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Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

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

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BA SCORE
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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%


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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scottfrie

California

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a small tulip. Bottled “Summer 2013”.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy glowing lemon color with a finger of bright white, short lived head. Head quickly faded into a wispy bubbly collar leaving minor stringy laceing down the glass.
S: A sweet boquet of fruit on the nose. Notes of sweet nectarines and strawberries mix well with earthy funk, tart bright acid, dry vinous wine barrel, and peppery spice. Fruity, funky, and earthy.
T: Follows the nose with bright and vibrant flavors of tart acid, nectarine juice, and a kiss of sugary strawberry. The tart vinous wine barrel hits first with a blast of drying acidity and balancing sweet fruit. Earthy and spicy funk follows. The strawberry is subtle and comes through nicely in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of more hints of citrus as well as buttery oak.
M: Mouthfeel is tart, drying and refreshing; body is medium and has a decent chew to it; carbonation is ample but soft and froths up on my palate with each sip.
O: A very drinkable and flavorful sour. Clean and refreshing, bright and delicious. Carbonation is slightly distracting, but thankfully soft and fluffy.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:28:06 | More by scottfrie
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light to medium straw-like yellow in color with a huge, frothy head. Retention is pretty decent, but the lacing is very good. The body is moderately hazy, just enough that you can't see through it.

S- Tart and fruity are the scents that are right up front. Definite profile of light strawberries and slightly stronger nectarines are in the fruity profile. The tartness kicks in towards the back end, with a focus on the wild yeast in a fairly acidic way.

T- Tart and stronger than it is in the scent. Tart flavor is dominant throughout, but is most intense at the start. The middle of the drink moves the flavor more toward a dry, wine barrel tartness before the juiciness of the fruits kick in at the end of the drink. Strawberry displays it's tart juiciness first with a dose of flavor before the nectarines kick in and provide even more sour flavor. Lingering fruitiness of the nectarine is mostly orange-ish and a little tart.

M- Very light and highly carbonated on the palate. Rather easy to drink in every regard except for its tartness. Fairly juicy and refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome, sour, fruity, juicy, and spritzy beer. Displays just about everything that a fruited wild ale should, from the fruit, to the tartness, to the slight bit of wine barrel flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:52:45 | More by boilermakerbrew
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elNopalero

Texas

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear, hazy golden-yellow. The color of a summer’s sun!

There’s a great aroma with some tartly sour strawberries and dried hay. I get a flavor that’s similar, with tart strawberries and a hint of wet hay funk. Long finish that last for days. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 22:57:23 | More by elNopalero
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely hazed yellow with a white head that disappears immediately. Nose is strong brett and barrel. leathery, light tangerine skin and a touch sour. Taste is a little brighter. Much more fruity brett, pineapple, peach, tangerine. Leathery and dusty towards back with a moderately sour finish and strong carbonation. Light body and prickly on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:26:00 | More by cpetrone84
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice hazy darker straw hue with a good two finger white head that fades to a nice half finger blanket with a thicker halo.

S - Aromas of nice light barnyard wild funk, gentle strawberries, nice faint vinous notes with some light almost dirty wood notes. Do not get much nectarine though.

T - Taste is more like it. Very nice tart oak and funk. Great sour wine notes and generic berries, tasty floral strawberry with nice nectarine notes. White wine and strawberries just match so nicely. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, quite crisp and clean. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, this is more like it. So far I have been very underwhelmed by Almanac, but this wild ale is incredibly well done. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:03:29 | More by rudzud
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade from sportstar. Thanks! Pours a hazy light yellow with a half finger fizzy white head on top that dissipates quickly. Big sour aroma with vinegar, apricots, sour light citrus, and just a hint of strawberry. Really nice. Flavor is sour up front with a sweet strawberry-banana mid-palate, and ending with an extra sour kick of tangerines (nectarines I guess) and apricots. The finish has a dry oaky feel but with some additional warmth in the chest as it goes down, similar to a dry white wine, and I assume this comes from the barrel aging. A really nice medley of flavors that still let the sour punch shine. Light bodied and very effervescent as would be expected from the style. Heavy carbonation that prickles the tongue. Overall a beautifully crafted brew! I think if I liked strawberries in my beer more this would be rated higher overall, but even as someone who is not a huge strawberry fan I found this to be excellent. Maybe because the strawberry is subdued. A must try for the sour beer and the strawberry lover. My second Almanac beer and they continue to impress.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:05:43 | More by BMMillsy
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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
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, leather, pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, pepper, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, grass, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; with a great tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance and fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:11:27 | More by superspak
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vfgccp

