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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4

Educational use only; do not reuse.

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 284
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 136
Gots: 47 | FT: 5
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 05-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in wine barrels with Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha's Hand Citrons (all from Hamada Farms).
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 284
Reviews by DovaliHops:
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is PACKED with lemon...it's pretty ridiculous. A bunch of citrus and oranges. I have no idea what cara cara oranges are, ...or meyer lemons or buddha's hand citrons...but they smell AWESOME! Very zesty and funky with some hay aromas as well. Taste is soft at first with some saison-like spice and hay. Turns quite tart with citrus and a ton of lemons. Very citrusy and tart with some tangy flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is fantastic...especially in this 100 degree weather. So refreshing and pleasantly sour. Another successful sour from Almanac. Keep up the good work guys!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Poured into a fat wine glass, it's a bubbly blonde bulb, with a pretty white latte foam head.

If you're in the same room when it's poured, you'll start smelling the citrus and farmhouse funk. Very nice.

In a word, excellent. As you would expect, it's very complex. Citrus gives way to some farmhouse hay notes, only to take back over, then just a faint hint of the wine and tart finish.

Eruption of biting bubbles up front, light, clean, astringent on the back end.

This is a great beer. These fruity wild one-offs can be hit or miss, but this one is a hit for me. I would definitely buy this again. Great, unique addition to any tasting night.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -17%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Another incredible entry in the Farmer's Reserve Series of beer. A hugely sour offering, but with great amounts of bright, sour lemons throughout. This is like a limoncello made into a fantastic California sour ale. Mild funk and earth character, but very sharply sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S - Smells like fresh lemon groves with fresh zest

T - Lemon zest with white vinegar. All o the zest makes it taste a bit like fresh lemon sorbet. There is also a light sour and lactic finish crossed with light oak that comes through near the end

M - Tart and rather dry with the lemon and the vinegar

O - Really a tart lemony and vinegary beer. Like the fresh zest presence that adds a nice fresh lemon presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle, split

"Ale aged in wine barrels with cara cara oranges, meyer lemons and buddha’s hand citrons"

Fantastic. Extremely unique and elegant. I've never tasted a beer with such a clean, pronounced lemon flavor and it was really wonderful. Lots of unique citrus flavors from the unique blend of potent cara cara's, meyer lemon and buddah's hand citrons. Unfortunately the price point is such that frequent consumption isn't feasible. This was really great.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.