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Farmer's Reserve #3 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 440
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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.48/5  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).

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 02:10:30 | More by Dope
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magictacosinus

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle. With the fruit, this is probably best consumed as fresh as possible.

Produces a rather unremarkable pale amber appearance, complete with about a half finger of foam that dissipates in the tulip pretty quickly. Other people that poured this into a flute glass showed more remarkable head retention, to the point of appearing frothy and thickened for a while while leaving nice lacing on the glass. Definitely wine-like in texture, although with the low alcohol, not too viscous. I suppose I expected a ruby tinge from the strawberries, but hey, whatever.

The aroma is pretty fantastic, tart, and with full fledged nectarines and strawberries wafting to the front of the nose at every whiff. The nectarines are slightly subtle underneath, but the aroma of candied, ripe strawberries immediately came into play each time, and combined with the slight vanilla from the oak, reminds me of a strawberry shortcake of sorts. Other fruity notes include peaches, apricots, and white wine grape must. Slightly lactic and sour at the back, although the fruits added are truly the ones shining here. Pretty different and quite subtle, but I really enjoyed how well integrated and balanced it is.

The flavor is similar, although undeniably more sour and focuses more on the tart aspects of the fruits included within. At first there's an immediately off-dry flavor from the strawberries, and the nectarines soon follow at the back. The mouth is immediately coated with a slight tannic, vinegar-y flavor that numbs the cheeks temporarily, and then releases more of the oaky characteristics such as vanilla and floral flavors. The finish is perhaps the best part. An array of soured, juicy fruits come in and meld with the wild yeasty texture to resemble a strawberry-peach-cherry combo that is very refreshing, and very flavorful. Well carbonated for the style. Not too syrupy or too acidic, which leads me to believe that they're using pretty good barrels. Surprisingly complex terms of providing an everlasting aftertaste, even given the limited scope of flavors at hand. A true pleasure to drink.

While I'm skeptical about the quality of their year-round offerings, their Farmer's Reserve series really are a great addition to ever growing quality of wild ales in American brewing. It's only a matter of time, especially in California, that these farms, breweries, and wineries will collaborate on more products such as this one. Haven't had a sour beer this fruit pronounced in a while. Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 20:15:19 | More by magictacosinus
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, summer '13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Cloudy yellow orange in color. Full finger bright white head. Tons of carbonation. Lacing bits.

S: Epic fruit on the nose. Blast of that strawberry right away, akin to Cascade's nose. Also, pulling that citrus fruit vibe from I guess the nectarines. It's not overly apparent. Some funk. Chalk. Oak character.

T: Prickly tartness right up front on the tongue. Really do get that fruit character from both additions. Bright citrus and lush strawberry. The wine barrel roundness chimes in as well. Great marriage here. Finish is very dry with some sweetness lingering from the fruit.

M: Medium bodied. High carbonation makes it feel less.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 17:03:48 | More by inlimbo77
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:15:08 | More by Damian
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mobius387

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:55:00 | More by mobius387
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy yellow orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Some funk, oak, grapes, strawberry and some citrus.

T-Well balanced, oak, grass, strawberries, citrus and a tad bit of funk.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A sweeter sour, a tad bit more funk would have been best, but still very yummy.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:21:16 | More by rlee1390
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Doug for sharing his bottle. I have one coming my way, so I hope that it delivers! This will be my first of Almanac's Farmers Reserve series. Number 3 pours a murky, golden-yellow with essentially no translucency at all - very much opaque with only a white collar as opposed to a full-on "head". The hazy golden body and quickly transcending head is typical of the blond sour style, but not something I'm incredibly fond of.

Oh, wow... That's different.. Very different, but in the best way possible. The label said this beer was brewed with strawberries and nectarines; strawberries I get, nectarines, not as much. The strawberries come out very heavy and sweet with a very "candy-ish" aroma; I'm drawing close parallels with strawberry Pez candy. Very interesting and very nice, all the same.

I guess I can get some orange-y aromas out of the back-end, but without having been told nectarines were in this brew, I probably wouldn't have pinpointed it. Mildly acidic, somewhat sweet, and pleasantly tart. This beer smells like a modest fruit and candy collaboration, and I've gotta admit, I'm really digging it. It's damn hot outside right now, too, so let's hope this tastes as refreshing as it smells.

