Sunshine & Opportunity | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
MIXED FERMENTATION SAISON AGED IN OAK FOEDRES AND DRY-HOPPED WITH CITRA

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,577
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
49
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
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.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Sunshine & Opportunity from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 49 ratings