New York

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled summer 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Orange wheat gold body. White head settles quickly. Low lace.

S - Surprisingly light nose right out of the bottle. This is a beer that definitely has to warm. Sweet strawberries, sour lemon, pound cake, meringue.

T - Soft strawberry, sweet biscuits, agave, acidic orange juice, and a firm sour backbone.

M - Relatively smooth, medium body.

O - Bright, sweet, well balanced, and refreshing.

P - Fresh fruit, whipped cream, short bread.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:48:25 | More by vfgccp
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared with Sam and Rich back in Sydney.

Pours a pale golden colour that was quite clear until some of the voluminous sediment made its way into the glass, leaving a slight hazing. Head is fine and white, as is the carbonation, which is powdery when tilted. Lacing is specked and not particularly persistent. Otherwise, though, it looks pretty good.

Nose is full of wild yeast characters giving a direct sharp acidity and slight fruity overtones. Some nectarine comes through, but I certainly don't get much strawberry, and the fruit is coupled with a plasticky overtone from the yeasts and bugs. Vegetative notes become more dominant as it warms. It's still quite pleasant though.

The taste is much crisper and probably the better for it: clean, sharp acidity through the centre of the palate giving a vinous, slightly oaky and slightly tannic bite. The strawberries definitely come through here, leaving an unusual aromatic sweetness on the back that almost seems completely discoupled from the acidity. Sherbet and green apple acidity on the finish. Feel is crisp and almost burning from the acidity.

Overall, I liked it a good deal. The acidity is very well realised and the fruit characters add their elements without really changing the case line of the beer itself—it's just going to keep doing what it wants to do, and that's what I want it to do as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:12:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:52:01 | More by metter98
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 17:43:39 | More by Seanniek91
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macrosmatic

Florida

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

Big thanks to eyebereej for including this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Florida Berliner Bash snifter glass.

A: Hazy peachy-gold, with a thin white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Some funk, fruits (strawberry and peaches) with some barnyard aroma, and vinous and oak qualities underneath.

T: Tart up front, with berries and sour peaches, lactic acid and lemony citrus. Then a moderate white wine flavor with just a touch of oak barrel and the acidic tartness. The tartness lasts after the swallow, but it's not overly pronounced and it fades quickly.

M: Light body, nice bubbly carbonation, and the ABV is very well-hidden.

O: Wow. This was really tasty. Perhaps not a world-class sour, but if not it's very close. Very drinkable, and the fruit flavors come through without ever being artificial or cloying. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:32:40 | More by macrosmatic
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beerhan

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:11:56 | More by beerhan
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:28:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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tut2528

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky orange-brown body that created a airy 1 fingers worth of milk white head that dissipated rather quickly. When back lit, small floaties are observed and the body becomes bright yellow. You can also see a hazy film within the body when back lit.

S: awesome huge sourness and oak. I pick up big sweet fruits, strawberries, vinegar, hay, big vinous characterstics. Very nicely balanced.. loving this aroma!

T: damn this is awesome! Huge huge sourness, tartness, vinegar, strawberries, and oak. Highly acidic (getting tums now). absolutely love the wine characters here

M: light on the palate. It leaves a long last dryness with a big tartness that creates immense salivation that lasts until the next sip. The palate does not get worn out by this brew whatsoever.