Surprisingly enough, Farmer's Reserve #3 pulls the ol' bait-and-switch, and the first thing my palate is scorched with is a big-time brazing of oranges. Tangy nectarines, starting with a mild acidity and lactic sourness that transform into a juicier rendition of the fruit as the flavor heads from tart to delicately sweet within seconds.

Strawberry fruits are apparent, but much less noticeable, and the Pez and candy notes are lost on the palate, as the strawberries take on a more raw, fruity character. A touch of some vinous oak finally peaks it's head out in the end, resulting in a dry, yet mouth puckering finish. Thin-medium bodied with above average carbonation and a slick mouth feel.

Wow, what a damn good beer. My hopes were high for this one, and my expectations were met anyway. Great amount of tartness - enough to please the sour-heads, but not so much that it becomes undrinkable. Really nice balance of lactic and acidic sourness as well. This is something you could certainly drink in quantity on a hot day. The "new" summer shandy, if you will.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 15:55:20 | More by tectactoe
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Brewasaurus

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:44:58 | More by Brewasaurus
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rawfish

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 05:31:34 | More by rawfish
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impending

California

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

A

375ml into a tulip. With a careful pour it's nearly fully hazed, sparkling white frothy head, nice lacing.

The scent is a delight, tremendous complexity, all good. Everything you would hope for is here, the fruit the barrel delivered crisp and clean. Sweetly tart.

The taste delivers in spades, exactly as the scent promised. No more sour than a sweet tart, a delicious sweet tart. Lip smacking. The fruit is in perfect proportion. Thin appropriately astringent mouthfeel, a little bit of 9 volt. No sharp edges, warms wonderfully.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:44:07 | More by impending
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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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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super big cheers to beachstrength49 (cwhittle53) for the surprise box with this and the matching glass and keychain...cheers! enjoyed from my new Almanac Beer Co glass.

a - brew pours a murky honey yellow with a finger and a half of fizzy head that fizzled away to a thin skin of bubbles in a matter of moments.

s - really gorgeous blend of sour egg and raspberry with some really elegant white wine notes. the nectarines are also fairly prominent on the nose. very well blend with everything in the right place.

t - flavor is a wonderful medley of nectarine raspberry sour egg and white wine with the wine seeming like a glossing over the top holding everything together. there is a nice element of sweetness on the back that really compliments the fruitiness but there is no doubt about the sourness of the brew. not puckering, but really nice and smooth.

m - vinous. prickly.

o - overall, this is a brewery i've been hearing a lot about and curious...leave it to chris to advocate and just send some my way without even asking...gotta love the community. paint me impressed. really enjoying this and can't wait to try the #4 that was sent along as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:58:19 | More by cosmicevan
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andyfrancis

California

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

Poured into a bulbous red wine glass, pale with reddish-peach tones that look like something that was made with strawberries and nectarines. Eruption of carbonation birthed a near-white inch tall head that settled into some clumpy goodness.

Fuckin a, smells delicious. Almost equal thirds of fruit, wine, and sour funk. Subtle enough that it won't scare away the uninitiated.

Much like the smell, so tasty and complex, while subtle enough that this would be a great gateway sour for that friend you've been trying to get into them. Sweet and sour swirls around mouth while the funk tickles your nose from the inside leading to a citrusy tart finish.

Initial stinging carbonation attacking all surfaces. Settles into sour astringency and mostly fades away.

I wish I had a third hand to give this 3 thumbs up. Or maybe 1 thumb up while clapping with the other 2. In the upper echelon of palatable sours with The Russian River 'tions, and New Belgium's La Folie and Eric's Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:01:30 | More by andyfrancis
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:17:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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dirtylou

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, split

Brewed with strawberries and nectarines, aged in white wine barrels with yeast and bacteria. Really lovely stuff - the strawberry comes through in a much nicer manner than say, Cascade Strawberry. Funky, nice tarntness, and fresh lively fruit flavor. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:38:08 | More by dirtylou
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t420o

California

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almanac Farmers Reserve #3

A- pour into tulip yields a 2 finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Beer is a hazy gold in color. 4.5

S- lighter smell but very pleasant. Berries, I love nectarines and definitely get those, moderate yeast, very nice wine barrel notes. 4.25

T- absolutely amazing. The tannic wine barrel gives an excellent white wine flavor and is excellent with the berries and nectarines. Yeast is in background. 4.75

M- nice active carbonation, mildly dry, lower side of medium body appropriate for the style. 4.5

O- great beer. Great drinkability. 5

A+

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:57:18 | More by t420o
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 18:00:21 | More by jtladner
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:34:43 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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EliotRosewater

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a beatiful amber color with almost no head. Minimal lacing. Swirling produces a little bit of head.

