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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Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a decent white head on top. The lacing is spotted and the retention isn't too bad. The smell is funky and fruity, subtle grape aromas and barrel aged aromas fill the nose. The taste of the beer is tart, decent sour malt fruitiness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied. Pretty nice overall I enjoy this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of EspressoGuy
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MoistPope
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of kapkenobi
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown 375ml bottle with etched label.

A: Pours a clear peachy yellow with an initial one-inch white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Barnyard funk, vinous, wet wood, with some mold/must and fruity, grassy and citrus notes.

T: Mildly tart with some astringency, vinous with oak, and some dusty cheese.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Dry and fruity finish.

O: Nice and enjoyable. The plums are very faint with the barrel and prominent grapes and funk being the dominate parts to the whole. Just a tad thin.

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Photo of nrb1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mynie
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ElSid
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#75

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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy in the grape department. I am really not that skilled to pick out all the different grapes, but I'm gonna definitely say there are some red and white grape aromas. Scent is EXTREMELY fruity with some lovely plum, apricot, kiwi, and strawberry aromas. Very unique nose on this one. Slightly vinous with some oak and tart aromas. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose implies...not puckering, but a fair amount of tartness to this one. Funky wild yeast flavors up front with some Brett characteristics. A lot of oak and a hint of vanilla. A lot of white grape flavor up front, but finishes with red grape skin. Plums, kiwis, and strawberries keep popping up on the palate. Finishes with more oak and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat soda-like. Drinkability is very high. Overall, after trying this and the Farmer's Reserve 2, Almanac has really stepped their game up. This one could have used a bit more sourness and some more depth. It reminded me of a sparkling fruit juice with a hint of booziness... the oak did help it a lot though. A very tasty beverage nonetheless.

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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 miadw3
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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 GRG1313
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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.
4.05 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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