Farmer's Reserve Blueberry
Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve BlueberryFarmer's Reserve Blueberry
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #399
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,602
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
432
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Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
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Farmer's Reserve BlueberryFarmer's Reserve Blueberry
Notes: We selected the very best hand-picked blueberries grown in the hills of Butte County, California, and added them to a sour golden ale aged in wine barrels. The resulting beer is infused with a delicate blueberry essence, a reminder of far off summer days.
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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy purple-gray color with a thin, off-white head that settles into a soupy crown.

Masticated blueberries over a nice sour base in the nose. Hints of wood.

Much tarter tasting than the nose let on, with a sharp acidic bite at first. Then blueberry, sourness, wood, wine and a great touch of hay all play in the mix. It’s earthy with a great lingering sour quality.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Really excellent beer. The blueberry and wine barrels play really well off each other, and I love the base sour in these.

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Photo of brenn79
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle- Pours dark purple with minimal head. Aroma is tart, blueberry pie, vinegar, acidic. The taste is blueberries, tart, about a 7 on the scale, with a bit of kool aid flavors without the sugar. The berries could be a bit more pronounced, but still delicious.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a fairly deep shade of purple with a finger of off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of juicy blueberries and sourness with some slight funk
T: Taste is juicy blueberries followed by a nice smack of tartness and some sourdough notes. Slight hints of funk and wine barrel. Swallow is more juicy blueberry, sourness, and a slight hint of funk and vanilla at the very end.
M: This beer is about at the middle of the road in body with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly prickly but adequate and the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: I've yet to have one of these that hasn't been great. The fruit notes are great and the beer has some decent complexity. The fruit does shine pretty bright but that's how I like these. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours an intense ruby-red. Beautiful to look at. Little head and lacing.

S) The nose is rife with ascetic acid, tart blueberry, notes of blackberry, and some funky lactic spritz. It is definitely inviting.

T) The taste is ascetic forward with still very strong sour fruit notes. It is surprisingly crisp, without too much funk beyond the ascetic notes. Has a dry finish.

F) Very crisp, has a decent body, and a great medium-high carbonation.

O) A really solid blue-berry wild. Paired with a wedge of blue cheese and some multi-grain crackers, was quite a nice experience.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark ruddy burnt amber to brown sort of color with a slight purple hue-ish looking streams along the sides of the glass. Thin layer of white foamy head quickly dissipated and left no lacing. The aroma starts off with the blueberries flowing into some citrusy to lemony bitter hops. Strong vinous but still great balance for the most part. The flavor wants to balance between the blueberries and vinous qualities but definitely leans towards a vinous sourness. Sly semi-sour to sweet blueberry aftertaste leading into a mainly sour dry vinous finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Mild carbonation feels good and allows the sour harshness to take a good hold on my tongue. Overall, really nice sour ale. I might have a sly bias towards blueberries but this really is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2016. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/light purple/orange color with a small foamy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart/tangy blueberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, fruit skin, white wine, hay, straw, oak, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of pepper, vanilla, leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, blueberries, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart/tangy blueberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, fruit skin, white wine, hay, straw, oak, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of pepper, vanilla, leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of blueberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, fruit skin, white wine, hay, straw, oak, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, blueberries, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is a great fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, blueberries, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellow tartness/acidity. Very well rounded Brett complexity, with great balance of all flavors. Not as lactic as I expected, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a bright fruit punch color with no head

Smell: barnyard funk with strong aromas of multiple kinds of berries.

Taste: lactic tartness and sour with jammy blueberries up front. Aftertaste leaves a strong red wine presence with notes of oak and berries. Sweet throughout, not too dry.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a acidic mouthfeel

Overall: solid sour with plenty of berries and strong wine characteristics.

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Photo of kitch
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, bottled in October 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear ruby red colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left sparse to no lacing. (Note: the final 1/6th poured extremely cloudy and colour became a murky reddish purple colour).

Aroma: Tart, cherry, blueberry, vinous white wine and wood.

Taste: It’s what you expect from the aroma, sour, tart, acidic, blueberry and cherry, with a vinous white wine and oaky finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice, enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of FFreak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into teku glass and enjoyed with a broiled salmon dinner. Pours a ruddy, faded and dull red wine color with a small pinkish head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lace. Smell is faintly of red wine, maybe zinfandel or cab, with some berry, yeast and oak. Taste is delicious...berries and zinfandel. Mouth is medium bodied and pretty dry. Oveall, I loved it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose contains oak, red wine (berries), vanilla and some blueberry. Flavour is similar, quite sour, with a balsamic flavour. Dries the mouth a bit too much, and the beer feels a bit heavy for the flavour.

