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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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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 165
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TXhomebrewer, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New notes, 4/31/14.
The fruit really shows up in the aged bottle. The lemon still rules the rest, my rating won't change except the smell which improved with age.

5/30/2013 Pours out a hazy straw with a small white head, no real lace.

Pale malts, oak and lemon start off the scent. Slight vinous note in the middle with a hint of spice.

Wine barrel and Meyer Lemon start the taste off very nicely. The vinous taste fades to show off pale malts and more fruit. The lemon almost over-powers the oranges and citrons, but they peek through. Slight hint of spice in the finish. The body is moderate to light, perfect amount of carbonation.

Almanac keeps on kicking some ass in the sour beer catagory. Glad I have one for the cellar too!

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

apbaj, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light straw gold with white golden foam. It’s clear with a chill haze. There's an underlying wet hay note that sneaks across the layers of citrusy and intense lemony notes. Flavor is pleasingly tart and lightly funky with a crisp lemony citrus finish. Citron & Buddhas hand? Yum!

elNopalero, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is clear golden yellow with a thin tight white head. Nose is oaky, lemon, light phenol. Citrus doesn't really shine, a bit tannic. Taste is more citrusy, fleshy ripe orange. Oak comes in after, light sourness, lacto. Lemon comes in at the back of the palate, strong carbonation and dry finish. Lingering tartness and tannin. Red wine starts to come out more as it warms.

cpetrone84, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

blabaer, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

douginromeo, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nharres, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful gold, nearly clear, with tons of visible carbonation and a half-finger of white fluffy head.

S: Vinous, grapes and lemons, with wood and a tangy tart, sour citrus and a barnyard undercurrent. This smells really damn good.

T: Tart lemon citrus, lactic and acetic, vinous, with apples and woody dryness over the crystal malt sweetness. Less depth that I'd like to the tart funky profile. The taste is good, but a letdown after the amazing aroma. Finishes dry and tingly on the tongue.

M: Light body, moderate alcohol presence, and good level of carbonation sensation.

O: Well, this started with tons of promise - poured beautifully and smelled amazing. In the end, it was still enjoyable and tasty, but just seems like it didn't live up to its promise. Still, glad to have tried it.

macrosmatic, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

thebigredone, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

lucas1801, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mvdillman, Mar 11, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass bringing forth a voluminous thick meringue of white head. The body is a clear gold, but hard to see through the myriad of bubbles flooding the glass.

The aroma is decidedly citrus heavy as the bottle indicates. Lemon and orange aplenty. There is a nice funky brett yeast to it. Slight white wine character to it.

Big bright citrus fruit on the taste which bring a mild tartness. Musty funky quality. Finishes dry.

Fairly refreshing and super enjoyable.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SierraJosh, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

benghan, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SupremePie, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

yourefragile, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

hopkrid, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

random846, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

wakeuptothesun, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DaveHack, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

raynmoon, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

teddyarrowhead, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Kurmaraja, Jan 30, 2014
Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.