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 GSSW88
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow so amazing. I grew up eating plums and apricots my grandpa grew in the backyard so this was a trip down memory lane. Pours a nice orangish gold color with almost no head and eventually dissipates into nothing. Smells of pluots! Plum and apricots, stone fruit, cherries, lemon peel, red fruit, fruit leather. Taste is amazing! Dry, tart, lactic acid, pluots (a mix of plums and apricots) with a little oak, earthy fruit pit/stone. Nice high carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Very refreshing! Totally recommend, but over $10 for a 12.68 fl.oz bottle? Not the best value.

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Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Apricot

S: That familiar Almanac scent; some vinegar, some lemon, a bit of saison funk.

T: Very fruit forward but dry. The pluot really shines through. Its not particularly sour, closer to a berlinerweisse, but still quite dry and flavorful.

M: Crisp, dry.

O: This grew on me after a couple sips. While I prefer some of their more sour offerings, this is yet another excellent brew from Almanac.

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Photo of Floydster
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow with a hint of orange and an inch white head, there was decent retention and very good lacing for a wild ale

Smell is full of citrus with apricots, lemon peel, orange zest, grapefruit, a mix of berries, honey, straw, and funk

Taste starts off tingly with a big apricot bite, it fades into barnyard with a bit of sweetness, plum skins linger on the tongue, sweetens up as it warms, tons of citrus with sharp tartness throughout, like all the sour fruits

Mouthfeel is great, nice body for the style, sharp biting carbonation, and nice prickliness fitting for the flavor profile

Overall this is a great sour, one of only a few I have tasted with pluots, I liked the bold feel of this beer and the big fruit profile, Almanac makes yet another great interpretation of a sour

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Doug. Thanks buddy! Pours hazy light tangerine color with a one finger fizzy white head that disappears shortly after pouring. Beautiful sour aroma, huge lacto bite, vinegar, and lots of sweet fruits: plums, apricots, even some berry notes. Beautiful. Flavor is an amazing blend of very sour plums and apricots as expected, lots of lacto and big puckering sour, yet the fruits are sweet and juicy as hell. Some warming vinous notes from the wine barrel that accent the fruits. Lots of prickly carbonation and light to medium bodied. Maybe my new favorite from Almanac. Fantastic. One of the best sours I have ever had. The only thing holding this back from being perfect is a slightly strange wheaty finish, but it is extremely subtle.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed light yellow with a two finger soapy white head that slowly fades without leaving any lacing
S: Smell is lactic sourness, citrus, funk, and some fruity smells
T: Taste is a nice smack of sourness mixed with some pluot flavors, some lemony citrus, slight funk, and some yeastyness. Swallow is more sourness, pluot, and a hint of band aids.
M: Lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carb and a drying finish
O: Another phenomenal beer from Almanac that can go toe to toe with the best of them. Priced a little bit lower than RR but the quality is about equal.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Perhops for sending this one for nothing.

A- Honey, non-transparent, thin medium lacing for the style, white cloudy in color

S- Brett funky, then the fruit pluots come out. Not as much S from the fruit comes out of the nose

T- The pluot comes out first, then a low brett suckerpunch; put the fruit stays in the mouth after brett goes away

M- A bit too much carb for me with the style, but nothing bad here. Very balanced, not too thick or thin, the carb follows down the throat a bit harsh, but nothing terrible.

O- I think this is a great take on an American fruit first sour (though not too sour). Almost comes off as a fruit ale, but it is more on the sour end of the spectrum

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Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle into a Teku
2014 vintage

Thanks to KevSal for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a translucent light golden color, with less than 1 fingers width of bright white head. Head dissipates down almost immediately and leaves zero lacing. 4

S: Very tart, lots of lactic acidity, some funky burnt plastic like notes, sweet fruity aromas. Excellent. 4.5

T: A nice puckering tartness, lactic acidity, sweet fruit flavors to balance things out, lots of Pluot flavors (just kidding I have no clue what Pluots taste like as Ive never had them in my life). Great mix of sour and sweet. Delicious. 4.5

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation appropriately high,a touch syrupy, the sour tartness gives it a nice bite, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Awesome beer. I will be seeking out more from this series. 4.5

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Photo of cherche
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 PHBoiler
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well made and balanced fruited sour. So difficult to find balanced american wild ales these days. This beer has a nice deep blonde color with one finger dense white head. The smell is inviting with some light acidity like a freshly cut piece of fruit. The finish on this beer is distinctly pluot. You get the tartness from the skin of the fruit that comes off as the dryness from a plum and then some balancing sweetness from the apricot. Well carbed and bright tartness at the start with a well balanced finish. High marks.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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 MarcWP
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Cantillon taster.

Pours hazy, pale peach color with fizzy white head that settles down quickly. The carbonation is so reminiscent of other Almanac sours.

Aroma is big lactic fruit with oak and a wine overlay. Pink grapefruit, peach, plum and apricot (pluot hehe),strawberries, fruity white wine, soft apple notes, and definite woodsy oak shavings.

On the palate you get grapes, plums, juicy sweet lemon, red wine vinegar, acetic strawberry, underripe apricot, peach juice concentrate, and a drying oak essence. Super fruity, plenty of lactic acidity, acetic acid is balanced out well, and despite a fruit juice like sweetness poking it's head the beer is dry for the most part.

Mouthfeel is light with soft fizz. Really pretty easy drinking which is a plus for the style.

Overall another nice offering by Almanac. More and more do I get the similarities within all their sours. The main thing I miss with these beers is funk. Almost no funk present in Almanac sours. They are bright, juicy but light, lactic, and usually show off the fruit additions pretty well. I'll keep drinking them as long the price stays the same as it's a convenient size (375) for a sour and you don't have to commit to a more expensive, bigger bottle.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (~1 month old) into a teku at fridge temp.

