Sunshine & Opportunity
Almanac Beer Co.

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #356
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,546
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
81
From:
Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Sunshine & OpportunitySunshine & Opportunity
Notes: MIXED FERMENTATION SAISON AGED IN OAK FOEDRES AND DRY-HOPPED WITH CITRA
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite an exceptional farmhouse ale. Slightly sour Woody hoppy with just a slight fruity pear taste in the finish slightly dampened by the dry yeast. At 5.8%, it's light and flavorful quite easy to quaff. Overall a very interesting beer well worth picking up for $4 for the pounder

Sep 11, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually do not enjoy this style. It can get too grassy and yeasty. This one is much better than most, for me, the saison (not quite) hater.

The beer pours a rich deep yellow with fine bubbles. The aroma is strong mixed bag of yeast, malts and hops. A nice warning to the strong taste that follows. The burp is a mouthful too.

Recommended. A very good example of the style.

Jul 09, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020-07-02
16oz can shared with my wife in a SIP Fest snulip. Canned 01/29/20.

Pours a mostly clear light golden with a medium to large head, collapses slowly, and medium carbonation. Smell is tart, oaky, vaguely funky, vaguely fruity.

Taste is fruitier, possibly leaning toward pear as the label suggests but possibly only because the label suggests it. Soft, surprising bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly soft, kind of airy. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

My wife, for the record, isn't a huge fan, and finds it kind of watery. I can kind of see it that way, but I have to shift things in my head. That's not my natural perception.

Jul 03, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can split into wine glasses with the wife.

A: Unfiltered straw with an enormous off-white head - first gusher I’ve ever had from a can.

S: Big pear juice and Belgian funk, lacto tartness, lemon, Citra hops and tropical fruit, agave, oak. Underlying maltiness.

T: Tart lacto funkiness, sourness.Tropical hoppy notes laced with lemon and oak, bright and zingy. Hints of the malt sweetness character.

MF: Light well-carbonated body. Tingly and sour.

O: A fun sour that’s easy to drink and delivers on what the can promises; oak, Citra hops, and pear fruitiness.

Mar 28, 2020
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RyanPoff from Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Thristy Monk in Asheville.

A: Poor lighting, but apple juice gold with a terrific head. Terrific for the style.

S: Sour Apple, pear, definitely get some apricot and melon. Amazing

T: a near perfect of sour and saison. Sour without being puckering. The fruits above come out strong.

M: more medium bodied than it looks. Great carbonation and very fresh.

One of the better in this style I’ve tried

Mar 07, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m more shocked than Geraldo after he didn’t see a damn thing in Capone’s vault. I got a baby ass 6 ounce pour of this beer at my local joint. Wow. Anyway, it’s pretty Damn fresh and fruity, then smooth like James Bond in pink capri’s.

I’m just so perplexed at this baby ass pour... Honestly though, the beer is pretty good.

Peace!

Jan 25, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/8/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy white head fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, gooseberry, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, pears, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, gooseberry, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak tannin spiciness; fruity/lactic tartness; and light pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, gooseberry, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light leathery/musty/lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, pears, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild saison. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, pears, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/spicy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Fantastic balance of Brett/Bacteria/Saison yeast, Citra hops, and pear juice complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

Nov 19, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a white foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some juicy citrusy floral undertones and light fruity notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a mix of multiple flavors including light tart notes with some juicy hops notes and a dry citrusy finish with fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable hoppy sour but not sure the pear juice plays a big role at the end of the day.

Nov 10, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. A slightly hazy yellow-golden color with a thick and rocky white head. Complex and fruity aroma featuring tangerine, pear, apple juice, some wood, and some funk. Taste followed. Tartness was mild-to-medium with the above fruity notes. The oak and funk was subtle but there, adding to the complexity. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very nice.

Jul 31, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
CANNED: 03/15/19
ABV: 5.8%

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, pear), pretty nice oak note, tart, kinda funky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, pear), pretty nice touch of oak, pretty nice tart/funkyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew.

May 09, 2019
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

ith none of the Belgian yeast notes, this one drinks more like a tart kettle sour and less like a saison; I suspect that the dry hopping has something to do with it. The taste is fruity and tart, with no directly discernible flavors. The finish is a bit artificial. Also, I don't pick up on any barrel characteristics despite what the front of the can would lead you to believe. This beer comes with a light yet soft body, medium carbonation, and no apparent alcohol. It's quite pleasant, especially during this time of the year, but I'm not sure it's worthy of a second buy.

Apr 23, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. A signature touch of sour from an Almanac brew, the oak supports and balances the base saison beautifully. Light and crisp, yet feels complete in a satisfying way. The fruit flavors of pear, peach, lemon, and apricot, pair nicely with the yeast, oak souring, earthy spice, and the slight floral hops. Great texture with a yeasty yogurt finish.

Jul 12, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lark, it pours hazy yellow gold color with a small white head that faded slowly and left basically no lacing. Smells of barnyard funk, like, funky yeast, apricots, green apple, coriander, peppery spices, white wine, oaky notes, pears, malt and orange peel. A wonderfully complex nose that had everything I hoped for in a sour-saison hybrid.

Flavor is delicious. The sweetness blends perfectly with the grainy notes and allows the fruit and funky notes to interact and bring out a ton of tasty complexities. A nice combo of tart green apple, pears, line, melon, orange juice, red grapefruit, toasted grains, apricot, bubblegum, and then a second wave of barnyard funk, funky yeast, coriander, peppery spices, white wine, oaky notes and nice earthy notes. This resembles a white wine and while the oak influence is subtle, it works very well and smooths out the feel with the citra hops. A very impressive brew.

Mar 11, 2018
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Sour Barn in Willmington. Outstanding Saison, they absolutely nailed it, the saison yeast mixes well with a touch of maybe peach or apple sweetness. Very clean finish, outstanding offering.

Jul 16, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What do you want in a wild saison? This is it. Grass, grain, mineral, cider, orchard. Chalky dryiness. Wine like astingency. Try 24.
A) Pours a white-wine like saison, golden look, not much lace, but clear and pretty.
S) Smells up a mix of wild yeasts, then wine tannins, white grapes, peach orchard, lemongrass and white pepper.
Of course, saison yeast.
T) Follows smell: wild and saiso yeasts, wine tannins, white grapes, peach orchard, lemongrass and white pepper.
F) dry, wild, hoppy, interesting.
O) One of the best. Expertise open and apparent.

Jun 23, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

gosh this is good, the kind of beer that made me like these guys in the first place, and the kind of beer i could not be more excited to see them making again. its fantastic stuff, a grain heavy saison, a mix of wild yeasts for sure, and then matured patiently in oak (seems like white wine to me). there is a wild grisette vibe to this, oats and wheat in addition to the barley malt from what i understand, and pretty in the glass too, a little starchy hazy looky, heady though and bright straw colored, richer than many, and bubbly, even for the style. lots of oak and barrel character to this, wine tannins, white grapes, apricots, peaches, mild lemongrass and white pepper too, there is a saison yeast thread in here among the wilds. bretty for sure, maybe even a mix of strains, and then a lactic or mixed bacterial sourness, thats quite pronounced here. dry as it finishes but thick from all the grain and the oak, all the way wild to me, slightly hoppy to finish, but just so interesting and good. almanac has gotten away from beer like this lately, but this is right where they need to be moving forward. on tap at crafty fox in denver, an absolute delight in the proper glassware. have not seen it around anywhere else. mature and awesome. underrated.

May 10, 2017
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