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

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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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy light orange/red-ish. Big fizzy off-white head that fades away almost instantly. Zero lacing, just a spot here and there maybe. Almost no retention either.

S: Some very sour strawberries and lots of acetone. Lots and lots of acetone, especially when swirled. Plastic...burning plastic?

T: Oh yeah, lots of acetone. Kinda eye-watering initially. Like gasoline and fruit. Sour nectarines and strawberries, sure. Can barely pick up on the nectarines, they're pretty buried. Nice juicy strawberry carries out into the finish after the acetone fades. Big juicy flavor for sure especially in the finish. A hint of burning plastic sometimes in the finish as well.

M: Decent medium body, quite tart.

O: Hmph. Almanac definitely has some interesting sours. This one is loaded with acetone up front, something I didn't get from their Dogpatch sour. Kinda detracting but the juicy strawberry flavor is second to none so it sorta balances it out. Letting the beer sit for a while really seemed to lesson the initial acetone (or I just got used to it).

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3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright citrusy acidity, with stone fruit (apricots) and berry (strawberry) flavors. A subtle sweetness that reminds me of gatorade. Vanilla and dill come through, indicating barrel aging.

Good not great. Glad to try it, but will not buy again at this price.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
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