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 RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Mar 2014. Thanks, Chris!

As with the typical Almanac sour blonde, this pours a mostly clear yellow orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring. The nose has a lactic sourness with a white wine vinegar hint, wet hay, pluots, skin and all, honey And a mild floral note. The palate opens with a moderate sourness, wet wood, damp hay, fruit- pluots and whit grapes - and a little vanilla. Honey and a little citrus appear on the mid palate. The pluot character is more dominated by a semiripe apricot flavor. Drying on the finish, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Nice stuff.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 popery
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow gold color. Fairly hazy liquid. Medium-sized white head. Fades fairly quickly, leaving few bubbles behind. The aroma is big on pluots, berries and wine. There's some oak character, but the fruity sourness is in charge. Some lemon peel. The blend of pluot, wine barrel and sourness turned out nicely. There's some cheesy funk, maybe a little diacetyl. The flavor is tart. Tart berries, fairly juicy pluots, tart vinous note. More oak flavor, drying and a bit tannic. Some malt flavor, which is a touch odd. The cheesy funk comes out more in the finish and seems pretty buttery to me. Whatever the flavor is, I'm not a fan, and in varying degrees, it seems to pop up in most of Almanac's sours. It gives the beer a messy feeling - whether it could clean up with time, I really don't know. A little more body to the beer than expected. Still pretty light but there's some lingering malt sugar in there. Pretty good sour. In the upper half of Almanac's work in my opinion but not at the top of the list.

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Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: mostly yellow with a hint of orange. Thin, almost no head. Kinda hazy.
S: vinegar. Pear.
T: chardonnay. Plum for sure. Grape and vinegar. Perfectly Oaked.
M: medium to light carbonation. Tart. Pucker and gleek.
O: tasty sour. Like it. Will buy again.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 5/13/14
Location: Received in Trade from California
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Hazy orange to golden in color with solid carbonation. A half pinky head is all that appears from a typical pour. White to off white colored head gives way to reveal a small viscous ring at the beers edges.
Aroma: There is a wild array of aromas in the glass. Starting with the wine barrel there are lovely scents of the pluots, grape peel, a medium white wine, and a little oak. The brett scent comes after the fruit and gives it that mouthwatering funk.
Taste: In reverse of the aroma the first flavor to hit me is that wild yeast tart and wonderful. The fruit follows with nice flavors of pluot and grape. For me, Iā€™m getting a nice part of the peach aspect of the pluot.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. The beer has that puckering sensation from the brett. The fruit gives the beer almost a nice chew to it when trying to discern all the fruit flavors.

Notes: Received in Trade.

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

This looks the same as the Sourdough wild ale, which I had three nights ago. Nose is mild, bready at first. Then it becomes straight woody funk. No strong pluot scent there either. And not really so much on the flavor either, it seems. Barely an accent. Seems like a wild ale with lactic tones and just an overall funky character. Mild pluots on the backend.

I liked the sourdough ale better. Much better. The carbonation on this one is extreme. The pluots give no firm distinction. It's kind of just, there. No real shining traits. Nice enough though.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation and a finger head that does not last very long.

S-Mild funk and sour, oak, grapes as well as a good bit of citrus.

T-The pluots are there but not in full force, a tad more fruit/citrus flavor would have improved it greatly. Grapes and some oak come through with nice more tart than sour.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, dry crisp finish.

O-Another rock solid sour from Almanac, they have better ones but the increased output is amazing.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of vitALEity
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy, blond with a lot of carbonated fizz. After a few seconds the minimal head disappears completely.

S: A lot of oak/vannila aroma here. Some berries and a hint of peaches if anything "stone fruit". I don't really get much pluot and I've been eating Blossom Bluff orchards pluots for years (in fact I used to run booths at the Marin county farmers market just a few tents down from them!).

T: Some oak, vanilla, sour lemons, rice vinegar, sweet berries, funk.

M: Light, highly carbonated.

O: More farmhouse/funk than most Almanac offerings but a lot less of the stone fruit flavor I was hoping for. The oak comes through very nice though. Its like a sour Curioux.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of shleepy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Darker golden color (but not really approaching amber). Fairly opaque.

Smells sour and a bit bretty; bright, spoiled fruit.

Very acidic (which I like), sour. Tastes like citrus, wild berries, plums (pluots?! gasp!). Refreshing and highly drinkable, with a light-medium body.

If you like sour, fruity beers (e.g., Cantillon Fou' Foune) , you will probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Powderhornphil
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice wild. My third Almanac and likely my least favorite but still delicious.

Hazy straw color. No lacing after two finger head recedes.

Aroma is tart and funky. Slight apricot.

Taste is sweet apricots followed by a funky tartness.

Medium mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.


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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 sourdog
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, grassy. Head disappears completely after about 20 seconds.

S: Pluots, apricots, apples.

T: Stone fruit, but it's subdued. The sourness is a tinge overpowering.

F: Medium bodied. Nice sour tang.

O: Very enjoyable and solid sour, which I've come to expect from Alamanc. But it lacks the complexity of their other outstanding sours such as VotHD. I'm planning to age a few bottles and try periodically to see if time tempers the sourness which should allow the pluot fruit to shine.

(bottled March 2013)

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

Pours out a hazy peach with a quick to disapate inch and a half of head. No lace.

Smell starts with tart fruit, wood and a sweet country white bread in the back.

The sour overpowers the fruit by a little bit. This is a very fresh bottle so age will probably help. The fruit is there though, barrel around the finish. Goes down smooth, with a nice lingering tart yeast and fruit aftertaste.

Will pick up one to age pretty soon. Should do very well.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed dirty blonde color with a one finger bone white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Fairly sweet on the nose. Underripe plum, peaches and cream, juicy red apple, ripe raspberries and some mixed berry puree. All with just a hint of a lactic edge to it. Very inviting.

T: Gives you a nice lactic drawl across the palate right away, rich with underripe raspberry and plum. Middle shows just a hint of malt breadiness before dropping into a finish of underripe white peach, plum skin and meyer lemon. Cuts off a bit short on the finish and isn't as intensely sour as some of the other Almanac sours, but this is absolutely worth trying. Very tasty.

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