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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4

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BA SCORE
95
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279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 154
Gots: 50 | FT: 7
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paccamacca for this beer!!!

bottled in 2013 Summer. 375ml bottle with pressure cap.

Poured into Crooked Stave belgian style tulip/snifter.

Appearance: brilliant yellow bodied beer that is slightly opaque with two full fingers of head that eventually drops down to a thin cap. A little better than a spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Tons of citrus mostly lemons and oranges. Citrus rind and zest. Oaky. Moderate brett like funk. White grapes.

Taste: This is a lemon bomb with a mix of sweet and tart notes to start the beer off. Oranges provide some sweetness with a hint of white grapes. Tartness from lemons and lime notes. Oaky with a mild generic funk. Floral notes and herbal notes. Maybe a hint of ginger, lavender, and dandelions? Really complex beer, its not so easy to pick apart some of these flavors. A little bit medicinal or "perfumey" in the finish too.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is fairly dry and eppervescent. You could call the carbonation boarderline aggressive, but it needs to be for the big flavor profile that this beer has. Dry finish. Very refreshing, but not a drinkable as farmers RSVP#3.

Overall: If you really like lemons than you will really enjoy this beer. The oranges definately take a back seat to the lemons. A few weird flavors on the back end of this beer that I wasnt to wild about, but its still a nice and complex sour beer. I thinks its another great effort by Almanac. This is the 2nd Farmers Reserve beer that I have tried so far.

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Josh. Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle.

Pours a golden color with some slight amber hues, not looking too different from the other farmer's reserve offerings that this brewery makes. While I docked the others, specifically made with red fruits, for not mirroring the phenolic flavors within, in this case this golden color works to its advantage, looking shiny, juicy, and nectar-like in the overall scheme of things. Very well carbonated, with a nice white frothy head at the top, which makes it resemble sparkling wine. Definitely delightful and vibrant.

Smells fantastic - maybe a bit too one dimensional as far as the citrus profile goes - but still awesome all the same. Notes of Meyer lemons are especially predominant, almost to the point where it would remind you of a car freshener or window cleaner detergent of sorts. Nevertheless, I let this breath for a bit and the Myer notes settled down, allowing more citrus peels to come through, as well as vibrant notes of rose pedals, violets, and lavender from the cara cara oranges, as well as Eastern spices from the Buddha's Hand Citrons. There's a nice, slightly bittered sensation both from the massive amounts of citrus and floral notes, as well as from the wine must and barrel spice the beer aged in. Really good stuff - unlike anything I've had, really.

The flavor is a little bit more tame in terms of the citrus peel profile, and, yes, far more tart than I expected it to be. There's an immediate sharp flavor of lemon and orange peel, as well as a juicy, sour sensation of drinking fresh squeezed, unsweetened lemonade with spices added. Notes of dried leaves, ginger, tart grapes, roses, and herbs waft to mouth, producing a sensation that is delicious and complex. The finish is a little sweeter, with notes of vanilla and grapes, as well as an everlasting aftertaste of lemons, oranges, and fresh flowers. Very well carbonated, as far as the style goes - slightly syrupy and juicy enough to serve as a strong backbone for the excessive citrus within. Very well made.

This has to be my favorite offering from these guys thus far - the tart flavor from the barrels and blonde ale base is further enhanced by the fruit, and it takes the potential of beers of its kind to the next level. I could do without the excessive amount of Myer at the front, but otherwise this proves to be complex and extremely refreshing and satisfying. I should have bought some of these to sit on for the next summer. Highly recommended.

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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.