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Farmer's Reserve Pluot | Almanac Beer Co.

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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
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#1,221
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
734
pDev:
6.67%
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like this one less than the other almanac beers ive had. maybe its the pluot. the only other pluot beer ive seen is that disaster from new belgium, and while this is a whole lot better, its still got that weird plumy sweetness thats not super compatible with the wild ale yeast in this blonde and relatively flat looking brew, i wish it looked a bit more alive. fruity nose, not unlike some of the oddity apple or pear beers out there, but with a residual sugar level thats noticeable but not brutal for what it is. the brett isnt super robust in the flavor, but it contributes a balance, and a farmy moist morning dew vibe to the beer, which is needed and distinct. im not sure the fruit adds much to an already outstanding base beer, it may even detract for me. a little more time in the bottle may dry this out a little better, and more carbonation would certainly help. its different and delicious, but its absolutely not as tasty as the other almanac beers ive found. not all experiments are successful, and i appreciate the effort without disliking the beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy lemonstraw color capped by a fizzy head; not much retention with some decent stickage

Smell: Vague lactic plum/apricot (pluot) tones; slightly funky

Taste: Lactic stone fruit flavors, up front, bring subtle hints of plum and apricot; increasingly sour, through the mid-palate, with white wine and sour apple tones; a bit oaky in the finish with a strong mineral tone

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather puckery

Overall: I can't help but think there is just something lacking here; while there are a lot of nice flavors there is an underlying lack of complexity to match the sourness

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, slight hazy straw water chestnut color.

Nose nice lambic like sour, nice lambic like funk, tart generic fruit and a pluot like juicy fruit, tart vinous aromas, almost sour strawberry like, some acidity too.

Taste quite sour, tart generic fruit, little lambic, big sticky lactic acid sour sweet candy thing, like underwhelming sour patch kid. Very mild pluot like or berry like fruit, mild vinous notes, green blueberry flavor. Finish is sticky and flemmy, tart sour fruit lingering, bit more lactic acid.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, sticky flemmy, big acidic bite.

Overall ok but underwhelming, like a great lambic watered down, but decent.

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Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 734 ratings
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