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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 160
Gots: 51 | FT: 8
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 Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha's Hand Citrons (all from Hamada Farms).

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-30-2013)
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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.

andyfrancis, Jul 04, 2013
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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.

ehammond1, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sourdog, Aug 17, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

jeonseh, Sep 17, 2013
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acurtis, Jul 24, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2013
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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Nice lacing. Thin layer of foam.

Smell - Very bright citrus. Orange and lemon. Kinda herbal.

Taste - Much more pale malt here. Grainy. Lemony sourness. Some orange, but not as prominent. The herbal character comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Monotonously citrusy, but good.

Alieniloquium, Oct 07, 2013
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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.