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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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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 190
Gots: 85 | FT: 12
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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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!

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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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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.

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
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