Dark Pumpkin Sour | Almanac Beer Co.

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Dark Pumpkin SourDark Pumpkin Sour

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices aged in wine barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Jcarriglio
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up when a local retailer was going out of business last year, was marked down like 75%, so at like ~$3 I figured it was finally time to check this beer out.

Pours dark brown, but not overly viscous and thick. Small 1/4" off white head. The aroma didn't deliver on the pumpkin promise, but there was plenty of sour barrel dark hearty red wine notes and a tiny bit of acetic acid.

Taste, more oak, plenty of sour, but pumpkin? See I'm not a big pumpkin fan, so what a catch22 for these guys. Some spice rack nutmeg is evident. The alcohol is not prominent. Has some of those flanders like notes barrel wise, earthy, slight leathery aspect to it. I can't tell whether the base beer is a big brown ale or a mild porter.

So despite this beer maybe not delivering as expected, it was still enjoyable. Would I pay $10 for a bottle? No. But I would pay $6 or less.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is pretty similar to the standard Almanac Pumpkin sour as far as my palette can tell. The one notable difference, imo, is that this beer skews a little more "pumpkin" as compared to the standard that hits me as more pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with very little light seeping through. Thee's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the middle. The aroma is of cabernet, nutmeg, oak, and tart brettanomyces. I taste a complex blend of dark malt, cabernet, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, pumpkin pie spice, and dark malt. The mouth is bone dry and moderately spiced.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a weird hybrid beer for me. I am not a huge fan of pumpkin but I love Almanac's sour strain so I gave this a try. The tartness is very nice, but the pumpkin and nutmeg spice like notes were not a good pairing for me.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RebornStussy
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A one-inch, dense, creamy, mocha foam stands for a few minutes before settling and leaving little fine lace on the wall of a Pretentious Beer Glass Company pumpkin goblet. The beer within is black with clear, blood-red highlights.

The nose is immediately bitten by sharp sourness and a strong oak aroma. The background contains faint charred wood. Warmth brings out cherry and white wine, while extended warmth reveals light notes of bourbon.

A strong dose of acidic sourness reveals oak and cherry up front and quite similar to a Flanders Red. While strong, bitterness and sweetness are balanced, yet, as a combination, far short of the sourness. Specific flavors of currents and blackberries are revealed with warmth, as is a light dose of pie spice. Late in the session, pumpkin meat is discernible. The finish is unyielding, with a long, sharp astringency.

A medium body is soft and smooth with a luxurious texture. Each sip contains a lively burst of carbonation with aggressive alcohol.

Almanac has produced a Pumpkin Beer with tons of character. This may be the second Pumpkin Beer that I will actually look forward to in coming years. As a Sour, it stands solid. I enjoyed it while relaxing before dinner during a cold, dark January night.

The bottle date is July 2015.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very dark brown with a laborious tan head. Really quite dark for the style, looks like a porter or Irish dry stout. Nice tight-knit bubbles form at the sides.

S: Very tart with lots of vinous notes. Some toasty oak, fall spices and very faint pumpkin. Dark malts adds mild roast and a certain heaviness to the aroma, reminiscent of a brown ale. It really takes a lot of warming up before the smell starts to open.

T: Pretty balanced sour but definitely teetering on the tart side – I’m guessing this really developed in the bottle in the year since it was produced. Notes of a high-acidity wine, plums, and as with the nose, just a little bit of pumpkin. Dextrinous, dark malts pull through as it warms, adding a dark fruit character and mild roastiness. Pleasant, tart, earthy finish with some tannic notes.

F: Medium-light body with abundant yet delicate carbonation and mild tannic dryness. Very drinkable, no discernable alcohol.

Overall: An enjoyable and balanced sour that I would have liked to try fresh.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WiggyKGB
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled “Autumn 2014”.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown, near black, with a couple fingers of foamy light tan head that fizzed away into a faint collar. Wispy streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty cooked squash, tart lactic acid, cola, and pumpkin pie spice on the nose. Smells ok but not great.
T: Dark bread, caramel, and a hint of chocolate syrup up front with cooked squash, lemon zest acidity and pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg in the finish. The aftertaste has a bready quality along with hints of cola, raisin, and bright acid.
M: Medium-light body, fuzzy, frothy carbonation, clean and bright acidity. Mouthfeel is soft and drying, with a lingering kiss of spice. Drinks well.
O: Underwhelming flavors, maybe this one should have been drank fresh. I liked the tartness and mouthfeel, but the squash wasn’t my favorite, nor was there much spice. Good but not their best.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark amber brown, clear, with basically no lacing or head.

Smells like wine, vinegar, some light caramel, and pumpkin spicing.

This is not all that impressive, I'm just not sure that this set of flavors really needed to go together, you know? As it warms, the pumpkin spicing comes through a bit stronger, but I don't get any real pumpkin character. It's fairly sour, and a bit vinegary.

This is light bodied, a bit oily, with a tart mouthfeel, and a low level of carbonation.

Not all that enjoyable. Didn't work for me.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep mahogany brown body, nearly walnut dark, with excellent ruby red edges and glow, and a body appearance that manages some real nice clarity. The head manages only a finger but has a real nice espresso creamy look and color. Manages to settle with a fine collar and a big odd bubble here and there. Neat looking beer.

Aroma goes for more of the funk than anything. Tart notes mixing in with a nice milky chocolate sense as well surprisingly. Interesting balance. Pumpkin angle seems very buried with no large qualities of vegetable or spice flavors coming off the bouquet. Some good hinting vanilla mixing in with the milky chocolate nicely as well.

Palate is much more simple and easy. Light but very good vinous body that is rich, full, and lush. Hints of mild tart raspberry and hints of sawdust like wood a bit. Excellent mouthfeel with a full palate almost chewy. Mid palate hints more of that nice milky vanilla and chocolate tones, which comes out nicely on the tongue. Fruit acidity is really controlled and flavorful, hinting of mild raspberry like tones and red fruits.

Does not come off like a pumpkin beer or overly sour, or stout like, but has great barrel character for a real solid feel and excellent wild consistency. Also the pumpkin flavors are left behind, which is what I really also seem to enjoy more so.

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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tele
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.30.15

A: 4.5 Pours dark brown with a two-inch, khaki head. Actually, it looks very similar to Rodenbach.

S: 4 Aromas are very mild with lactic tartness and damp wood funk. A bit of vanilla and toasted malt are present, but they are very subtle. Not really picking up any pumpkin or spice.

T: 4 The flavor is actually pretty nice. There’s moderate tartness balanced out by some malt sweetness. Again, spice is pretty mild, but on the finish some bready malt has hints of cinnamon and clove. The subtlety of the spice is appreciated; anything more would be overdoing it. The only real flaw is the slight astringency on the finish.

M: 4.25 Body is nice if a bit watery. Carbonation is great and feels lively.

O: 4 Like most of Almanac’s beers, this one is nice, but pretty forgettable. Due to the pumpkin and spice, the lack of flavor is probably a good thing because it would likely be no good if the flavors were in you face.

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Photo of beeragent
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Dark Pumpkin Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 369 ratings