Farmer's Reserve #2 | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #2Farmer's Reserve #2

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA. Brewed with "heirloom pumpkins, fuyu persimmons and fresh ginger" and aged in white wine barrels. Yep, this sounds interesting.

Pours a relatively bright, slightly hazed golden yellow colour with a white fizzy head that foams up and out, leaving very little. Body is quite light, but it holds some moderate fine carbonation when tilted. Had I not already had a sneaky sniff of it, I'd not be feeling particularly enthusiastic right now.

But I had had a sneaky sniff, and it smells wonderful. Funky, spicy and acidic, this actually smells a little more like a well-crafted wild than I was expecting. Indeed, the pumpkin only provides a little colour to the aroma, and doesn't dominate, or even stand out particularly much. Instead, the main characters are plasticky lambic-tones, earthy funk, and old oak. The pumpkin and fruit comes through subtly, providing a richness underneath, coming through more broadly as it warms. It's a very pleasant aroma.

Taste is clean and light, but surprisingly thin—although that could also be part of the cleanness. Tart, acidic entry, very gueuze-like, before some carbonic tones stretch on the back. Peppery notes sprinkle the back, along with a zesty aspirin bitterness. A little organic greenery finishes it off—again very clean, but also lacking a little complexity. It's all very good, but it's less interesting than I'd hoped.

Feel is clean and light, but it feels like part of the problem in the lack of complexity.

This is a good beer, and well-crafted. To get that nice funk and acidity just right is no mean feat. It just feels slightly one-dimensional though, and for a beer with so many ingredients, that's something of a disappointment.

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Photo of Knapp85
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with half a finger of soapy loose white head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar leaving some light lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is lemon tartness, sweet stone fruit, white grapes, grape skins, light earthy funk. Light wood and spiciness as well. Sweetness probably resembles persimmon, but I haven't had one in a while.

Taking a sip, light tartness upfront, lemon juice and unripe plum, followed by sweet stone fruit, grape, oak tannin, herbal funk. Dry finish, lingering stone fruit and yeast spiciness on the tongue.

Lighter side of medium with tingly aggressive carbonation pricking at my tongue. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled Winter 2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a finger of creamy white head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Funky barnyard aroma with lactic acidity, ginger spice and pumpkin. I'm having a tougher time picking out the persimmon, but the funky and acidic aromas are very nice and are nicely accented with the pumpkin and ginger.

T- Tart lactic acidity, nice funkiness, along with pumpkin, ginger and a lot of other fruits (pear, white grapes). The barrel is subtle and lends just a bit of oak, white grape and some vinous and tannic flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Another win from the Farmer's Reserve series, I've really enjoyed both of these beers so far. The sourness is spot on and they're using some very cool ingredients really well.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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