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Farmer's Reserve #3 | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #3Farmer's Reserve #3

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in wine barrels with Strawberries (Swanton Berry Farms) and Nectarines (Blosson Bluff Farms).

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tut2528
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky orange-brown body that created a airy 1 fingers worth of milk white head that dissipated rather quickly. When back lit, small floaties are observed and the body becomes bright yellow. You can also see a hazy film within the body when back lit.

S: awesome huge sourness and oak. I pick up big sweet fruits, strawberries, vinegar, hay, big vinous characterstics. Very nicely balanced.. loving this aroma!

T: damn this is awesome! Huge huge sourness, tartness, vinegar, strawberries, and oak. Highly acidic (getting tums now). absolutely love the wine characters here

M: light on the palate. It leaves a long last dryness with a big tartness that creates immense salivation that lasts until the next sip. The palate does not get worn out by this brew whatsoever.

O: terrific and very well balanced brew here… definitely wish I had more.

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Photo of t420o
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almanac Farmers Reserve #3

A- pour into tulip yields a 2 finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Beer is a hazy gold in color. 4.5

S- lighter smell but very pleasant. Berries, I love nectarines and definitely get those, moderate yeast, very nice wine barrel notes. 4.25

T- absolutely amazing. The tannic wine barrel gives an excellent white wine flavor and is excellent with the berries and nectarines. Yeast is in background. 4.75

M- nice active carbonation, mildly dry, lower side of medium body appropriate for the style. 4.5

O- great beer. Great drinkability. 5


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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light to medium straw-like yellow in color with a huge, frothy head. Retention is pretty decent, but the lacing is very good. The body is moderately hazy, just enough that you can't see through it.

S- Tart and fruity are the scents that are right up front. Definite profile of light strawberries and slightly stronger nectarines are in the fruity profile. The tartness kicks in towards the back end, with a focus on the wild yeast in a fairly acidic way.

T- Tart and stronger than it is in the scent. Tart flavor is dominant throughout, but is most intense at the start. The middle of the drink moves the flavor more toward a dry, wine barrel tartness before the juiciness of the fruits kick in at the end of the drink. Strawberry displays it's tart juiciness first with a dose of flavor before the nectarines kick in and provide even more sour flavor. Lingering fruitiness of the nectarine is mostly orange-ish and a little tart.

M- Very light and highly carbonated on the palate. Rather easy to drink in every regard except for its tartness. Fairly juicy and refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome, sour, fruity, juicy, and spritzy beer. Displays just about everything that a fruited wild ale should, from the fruit, to the tartness, to the slight bit of wine barrel flavor.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Cabernet wine glass from a bottle dated Summer 2013 (Batch FR3 05/15/13)

A - Hazy, golden orange in color with a good amount of carbonation present. A white lacing that sticks to the area in which you tilt the glass. *Edit - Be careful pouring the second half of the bottle. There is a lot of yeast in the bottom.*

S - The first aroma that I get is vinegar. It seems kind of reserved after being in the bottle for a year. Let's swirl this thing and get it to open up. There we go! This is going to be tart! You can smell the sourness. There are nectarines, cantaloupe, a hint of banana peel, and star fruit. You can also get the strawberries used and a touch of raspberries and cranberries. I can't wait to taste it as it has my mouth watering!

T - This more reserved that I thought it would be. Wait...there it goes! After about 3-4 secs the flavor explodes across the palate. Flavors of sour apples and cranberries hit first followed by the tartness of the citrus from the nectarines and strawberries. This is insane! I'm sure there are more flavors that will present themselves once it warms.

M - Medium bodied, tart and very acidic. Crisp and refreshing that is mouth-coating with a long finish.

O - This is probably one of the best sours I've ever had. Of course I haven't had a lot of the "whalez" out there, so there are only so many I can compare to. This beer is ver well balanced and contains the "perfect" amount of sweetness and tartness to enjoy without being overdone by either. I am glad that I have one more bottle.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for including this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Florida Berliner Bash snifter glass.

