Farmer's Reserve Blackberry
Almanac Beer Co.

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #249
Ranked #1,721
4.2 | pDev: 6.9%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
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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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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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml brown bottle purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco. Brought back to Australia and shared with Sam and Rich

Pours a bright candy pink colour, with a very pale pink head of coarse bubbles. Lots of fine specks of lace as it settles, although the body itself is pretty light and weak. Carbonation forms in streams. The colour is very interesting, and overall it looks really very good.

Nose is tart and crisp, with a pronounced berry aroma right from the start. Almost gueuze-like plastic funk comes through, very tart and very astringent. There's also a slight stringy sweetness: like a slightly artificial sugar note running through it.

Taste is very good: strong tart characters throughout, with a lactic note running through them all. There's a darkness to it which is rather unusual—it's probably something from the barrel-aging, I get some vanilla and wood around the back which rounds out the crisp blackberry tartness. Lots of vinous characters and a slight vegetative crispness towards the finish as well. It's really very nice.

Feel is clean, direct and sharp—like a knife along the centre of the palate.

Overall, this is a cracking sour. Genuine acidity and fruit, but with complexity and subtlety. I really like it a lot.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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