S - there's no doubt that this is a sour beer. Lacto/Brett funk hit you right out of the gate. The fruit is a little muted but it's there. Citrus, stone fruit, vinegar. Awesome.

T - pretty classic, but great sour, funk, vinuous, fruit vinegar flavors as you might expect. I don't get quite as much fruit as I was hoping for. What fruit I do get is similar to what I get on the nose (citrus, stone fruit). Not getting a ton of strawberry.

M - very nice, light effervescence. Lighter on the mouthfeel but a great finish and lingering aftertaste.

O - great on a warm day. Each sip just makes me want more. Drank this one pretty cold at first (about 40ish). Allowed to warm up a bit, more of the fruit aromas come out. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 21:07:26 | More by EliotRosewater
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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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popery

California

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

Pours a pale orange-ish gold. Quite cloudy. Solid head. Lots of fine white bubbles. Very good retention with some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet strawberry jam with some background barrel flavor, lightly buttery oak and some deeper grapey-ness. Strawberries seem to be a hard fruit to use in sours. They seem to contribute a rubbery/plasticky touch, and while it's present in this beer, it's minimal and handled well against the flavors contributed from the wine barrel. There's a touch of light funk, as well. The taste is light to medium tart. There's a little bit of strawberry sweetness up front, but it fades out, and the finish is tart and moderately dry. Lots of strawberry flavor. A touch of that rubber flavor, mostly in the finish, and it kinda fades in and out, much less than some strawberry sours that I've tried. The barrel seems to contribute some light vinous flavor, some blackberry/raspberry and mild oak. Very solid taste. A little bit of body, though it's generally light and lively. Medium pucker - pretty firm sourness in the back of the throat. Almanac continues to impress me with their Farmer's Reserve sours. I'm looking forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:45:08 | More by popery
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zhanson88

California

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach.

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy golden straw color with about 1/2" of white foam head. Pretty good retention that results in a small white cap, and lacing is very good.

Smell: Outstanding scents of strawberries and citrus, which must be the nectarines. Lots of funk as well as some lemon tartness comes through as well.

Taste: Fresh strawberry and citrus sweetness hits momentarily up front, followed by great levels of funk and tartness. Definitely more funk and tart than sour in this beer. Overall though, very nicely balanced between fruity sweetness, tartness and funk.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, airy and dry. Very good. Overall, very impressed with this sour. The fruit flavors it emits are phenomenal. I'm new to CA so had never really heard of Almanac, but this beer has definitely caught my attention.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 20:51:24 | More by zhanson88
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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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wethorseblanket

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Library Alehouse for tap takeover with 9 offerings.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thin (1/4") white head whichs fades quickly and leaves spots of lace.

N: Fresh strawberries dominate along with other fruits and some vinous notes.

T: Tart and fruity with some slight funk. Very crisp and bright.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Fruity and tart finish.

O: Would not have guessed the nectarines, but the strawberries are very present. Aged in white wine barrels for over a year induces not so much of a barrel influence but a home for the wild bugs added. Definitely want again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 02:09:14 | More by wethorseblanket
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nataku00

California

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

I went to buy bottles, but saw that it was on tap as well, poured into a goblet. Beer pours a hazy yellow with just a faint reddish tint, half a finger of loose white bubbly head. Some tiny bubbles floating up every now and then.

The aroma was very nice, fresh strawberries and nectarines, a bit of almond like nuttiness, some sharp lactic acid sourness, oak, and mild wet soil funk. The fruit really stands out though.

The fruit isn't as prominent in the taste, some strawberry and nectarine flavors that quickly meets with sharp sourness, fruit skin and lactic acid. A bit of biscuit malt sweetness and some light brett earthy funk. Finish is dry, with some lingering fruit and malt sweetness, old oak, and a nutty flavor.

Light body and refreshing, with good amount of carbonation. Of the three Farmer's Reserve I've tried, I've enjoyed this offering from Almanac the most, and will try No. 4 next. Would have enjoyed a little more fruit in the taste, but still a good wild.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 23:32:35 | More by nataku00
Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.