Farmer's Reserve Blackberry
Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #255
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,738
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 6.9%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
642
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Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
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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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Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -15%
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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 EMH73
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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 utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +7.1%
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 FFFjunkie
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of ajm5108
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice deeper ruby color, aroma has a little tart waft with soft berry notes and some oak. Taste has a very good presentation of the berry and some grape flavors, and the tartness isn't overwhelming or puckering.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +0.7%
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 +13.1%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.8%
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 0%
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 +8.8%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.2%
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 -3.3%
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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Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 642 ratings