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:
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Short bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Rich and Sam.

Pours a clean clear cloudy orange, with a persistent head of white that leaves streaks of sudsy lace. Body is quite fine and thin. Carbonation is decently held. Looks pretty good.

Nose is fresh and bright: slightly fruity, with a rounded acidity that reminds me of berry gelato. Almost a pleasant gueuze-like character to it, but with a savoury grain character that pulls it back into true ale territory.

Taste has a very pleasant acidity through it that provides the core and basis of the beer. Some sweet fruity characters come through around the edges: a little stone fruit skin and more of those fresh berry characters. And there's also a decent grainy malt character still permeating it: it grounds it in some sense, but also provides a counterpoint to the acidity.

Feel is clean and light. In fact, a little more body might help the beer veer away slightly from the acidity—but how it is, it just emphasises that the acidity is the core.

Overall, this is very good stuff: bright, fresh and clean with decent balance and plenty of interest. Almanac continue to have a very good run with me, providing exceptionally clean and integrated wild ales.

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