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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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504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 190
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-02-2014 00:41:02 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fantastic and distinct strawberry, nectarine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with strawberry and nectarine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic aroma and tasty flavors that definitely make this beer my favorite of the Farmer's Reserve series so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:55:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2013 01:44:58 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

04-03-2014 19:58:16 | More by Thorpe429
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8%

10-14-2013 16:45:08 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-03-2013 01:23:19 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-10-2013 05:45:50 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2013 01:28:42 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-20-2013 03:21:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -8%

06-04-2013 05:48:13 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

10-20-2013 21:03:14 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-30-2013 06:18:04 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-31-2013 10:53:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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

08-14-2013 04:30:14 | More by MasterSki
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-26-2014 00:50:19 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-05-2013 06:14:13 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 07/17/13 notes. Big thanks to pmarlowe for sending me out a bottle of this one. 375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. 2013 Summer edition.

a - Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of sour strawberries, sour dark fruits, oak, oranges, tangerines, citrus, fruity malts, light funk, and light vinegar. Tons of sour dark fruits which I love, and a little funk, which is a nice touch. Wine comes through as it warms up; awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sour strawberries, sour red dark fruits, lightly soured wine, fruity malts, vinegar, funk, and some earthy notes. A tiny bit more vinegar here and less wine and funk, but still really good. Slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good wild ale. The nose is amazing, with tons of sour strawberries, nectarines, and wine. The taste is great too, and alittle more on the sour vinegar side, while the taste was more on the sour fruit side. Easy to drink the whole bottle, would love to have this one again. Need to try some of the other ones now.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 13:23:35 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-21-2013 20:29:07 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-08-2014 15:29:30 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

B+

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:44:54 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-18-2014 19:40:42 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark banana yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Really dark but has nice retention for the style with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, musty aroma with some earthy oak and a vibrant vinous fruit sweetness. Slightly sweet smelling with hints of dark grape and strawberry and cream along with a subtle lactic character and prominent funky bugs. The wild yeast adds complexity without overpower the fruit notes. Smells very good!

On the lighter end of medium body with a decent amount of sour acidity along with some dry oak, musty funk, lactic cream and sweet light fruit esters. Kind of feels like a strawberry and cream wild ale with sweet berries and other vinous fruit flavors complimented by acetic acid and a nice oak barrel presence. Some lactic funk lingering subtlety underneath but it never becomes harsh or solvent like. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 22:37:21 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-05-2013 16:21:11 | More by imperialking
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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.