A: Hazy peachy-gold, with a thin white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Some funk, fruits (strawberry and peaches) with some barnyard aroma, and vinous and oak qualities underneath.

T: Tart up front, with berries and sour peaches, lactic acid and lemony citrus. Then a moderate white wine flavor with just a touch of oak barrel and the acidic tartness. The tartness lasts after the swallow, but it's not overly pronounced and it fades quickly.

M: Light body, nice bubbly carbonation, and the ABV is very well-hidden.

O: Wow. This was really tasty. Perhaps not a world-class sour, but if not it's very close. Very drinkable, and the fruit flavors come through without ever being artificial or cloying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mroberts1204
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 375ml bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy orange. Pale white head that fizzles out quickly. Smell is strong lactic with citrus and watermelon. The flavor follows with a strong sour profile and mild citrus and berry. Kind of tastes like sour watermelon jolly ranchers without the sweetness. There's some juicy nectarine in there as well. Finishes dry with hints of oak. The body is light and spritzy. Perfect for the style. This was the best of the sours we tried from Almanac (#1-#4). Overall this is just a really solid American wild. Probably one of the best I've had this year. A great sour with phenomenal fruit flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Poured straight into glass because I expected little to no head.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with one finger bubbly white head that leaves nice lacing. More than expected for the style.

Smell- Strong presence. Very tart nectarine, mild strawberry, lemon, green apple skin, FUNKY citrus. Slight oak and vanilla.

Taste- Incredible. Light strawberry first then changes to fresh nectarine. Berliner Weiss wheat-like flavor, mild lemon and green apple. Not aggressively sour, but nicely tart.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and pleasantly tart. Little mouth pucker. Incredibly smooth and refreshing.

Overall- A great American wild. Very fruit forward with a great tartness. I'll be wanting more of this!

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a beatiful amber color with almost no head. Minimal lacing. Swirling produces a little bit of head.

S - there's no doubt that this is a sour beer. Lacto/Brett funk hit you right out of the gate. The fruit is a little muted but it's there. Citrus, stone fruit, vinegar. Awesome.

T - pretty classic, but great sour, funk, vinuous, fruit vinegar flavors as you might expect. I don't get quite as much fruit as I was hoping for. What fruit I do get is similar to what I get on the nose (citrus, stone fruit). Not getting a ton of strawberry.

M - very nice, light effervescence. Lighter on the mouthfeel but a great finish and lingering aftertaste.

O - great on a warm day. Each sip just makes me want more. Drank this one pretty cold at first (about 40ish). Allowed to warm up a bit, more of the fruit aromas come out. Delicious.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Golden opaque yellow colour with some orange towards the centre and a thin layer of white head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma and funk dominate the nose. Hints of strawberry, grapes and oak in the background.

T - Moderate sourness and acidity with the strawberry and nectarine really shining through nicely. Oak is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark banana yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Really dark but has nice retention for the style with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, musty aroma with some earthy oak and a vibrant vinous fruit sweetness. Slightly sweet smelling with hints of dark grape and strawberry and cream along with a subtle lactic character and prominent funky bugs. The wild yeast adds complexity without overpower the fruit notes. Smells very good!

On the lighter end of medium body with a decent amount of sour acidity along with some dry oak, musty funk, lactic cream and sweet light fruit esters. Kind of feels like a strawberry and cream wild ale with sweet berries and other vinous fruit flavors complimented by acetic acid and a nice oak barrel presence. Some lactic funk lingering subtlety underneath but it never becomes harsh or solvent like. Highly recommended!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach.

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy golden straw color with about 1/2" of white foam head. Pretty good retention that results in a small white cap, and lacing is very good.

Smell: Outstanding scents of strawberries and citrus, which must be the nectarines. Lots of funk as well as some lemon tartness comes through as well.

