Farmer's Reserve Pluot
Almanac Beer Co.

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From:
Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #325
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,226
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
666
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2022
Added:
Mar 18, 2014
Wants:
  53
Gots:
  126
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot
Notes: 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.
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Rated by edthehead from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Big beautiful plum nose and follows through on the palate. Big plum flavors, fruity but not sweet, and definate barrel presence.
May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 12/21/16

This one has a weird pour, almost a pale grapefruit juice look, burnt orange with no head at all

More funk in the aroma than I was expecting, I get that barnyard and leather note, but there's still lots of juiciness from the fruit to balance it. Can't say I ever even heard of a pluot before this beer, but I definitely get notes of plum, not sure of the apricot. Some other stone fruit too, specifically peach, and maybe just a slight oak note from the barrel

Damn, the taste here is an onslaught, starting with the tart fruit, apricot coming out more in the taste. Then the sweet end of the fruit comes mid palate, like a fresh plum, some honey like sweetness there as well. Back end of the sip the funk takes over, a slight vinegar note that actually works in this context to juxtapose everything else going on

Mild tingling carbonation, this medium bodied brew finishes rather sticky and super funky

I really did not expect to like this one so much. Absolutely killer aromas and flavors, though it would be twice the beer if the finish was more drying. Still, maybe it was as a young beer, but this one has almost 3.5 years on it. Getting this one again no doubt
Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Dec 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by vande from Illinois

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pluots are pretty cool, and usually good in the few beers that have utilized them. Anyways, this is yet another in the Almanac series of beers that are pretty good and similar to each other near the $1/oz psychological threshold. Has the normal blonde sour base for Almanac, the color is slightly skewed by the pluots I believe, so you get that mild purple/pink meld with the yellow. White head, 1/5" deep.

The aroma is fairly similar to the others, clean, not really much in the way of wood or funk discernable, just that lemon blonde sour base for the most part, the fruit is always a generic aspect, nothing uniquely pluot going on here.

Taste is nice, the usual lactic sour lemon vibe with a slight plum more than apricot influence. Its good. Its a solid 6 on the 10pt sour scale. Body is relatively light and balanced as always with these. Good dry finish to it, perhaps assisted by some brett I'm just not catching in this series of beers. They're all good, pretty similar, clean, almost always worth a try, but none elevate into repeat purchases or having multiples on hand.
Dec 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by taospowder from New Mexico

Dec 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: A hazy medium yellow, average visible carbonation, and a thin white that fades away quickly.

S: Lactic tart, funky, and a tart fruitiness that I suppose is pluot (though I would have likely guessed apricot). A light two-row malt, vinous dryness, and dry tannins.

T: Lactic tart, apricots, and white vinous. I’ll buy into plums as well, but that’s perhaps the power of suggestion. Bone-dry vinous tannins and cracker malts. A dry lactic funk in the hang. Note: The fleshy plum flavor does show up more as it warms up, but the funk never catches up.

M: Light body, low alcohol. Carbonation sensation a bit on the low side.

O: Very tasty, with a nice depth to the sour profile. I think the fruit could have been ratcheted up, and/or the funk could have matched that of the nose. I'm nitpicking a bit, but this is not my favorite of the series.
Jun 24, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

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.
Jun 17, 2018
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Rated by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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
Jun 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Frudel from Canada (QC)

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!
Feb 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Nov 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

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.
Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by ledouge from Virginia

Sep 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia

Sep 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Ela from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.73 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

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.
Jul 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by mattboyer182 from Indiana

Jul 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by hermit990 from Illinois

Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Kplummer82 from California

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

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.
May 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Brewery_Decimal_System from Texas

May 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.4 by kbgratz from Texas

May 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by captainkrad from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Apr 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Apr 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by broadway848 from New York

Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 05, 2017
Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 747 ratings