Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru (2015) | Almanac Beer Co.

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4.14/5
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Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru (2015)Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru is an ode to our favorite aromatic white wines. We combined California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes with an imperial version of our Farmer’s Reserve sour blonde base and aged them for over a year in French oak barrels.

The result is a deeply fragrant hybrid that captures the Northern California terroir and seamlessly melds the complex tartness of a Belgian-inspired sour ale with the sun-ripened boldness of white wine grapes. Serve this very limited release alongside fresh, raw oysters and pair with celebratory toasts.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-12-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
43
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 6
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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy light golden pale color, surprising amount of head for a sour of this ABV, but it fades quickly. Aroma is light lemon zest, mild funkiness, and some sweetness. Light tartness on the palate, crisp and clean. Fermented grape mixed with Orval. A very smooth and enjoyable drink.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think I had this one at the Bistro's barrel aged festival. Glad I got to catch it there, stuff seems prohibitively expensive in the wild (on shelves). Pours a light viscosity and yellow and golden color with a thin 1/5" white head on it. Mildly funky lemon notes in the aroma.

The taste is a lot more wine forward than expected, a wine like abv is perceptible, white wine grape must and humidity is present. Light oak in the french vein. Could use a little more dryness to it, usually french oak allows this easily, too slick. Some acidity and white pepper like notes present throughout the mouthfeel. Is more acidic than sour.

While it isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it also isn't anywhere the realm of how good a beer needs to be for me to drop $30 on it. Neat to try 4 oz of, but I can't see dropping the coinage on something like this.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Farmer’s Reserve Grand Cru (2015) from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 43 ratings