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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
96
world-class

541 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 195
Gots: 85 | 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:
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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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.

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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.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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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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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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.