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Farmer's Reserve #2 | 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): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This barrel-aged ale is a celebration of the California autumn harvest. Brewed with heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay, crisp Fuyu persimmons from Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley and fresh ginger from the Santa Clara Valley, then aged for over a year in white wine barrels to create a deliciously complex wild ale.

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
190
pDev:
7.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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 yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial 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 some spice and pumpkin-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour fruity flavor 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 and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice earthy and sour aromas and flavors.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with heirloom pumpkins, Fuji persimmons and fresh ginger and aged in white wine barrels.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a short lived white head.

Nose is a bit closed; there is a hint of persimmon but maybe only because you know its there with also very light pumpkin and only a hint of ginger. Not the nose one would expect; not offensive; just very light and non-assertive. Just a very light fruit character and not a lot more.

Mouthfeel is light an elegant carbonation with a light citric tart and very nice balance. Fresh and inviting.

Flavor profile is very elegant and refined, for lack of a better word. Very drinkable and goes down like a low alcohol berlinerweisse, not at all like an almost 8% abv. brew. The flavor profile is very subtle, although there is an initial hit of light ginger and an almost unripe peach/stonefruit character.

This is a delicious drink with a complexity that is deceiving. The finish is clean, lightly tart and fresh.

There is an almost mint finish that is very pleasing. This and Farmer's Reserve #1 are two of the nicest efforts I've seen in a long time.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with some floating specs in it. The head is white with a scattered retention and light lacing. The smell is sour on the nose, not much else besides the barrel aging and some lemon aromas. The taste of the beer is acidic, some subtle spice, was hoping more of the pumpkin would come through. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty refreshing brew. Not bad, worth trying.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Haven't been impressed with Almanac, but the Reserve #1 was their best offering so far. I decided to give this one a go. Love the label art; well-executed etching on the glass itself with a stylish ribbon-style ring on the bottom. 375ml brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 7.80% ABV confirmed. White wine barrel aged. Brewed with Heirloom Pumpkins, Fuyu persimmons, and fresh ginger.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fizzy floater that dissipates within seconds. I think it was beige in colour? All I'm left with is a murky cloudy yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Nontransparent. Meh. It's okay.

Sm: White wine, light cidre, maybe white ginger, and pear. I look for pumpkins but don't detect them. I honestly don't know what a persimmon smells or tastes like, so I can't comment on that. Little yeast comes through, if any. I don't detect any alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pear, pleasant lacto sourness, biting cidery apple notes, and other citrus fruit. White wine, sure. Pale malts. Pleasant and lactic. Crystal malt. Well balanced, if simple. Clean and enjoyable. I don't get any pumpkin at all; call me crazy. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but I still like it.

Mf: Smack-your-lips feel. It's a bit thin. Fizzy. Coarse and wet. Clean. Pleasant. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Fairly acidic.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Satisfies expectations of the style, but it's still wanting for the pricetag. Hides its ABV well. Overall, it's a pricey offering from Almanac but one of their better ones. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends, but it's a solid wild ale for what it is. Don't expect too much sourness or complexity.

B-

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4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque pale honey color capped by an inch of foam; a reasonable pattern of lacing is left behind

Smell: Lactic sourness with pear forward and ginger, persimmon and (perhaps) pumkin tucked underneath

Taste: Stone fruit and lactic sourness dominate the front end, with the ginger adding an edge that really becomes apparent in the finish; other flavors include persimmon (a personal favorite), pear and apricot; the pumpkin is hard to find, though there may be a hint just after the swallow if you search for it enough

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of acidity; moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice sour with an interesting fruit (and vegetable) profile

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml brown bottle with etched label.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with an initial 1" plus white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving puzzle lace.

N: Vinous with white grapes, some barnyard must, pear fruit, hay/grass, yeast, floral, and citrus.

T: Fruit up front with white grape, pear and citrus, midly tart with tannic oak and a ginger spicy zing.

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

O: Did not detect the pumpkin much. Persimmon is faint and melds with the mellow ginger spice. White grapes and barrle character is most prominent. Not as funky as #1.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, clear, light wheat and gold body. Creamy foam cap. Lively carbonation in the glass. Ok retention and low lace.

S – Pear, honeydew, sour apple, and a mild lemon tartness. Just a hint of sweet squash and ginger.

T – Sharp tartness, with a bracing lemon acidity. Unripe nectarines, squash, and lemon warheads. Touch of ginger ale and plantains on the backend.

M – Nice carbonation. Light frame with a dry finish.

O – Bright and refreshingly acidic with a soft fruit back drop.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with white cap thats quick to fade. It smells of ginger and spice with slight earth to grassiness across the back. The flavor is mostly comprised of the taste of ginger, slight herbs, lemony tartness and a wheat grainy backbone. It is light bodied, fizzy and unique. Worth a try but not something I feel I need to have again.

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Farmer's Reserve #2 from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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