Farmer's Reserve Pluot | Almanac Beer Co.

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4.19/5
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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pluots are some of our favorite fruits. Created by cross-breeding apricots and plums, there are dozens of varieties with an amazing range of color and flavor. All through the summer, Blossom Bluff Orchards picks each variety at its peak: Dapple Dandy, Honey Punch, Flavor Queen, Black Kat & Dapple Jack were all added to a sour blonde ale and aged in wine barrels to create this funky oak-aged brew.

Added by obiwan on 03-18-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,388
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
737
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of chitoryu12
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy brown/orange with a tiny white head of foam.

Smell: Strong sour fruit and vinegary salsa.

Taste: Very sour, with virtually no bitterness and minimal sweetness to balance. Plum and apple notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly carbonated.

Overall: While I understand the point of a beer like this is to be sour, I find the sourness too overpowering and unbalanced.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage draft pour

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Photo of Frudel
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pinkish colored body with a slight white head on top, it wasn't stay long before it diminishes.
Smells like plums, citric acid, wine barrel.
Taste is well balanced between the fruitiness and the sourness. Really enjoyable beer!
Medium body, much more than the Nectarine one!

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Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6.8%, bottled Dec 2016.

Hazy, Brownish orange, pours a bit of head but it disappears.

Nice plum & apricot aroma.

Good amount of sourness/acidity, nice plum and apricot flavour, but it seems a bit stale and I’m not a fan of the tannins.

Modest carbonation, seems a bit dull.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ela
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2016. Pours lightly hazy pinkish golden/orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart plum, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, melon, berry, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery/musty funk, slight vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, pluots, wine barrels, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart plum, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, melon, berry, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery/musty funk, slight vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart plum, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, melon, berry, white wine, pepper, oak, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, pluots, wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.8%. Overall this is a great fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, pluots, wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, clean and quite refreshing to drink with the mellow tart/lactic finish. Awesome balance between fruit, Brett, and wine barrels; with a nice malt backbone. Not a ton of Lacto, but adequate. Was hoping for more acidity, but this was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kplummer82
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up for my mom and myself for Mother's Day, bottled December 2016.

Very pretty beer, slightly hazy, soft light orange-pink, salmon- or coral- tinted blonde. Not much of a head, just a ring of white bubbles and good lacing.
Right out of the bottle come distinct sour and funky yeast and bacteria aromas. A little bit of lemon peel and grapefruit juice make up the sourness plus some plums and cherry pits. There's some oak which comes through more as it warms up along with light, fresh squeezed peach, apricot, and plum juices and skins. There's a whiff of sourdough and something like blue cheese and perfume in the back that ended up disappearing, perhaps it was my imagination.
It smells great and the flavor is mostly the same but better. Pluots and lemony, grapefruitiness leading a pleasant, mouthwatering tartness and straggling oak and rosé wine characters.
Moderately prickly mouthfeel which, while it could be off, I think works well enough for a sour and tart beer.

It's fruit and sour forward with the tartness and barrels complimenting the other flavors and aromas. Bright, tasty, refreshing, perfect for a warm spring afternoon.

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Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbgratz
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 737 ratings