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Photo of JoshuaBy
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer tastes great, but not worth it for the price that they ask. I got it on sale for $10 for a 12.375 oz bottle, regularly $14. I know they go through a lot of time making that beer with barrel aging, but still, not worth it. There are plenty of other sours out there, too, that taste just as good for Half the price, and it is still going to take quite a bit of time to ferment, just won't be in barrels.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It really does look a bad colour for beer, far too red.
Has that wonderful Almanac nose, all wine, and that certain something extra.
Taste is also vinous, but not a lot of fruit really. Blueberries? Not sure. Nice and zesty and sour tho.
Mouth feel - a little light for the ABV, my main beef with almanac - too drinkable!
Bottom line - just great beer.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely cranberry color with a modest white head. Strong malt aroma with berry sourness. Taste sour with a dry finish, lots of malt flavor, some raspberry, mild bitterness. It could be sweeter(I like sweet). A great thirst quencher. Lightly carbonated. A very good sour.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy blue-hued ruby red grapefruit colour, no head, lacing, or surface froth.

Aromatics: Fruity - blueberry, cherry, and sweet white wine, there is also a nice honey floral and some more subtle grassy herbs.

Taste: Pucker up buttercup - this is what a great sour is all about imho. Zingy tang is amazing, the blueberries and wine working together in an amazing symphony of blueberries and soured grapes.

Feel: Lighter side of medium in body, carbonation is relatively muted and the acidity is very noticeable that's all of course after the sour shock to the tastebuds subsides and you focus a bit more clearly on those nuances.

Overall: Amazing sour! I’m not sure I can say I have had one better. So I think my relatively high rating is pretty on par with everyone else’s sentiments!

Pairing : My second wine barrel aged in as many days - this one saved for day 2 of Canada Thanksgiving. And again, this one I saved just for this occasion. It’s sour pizazz was perfect with the turkey, ham, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and gravy. When it reaches this level of sour (and being wine barrel aged to boot) I always look forward to enjoying over a large meal. Only have the Dogpatch Sour left to try which won’t be cracked till Xmas sometime ;)

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky pink-tan with floaties and no head in spite of rough pour. 3.5
Cheese rind, wildflowers, slight chalk, and lime rind. 4
Clean acetic, with tiny threads of berry skin and wood, filling out with berry sweetness + lime sorbet as it warms. 4
Crisp, light, sharp. 4

OK, I’m not a fan of fighting through sourness to taste any flavor, and that’s how this starts. It does open nicely to some underripe blueberry - acid, but not just vinegar - and even some raspberry seed. Port barrel and sherbet peak out eventually, too. Real complexity, but man, you need to work for it. 4.25

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 10/2015.

Pours kind of a cranberry color, somewhat cloudy, with a quickly dissipating one finger head. Not much lacing. Smell is malt, yeast, blueberries- more as it warms, red wine, both a sour and a little sweet aroma, light black pepper when warm. Taste leads with a good amount of sourness and tartness. Also yeast, malt, red wine, blueberries, some oak. Smooth, well carbonated, good body, taste lingers.

Have had a number of their sours and I'm partial to them. This one, too. Bright flavors, this one more sour than most of their others, so far. Very enjoyable to drink. Worth a try if you're okay with the price.

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Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml
$9.99
Open Bottle - Tinley Park

What else could this beer possibly be besides tinted blue? Actually it's a little more purple than blue, but you get the idea. The body glows bright and vibrant when backlit while a touch of haze throughout diffuses the light. The foam was slow to get started but in no time it was two plus fingers high. It crackles and pops while it dissipates but never to less than a sturdy cap. The reddish tinged head has good staying power and leaves behind velvety lace.

The nose shows some big acidity off the bat. White vinegar jumps to mind with a little of those woody tannic qualities, whether that's from the wine barrels or the blueberry skins I can't say. The blueberry has that bright, underripe acidic character that works well with the base beer. Vinous notes are soft but certainly there. the base brings with it Some orchard fruits and a nice play on sweet & sour. Gets me drooling, that's for sure.

Bright orchard fruits kick it off, nothing specific, before the aforementioned tannins make their appearance. with notes of damp oak and blueberry skin. While the vinous note is present it's very mild. Blueberry comes through pretty strongly from the middle to finish along with a bright, sour, white vinegar acidity. Like a lot of the Almanac sours I have tried in the past, this version is fairly simple. There's not much complexity but what's there is a tasty beverage.

The body is light and soft. Lively carbonation leaves a little prickliness along the back of the tongue. The finish is actually very juicy with a long, lingering acidic bite that grows at it passes over the tongue until it finally creates heartburn on the swallow. This is a refreshing, hot weather drinker. An easy beer to put away.

again, this is a good beer from Almanac. It's bright and acidic with refreshing blueberry notes and a nice barrel note. It's a little one note, like most of their sours I have tried, but it's certainly an enjoyable beer. Would I pick it up again? Probably not at the $10 price point.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-04-29
375ml bottle served in a Georgetown sampler. Bottled October 2015.

