Farmer's Reserve Pluot | Almanac Beer Co.

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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
Ratings:
725
Reviews:
75
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
6.97%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
130
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 mothman
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 CoryR
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wayne17
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Farmer's Reserve Pluot from Almanac Beer Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 725 ratings.
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