Farmer's Reserve Blackberry | Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry
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Farmer's Reserve BlackberryFarmer's Reserve Blackberry

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber, colored with few shades of magenta. It's pretty cloudy. Just a solid glowy mass, at least outside of strong light. A slightly off-white head bubbles up at first but fades to a tight cap after a minute. As I make my way through the glass, only a ring of bubbles remains. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is berries, lemons, funk, mild oak, mild to moderate vinegar and a gentle vinous note. Happily, I'm not finding any of the mild kinda bile-ish flavor that I get from some Almanac sours - nice to see that cleaned up. Somewhat jammy. The fruit flavors work well, and the blackberry flavor is easy to pick out. A little bit of vanilla sweetness. The blend of berries and wine barrel is particularly nice. Taste is big on tart berries. Starts with some grapey, vanilla sweetness on top of the remnants of malt sugars. Lemons, fruity vinegar and blackberries take center stage with even more tart blackberries finishing it off. Just enough sweetness to let the fruit shine, but it finishes pretty dry. I'm generally for lower abv sours, but this one handles 7% abv well. Pretty clean, particularly for Almanac. Medium to light mouthfeel. Somewhat effervescent carbonation. Very solid offering from Almanac. This is a tasty beer and one of my favorites from them, up there with FR #3 and #4.

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Photo of russpowell
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 Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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%

Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

my favorite from Almanac

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jared14
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mctizzz
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Juan611
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
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 gibgink
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well done sour with funk!

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Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt red-orange.

S: Almanac funk, lemons, faint blackberry.

T: Good puckering sourness. Lemons, apples, yeast funk. Not much fruit in the flavor, just a bit of sweetness on the finish.

M: Dry, puckering, with a sweet finish.

O: Another good sour from Almanac but could definitely use more fruit.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
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