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
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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120
Gots:
25
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely fizz to this stuff poured into the snifter. It starts out with a rich fruity scent, which is my favorite part. Aromas of grapes and apricots with a distinct vinegar note. It's all very tart but with a nearly drinkable level of acidity. A taste of fermented apple cider leads down a funky path to a bitter finish.

I'd love it if Almanac would make a version of this like Rodenbach brews, with half new, fruity brew and a big dose of this sour aged version. From the 12 oz bottle at Local Habit in San Diego. It was fourteen bucks, as I recall.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a big bubbly head that has no retaining power. The smell isnvinous and mildly medicinal. As it breaths it almost smells like a box of crayons... The taste is tart and fruity/vinous with mild medicinal edge and slight herbal character. It is light bodied, very fizzy and interesting. I think the initial aroma is perhaps the best attribute of this brew.

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Photo of Pecan
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep yellow with pink tint. Quickly dissipating white head.

Nose presents the familiar sour smell with a trailing sweet grape scent.

Surprisingly not as tart as I would have expected. Except for a brief moment, I'd almost call this bland. Initial taste of grapes and maybe a little sour plum shrouded in tartness that fades almost immediately into an acetic tone like white vinegar. The acetic taste transitions into a wine barrel flavor finish. The flavor ends abruptly.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. The carbonation subsides at the end at about the same time the flavor disappears.

Not a bad sour, but too acetic for my tastes. Also nothing that will blow anyone's mind, but a solid choice if you're a fan of wine and acetic sours.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear pumpkin orange with some rich gold running through it. Head is bright-white with decent retention. Nice chunks of sticky lacing. Small cap and some moderate carbonation.

Smell: Grapes, lots of grapes. Fleshy grape juice and some tannic grape skin. Funky yeast adds earthy, damp, grassy elements in abundance. Some deeper fruit buried in the back. Fruity like peaches and raspberry with some tart edges. Powdery damp yeast. Sweet and tart. A touch of worn leather and some apricot. A bit lactic. Floral as well with some solid oak.

Taste: Oak with some leather and a very mild fruitiness. Some raspberry and a ton of grape skin and flesh. A bit lactic with some mild powdery yeast. Sharp tart bite on the back and it increases as it warms. Some vague dark fruit pushing toward cherry. A bit more mellow than the nose indicates. Yeast is a touch powdery with some underlying brett funk. A touch earthy with some grass and hay. Damp mustiness. Wet and juicy sour. Nice balance of tart and funk and fruit. Oh hey, did I mention the oak.

Mouthfeel: Wet with a slight astringency. Clean with a medium to light body and minimal carbonation.

Overall: Bottled farm fruit.

A nice clean wild. Not a mind-melter, but worth drinking. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange colour, bit of cloud. Head is white, decent lace but just a ring. Alright.

Smells Bretty and funky. Good vinegary tartness with rich apple, currant and balsamic notes. Yeah, redcurrant, tart, some wild funk. Very pleasant.

Taste more funky and more tart as well. Lots of barnyard with wet lucerne, some touch of balsamic, strawberry, champagne on the back. Quite a pleasant, European funk note to it. Not overly polarising, but a good deal to make you sit up and take notice.

Full mouthfeel, lots of little bits in my mouth. Pull on the back.

Funky, not overly refreshing. But if this beer were a person, I would let it look after my kids. It's alright. I trust it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

Bottled Winter 2012.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruity, bile, and cheesy aromas. Taste is much the same with only sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting smells but this one tastes much better in my opinion.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with bright white head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma is a little funky and sour with a hint of old grapes and lemon. Strong lactic presence. The taste is sour and oaky with more odd tart grape flavors that don't seem to have much cohesion. The mouthfeel is dry and spritzy. It's the one thing that they nailed with this beer. I pick out only the grapes in this beer. No plums. Good not great. I liked it but i wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives looking like a glass of cider with a slight plum tinge; no head or lacing

Smell: Fruity aromatics that are stone fruit dominant, with plum and nectarine; grapey tones, too, with a lemony/oaky sourness

Taste: Lactic sourness bringing all the fruit flavors from the aroma into play; the stone fruit and oak leave the most memorable elements

Mouthfeel: Thick body (again, like a cider) with an acetic bite; low carbonation

Overall: Despite the weird look and mouthfeel, the flavors were very refreshing and the liquid disappeared from the pint glass almost before I realized how quickly I was drinking it; I suspect this may be very different in the bottle if the appearance/mouthfeel of #2 (which I tasted the next day) was more indicative

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy burnt orange with some reddish purple hues. Minimal head but some decent lacing when swirled a bit.

Nose is f ruity, stone fruit, plum and nectarine, sweet grape, a bit of plum and grape skin astringency, sour cherry, lemon, light oak and vanilla. A bit of earthy funk comes through as the beer warms.

Taking a sip, sweet and sour plum flavors, grape and plum skin astringency, light lactic acid tang, earthy and floral flavors, biscuit malt sweetness, light oak flavors. A bit of a vinous finish, light tannins, red grape fruitiness lingering on the tongue.

Medium mouthfeel, fine carbonation that softly glides along the tongue with a slightly slick feel. A decent wild ale with a good amount of flavor without overpowering your taste buds with tartness. I would have liked a little more acidity though, but it's still flavorful.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Farmer's Reserve #1 from Almanac Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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