Mandarina | Almanac Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts.

Added by metter98 on 08-07-2016

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Reviews by 2GOOFY:
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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of fmccormi
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). Can’t find a date on this can, but I purchased it when it was brand spanking new in the market, about two weeks ago. Since then, it’s been refrigerated consistently, and I’m on can #5 in the six pack so I feel pretty familiar with it by now.

Appearance (4.0): Two and a half fingers of ivory-colored foam caps a thoroughly hazy but not outright cloudy body that’s honey-gold in color with orange undertones. It’s fucking gorgeous, immediately after the pour. The head dies down surprisingly slowly for a tart beer, leaving a fluffy surface at the top of the body, and scattered patches of lacy foam around the edge of the glass. Looks great considering the acidity, but not a lot of staying power for the style.

Smell (4.0): Fresh orange zest mixes with a tangy lactic snap. It sits on top of a slightly spicy, cereal-rich malt body with subtle fruit tones typical for Belgian pales—sweet pear, mellow apple, a little peach—and cracked wheat, barleycorns, and some fresh wheat bread. That citrus zest is what really sticks out though, bolstered by the acidic tang behind it. This smells very, very refreshing.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, this is very much dominated by orange zest, a little yellow grapefruit juice, a fairly clean lactic sourness (not funky and yogurty), and a lasting, acidic finish. The malt is smooth, grainy, and dry, without the starchiness of dry cereals, instead leaning toward common crackers and ciabatta—less sweet than other breads. Maybe sourdough works here, given the tanginess of the sour component. Especially as it warms, there’s a soft citrus sweetness that comes out a bit more, no longer overshadowed by the tangy, acidic sourness that pops so easily when it’s colder. Still, it finishes with a clean tartness that wipes it all clean and clear. Very, very refreshing. Shit is crushable!

Mouthfeel (5.0): Unbelievably smooth and easy going, with a light- side of medium-weight body, and extremely fluffy carbonation that spreads all over, somehow softens up, and tingles lightly as it washes out. This is especially effective, given the body’s acidity and dry but smooth malt component. It’s insanely easy to drink, befitting the size of the beer at 4.3% ABV. This could not feel any better.

Overall (4.0): I really dig this beer. It’s one of those beers that to me does a great job in every area, but doesn’t blow any minds. However, it’s consistency and overall completeness, as well as its ability to satisfy what you’re seeking. It’s tart, it’s fruity, and it’s farmhouse-y, without going over the top in any regard. It may not transcend style, but it sits very happily and satisfyingly within its style and within the bounds of its mission. Very tasty, and insanely refreshing. Highly recommended, and fairly priced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden honey highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tangerine citrus and orange citrus over light to moderate aromas of grainy malts. Light to moderate aromas of floral + citrus/grapefruit hops. Just a hint of slightly spicy saison yeast and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with light amounts of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tangerine citrus and orange citrus with an almost juice-like component to it. Finally there are light flavors of slightly spicy saison yeast, slightly hay-like funk, and hints of floral + citrus/grapefruit hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly leaving a light amount of lingering citrus tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Kind of an interesting beer - malt profile reminds me of an APA, hop flavors remind me of an APA, minimal bitterness, and hints of funk + spicy saison yeast. Easy to drink and quite refreshing with all of the citrus. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JFrank78
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a moderately hazy burnt crisp orange color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Strings of lace glide down the side of the tulip. The aroma starts off with sweet mandarin oranges, a gentle touch of tangerine pulp and then some yeasty/bready sweetness. Sly white pepper tries to balance, but really stays far in the background. The flavor leans sweet and arranges some dusty floral sweetness underneath. White pepper gracefully attempts to come back, but once again stays far in the back. Crisp sweet citrusy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a spectacular sessionability about it. Low carbonation is felt all around. Overall, really nice well packed full of sweet flavor but the tartness that the can speaks of isn’t really there.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alamanac always delivers in bottles. This is the first can I've tried and boy am I disappointed. Light color, light nose, no body and literally almost no taste. If given this blind I'd guess orange Perrier water.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of tangerines, some lemons. Taste is tangerines, tart, lemon, wheat, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of 13tido
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on this can but I believe it is pretty fresh based on the taste profile; I am intrigued by this brewery and this series as I was unaware of it before; keep it coming CBC Westford

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tangerines are present in the nose along with some notes of lemons, pineapples and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of tangerines and oranges with notes of floral hops and hints of pineapples. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is dominated by the aromas and flavors imparted by the hops and tastes a little more like an American Pale Ale compared to a saison (but without the bitterness).

Serving type: can

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Photo of garyloveman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhamilyJewels
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IcemanCometh
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw colored pour with a white head. Aroma of light oranges and yeast. Taste follows the nose with a nice lightly tart orange flavor upfront backed by a peppery yeast spice. Also has some flora and wheat standing out. Light bodied, moderately carbonated, refreshing, and dry.

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