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Farmer's Reserve #4 - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 156
Gots: 51 | FT: 10
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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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2013 01:11:48 | More by SpdKilz
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-29-2013 20:46:15 | More by Rollzroyce21
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EliotRosewater

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an off-white, solid 2 finger foam head. Really nice light golden hue.

S - I get a ton of sour/ barnyard notes at first that seem to dissipate as the beer opens up. As it warms up slightly there is citrus all over this thing. Hard to pin down one distinct citrus but comes off as more of a mix of different types of citrus / zest. If anything the Buddha's hand is the most prevalent. On the back end I get some of the woody notes from the wine barrels (not as much wine).

T - surprisingly mild and balanced tartness. Definitely get a ton of citrus. Very similar to the scent and really lives up to what you expect on the nose.

M- nice, sharp carbonation. Almost champagne-like. Really amazing lingering mouthfeel.

O - I love a great SOUR sour beer, but this one just has a lot more balance and finesse than some of the others in this category. Unlike #3, there's no mistaking the ingredients in this beer. A very enjoyable, delicious, easy to drink and yet dristinct wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:35:43 | More by EliotRosewater
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-27-2013 19:00:52 | More by mdaschaf
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-27-2013 02:24:01 | More by Gobzilla
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-25-2013 03:36:41 | More by BeerOps
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright orange, well carbonated, two finger head, with some lacing.

S-Some funk, grapes, oak, lots of oranges, lemon citrus notes.

T-Wow. Gread blend og funk, grapes, oak, lemon, orange and citrus. The balance of citrus and funk is amazing.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, very crisp and semi-dry.

O-Never have I tried a sour with such great citrus notes. A well made beer that I was glad to try, a wonderful extra.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:59:54 | More by rlee1390
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starkmarvelo

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-24-2013 19:15:04 | More by starkmarvelo
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-24-2013 15:57:56 | More by gueuzegossage
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-24-2013 13:05:53 | More by sirsteve42
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ZombieJester

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-24-2013 03:32:46 | More by ZombieJester
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rand

California

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 375 mL bottle to Drie Fonteinen wine glass

A: Light straw-yellow in color, a small wispy head quickly dissipates leaving dabs lacing.

S: The nose is tart and vinegary against a dry, cracker-like backdrop. Notes of citrus and white pepper linger.

T: Tart and sour right off, sour like a lemon. And the flavors bend citrusy throughout the sip, with notes of zest and pepper keeping the palate dry. There's a bit of booze in there, and a touch of a berry-like sweetness toward the short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate. I would have guessed a lower ABV.

Tasty and refreshing...nice to see more new brewers going right after this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 21:36:18 | More by rand
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-23-2013 20:02:54 | More by siege06nd
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-23-2013 19:56:27 | More by IrishColonial
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electrified

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-23-2013 01:40:53 | More by electrified
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-22-2013 21:54:09 | More by kspongeworthy
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mc4z

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-22-2013 07:34:00 | More by mc4z
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KaslD

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-19-2013 02:02:31 | More by KaslD
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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-16-2013 19:53:05 | More by bird22
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-16-2013 19:34:32 | More by bsuedekum
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popery

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow. Very light in color. Mild haze, but it might have just been a good pour. Small white head, somewhat rocky. Decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by spicy citrus. The citron comes through strong, and you get a heavy dose of that citrus rind flavor. It's such a sharp note that it reminds of the fresh ginger in Farmer's Reserve #2. The Cara Cara oranges come through as well with that berry-ish orange flavor. The Meyer lemon is a bit more in the background, but it's there if you look for it. The flavor just seems a tad delicate against the citron and Cara Cara. There's a definite lactic sourness in the mix, as well. Some mild funk. No real malt presence. The taste is a blend of sourness, funk and citrus. Very nice combination. There's a touch of cheesiness to the funk, particularly in the finish, but otherwise, this is the cleanest of the Farmer's Reserve series, so far. Bright, refreshing sour citrus flavor. Some more of that spicy rind flavor, but more of the Meyer and Cara Cara delicacy shines through in the taste. Lasting lemon, orange, berry finish with some firm acidic sourness. Very light malt that's kept well in the background. Mouthfeel is light and lively. This is really good stuff. It's great to see Almanac improve with this line of sours, and it's even better to see them improve within the line. I'm very much looking forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:02:47 | More by popery
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gregmoscetti

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-15-2013 22:31:29 | More by gregmoscetti
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Dagsy

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-14-2013 17:41:40 | More by Dagsy
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funkel81

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-13-2013 18:21:22 | More by funkel81
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joel66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-13-2013 04:49:46 | More by joel66
Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.