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: 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 | 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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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: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber, a glowy brown-ish orange. Somewhat cloudy. The head is small to medium and slightly yellowed white. Fine foam. Most of the head dissipates after a minute, but there's a nice blanket left over. Some lacing. The aroma has a very nice fruit flavor, and you can really pick out the grape varieties and plums. It's juicy and sweet with a refined, musty fruit skin edge. The wine barrel adds a deeper fruit and oak flavor. Quite a nice combination. My only complaint is that there seems to be a touch of butter in there, though that will probably fade away with time and I seem to be more sensitive than most about such things. The taste starts with that sweet, juicy fruit (and the touch of butter) before it gets tarter and oakier. The finish is dry and packs a good tart bite. Medium sour. Lots of fruit. Very good after a hot day. Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and some nice pucker. Mild to medium tannic from the barrel. I've liked both of these Farmer's Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. It's great to see Almanac put out some better stuff, particularly sours, which seems like a natural area for them (and the sour version of their first beer was excellent). I'm definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmer's Reserves.

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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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