Farmer's Reserve #1 | Almanac Beer Co.

Farmer's Reserve #1Farmer's Reserve #1
BA SCORE
4.1/5
191 Ratings
Farmer's Reserve #1Farmer's Reserve #1
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first California wild ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet & Muscat Grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms and plums from Twin Girls Farm—all located in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 autumn harvest with farmhouse funk.

Added by augustgarage on 02-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
191
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Almanac Farmers Reserve #1! Sour ale!

This pours a glowing orange yellow. The aroma is tart, with a slight funk emerging as it warms. I find dominant notes are a combination of sour cherries, dandelion greens and a stinky cheese funk. Nice.
The flavor comes across with an initial bitterness which dovetails into a light funk. Definitely expect the funk to become more present as this beer sits for some more time. I found flavors of wet hay, carrot juice, funky cheese, and some pinot grigio notes. Dry finish.

Another excellent beer from the folks at Almanac.

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4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant old gold amber with very nice clarity, finger of foam settles down to a few flat icebergs of cream. Nose is an explosion of juicy sour grape and bright citrus, a vinous quality along with slight sour funk - but it really pops and is lively. Also some sour stone fruits - not so much plum but apricot than anything, very complex. First sip uou are hit by a rush of really bright sour lemon (truly refreshing and is not dulled by funk, if anything the earthiness is very muted and I just got sour with a complex wave of fruit), dark fruit skin, some pithiness, not too much grapes if anything and a light sourdough note stands up for the malt. The finish is lightly drying but the puckering acidity leftover makes this a great food beer. While I am slightly subjective in regards towards Almanac (though biere de chocolat pretty much sux as well as winter wit and the fennel one) this is an amazingly well done sour. Compared to 'loon gueze i would take this any time - fantastically done!

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4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Plums and Cabernet, Muscat and Concord grapes, aged in wine barrels.

Slightly hazy orange amber with a short lived white head.

Nose is orange marmalade and orange rind. Nose is actually very muscat wine in character.

Mouthfeel is tart, fresh and citric with very light carbonation and a nice balance.

Flavors are tart lemon/tangerine, orange rind and light marmalade with a hint of lacto in the back end.

Finish is bitter orange tart with a hint of sour lacto undertone. Very drinkable; very nice and very much like a lighter, "friendlier" european sour.

This is a high quality beer. I'm going out to buy several bottles. I'll drink this one as much as I can.

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Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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