Farmer's Reserve Blackberry | 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:
We love blackberries. Tart, sweet and complex but guarded by thorny branches, these alluring fruit have been a favorite of ours since we added them to our very first beer. This sour blonde ale is infused with loads of coastal Blackberries from California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels until our wild yeasts worked their magic. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.


Added by largadeer on 04-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,417
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
640
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
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75
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111
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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of DBosco
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

350ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled 8/23/17, so 14 months old here.

Pinkish red body, slightly hazy looking, but clear when held up to the light. small bright white fizzy head. replenished by a constant stream of carbonation. Little in the way of lacing though.

There is a faint aroma of sour fruit

...and the taste is sour, sour, and then some. But there is a nice fruitiness to balance it out a bit, though I doubt I could have picked it out as blackberry in a blind taste test. No trace of vinegar, or of funkiness for that matter, so this was a nice sipper over the course of an hour or so.

Mouth around medium, finish a mouth puckering slightly fruity sour.

Overall, I enjoyed my first beer from this brewery. It will not be my last.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy mahogany color. 1/5 inch head of an off-pink color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, alcohol, hint of citrus hops, hint of citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness and dryness. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, alcohol, hint of citrus hops, slight wine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, blackberry not distinct, and the blend is all funk.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a light purple topped by a finger of dense white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sourness and blackberries with a hint of oak.
T: Taste is quite sour up front with an equally huge juicy blackberry note. Light funk and wine barrel with a hint of vanilla. On the swallow this one is more juicy blackberry and lingering sourness with a little oak.
M: This beer is fairly light in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the acidity gives this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. Great fruit flavors and a huge sour note. Surprisingly strong pucker on this one but still very enjoyable. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crimson in color with a thin ring of pinkish head that left a few rings of lacing. Smells of sour blackberries with a hint of wine. Tastes of extremely sour blackberries, lemon, light oak and white wine presence, crackers malts and a touch of pepper. Light to medium bodied and carbonation, very tart and puckering mouth feel.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep crimson color with a pink blush. Scant head that falls fast but remains attractive to the eye and refreshes lightly as you tip the glass. Nose is succulent with fruit and a bit of cracker malt. The lightly sour scent is no reason to be dissuaded as it finds your nose sweetly in defiance. A slight herbal with pepper from hop and lemon peel. Light oak. Drinks tartly and just sour enough to cause you to smack your lips from all the plump blackberry. This beer is their sour blonde ale infused with blackberries. It cleverly reminds me of the story about how Lucifer was thrown over into a thorny blackberry bush. The hops and their pepper is not on the palate but rather all the deeply seeded fruit. The touch of funky sour is perfectly balanced against the cracker and the malt finishes the beer.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Sumner. Thanks man.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/1/2016. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange/pink/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing lings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/tangy blackberry, fruit skin, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blackberries, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy blackberry, fruit skin, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light yeast/wine/oak spiciness, and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blackberry, fruit skin, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, pepper, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blackberries, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and wine/oak spiciness balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and wine/oak spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and fairly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blackberries, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced lactic/tannic/drying finish. Really great well rounded Brett complexity; perfectly balanced Lacto, fruit, and wine barrels; and just enough pale malt to keep it from being puckering. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Brewdog Bristol - Pours cloudy blood red with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet hedgerow fruits - blackberry, light acetic notes. Taste - Sweet fruits - blackberry, oaky notes, crisp tart finish. Lovely fruit forward refreshing easy drinking sour ale,

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Photo of peensteen
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FFFjunkie
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a pleasant grape/cranberry color that pours with a minor amount of pink shaded head. Dissipates immediately.

Aroma is pretty simple. Sour blackberries. Maybe a touch of wine. Maybe.

Taste follows nose. Tart blackberries. However I wish there were more blackberry in here. Seems light in that department.

Feel is clean and crisp. Tartness lingers for a bit after each sip.

Overall not a bad beer, but for the price I certainly would avoid this one. Not worth the price of admission at least to me.

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Photo of armock
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 640 ratings