Farmer's Reserve Blackberry | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry

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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by largadeer on 04-20-2014

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Photo of sjdevel
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very hazy and intense red in color. Kick up almost 1-finger head with a fairly rough pour. Head faded quickly (as expected). Foam was pink and a ring and lacing continue for the entire drinking experience.

Smell: Tart fruit and some slight vinegar. Bacteria/Brett yeast very apparent. Quite aromatic.

Taste: Tart and dry. Some sweetness for a few seconds, but gets right back to tart fruit and sour. Blackberry flavors are great and do not hold back. Great sourness without overpowering the other flavors. There are some earthy notes as well and the barrel flavors come through towards the end.

Feel: Medium bodied. Low end and less carbonation. As expected with a beer of this nature.

Overall: Very good beer. Just sour enough for me and not over the top. Many other complex flavors come through. There are some spice flavors in here that I just cant make out, but they are interesting. This is my first ALMANAC beer, and I am already a fan.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to eyebereej for this bottle! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from 375mL bottle into a Cigar City Humidor tulip glass.

A: Reddish-orange with significant yeasty haziness. It rather reminds me of a tequila sunrise in the glass. A thin white head fades rapidly atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funk, blackberries, and tart with some oak tannins. Not much wine character - maybe a touch of pinot if you work at it.

T: Tart blackberries and sour, with dry white wine and oak tannins. There's a touch of cracker malt body, and then more dryness, and underripe berry tartness.

M: Light-bodied, good carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is quite low.

O: Pretty tasty here. Not my favorite of the Farmer's Reserve series I've had, but really enjoyable.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saturday sour: Almanac's Farmer's Reserve Blackberry is a tart, fruity, funky masterpiece, with tons of jammy blackberry and barrel character from the wine barrels it was aged in. Pours a gorgeous cranberry red with no head to speak of. Super tart, but let it warm up and sip it slowly to see the blackberry fruit flavor come out more. When this beer is straight out of the fridge the fruit doesn't come through as strongly. Prost! Slainte! Salud! Cheers!

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2/2016.

Pours a good looking cranberry color, cloudy, with a quickly dissipating one finger head and some loose cling. Smells sour and tart, yeast, some wine, malt, some oak, a general berry aroma, slightly spicy. Taste is tart, much less sour than the aroma a first few sips, malt, berries, yeast, wine, some lemon, a little green apple. Smooth. solid body, the taste lingers.

Another solid sour from Almanac, although not one of the top tier. Great flavor and aroma, but it could have used more blackberries. Still, it's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of BeerStud187
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best of the Almanac series that I've had. It doesn't taste like blackberries and I did not get much if any fruit from it. But, I did get great, smooth barrel/sour taste. If you have not had a great sour or have not appreciated them, try this and see what you are missing. It's a very complex, barrely, aged, sour flavor that has none of the negative flavors that can be associated with this style. It may not move worlds, but may open them.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the same as most of the Almanac beers. It has really nice tartness and acidity, but there was not a lot of fruit, but that is to be expected with all Almanac sours.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous but light ruby red with purple hues and a solid finger of active pink carbonation that dissipates quickly.

Subtle musty funk, wet hay, citric acidity, blackberry, and other berry type sweet and citric notes. All subtle however and a little underwhelming.

Taste is identical to smell, there is some blackberry and other dark berry notes, but subtle and overpowered by the sharp lactic acidity. A subtle funk and grainy character to note as well.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, subtle berry fruitiness, tart, crisp.

Overall, another decent beer in Almanac's portfolio, but a little underwhelming and fruit addition is overpowered by the tart acidity. Needs a heavier hand of blackberries next time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 7 11 Kittery
Hazy murky purple pink color with a smallish pink tinges head that dissipates quickly. Huge lemony tart citrus and berry on the nose with bits of funk spilling off the edges. Big tart citric flavor with light sweet berry and a touch of earthy and funk underneath. Berry sour patch kids this stuff is pretty damn good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full notes taken at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT Saturday night.

A- Purple-ruby pour from the taps into a snifter. Foamy pink one-finger high cap that displays decent retention. Spotty lacing results as the head dies down to a medium ring.

S- Vinous berries and sour sour lactic power. Wine barrel and strong grapes and tannic oak. Sour lemons and of course the berries which meld into the rest of the beer to give more of a general berry feel here.

T- Blackberry more apparent and it sure does compliment the super lactic sour level very well. Lemons, grape juice, wet vinous oak, slight tannins and did I mention... LACTIC.

MF- Foamy and slightly frothy overall consistency on the palate. Medium smooth level of carbonation bubbles. Finishes with an intense puckering sour.

Glad to see Almanac popping up in New England. They are able to showcase fruits quite well and this blackberry brew is no exception as berries contrast and compliment a heavy level of lactic acid tartness.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby in color with some faint blue hues. Aromas of subtle dark berry, mineral aromas, some sour funk and hints of oak and vanilla. Flavors follow nose with some subtle berry sweetness upfront followed by lacto sour, minerals flavors, slight salinity and some white wine in the finish. Oak and vanilla come through in the exhale. Medium light bodied crisp refreshing and not overly sour. Great complexity, probably the best from the sour reserve series I have had yet.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almanac's Farmer's Reserve Blackberry, sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries. 7% ABV.

A: A very nice dark pink/prickly pear skin-color. Complete opaque. Very cloudy looking. Slightly lighter and more cloudy in the dimple. The only thing keeping this from a 5 is the lack of a pretty head to go with it.

S: Yep, that's blackberry alright! With some of that lemony sourness that is ever present in Almanac sours; akin to Lemonheads candies. A slight Sauv Blanc thing going on. Very slight oak.

