Farmer's Reserve Blackberry
Almanac Beer Co.

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From:
Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #340
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,221
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
581
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Apr 20, 2014
Wants:
  74
Gots:
  109
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Nov 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Apr 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
375ml 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.
Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

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.
Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 14, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.
Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Davit from California

Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

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.
Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Mar 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by REVZEB from Illinois

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

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.
Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by jcb7472 from Florida

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Nov 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by BarleyAndBrett from California

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Oct 13, 2017
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.
Oct 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by kmanjohnson from California

Oct 07, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

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.
Sep 23, 2017
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

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,
Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.36 by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Aug 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Aug 02, 2017
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Reviewed by FFFjunkie from Illinois

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.
Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by armock from New York

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Jun 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Blackback Pub. This was poured into a tulip glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt red almost pink color. Slim white little head. No lacing. The smell definitely has the blackberry up front with a nice tart edge in and around some sweetness. Light citrus. The taste was balanced nicely between the sweetness and the sour. Blackberries and citrus blend and lead into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the sourness to hit as the harshness on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Wild ale that I would have again.
Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by npachl from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is very hazy reddish purple in color. It poured with a collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of blackberries are present in the nose along with hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of favors of sour blackberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how this beer was packed with lots of flavors of blackberries and wasn't overly sour.

Serving type: bottle
May 30, 2017
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours an effervescent pink/orange with sliver of eggshell colored head. Pretty average head retention & lacing

S: Faint blackberry,

T: Tartness, blackberry & a little cherry & drynes up front. Oaky dryness, cherry sweet tart as this warms, a little vanilla too. Finishes tart, a little sour with subtle blackberry & cherry

MF: Medium body, low carbonation

Pretty drinkable, but was hoping for a little more blackberry, very pricey for what it delivers taste-wise
May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by MaxOhle from Illinois

May 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by aasher from Indiana

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by kbgratz from Texas

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by Brewery_Decimal_System from Texas

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by Budlum from Maryland

Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Mar 24, 2017
Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 644 ratings