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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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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 162
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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Photo of magictacosinus
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

magictacosinus, Sep 12, 2013
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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.