Farmer's Reserve Pluot
Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve PluotFarmer's Reserve Pluot
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #230
Ranked #1,583
4.21 | pDev: 6.65%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Frudel
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Derek
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev -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 BlunderfulGuy
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 RockAZ
4.84/5  rDev +15%
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 -7.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -11.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +1%
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 +3.1%
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 +1%
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 -1.2%
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 -4.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -25.7%
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 +1.2%
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 -5%
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 -3.6%
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 +4.3%
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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