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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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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 162
Gots: 49 | 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:
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).

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-30-2013)
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Photo of TGS
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and light gold, with a thin foamy white head

S- Sour, yeasty, and smells faintly of alchohol, apple peel and lemon juice.

T- Sour, but not overly so with a huge bouquet of citrus, lemon peel, tart orange, with a sweet, crisp finish, weirdly reminiscent of a tart white wine.

M- Crisp and light, well carbonated

Overall- Not what I was expecting. The first sip is sort of dauntingly sour and then it just gets better from there. Different from most everything else in a great way.

TGS, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Holland, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jmarsh123, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

again, super big cheers to beachstrength49 (cwhittle53) for the surprise box with this and the matching glass and keychain...cheers! enjoyed from my new Almanac Beer Co glass...right after finishing up the #3 that was sent.

a - brew pours a very similar murky honey yellow...maybe a tad more orange than #3 was. same thin fizzy head that fizzed away quick.

s - lemons and oranges lead the way on the nose, but lots of white wine and good crisp clean citric notes (not hoppy, just citric). not nearly as sour as #3.

t - HUGE lemon slam in the face. orange and white wine is there, but more in the background. tasty beer.

m - fairly prickly carbonation.

o - overall, another nice brew, not quite as nice as #3, but different. this is the lemon version. not as sour, but just as enjoyable to drink as #3. very well done and this is definitely a brewery i'd like to try more from.

cosmicevan, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -6.5%

HuskyinPDX, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

LambicKing, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

DovaliHops, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -6.5%

RuckusDu, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GregoryMo, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Devi0us, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

eawolff99, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of messrock
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

messrock, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -6.5%

BAsbill, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Tyrus
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Tyrus, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of andyfrancis
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

andyfrancis, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of jaylib
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jaylib, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -6.5%

BeerHunter76, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

drgonzo2k2, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Hopbrizio
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Hopbrizio, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DoubleJ, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, bottled Summer 2013, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thin white head, recedes to a thin layer, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Loads and loads of citrus flavors, lots of orange, lemon and some spiciness. A bit of funk and barrel aromas beneath the huge citrus.

T- Starts out with some huge citrusy flavors, especially orange and lemon, although I don't know what the hell a buddha's hand citron tastes like. A bit of citrus rind-ey bitterness. The tartness is really on-point here, as it has been from Almanac in the past. There's a bit of funk and also some lemon-ey puckering sourness at the end. Has some oak and white grape towards the finish, with lingering fruity flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- This series really hasn't disappointed me so far. Another really great sour from Almanac, the fruit and barrel flavors are pretty damn nice too.

WillCarrera, Jun 30, 2013
Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.