Farmer's Reserve Strawberry
Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve StrawberryFarmer's Reserve Strawberry
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #462
Ranked #3,066
4.13 | pDev: 6.3%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 325
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a slightly hazy light gold topped by a finger of dense white head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of light acetic tartness, strawberries and a little bit of funk
T: Taste is a huge blast of sourness up front with some nice strawberry flavor with slight hints of funk. This one has some time on it which has probably amped up the sour notes and funk a little. The swallow is more acetic sourness with lingering strawberries and a hint of funk.
M: This beer is light in body but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Strawberry is a hard flavor to capture in a beer and this one does a fairly decent job. Good flavors and complexity with some really nice sourness as well. Probably a bit better fresh because the fruit notes have probably faded a little.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Spring 2016, had 8/25/16.

Pours a cloudy, pale orange, not much of a head, little lacing. The smell is sour, tart, with some funk, berries- more like strawberries as it warms, yeast, light malt, light black pepper. An overall light herbal aroma. The taste brings some sourness and tartness- a bit more sour as it warms, some vinegar, a fruity flavor that really develops into a nice strawberry flavor on the finish and aftertaste, yeast, light malt, some wine. Mostly smooth, nice body, appropriate level of carbonation.

The strawberries are good and come across well, over time, in the flavor and aroma. Overall, this one is not quite up to the usual standard of superb efforts from Almanac. Still worth a try, though.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this 2015 bottle enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a rosy hued hazed looking liquid with quick dropping white head. The smell has a fruity and sour with light floral smell of strawberry. The feel is extremely tart in that is is almost bile inducingly sour with medium carbonation and lingering acidity in the finish which is dry.

This is a very tangy tart and fruity sour ale with lactic acid and slight strawberry lemonade type tart flavor with the acidic taste continuing into the finish. There is very little in the way of sweetness to balance the very tart taste which is makes your teeth feel like the enamel is disintregrating midway through. I think this is an intense beer which I like but it is also super tart so be warned -6 oz was enough

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lift golden with a slight pink hue and a little haziness. Aromas of lacto sour, lemon, strawberry, and hints of malt. Taste follows nose, typical intense sour but the strawberry comes through a bit more then the other farmer reserves. Lemon and vinegar in the after taste.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 3/2/15

A- pours a golden peach color with a small fizzy white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- musty with a lactic tartness, faint strawberries, dried hay, phenolic notes & lemon peel

T- lactic sourness immediately hits up front, bringing notes of lemon & stone fruits, along with white wine and spicy oak. Mid-palate brings a strawberry sweetness that surprisingly pokes through the tartness, and complimenting quite nicely. The finish brings more stone fruit, along with a hint of must

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry puckering finish

O- nice light strawberry notes throughout

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty and hazy strawberry blonde with minimal foam.

Fresh strawberries, slight musty funk, slight vinous aroma, tart acidity.

Great strawberry flavor, balanced well with a pleasant but not overpowering acidity, and some white wine characteristics.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, tart, fruity.

Overall, one of the better variants in the series. The strawberry really comes out unlike a lot of their fruited sours (IMO).

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with light pink tones
S: Strawberry, tart, lactic, wine, light funk, hint of plastic
T: Strawberry, lactic, light funk, white wine, hint of oak, plastic, lemon
M: Light-medium with nice carbonation
O: One of the best showcases of the actual fruit used in the Almanac sour line

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, pinkish-yellow color with a fairly quickly dissipating white head. Aroma and flavor are extremely tart, as most Almanac beers are, with a white-wine style oak and dry finish, smoothed out around the edges with fresh strawberries. Plenty of funky barrel character too. The strawberries are there, just let your bottle warm up for 20 minutes at room temperature before popping it open straight out of the fridge. Patience is a virtue and it is rewarded with a fruity, funky, tart complexity.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled Feb. 2015.

A: Pours a clear dark apple juice golden with a short lived bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothing.
S: Musty and earthy nose with hints of ripe strawberry and tart strawberry preserves. There's a lactic acid acidity and a slight lemon acidity to the nose.
T: Bright and tart acidity upfront with stone fruit flavors following. Slightly sweet strawberry flavor is jammy and perfumey. Buttery oak, lemon zest, and a touch of creamy brett near the finish. Hints of stone fruits in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, chewy carbonation with a clean mouthfeel that also has a touch of thickness to it. Peppery earthy spice mixed in.
O: For a strawberry sour, this is top notch. Acidity is bright and tart but not overly harsh or undrinkable. Good strawberry flavor is sweet and not synthetic tasting.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a wine glass.

Appearance: like all Almanac Farmer's Reserve bottles tis one impresses. The beer however is a lackluster and murky pinkish hue and no head at all. Almost looks oily on the surface. The bottle neck had a significant amount of yeast sediment caked up.

Nose: berries, lactic acidity, strawberries and some funk

Taste: very sour and kinda thin. There is some body in there but I would like to see more. The strawberry is definitely in there. I get a very general berry and red fruit in there as well, some pomegranate. Not too bad but nothing special.