O: terrific and very well balanced brew here… definitely wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:52:38 | More by tut2528
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 14:54:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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birchstick

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to KevSal for not only this beer, but an entire box worth's of beers

A - pours a pale straw yellow color with a soft white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass

S - nose is sweet pit fruit - tangerine and peaches - with the strawberries barely detectable; also some citric sour notes and bretty funkiness hangs over everything else

T - taste starts off with sour and citric spritz. For some reason, some flavors fall out in the middle, then a wallop of sour fruits, especially the nectarine and a lot of citrus flavors. The brett funk and red wine barrel notes round off the palate, however some of the strawberries come through on the exhale. Really nice sour ale here!

M - soft, spritzy, and a dry finish

D - overall, this is a really nice beer. Nice fruit flavors, wine barrel character, and bretty funk all mixed into one, albeit I wish the fruit was a little more forward than it was. That being said, awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:46:01 | More by birchstick
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mhksuccess

California

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a lost abbey teku glass
has golden color and about 1/4 inch head on it
smell has that farmhouse funk and fruit
very slight tart taste at first and smooth crisp nice mouthfeell
can tell it was aged in wine barrels as it has that taste on the back end
followed by a taste of strawberries on the very back end
easily drinkable and very enjoyable would definitely get again

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 14:40:04 | More by mhksuccess
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. didnt see a bottling date.

Pours a hazy orange, / reddish color with a white foamy bubbly head. The nose on this beer is out of this world with a massive hit of strawberry tartness that you hits you right after you pop open the bottle. The taste is also superb...though the strawberry flavor is a bit less pronounced than on the nose. The tartness is perfect, just the right amount for me. Standard feel and body for this kind of beer. Real easy drinking, the bottle disappears too quick!

overall this is what cascade's Strawberry SHOULD have been. It's quite excellent and reminds me a lot of consecration but with strawberries instead of cherries. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:20:27 | More by Axnjxn
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Googs

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Almanac offering, thanks akang! I'm fucking hyped.

375ml Bottle poured in Tired Hands wine glass

A: Orange. gold tint. Pretty hazy and well carbonated. Half an inch foamy head, clinging to the glass. Some yeasties floating around in the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong smell as soon as I cracked the bottle. Crazy amount of strawberry and stone fruits in the nose, but I'm also able to pick up on the citrus/zesty aromas in this. Following are the cocktail of wild belgian yeasts and very nice oak. Pretty funky on the nose. Excited.

T: This is one of the only sours I've had made with fresh strawberries, and I'm really fuckin' happy drinking this. The strawberries are coming through nicely with the light, biscuity malts. Picking up on the white wine and citrus(nectarines) towards the end.

M: It's refreshing, fruity and incredible easy to drink. I think the carbonation is pretty spot on. Get some for ya ma

O: This beer impressed me, and I am happy to have more Almanac sours/barrel aged beers coming my way. It's drinking great right now, the strawberries/nectarines are shining. but that doesn't mean to say this beer won't improve/or change with age. Although it is funky, and satisfyingly sour right now, it's wild, and will only continue to get it funky. If your in it for the fruit, I'd pop that fucker open now. Real quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:42:14 | More by Googs
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flayedandskinned

California

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

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)

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Ryan I believe. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and no lace. Hazy, pale golden orange body.

S - Loads of nectarine and strawberry; quite nice. Some light funky yeast, and a good mix of tart and sweet flavors although I think those notes inherent in the fruits rather than from bacteria. Malt character is a tad buttery; or perhaps this is Chardonnay aged?

T - The taste isn't quite as good, with more of an oaky seltzer quality to it, and far less fruit potency. Pale malts super the mixture of wood and fruit, and there isn't a lot of funk or wild yeast character. No discernible alcohol either. Fruit does intensify as the beer warms.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant carbonation, and a dry, tannic, and oaky texture.

D - A nice fruit beer that has only mild 'wild' characteristics at this stage. Still, quite enjoyable, particularly the aroma. Definitely the best thing I've had from Almanac; look forward to trying other beers in this series. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.