Look: lighter than expected, a gorgeous golden orange, no head, slightly opaque.

Smell: standard Farmer's Reserve, but with a healthy layer of confectioner's sugar on top. Enticing.

Taste: again, typical of the series, but a notch above. Sharply sour up front, but the fruit comes through, and the middle and back are dominated by sweet fruit and very mild bread.

Feel: light to medium, good carb, fairly smooth, and not too dry.

Overall: this is a remarkably good beer, and hands down my favorite from Almanac. The fruity sweetness, and identifiable character of the base fruit, really make this enjoyable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First bottling...2014. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a small-medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is slightly funky with a good amount of Belgian yeast aromas. Some stone fruit...peaches, plums, apricots, and even some strawberry aromas. Doesn't imply that this one is going to be very sour. However, there is a lot of oak and some white wine aromas. As the beer warms, the pluots really shine. Taste is more sour than it smell, yet still not as sour as a lot of the other Farm to Barrel beers. Sour and slightly acidic stone fruit up front with a good amount of oak. Hints of lemon and just the perfect amount of acidity. The flavor is pretty light and highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is dry and lip smacking to a certain extent. Overall, this beer is one of those "perfect for a hot summer day" beers. Well balanced and highly drinkable sour beer here.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled March 2014.

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers of fluffy white head that faded into a lasting film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Tart and clean nose with bright flavors of acid and pluots. Light blonde ale notes poke through beneath. Slight oak.
T: A sour blonde ale first with pluots second. Clean and delicious notes of pale malt and bready yeast mix well with semisweet fruit flavors of apricot and plum. The finish is full of buttery oak and mild white wine, and the aftertaste is juicy and lingering. Tartness is very clean with no acidity or harshness.
M: Medium-full body, juicy, sweet, tart, and easy mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft sand smooth.
O: One of the smoothest and easiest to drink Almanac sours I've had.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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 RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There we go. Wild and tart like a sigma alpha Kai sorority party, Raul is feelin' this. Whatever a Pluot is, give Raul another, because it is riper than Jessica Alba after her last airbrushing.

Thang is just fresh, flavorful, and ready to go.


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Photo of spicelab
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle thanks to Joe.

Turbid piss-apricot with a smallish white head that requires a bit of intent to reach a finger. Recedes fairly quickly to a slight ring. Slowish bead.

Nose has a lovely earthy funk, deeply tannic and oaky, which melds very well to the sweet/sour aspect of the Pluots and firm, base wild notes of tangy lemon and grapefruit. Thoroughly gorgeous nose.

Tartness ramps up in the taste, making it lovely and clean but shading the Pluot sweetness and vinous funk somewhat. Big grapefruit and lemon/lime is the main game.

Potent acidity and minerally carbonation gives it serious palate heft. Tartness lingers and builds until it's somewhat saliva stripping.

This is one intelligent and majestic barrel-aged AWA. Definitely the best I've had in the series.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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 bnes09
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Mcastaneda224
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a small white head that dissipates quickly, as do most of these Almanacs

S - Smells damn good! White wine and the various fruits (apricots and plums bred together)

T - Awesome. Almanac knows how to perfect their sours aged in wine barrels, and the wine and pluots combine for an awesome finish.

F - Carbonation, not much else to say

O - Tart, respectable, honestly I like this better than almost every other Almanac aside from Blueberry and Grand Cru, of course. And Dogpatch sour.

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Photo of Jjski
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the salt of the earth, no other ale conveys the presence of earthiness like the most raw and rustic spontaneous varieties. While steering the taste and the terrior toward specific tastes, Almanac Beer Company has "almost" complete control of that taste and what's responsible for them. ..."almost" in the most wonderful way possible.

Its piquant aromas are complex with tart wine, earthen hay and something akin to cider vinegar. And while the ale's more pungent scents of sea air, saddle leather and wood must shy away in taste, the early palate is alive with salted lime, orchard fruit, tangy chardonnay, apple cider and under-ripened berries. Though fruity, the pluot individuality is understated and washed out by the ale's tart overall character.

Joining the tandem, more earthy flavors link upon the middle palate as dry oak, sandalwood spice, pepper, and sharp sourness all seep into the taste buds. its mouthwatering taste pierces the jowls with a combination of apricot and plum along with vinegar and wood spice.

And those earthen wafts of horse blanket and cellar-type must return with echoes in aftertaste even as the ale finishes with dry and thirst quenching acidity. Its light and effervescent body projects a fast drinking ale, but its sourness makes it much more of a sipper.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, acidic, wood, wine, and plum aromas. Taste is much the same with sour plum, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice sour fruit presence that is slightly better in the taste.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice crystal clear, light wheat body with a finger of neon white head. Nice rendition and lace is above par for the style.

S - Tingly nose. Clean malt, bright lemon juice, touch of honey, and plum skin.

T - Oh my... that's tart. Crisp, sharp, tart, underripe plums, cumquats, white bread crust, lemon juice, and a touch of salt.

M - Medium frame with smooth center. Sharp acidic edges.

O - One of the bolder sours in the Farm to Barrel series. Nice plum (although I guess it's technically pluot) character.

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Photo of nmann08
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a cloudy bright yellow color with active carbonation and a wispy thin head.

The smell is tart, lots of funk, apricot, plums, white grape. The nose is just very bright sour fruit. The flavor is moderately tart, more fruit, apricots and plums, Beglian yeast backbone. This is really enjoyable. Very clean refreshing, not overly sour.

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