Farmer's Reserve #3
Almanac Beer Co.

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From:
Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
496
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 07, 2017
Added:
May 29, 2013
Wants:
  165
Gots:
  80
SCORE
96
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Farmer's Reserve #3Farmer's Reserve #3
Notes: Ale aged in wine barrels with Strawberries (Swanton Berry Farms) and Nectarines (Blosson Bluff Farms).
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Probably my favorite Almanac beer. The Strawberries ad nectarines balance each other out perfectly and you get just enough of the wine barrel to dry it out a little. Refreshing, not overly tart and lightly fruity. Good beer.
Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

May 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Jan 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by 7Sport from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.46 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts

Sep 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by CDCNAM from Louisiana

Sep 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.23 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Jul 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by gdegraff1 from Florida

Apr 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.59 by kodt from Illinois

Apr 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.6 by Drew88 from New Jersey

Apr 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Apr 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.38 by jakewatt135 from Oregon

Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by JRod1969 from New York

Mar 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle, bottled summer 2013, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a one-finger thick and creamy head that seems to retain forever, with carbonation bubble constantly shooting to the top, some nice lacing left behind

S- very fruity on the nose up front, the strawberries are definitely there, along with a hint of citrus. Toasted oak aroma mixes with grape skin and a hint of earthy funk

T- swirls of sweet strawberry and nectarine up front eventually fades to give way to some lactic sour notes, quickly followed by tasted oak, some white wine flavors and some musty & earthy funk notes to close it out

M- medium fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a bone dry finish

O- The fruity notes may have faded by now, but this still drinks just fine. Perfect mix of sweet fruit and sour funk
Mar 11, 2015
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Reviewed by markgugs from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle (Summer 2013) poured into my TalkBeer tasting tulip #bam

Pours a beautiful honeyed yellow-amber with a fizzing, bubbling head. It's not unlike the color of a great IPA, but it's easy to imagine this taking on the tone of the nectarines it was made with. Early cloudiness easily gives way to some fine clarity, it's a very nice looking beer. Strong aromas of stone fruit waft from the glass at first, followed by a tangy earthiness from presumably the strawberries, though I'm sure they're not as pronounced as they once were. But it's the delicately tart complexity where this beer truly shines. Hints of nectarine sweetness mingle perfectly with a still-lively strawberry-driven lactic sourness. This beer is amazingly tasty! A crisp, fizzy feel lends itself well to the short dry finish. Stellar beer, now they need to make it again.
Mar 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia

Feb 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Jan 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.41 by nollie77 from Ohio

Jan 04, 2015
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Rated by JGam115 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy straw, frosty white head. Hints of vanilla and chamomile, strawberry preserves. Slight funk, great tartness, not too complex
Jan 02, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a modest but effective head that leaves quite a few nice patterns of lace

Smell: Tart and slightly funky, with strawberry, grape and and hint of nectarine

Taste: The fruit and funk swirl, up front, with strawberry and nectarine tones building; the tartness develops through the middle but recedes into the finish, when the fruit returns along with the tannic tones of the wine barrel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Lovely fruit, wine and tartness; could be a tad funkier and perhaps a bit more sour, but this is a very nice beer
Dec 29, 2014
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap that persists with patchy lace sticking to the glass. The nose opens up smelling of fruity quality like strawberry then a bit of plastic phenolics start to overtake everything. The taste is tart with the previously mentioned plastic phenolics taking hold and somewhat ruining the experience. This is light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Mediocre taste and decent smell. Strawberries are tough to work with, this had some real potential but the plastic notes killed it for me.
Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.35 by ChrisISO_SJ from California

Nov 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Oct 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by raynmoon from Colorado

Oct 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by SeaOfAsh from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California

Oct 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by SeeingMeansMore from Oregon

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by dheldman from Minnesota

Oct 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.7 by obiwan from California

Oct 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by chadwicktorres from District of Columbia

Oct 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by sourpower from California

Oct 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jaasen64 from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2014
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
Bottle shared by daknole. Thanks bro!

The beer is hazy gold with a thin, wispy cap. Aromas of strawberry, funk, citrus, oak. Lovely aroma and the flavor does not disappoint. Beautiful balance and teeming with fruit character. Strawberry and juicy oranges with a piquant finish. I would love to have this again. Highly recommended.
Sep 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Robloc303 from Colorado

Sep 16, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by threedaggers from Kentucky

Sep 16, 2014
 
Rated: 4.76 by CBack465

Sep 13, 2014
Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 559 ratings