T/MF: Very tart. Like that sour powder on a lot of gummy candies (tartaric acid). It then narrows in on the blackberry flavor. Even has that blackberry bitterness on the finish. Seems more like a juice than a beer, but I can't fault it for that.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bottle shared by the one and only Joepeter. On to the beer:

A surprisingly pale looking beer with a tint of orange, but with a pleasantly puckering tartness and addition of blackberries without ripping apart your palate.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually a bit let down with how subtle the adjuncts are in Almanac beers and the color on this one doesn't imply that it's heavy on the blackberrys either. However, this one actually had a nice blackberry smell and flavor. One of my favorites from Almanac who always produce nice beer even if they don't have much of a wow factor.

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Photo of PDXSOUR
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Mediocre in my opinion. Looks good, smeels good but meh. Wasn't impressed at all. The pluot, blueberry and cherry all taste the same to me. I cant tell any difference between them.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Funky, but blackberry aroma is much lighter than I expected, followed by faint bread-iness from the wheat

A: Orange-ish color with good clarity that has low head retention with some lacing

T: Initial blackberry flavors immediately dominate, followed by vinous wine barrel finish

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation

O: Tasty. Excellent call to use wine barrels as a means to compliment the blackberry flavor.

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Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach colour with a little haze a thin white head. Sour, funk and wood on the nose with some sour lemon and light fruit and berries. Sour taste with some nice wood and funk and blackberry that comes through in the finish. Nice but along the same lines as most almanac sours.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy golden tan with thin foam. The aroma is a funky wet stray hay sour tart with a muted fruitiness to it. I can't pick out the blackberry per se, but I get the bitter kick from it. A funky sour, good to start with.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange with hints of pink; the head fizzes away quickly though it leaves some dots while it lasts

Smell: Lactic fruit sour tones; perhaps a smear of blackberry jam on wheat toast if you let your power of suggestion get the best of you; funky tones, too

Taste: The lactic sour fruit tones arrive first, with the fruit evolving into blackberry in the mid-palate; acetic, funky, vinous elements develop, after the swallow; toasted wheat bread is underneath, though very subtle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Not a top flight sour but does the trick; I especially enjoy the blackberry tones

Thanks, CaliSooner, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of tart and sour notes with hint of blackberry is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with hints of blackberries. Some vinous notes are also noticeable but I would not say that oak plays a major role. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled April 2014.

A: pours a glowing apricot color with two fingers of very active and fizzy white head. The head quickly faded away into a very thin collar leaving no lace.
S: nice bright funk mixed with subtle vinous wine barrel and oak, with semisweet and lightly tart scents of stone fruits and berries. The blackberry is light but noticeable.
T: nice golden sour notes complemented by sweet hints of blackberry and subtle red wine. Greasy oak and hints of straw and tart red berries. The finish full of gritty and clinging tannins, and the aftertaste has a bright and clean lingering tartness to it. Slight notes of lemon, cranberry and grapefruit.
M: tart and drying mouthfeel full of gritty oak and wine tannins. Medium-full body with a nice greasy chew from the oak before the drying finish. Carbonation is sparkling and tingly.
O: flavors worked very well together. Using wine to complement the blackberry was a good call.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Fruity, but I wouldn't call it blackberry. A little bit of yogurt. Some oak and wine.

Taste - More dynamic. A bit sweeter here, too. Stone fruit sourness. More wine barrel. Less oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Sour and fruity. If that's your thing, it's good. It's just not really exciting beyond being sour and fruity.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%

The beer offers a tart quality upfront towards sour apple and lemon juice. A slightly single noted tart quality. The blackberry is a bit faint as it comes up after the sourness. Not much sweetness to speak of. Very similar to the other fruited sours that Almanac is offering.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Pour is clear golden amber with a white head. Nose is doughy and green, astringent brett, faint acetic. Taste is similar, green, doughy malt, a little bit of blackberry, moderate sourness, faint rubber in back. Syrupy messy body, assertive carb.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Poured into a Side Project stemmed glass 9/19/2014.

A- Cloudy, medium-dark orange body with minimal white head that dissipates into nothing quite quickly. Zero retention time, pretty much. No collar or lacing. [3.25]

S- Lot of yogurty lactate and acetic vinegar- essentially quite sour. Musty oak, a bit of acidic lemon. A small essence of blackberry tartness, but I don't feel confident that I would be able to pick it out in a blind tasting compared to other Farmer's Reserve beers. [4]

F- Warhead sour with a lot of lactate, more so than the acetic vinegar. A small bit of oak, white wine grape with a finish similar to blackberry tartness. Again, I'd be hard pressed to identify blackberry as a major contributor to the overall flavour of the beer. It is certainly more subtle than other blackberry sours out there. Still, very tasty and those of you who like straight up sours will enjoy this. [4]

M- Medium bodied, just about the right amount of carbonation despite the minimal head- perhaps it just retains the carbon dioxide better? Not difficult to drink despite how sour it is, as the blackberry tartness doesn't linger for long. [3.75]

O- Quite sour, not a ton of blackberry character but still a more than solid AWA. [4]

Final score: 3.94

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Slightly dull, rusty reddish pour with no visible carbonation, head retention, or sediment. There are blackberries in the nose, but it's much more of the tannic skin than the sweet juice. In a way this reminds me of royal tannin bomb from pizza boy, but more funky. The taste is subtle tart blackberries with a hint of wood and grain to follow. This has an incredibly approachable mouthfeel - blackberry forward with appropriately dryness, modest funk, and a light, effervescent body. There's surprisingly ample carbonation, though you'd think it would be totally flat based on appearance. This is another crushable fruit sour from almanac, highly recommended if you've enjoyed the others.

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