Farmer's Reserve Pluot | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft 2017 fresh batch, noting this difference because nearly every review prior is from a 2015 bottle.
Strong citrus aroma that's not all apricot, when cold has a vigorous carbonation on the tongue with a strong acid scrape. The carbonation leaves the glass quickly but really blows up in the mouth.
I get more dark berry, must be the plum, as it warmed up along with a fresh cut oak. Refreshing, but the acid burn is strong with this one.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pinkish pour with a minimal white head that fades away quickly. Big aroma of sour fruit. Taste is lightly tart fruit with peach flavors standing out most. Tartness increases as the beer warms and a little bit of plum flavor develops in the finish.

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Farmer's Reserve Pluot has the sunny, golden colour befitting the fruit that's part plum and part apricot. Its clarity and endless effervescence, combined with that brilliant radiance, make it indeed look like a product of - and for - summer. It lacks head but has still got that classic thirst-quenching air that would look perfectly at place on a picnic basket or lakeside dock.

Almanac insists that "beer is agriculture" but, trust me, farms don't smell nearly this good. (They're often this funky, sure, but not in the same enticing and appealing way.) The aroma is better described as a perfume and exudes incredibly vivid fragrances of nectarines, peaches, plums and plenty of apricots. It's a summer fruit salad - with plenty of vinegar.

This April 2015 bottling, drank December 2016, hasn't lost its edge. The sourness, while still bold, is nonetheless delicate enough not to mask all the subtleties of the fruit or wine barrels. Speaking of which, Almanac reveals no specifics about how this is soured (which technique or bacteria strains were used) nor the wine barrels in which it's aged (which grape varietal).

My guess - and this is going more on smell - is that there's a lot more than mere lactobacillus at work and the wood's previous tenant was something earthy and funky - it's impossible to tell but I'm looking at you Pinot Noir! There's a soft but plush berry flavour that pushes the orchard fruit aside on some sips; the tartness is rounded, well structured.

The only real complaints here come from my tooth enamel and stomach lining - this would be perfect for daytime sloshing were it not for the cutting - and I mean samurai sword-sharp - acidity and prickly, ramming-rod carbonation. Both throat- and palate-fatigue set in after no time; it becomes tough to know what you're tasting and flavours get easily lost.

Almanac do sours almost exclusively and they've developed a hell of a knack for it. Farmer's Reserve Pluot should be all the evidence you need and definitely speaks to how far they've come since their inaugural Summer 2010 Blackberry offering. However, a word of caution: this was much brighter, fruitier when fresh so don't wait on any bottles for too long.

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Photo of MFMB
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light pink to blonde. Little to no foam. Smells of plum skin and Apple skins. Very tart upon first taste. Sour plum and sour apple skins as well as grape from the wine barrel. A good amount of funk follows and a bit of barrel comes through too. Light mouthfeel. Overall a bit too tart for the mood I was in.

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Photo of bnes09
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ultra hazy apricot color with minimal head.

Aroma of apricots, plums white wine and brett.

Medium sour citric and acetic acid up front. Plenty of fruit flavor. Moderate, balanced funk.

Moderate to medium body. Watery, then bubbly, then grainy, then slick, then sticky then dry. Very interesting.

Excellent sour fruit beer. Complex yet simple. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, pale orange, with a quickly dissipating one finger head, no cling. Smells sour, tart, funky. Also yeast, some wine, some plums/pluots, light malt, black pepper at pour. Taste is tart, sour, but not overly so. Yeast, plums/pluots, a little wine and oak, some malt, a little sweetness before the finish. Smooth, good body, the taste lingers, appropriate level of carbonation.

Another very enjoyable effort from Almanac, lots of flavor and complexity. I look forward to each and every one of these. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulpy orange mimosa color with a pinkish tint. Softly textured foam on the surface, random arcs and bits of spotty lace. Purely opaque.

Aroma is plenty fruity, acidic unripe plum and a hint of the apricot side. Some minerally lactic yogurt notes. Oak emerges as it warms.

Taste is bright and fruity, unripe plum and peach, fruit and pits, with ample oaky vanilla flavors lending complexity. Lingering Brett funk, juicy fruit lingers also. Medium bodied with a brief puckering sourness.
Overall I like it quite a bit due to the amped up oak. Slightly less overpowering acidity than previous versions it seemed, tempered somewhat by the barrels.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not much difference from the others in the farm to barrel series, but a delicious offering from almanac. Very sour with perfect carbonation and tartness. Not much fruit flavor, but just enough to add a tad of sweetness. The aroma is of a strong wine. This is definitely an outstanding sour.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very similar to most other Almanac beers. Very sour with very little flavor from the fruit. I did pick up slight notes of sweetness, but I honestly don't even know what a Pluot tastes like. Haha

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of Almanac's beers taste the same. This one had familiar apricot notes on the palate. Overall, this one seemed very similar to all of their other releases.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells tart. You can smell the wine, yeast, plums, oak and honey with some clove like spiciness. The taste is tart but carries all of the plum and honey to the forefront on some decent carbonation. The wine and tartness show up after the swallow and then a pleasant clove and banana taste is present in the lingering sweetness after the swallow. Very nicely done wild ale with a very tasty balance of flavors.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable scent an taste, and looked great on pour. Had too much acidity...which I guess is more Stomach feel than mouth feel. But need to score it somewhere.
Very tasty beer, but starting to notice a theme with Almanac that their beers are a bit harsh going down.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: a beautiful hazy, honey color. Head consists of tiny white bubbles which fade immediately. The beer looks flat shortly after its poured.

