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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:
#1,329
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
628
pDev:
7.16%
Bros Score:
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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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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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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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of npachl
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
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

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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

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of aasher
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbgratz
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 628 ratings
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