Farmer's Reserve #1 | Almanac Beer Co.

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle I have been cellaring for about a year now.

A - Beautiful pour. Poured an opaque medium amber color with a fine, quickly dissipating head. Little to no lacing.

S - The wine barrel aging is very evident in the initial smell. Red wine, black grapes, and sour plums dominate. Also getting some lemon zest, pink lady apple, and old oak.

T - Very balanced tartness. Sour, unripe plums, sour white grapes, lemon zest, yellow grapefruit and raspberries, with a faint hint of sweetness. A bit of oak and funk on the backend.

M - Very mild carbonation, which probably helps bring out the flavors, but could use a little more carb to make for a better mouthfeel. Tart bitterness on the afterbite is pleasant.

O - Great tarty sour beer. Another awesome brew from Almanac. I was pleasantly surprised that the fruitiness held up for this long. Sad to think that this may be the last time I ever taste this one. Straight, solid A.

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Ale brewed with plums and Cabernet, Muscat & Concord grapes and aged in used wine barrels"
375ml bottle; bought by recommendation by friendly knowledgeable clerk at Whole Foods in SF.
A: clear light copper
S: like a fine refreshing Riesling. Delicate sourness. Grape must. Clean and fresh.
T: light, fresh, delicate; refreshing, long lingering clean taste. Mild grapefruit juice. Complex.
M: delicate, very light and refreshing. Beautiful.
O: That is one fine beer. I feel like I'm drinking a wonderful wine instead of a beer. The flavours aren't broad but they are complex and delicate. This is one to drink slowly and linger with every sip. It's all in balance. I hope my friends enjoy the other Farm to Barrel beers I brought back as gifts.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle at stone brewery.
Pours a light copper with minimal head that dissapates quickly.
Barrel age is very present in the nose,more so than in taste
Sour, tart grape flavor
Smooth, tart finish

Overall, a good quality sour. I would love to have it again

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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A: Deep orange golden with a head of micro, white bubbles which fades to a collar.

N: White wine up front with a tart and acetic acid twang. Faint and clean sweetness comes through at times, but the biting tartness commands the olfactory.

T: Green apple, kiwi, plum, grape and hint of black pepper and lemon zest open. There are moments of wood and bread smoothness, but ultimately, the astringent tartness and acetic acid sharpness wrestles the palate to a dry and puckering finish.

M: Full, yet at he same time light. The moderate carbonation supports the tart palate. Coating syrupy linger adds to feel.

O: A very nice sour that thins the line between beer and wine. The bright and crisp fruit pairs well with the tart, acetic bite producing a much enjoyed ale that I hope to try again some time soon.

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4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice, clear, solid gold body. Fine, pure white head. Nice retention, poor lace.

S - Tart, lightly tanniny. Granny smith apple, champagne, lemon, white oak.

T - Firm tartness, plum, oak, unripe white grape, crisp unripe pear. Lemon acidity and a light saltiness complement the bright, tart white fruits.

M - Fantastically dry. Medium, creamy body with well balanced carbonation. Nice, lingering finish.

O - Well balanced with a complex mouthfeel and an excellent flavor profile.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, bottled in Winter 2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, hazy apricot color, topped with a thin layer of white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Very nice aroma, lots of plum, grapes, pear, lemon and lactic acidity. The sourness seems solid and the fruit aroma is pretty complex. The aroma is great, but I was a bit worried based on the smell that the beer would taste very sweet, which, fortunately, isn't the case at all.

T- Nice lactic sourness, more tart than I was expecting. The fruit falls off a bit here from the aroma. Although it's a bit toned-down, there are some nice flavors of white grape, apples, plums, peach? and some oak and funk.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low, but does the job, this isn't nearly approaching Lost Abbey levels of flatness.

O- My first beer from Almanac and I was pleasantly surprised, the fruit flavor and tartness were both done well, this is a solid sour and definitely worth picking up, I'm looking forward to the other Almanac beers I bought.

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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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