Aroma: the aroma is mouth-puckering by itself. Tartness upfront with very light levels of leather and wood.

Flavor: TART!, mouth puckering so. As noted in the aroma, light leather and wood, with some sweetness from the pluots. If you intend to drink more than 1 of these beers, bring your Tums. Sharp acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Surprisingly heavy given the level of acidity.

Overall: Very good. Perhaps a bit sharp. A bit more fruit and residual sweetness would yield a better balance, but this beer is very good nonetheless. More Almanac beers are on the to-drink list.

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Photo of PDXSOUR
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mediocre in my opinion. Looks good, smeels good but meh. Wasn't impressed at all. The pluot, blueberry and cherry all taste the same to me. I cant tell any difference between them.

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Photo of thebeers
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep apricot, yellow-orange color with a finger of white head. Huge aroma of sour apple, peach skins and plum, and just a hint of barnyard funk. Tart and sour flavor, quite fruity, with similar notes as the nose and a touch of oak in the background. Medium bodied with a good amount of "scraping bubbles" in the mouthfeel -- the carbonation and mouth-puckering tartness combining well. The best pluot beer I've ever had. ; )

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Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All time acidity from Almanac. Absolute puckering apricot. Not much in the way of plums though. Minimal oak. Medium body. It's a solid take on a Pluot wild but the acidity is a bit much for me. Would have liked to see the fruit stand out more than it does.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold, a bit cloudy, with a short head. Nose starts with medium brett funk, but opens up with some fruit (the pluots I assume) and some white wine. Not a big nose however, could be bigger. Taste is dry, with tart plum skin and some sav blanc notes...although I don't know what type of wine barrels they used here. Solidly sour...maybe too sour for what else is going on. Not as vinuos as expected, but reasonably well rounded. A good wild ale that could be great with some tweaking.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass. Hardly any head to speak of, and what was there dissipated within seconds. Chardonnay-like coloring. Can definitely smell the wine barrel. Flavors of tart apricot, white grapes, even some tart cherry. An excellent wild ale. Almanac knows how to make them well.

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Photo of UncleEmu
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almanac Farmer's Reserve Pluot Wild Ale
serving type: wine glass, 12oz bottle from California Craft Beer, Fremont, CA (July 2015)

A: Hazy gold, no head

S: Brett, extremely tart, not much else present

T: TART! All the pluot shows up in the astonishingly long finish. Not super puckery, but still quite acidic and tart. Despite the tartness slapping you in the face, it's still quite balanced with a nice mix of malts. The finish is long and slow with bright fruit.

M: Ciderish. A decent amount of carbonation for a medium-bodied sour.

O: Worth getting just for the finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the COOP a few weeks ago.. Finally getting around to enjoying it while doing some late night lawn watering.. Pours a mostly clear golden with a fizzy short-lived head.

Tart lactic and black plum skin.. no real "fruit" essence but the tannic notes that I associate with plum skin are the bigger players.. surprisingly dry and IMO could use a smidge of sweetness to help things tie together better.... Light body with big acidic bite and a burpy carbonic bubble... Tasty, but even the small bottle was too much for me tonight.


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Photo of cherche
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with very small amount of head. What is there is cotton white. Little retention or lacing but that is to be expected with a sour I think. Smells tart and fruity, brett/apricot/berry mixture. Never had a Pluot and not a big fan of plums so I don't know if the berry I am picking up is plum but it sure smells good...maybe I should revisit plums...anyways. Taste is very tart, sharp fruits similar to the smell, very nice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the thin side...almost like a dry wine but better (obviously, it is beer). Overall it is an amazing beer. Not sure how it isn't one of the top rated fruity sours out there. Love the beer and worth the price tag for sure.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A: Clear dark yellow, with a thin white cap atop. Retention is mostly low, but a substantial ring remains throughout once the majority has dissipated.
S: Apricot and plum, of course, but also peach-like qualities, and some grape skins, with a hint of oak, and a touch of apparent sourness.
T: Starts a bit plum-like, switching to apricots, and then quickly to a lightly puckering tartness, but a fairly clean, crisp sourness without much in the way of funk or barrel.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation, but feels a bit like an oily apple juice.
O: Pretty solid beer and, after chasing super sourness, then scaling back, this is the current perfect level of tartness for me.

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Photo of Jjski
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Loved the Blueberry, not so much the strawberry.
This is a very good mellow, balanced refreshing tart beer. Not overly sour. The fruit is perfect

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving only some traces of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with hints of plums.
T: The taste has some hints of apricots and plums but is mostly sour, and this strong amount of sourness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and extremely tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is beer is so sour and tart that you don't really get any of the fruity flavors in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Farmer's Reserve Pluot. 7% ABV.

A: Over a finger of lopsided, fluffy white head. Dissolves fairly quick, down to a slim ring. Orange-yellow in the glass; slightly deeper orange in the center. Hazy white in the dimple. Decent sheeting; no lacing.

S: A decent amount of yellow stone fruit aroma. Peach, nectarine, yellow plum, apricot. I don't notice much in the way of tartness, though.

T/MF: Off-dry flavor, with a moderate amount of tartness; the least from their sours that I've tried so far. Apricot and yellow plum dominate the fruit profile.

A better starting point sour than the Strawberry, I think.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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