Pours deep amber with a tiny head and moderate to high carbonation. Smell is tart and slightly winy, mild to moderate vague fruitiness.

Taste is very tart, with an unripe fruit characteristic (my imagination wants me to say it's unripe blueberries, but it's not that specific). Kind of hard to explain why, but it's a pretty pleasing beer.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, reddish-blue in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sour mix, blueberries, and light raspberry. Very refreshing. Tart, but not overly so. My first Almanac sour. Has me very interested in trying more. Well done.

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Photo of 303beer
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First thing I see as I pour this bottle into a large wine glass is the amazing color. This beer is a clear, dark peach, almost rosy. The nose is tart and pleasant. The feel is smooth and the taste is light and tart. I have been cellaring this bottle for about 9 months since I purchased it. Very glad to be drinking it now. Cheers.
So I had to add more to this after drinking half the glass. This is a very refreshing drink. Originally I had the feel at a 4.5 but I am moving that up to a 5.

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Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 375 ml into Teku. Cloudy light purple with 2 finger off white head and moderate retention. Lacing is spotty and stringy on the glass. Nose is funky sweet, tart and seedy fruit juice. Notes of blueberry, wine, and wood notes. Flavor is of very tart blueberries with some sweetness. There is some woodiness and wine flavors on the finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation with a dry finish. This was my first offering from Almanac. Pretty tasty and I wish I had an entire 750 ml to enjoy. Paid $10.99.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Almanac beer ever... purchased a small (four bottle) haul at the local Craft Beer Cellar yesterday. Looks like we got a shipment due to Almanac (and many other breweries) being in town for Extreme Beer Fest... my bottle is dated Oct. 2015. I'll take it, whatever the reason!

Pour is a murky reddish-violet with some rusty tones. Hazy and definitely unfiltered. Head is compact but long-lasting... kind of settling into a half-finger of pink-hued foam. Lace seems spotty but definitely appears here and there, especially after the initial few fingers of head dissipates. Great color but a bit too dull looking overall when you take everything into account. Luckily, appearances aren't the name of the game here.

On the nose, there's bright acidity, lemon and blueberry. Lots of blueberry, for sure. Slight acetic notes bubble up to the surface along with notes of Brett funk and wine barrel influence. It's not a super-intense nose, but it's certainly rather forward about the fruit inclusion.

First sip is a huge puckering wallop of sour fruit notes... huge acidity and slight tannic barrel notes bringing oak and vanilla alongside a chewy, doughy malt/yeast combo. Blueberry is, again, huge here. It's weird, because though I don't have much experience with them in particular, I could certainly pick them out of a lineup of beers with other berries included. They have this robust twang and "seediness" to them that the rather sweet-leaning raspberry and tart-leaning cranberry, for instance, don't particularly display. Combined with the vinous notes, this is just delicious. Next few sips build up on acidity, layering some malty and doughy yeast notes on top. The oak seems to add just enough complexity to this to make it all come together without getting in the way of the fruit or base beer too much.

Feel is a tiny bit pushy at first but eventually the carbonation gets a bit more pillowy and well-rounded. Acidity takes a bit of time to get used to, but once you do, and once the beer opens up, it's great. Finish is bone-dry but refreshing enough to make me want to take another sip, and another... you get the idea.

First experience with Almanac is a good one. I was thankful that the prices on these weren't exorbitant (under a buck an ounce for a fruited, barreled sour with limited local distribution due to special circumstances is pretty much always a must-buy in my book), and I look forward to drinking the rest of what I got! Prost!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours ruby red in color with a slight haze and a thin fizzy head. Aromas of acidity, vinegar, oak and hints of berry. Taste has plenty of acidity and a nice sour presence along flavors of white wine, oak, blueberry and slight funk. Crisp, refreshing, and nicely balanced

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy soft purple red with a very thin and rapidly dissolving active head of foam.

Subtle berry aroma, hard to determine its blueberry. Vinegar, acidic, slight cat-piss funk.

Tart acidity explodes with subtle notes of blueberry, oak, and slight funk.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, subtle funk, in your face tart.

Overall, this has a great color. Aroma and flavor while subtle are still interesting enough to keep this enjoyable.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yes.. one of my favorite sours to date.. i feel like i am in the minority in loving fresh fruit forward sours... this is a fantastic sour.. has everything i want from it.. super nice tartness to the fruit.. awesome stuff.. looking forward to more almanac

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Farmer's Reserve Blueberry from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 432 ratings