Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale | Almanac Beer Co.

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Autumn 2011 Farmhouse AleAutumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale
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Autumn 2011 Farmhouse AleAutumn 2011 Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 1,000 lbs of organic San Joaquin Valley plums from Twin Girls Farm in Yettem, California and organic wheat from Massa Organics in Glenn County, California.

Added by DaveHS on 11-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of brotherloco
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark golden color. Nice head and good lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrus (lime and grapefruit), bubblegum, and plum.

Taste: Bubblegum, plum, citrus, and oak.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels nice in the mouth; a good level of carbonation but smooth.

Drinkability: I like this a little more than their blackberry beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy deep apricot.  White head has nice lace and retention.

S - Sweet grapefruit, plum, orange zest, and honey with floral overtones.

T - Beautiful flavor profile.  Dry, floral opening with delicious, fresh, clean, crisp plums loaded through the center.  The fruit character is fresh with just the right amount of sweetness; perfectly executed.  Lightly dry herbal hops accent honey through a semisweet finish.

M - Medium body with great carbonation.

O - A stellar saison that pushes the envelope of how much fruit you can load into a balanced profile, and does so with a well chosen and relatively uncommon fruit base.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leschkie for this bottle...
Limited Seasonal Release, Bottle # 1583 (9/28/2011)

A: Pours a wonderful translucent amber/copper with about two full fingers of bone-white head. The foam take a bit to settle, and there is a ton of spotting lacing left on the glass. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and a touch malty, with some slight spice and a touch of alcohol. I get some lemon zest as well. It's not an overly pungent brew.

T: Sweet and wet right up front. I get huge plums, raisins, and mild caramel. There is a spiciness to this beer that comes on strong in the middle. I'm picking up lemon peel and coriander. The spicy dominates in the finish, and it dries out. The booze is there, but it's balanced pretty well.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and wet. The flavors introduce themselves right up front and transition nicely. There is nothing cloying about this beer. The finish is a bit boozy.

O: Overall, I thought this beer was really well done. The plum was there, but I wanted this beer to be a bit more fruit forward. It's smooth, and fairly easy to drink, but the booze will get you in the finish. I'm happy to have tried this beer, but I don't know if I'll ever seek it out again.

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Photo of Barrelista
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grew up in the Central Valley, with a plum tree (unsure which variety) in my backyard, and the aroma of this beer is right on target with the sun-ripened plums I would enjoy all summer. Jesse and Damian didn't skimp on produce quality. Tastes like they included the stems in the fermentation process. Did not catch the piloncillo as much as I would have liked, but it is a beautiful beer overall.

Color is reminiscent of the flesh of early summer plums, specifically, the area where it begins to lighten toward the pit. Low foam on first pour. Bottle label really utilizes the colors of the plum tree--particularly the white and silver of late spring blossoms. Brilliant. Also, love the tagline, "Farm to Bottle," and the concept of pairing up with regional farms. I am new to craft beer, but look forward to scouting out Almanac beers in the future. Satsuma Stout, guys?

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some banana, coriander, and other spices, with a bit of other farmhouse smells with some hay and funk, and a some plums.

T - Starts off with some plums, Belgian yeast with coriander and other spices, and a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some banana flavor comes through with some farmhouse funk and hay and a touch of light citrus. The finish is a mix of plums, Belgian yeasts, some light citrus, and a touch of funk.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The plum is a nice touch on top of the Saison base and adds some nice depth to the beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was excited when I heard about Almanac's new release and just as excited when I first saw it and picked it up. Based on its first release and this one as well, this brewery will be on radar for some time.

Looks nice. Nose is nice with subtle plum tones. Seems to be very mildly spiced? Flavor profile is smooth and very "wintery". There is a robust thing going on which I can only assume is from the plums, but it's masked by the overall Belgian ale tone and the standard sweetness that you get as well. It seems like a masterful mix of character. A bit robust and heavy in a winter seasonal kind of way, so I have a feeling it would turn some people off. But I think this is very well done. More high marks for Almanac.

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Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange when back lite as if tang, orange cream colored head, frothy foam, nice lacing.

Wonderful sweet confectioner's scent, orange slices and candied apricots, spicy and floral, a trove of citrus and light skinned fruits. Light skinned plums apparently.

Taste surprises with sharp edges and pronounced hops. Little sweetness, abruptly dry with an aftertaste defined by mild bitterness heading towards zinc plus powdery yeast. Light to medium bodied crisp mouthfeel. The edges nicely smooth with warmth. Interesting

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Beer poured a dark copper color, orange with hints of red and purple, with no head. Light lacing after swirling the beer around, but minimal head development. A few bubbles here and there, but rising slowly.

Nose is fruity esters mixing with plums and tarter plum skins. A bit of light grain sweetness comes through as well.

Taking a sip, plums come through more on the tongue, sweet plum fruit and slightly astringent plum skins, earthy and herbal flavors. Mid tongue, just fruity esters, bubble gum like continuing through to the finish.

Light to medium body with minimal carbonation, a few bubbles hitting the tongue every now and then. Pretty easy to drink saison, and the initial plum flavor was nice, but the yeast probably did too much work with the taste dominated by the ester flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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