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Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve #3Farmer's Reserve #3

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 554
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 178
Gots: 84 | FT: 10
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:
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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Photo of Dope
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy light orange/red-ish. Big fizzy off-white head that fades away almost instantly. Zero lacing, just a spot here and there maybe. Almost no retention either.

S: Some very sour strawberries and lots of acetone. Lots and lots of acetone, especially when swirled. Plastic...burning plastic?

T: Oh yeah, lots of acetone. Kinda eye-watering initially. Like gasoline and fruit. Sour nectarines and strawberries, sure. Can barely pick up on the nectarines, they're pretty buried. Nice juicy strawberry carries out into the finish after the acetone fades. Big juicy flavor for sure especially in the finish. A hint of burning plastic sometimes in the finish as well.

M: Decent medium body, quite tart.

O: Hmph. Almanac definitely has some interesting sours. This one is loaded with acetone up front, something I didn't get from their Dogpatch sour. Kinda detracting but the juicy strawberry flavor is second to none so it sorta balances it out. Letting the beer sit for a while really seemed to lesson the initial acetone (or I just got used to it).

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap that persists with patchy lace sticking to the glass. The nose opens up smelling of fruity quality like strawberry then a bit of plastic phenolics start to overtake everything. The taste is tart with the previously mentioned plastic phenolics taking hold and somewhat ruining the experience. This is light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Mediocre taste and decent smell. Strawberries are tough to work with, this had some real potential but the plastic notes killed it for me.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
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.


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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden yellow with barely a tinge of red in the light and a thin, loose white head that doesn't lace. The beer was a gusher, but I only lost a few mLs of foam to the drain. The nose is fairly weak and muddled - slightly tart strawberry-latex, but more grainy sweetness and stone fruit. Although the taste has held up reasonably well (i.e. fruit character), it's still suffering from old-strawberry-sour-syndrome and does little as an "ode to summer" at this point. There is a hint of fleshy nectarine, but it's hard to distinguish from the bacteria/yeast/grain base. The beer has definitely retained most of its carbonation, which helps cleanse the palate and also keeps each sip light and pillow-y. Otherwise, it drinks like most other almanacs - thin body, minimal funk, tart and acidic, dry finish, subtle fruit. The beer still drinks very well considering its age, but lacks the almanac's coveted bright and unique fruit appeal.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale saffron colour, mild haze. Head is a swirl of bubbles on the top, decent lace trails. OK.

Smells wild - tart and hugely oaky. Peach notes with buttery wood, caramel, some barnyard character and dry spice rub. Oddball, but crazy good.

Flavour is massively sour, much more than I was crediting it for. Tart, puckering citrus upfront that actually mellows out nicely midway, giving peach and apricot notes. Finishes slightly oaky-sweet but plenty of tang to keep it crisp and interesting. I like it a lot.

Quite sharp, puckering. Doesn't quite mellow out texture-wise. Still, decent for style.

Crisp, tart and refreshing drop. Few inevitable flaws with something this crazy, but it's not much poorer for it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of beerhan
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge billowing stark white head. Retention is decent but leaves behind a really nice sheet of lacing that builds through the drink.

Tartness comes first with the aroma of vinegar, lemon juice, white wine, red berries, sour cherries and subtle hints of pitted fruit. Uplifting aroma that is divided between yeasty and tart. Alcohol comes wafting up occasionally.

White wine, lemon juice some vinegar and powdery yeast. The sourness is there but not overly intense, the fruit is lost in the sourness but use of it keeps the grainy flavor completely out. Not overly dry on the finish.

Tart and refreshing with perfect carbonation and light body despite the yeast. Alcohol is kept out of this and the sour flashes on the tongue enough to water the mouth and invite the next sip.

Pleasant sour not over the top but well integrated and crafty. A bit short on the fruit flavors here I get more sour cherry and white wine. Still a really good wild ale, more refined than the plethora of berliner wiesse beers coming into the market.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of jtladner
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mobius387
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Brewasaurus
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like an amber ale crossed with a wheat beer. Cloudy and dark yellow to orange in color. One finger head of very light foam.

S: Not a very strong smell, you can pick up the sour, but I struggled to get much else.

T: Very nice, very nice indeed. Starts off like a sour champagne, but that sourness fades quickly into a light nectarine flavor. Finally at the end there, you get some strawberry as a light sweetness lingers in your mouth for a while, with only a hint of the sour still remaining.

M: Light, silky mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. No complaints here.

O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The fruit flavors don't beat you over the head, but neither does the sourness, which makes this a very good balanced beer. I'm no sour connoisseur, but this is one of my favorites, and not just among sours. If I ever find it again, i'll certainly be buying it.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a modest but effective head that leaves quite a few nice patterns of lace

Smell: Tart and slightly funky, with strawberry, grape and and hint of nectarine

Taste: The fruit and funk swirl, up front, with strawberry and nectarine tones building; the tartness develops through the middle but recedes into the finish, when the fruit returns along with the tannic tones of the wine barrel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Lovely fruit, wine and tartness; could be a tad funkier and perhaps a bit more sour, but this is a very nice beer

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.