Taste: Fresh strawberry and citrus sweetness hits momentarily up front, followed by great levels of funk and tartness. Definitely more funk and tart than sour in this beer. Overall though, very nicely balanced between fruity sweetness, tartness and funk.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, airy and dry. Very good. Overall, very impressed with this sour. The fruit flavors it emits are phenomenal. I'm new to CA so had never really heard of Almanac, but this beer has definitely caught my attention.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay! New sour from Almanac! Description states that this is, "Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and nectarines."

Pours out a hazed gold with a small, 1/3 inch head. The lacing doesn't stick around too long.

Pale malts, nectarine and wine barrel start the smell off. Strawberry comes in next with another hint of barrel.

Pale malts, strawberry, white wine, nectarine start this off strong! Oak and vanilla round out the middle, with a nice, sour fruit finish. The body is spot on for the style, moderate thickness, nice carbonation.

Probably my favorite sour that Almanac has done so far. I have a Farmer's 4 in the fridge too, so who knows. I got one for the cellar, wish I had a case. This beer is very worth trying!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, split

Brewed with strawberries and nectarines, aged in white wine barrels with yeast and bacteria. Really lovely stuff - the strawberry comes through in a much nicer manner than say, Cascade Strawberry. Funky, nice tarntness, and fresh lively fruit flavor. Big fan.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A really incredible entry into the Farmer's Reserve Series. The aroma along is enough for this to be something truly special. It's reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake with creamy, sweet vanilla ice cream on top, all turned into a sour Popsicle. Really exceptional. The flavor is just as good. True, authentic, juicy strawberry character, nice vanilla and oak notes, with a fairly large sour presence. My favorite in the series, though Farmer's Reserve 4 is also quite incredible.

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Photo of nataku00
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I went to buy bottles, but saw that it was on tap as well, poured into a goblet. Beer pours a hazy yellow with just a faint reddish tint, half a finger of loose white bubbly head. Some tiny bubbles floating up every now and then.

The aroma was very nice, fresh strawberries and nectarines, a bit of almond like nuttiness, some sharp lactic acid sourness, oak, and mild wet soil funk. The fruit really stands out though.

The fruit isn't as prominent in the taste, some strawberry and nectarine flavors that quickly meets with sharp sourness, fruit skin and lactic acid. A bit of biscuit malt sweetness and some light brett earthy funk. Finish is dry, with some lingering fruit and malt sweetness, old oak, and a nutty flavor.

Light body and refreshing, with good amount of carbonation. Of the three Farmer's Reserve I've tried, I've enjoyed this offering from Almanac the most, and will try No. 4 next. Would have enjoyed a little more fruit in the taste, but still a good wild.

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Photo of Googs
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Almanac offering, thanks akang! I'm fucking hyped.

375ml Bottle poured in Tired Hands wine glass

A: Orange. gold tint. Pretty hazy and well carbonated. Half an inch foamy head, clinging to the glass. Some yeasties floating around in the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong smell as soon as I cracked the bottle. Crazy amount of strawberry and stone fruits in the nose, but I'm also able to pick up on the citrus/zesty aromas in this. Following are the cocktail of wild belgian yeasts and very nice oak. Pretty funky on the nose. Excited.

T: This is one of the only sours I've had made with fresh strawberries, and I'm really fuckin' happy drinking this. The strawberries are coming through nicely with the light, biscuity malts. Picking up on the white wine and citrus(nectarines) towards the end.

M: It's refreshing, fruity and incredible easy to drink. I think the carbonation is pretty spot on. Get some for ya ma

O: This beer impressed me, and I am happy to have more Almanac sours/barrel aged beers coming my way. It's drinking great right now, the strawberries/nectarines are shining. but that doesn't mean to say this beer won't improve/or change with age. Although it is funky, and satisfyingly sour right now, it's wild, and will only continue to get it funky. If your in it for the fruit, I'd pop that fucker open now. Real quality beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice hazy darker straw hue with a good two finger white head that fades to a nice half finger blanket with a thicker halo.

