but I was a bit disappointed by the subtleness of the fruit additions. Definitely drink this one fresh, as it is already plenty tart but somewhat light on fruit flavor.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Poured straight into glass because I expected little to no head.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with one finger bubbly white head that leaves nice lacing. More than expected for the style.

Smell- Strong presence. Very tart nectarine, mild strawberry, lemon, green apple skin, FUNKY citrus. Slight oak and vanilla.

Taste- Incredible. Light strawberry first then changes to fresh nectarine. Berliner Weiss wheat-like flavor, mild lemon and green apple. Not aggressively sour, but nicely tart.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and pleasantly tart. Little mouth pucker. Incredibly smooth and refreshing.

Overall- A great American wild. Very fruit forward with a great tartness. I'll be wanting more of this!

Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I liked but didn't love the past two Farmer's Reserve beers, and I'm expecting this will be the same. "Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and nectarines." Sounds tasty. 6.8% ABV according to my bottled. Bottled summer 2013. I like the labels; stylish and printed right on the bottle. Classy. 12.68 fl oz (375ml) brown glass bottle with branded '70s orange and brown pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

"Aged for 12 months in used white wine barrels with a blend of wild belgian [sic] yeasts and bacteria..."

Served cold, straight from flash-cooling in me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Pretty thin. No lacing at all. Minimal cream. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes. No bubble show.

Body colour is a glowing translucent nontransparent yellow copper. Some orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. Average vibrance.

Looking generally good so far. Not unique or special, but I don't notice any obvious flaws.

Sm: Lovely well integrated white wine notes with some plump white grapeskin coming on strong. Welcoming soft bright fruit - certainly nectarine. I have to search for the strawberry; ultimately I don't think it's a very apt fruit for brewing and it takes a lot to get much flavour out of it. The barrel notes are quite lovely; I really dig the oak and vanilla - they're so subtle and natural here. Fragrant and perfumey. Soft and inviting, definitely. Some lychee without any accompanying sweetness. The wild yeasts are less prominent than the well-executed fruit; I do get some lightly tart yeasty notes but no lacto or lambic yeast - and certainly no sour bacterial notes. Maybe some brettanomyces, but little funkiness. It comes off somewhat alive. No real spice. Some complementary floral hop notes; they're quite light though, aiding the soft fleeting vibe of the aroma.

Overall, it's an impressive subtly executed aroma with noticeably well incorporated fruity notes. Moderate in strength. Quite complex. I'm really excited to try it; maybe this is the Almanac beer that will finally wow me.

T/Mf: Nice acidic palpable white wine notes; good dryness/wetness balance therein. Acidity is on the slightly higher end overall, but quite manageable for a sour. Lychee, white grapeskin, white plum, and a bit of nectarine come through; these fruity notes are all well integrated and subtly executed. Perhaps some apple skin as well. I'm looking for the strawberries but not finding them. Maybe they aid the luscious juicy feel I'm getting? Nicely carbonated without going overboard. Hop presence is minimal yet complementary, with light flowery notes accentuating the dominant fruit.

The oak isn't as present as I'd like, but does make a grand entrance in the second act, injecting a bit of needed dryness and lending a guiding tone to the rest of the beer. The dryness fades towards the finish, letting it end on a somewhat juicy refreshing note. I get a hint of pear on the climax. No vanilla notes really, but I'm glad because I don't know that that'd work.

The sourness is quite tame, as anticipated, but there's some nice tartness here, which really works alongside the fruit. A touch of lacto on the climax; I could go for just a bit more. Nice light funkiness; not too much brett character here. Not getting any lambic yeast or true bacteria; I still maintain that Almanac's beers come off entirely too clinical to truly match the farmhouse image they try to present.

Crisp, clean, and approachable. I'd like it softer; I wonder about the hardness of the brewing water. It does seem a bit too minerally.

Lightly dry and coarse from crystal malt and the white wine aging. Good thickness and presence on the palate. Good body. Complements the flavour profile well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: I wasn't on-board with the Almanac hype before, but this beer makes a compelling argument for me to consider hopping on the bandwagon. I'm certainly more interested in their future offerings than I was before. Maybe they had a rough start but they're finally honing their skills. All in all, this is a delightful sour with impressively subtle execution and I'm glad I bought it. I'm suspicious of their claim that it will age well for 5 years; I really can't see it getting any better than it is now - and that's not a grandiose compliment, it's a statement of limitations.

Obscenely refreshing and very drinkable; I'd happily down this all night. A shockingly good beer from a brewery I had come to expect very little from. The pricetag is high, but I'd certainly pick up another. I'd probably recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well. Bravo, Almanac.


Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I finally get to try stuff from Almanac! And I have another 7 bottles to go. Thanks, Chris!

Pouring a moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great! The first whiff on the nose is a massive dose of Brett aromatics with plenty of clove and a moderate plastic note. Once this dissipates a bit (rather quickly), the strawberry character grows. It's got the characteristics of an aged strawberry beer - a sharpness, a mustiness, a seedy tannin character and a shade medicinal. Citrus is moderate, brightening up the medicinal notes. Sourness is light, this beer is really just dominated by the Brett and the fruit.

The palate opens bright and refreshing, with the citrus notes most prominent. Bright, clean, refreshing and mildly acidic, the mandarins (or so I'm told) open up the palate, making it more receptive to the milder strawberry flavors. Flavors of farmhouse, earth, clove and a faint plastic note are present on the mid-palate. Drying on the finish with a juicy, earthy citrus flavor, this beer has a moderate acidity (mostly lactic with a little lemon). Crisply carbonated, this is pretty refreshing. Nicely done.

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.