Overall: not their best sour offering. This is my first strawberry beer and I'm not sure if I've seen any strawberry sours out there. I got this one on a trade and I don't think I'd ever buy it intentionally.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear, opaque orange
Smell: Sour, citrus
Taste: Sour, but with plenty of fruit flavor
Feel: Thin, yeast
Overall: A great balanced beer, would def love to get more and age it

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's not much of a looker. Pale and hazy brownish yellow. No head to speak of and looks rather flat.

Strawberries, vinegar, and funky aroma.

Tart and fruity flavor. Just a little strawberry, doesn't pop much.

Flat and thin body. Little carbonation.

I was pretty disappointed by this one. It was ok, but had some serious flaws in the body and the strawberry didn't come strong.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't been disappointed with Almanac yet. 375 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - The same as the rest, although the head here is a bit smaller. It has that rich, golden orange color and a million bubbles.

N - The same as the rest. Mostly tartness with some subtle strawberry.

T - I really get very little strawberry here. It's mostly just the standard Almanac tartness, which is very good. Just nothing sets this one apart.

M - A little flat, actually. I didn't get the best hiss upon popping the cap, so maybe it wasn't on so securely.

O - Another fine sour from Almanac. Nothing special, but nothing to complain about either.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden beer, thin head, with small pieces of fruit visable in the beer. Strawberry jam, tart, Pinot noir, sour candies. I really solid sour worth a try.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange color, very minimal head dissipates immediately. Noticeable funk on the nose with only the smallest hint of strawberry, don't know if I would've picked up on it if I went in blind.
No hiding the sour upon tasting, borders of puckering without crossing that threshold. Would like a little more restraint but it's splitting hairs with how close it is for me. Strawberry seems to come and go but never gets to a peak where I'm happy about the flavor. Reminds me of fruit rollups or something of the like, bordering on artificial but there isn't too much of the cloying syrupy sweetness.
Not terrible but surely not great by any means, won't be pursuing this one again

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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The taste of strawberry pops in every now and then, but there is not much that makes this beer stand out. Many of this series are very solid beers, but this particular one is just a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I typically really love all of the Almanac sours despite the fact that they do seem to all taste very similar. This one is probably my least favorite sour from them. It didn't seem to be quite as tart as many of the others and I actually picked up on some slight funnies on the finish.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep nectarine orange body with a modest haze. Low lace and retention on a fine white head.

S - Pleasantly tart prosecco, seltzer, and tart strawberries.

T - Muted and muddled flavors of red grape skins, oak, tanniny red wine,

M - Flat, medium-full body. A little thick for the style.

O - A nice sour but the mouthfeel throws it off a bit.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A well done sour ale by Almanac. Look is cloudy orange. Taste is of white wine barrel and sour with a bit of strawberry as it goes down. Feels crisp and light and goes down smooth. Overall a very nice sour ale.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like strawberry jam and white wine. Strawberry flavor hits more as it warms. Very dry and similar to the other Almanac sours. I hope one day they add just a little more fruit to make them more complex but still an enjoyable sour. The Farmers Reserve Pluot is still my favorite as it has the perfect balance of sour and sweetness.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has faint hints of reddish hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar. All traces of bubbles eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine barrels are present in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of oak and white wine and has some sourness. Slight hints of strawberries are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and sour, but doesn't really offer that much aromas or flavors of strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque orange, thin head, little lacing.

Aroma: Strawberry syrup on a pickle-y funk pancake.

Flavor: Medium+ acidity, strawberry comes through as a light background layer. Bacteria/brett on the forefront. Oak is somewhat present in the finish. Any wine character blends in the the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Acidity dries the brew out and makes it refreshing, but body is more in the medium-medium+ range with the strawberry/wine.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Initial strawberry aroma, followed faint wine barrel note

A: orange color, slightly opaque with very little head retention

T: Strawberry aroma immediately gives way to sour flavor though not overly acidic.

M: Med-light body with mod carbonation

O: Overall pretty tasty. Strawberries are difficult to master given the fruit’s fickle nature. While the strawberry flavor isn’t particularly prominent, it’s still quite tasty and very approachable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- cloudy orange color, almost no head
Smell- strawberry, some malt
Taste- mostly strawberry, a bit tart but very good
Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, smooth, refreshing
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I didn't think it was going to be as good as it was. I was pleasantly surprised.

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

Almanac's Farmer's Reserve Strawberry, sour blonde ale aged with strawberries in wine barrels. 7% ABV.

A: About half a finger of head; fades quickly. Orangeade in color, with hazy white in the dimple.Clear layer sitting on the surface. Faint sheeting. No lacing.

S: Tart, with a dry strawberry lemonade note. Not a big strawberry note, but that's no big surprise.

T/MF: More strawberry lemonade. Very acidic, but it doesn't stick around; fades to a light lemoniness.

Not the best sour I've had from them, but still good. Very approachable, actually. I might have to point newer sour victims towards it.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Farmer's Reserve Strawberry from Almanac Beer Co.
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