S - Aromas of nice light barnyard wild funk, gentle strawberries, nice faint vinous notes with some light almost dirty wood notes. Do not get much nectarine though.

T - Taste is more like it. Very nice tart oak and funk. Great sour wine notes and generic berries, tasty floral strawberry with nice nectarine notes. White wine and strawberries just match so nicely. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, quite crisp and clean. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, this is more like it. So far I have been very underwhelmed by Almanac, but this wild ale is incredibly well done. Awesome.

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Photo of markgugs
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear, hazy golden-yellow. The color of a summer’s sun!

There’s a great aroma with some tartly sour strawberries and dried hay. I get a flavor that’s similar, with tart strawberries and a hint of wet hay funk. Long finish that last for days. Delicious.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. didnt see a bottling date.

Pours a hazy orange, / reddish color with a white foamy bubbly head. The nose on this beer is out of this world with a massive hit of strawberry tartness that you hits you right after you pop open the bottle. The taste is also superb...though the strawberry flavor is a bit less pronounced than on the nose. The tartness is perfect, just the right amount for me. Standard feel and body for this kind of beer. Real easy drinking, the bottle disappears too quick!

overall this is what cascade's Strawberry SHOULD have been. It's quite excellent and reminds me a lot of consecration but with strawberries instead of cherries. A must try.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a bulbous red wine glass, pale with reddish-peach tones that look like something that was made with strawberries and nectarines. Eruption of carbonation birthed a near-white inch tall head that settled into some clumpy goodness.

Fuckin a, smells delicious. Almost equal thirds of fruit, wine, and sour funk. Subtle enough that it won't scare away the uninitiated.

Much like the smell, so tasty and complex, while subtle enough that this would be a great gateway sour for that friend you've been trying to get into them. Sweet and sour swirls around mouth while the funk tickles your nose from the inside leading to a citrusy tart finish.

Initial stinging carbonation attacking all surfaces. Settles into sour astringency and mostly fades away.

I wish I had a third hand to give this 3 thumbs up. Or maybe 1 thumb up while clapping with the other 2. In the upper echelon of palatable sours with The Russian River 'tions, and New Belgium's La Folie and Eric's Ale.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paccamacca for this beer!!!

bottled in 2013 Summer. 375ml bottle with pressure cap. An aggressive hiss as the pressure cap comes off the bottle. Very classy looking label and cap on the bottle looks like the brewer really takes pride in the product they brew.

Poured into Crooked Stave belgian style tulip/snifter.

Appearance: hazy orange bodied beer with almost two fingers of head that quickly fizzes down to a thin ring.

Smell: Big whiffs of oak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and hint of lemony tartness. Hay and straw. A lite musty, dusty basement funkiness! This smells so great!

Taste: lemony tartness with a slight bit of vinegar right out of the gates with a nice dose of wood and earthy oak notes! Sweet and juicy strawberries and oranges balance out the tartness in a flawless manner. A little hint of a fruity white wine in the finish that brings everything together so well. Great complexities from this beer . You can easily find all the different elements used to brew the beer. Everything translated into the flavor in a distinctive manner, there is not guessing what your tasting.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of low carbonation that is almost moderate carbonation. The carbonation fizzes as it hits your tongue and has some creamy texture to it. This beer makes you mouth water after every sip. Does not give you any heartburn due to being over the top sour. Highly drinkable sour for sure. Semidry finish that is very clean.

Overall: This is my first Almanac sour and I gotta say that this is impressive! I recently traded for a full set of Farmers Reserve 1-4 and I am really looking forward to trying them all. Complex, balanced, drinkable sour. Alamanac really executed this beer very well. I want more!!!

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fantastic and distinct strawberry, nectarine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with strawberry and nectarine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic aroma and tasty flavors that definitely make this beer my favorite of the Farmer's Reserve series so far.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.
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