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BEER INFO

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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62
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557
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.46%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down and consistently left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness, nectarines and white wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of oak, notes of sourness, nectarines, wine barrels and hints of sour berries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a wild ale, this is very light and refreshing. It has good drinkability because the taste isn't completely dominated by sourness or wine barrel flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I liked but didn't love the past two Farmer's Reserve beers, and I'm expecting this will be the same. "Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and nectarines." Sounds tasty. 6.8% ABV according to my bottled. Bottled summer 2013. I like the labels; stylish and printed right on the bottle. Classy. 12.68 fl oz (375ml) brown glass bottle with branded '70s orange and brown pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

"Aged for 12 months in used white wine barrels with a blend of wild belgian [sic] yeasts and bacteria..."

Served cold, straight from flash-cooling in me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Pretty thin. No lacing at all. Minimal cream. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes. No bubble show.

Body colour is a glowing translucent nontransparent yellow copper. Some orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. Average vibrance.

Looking generally good so far. Not unique or special, but I don't notice any obvious flaws.

Sm: Lovely well integrated white wine notes with some plump white grapeskin coming on strong. Welcoming soft bright fruit - certainly nectarine. I have to search for the strawberry; ultimately I don't think it's a very apt fruit for brewing and it takes a lot to get much flavour out of it. The barrel notes are quite lovely; I really dig the oak and vanilla - they're so subtle and natural here. Fragrant and perfumey. Soft and inviting, definitely. Some lychee without any accompanying sweetness. The wild yeasts are less prominent than the well-executed fruit; I do get some lightly tart yeasty notes but no lacto or lambic yeast - and certainly no sour bacterial notes. Maybe some brettanomyces, but little funkiness. It comes off somewhat alive. No real spice. Some complementary floral hop notes; they're quite light though, aiding the soft fleeting vibe of the aroma.

Overall, it's an impressive subtly executed aroma with noticeably well incorporated fruity notes. Moderate in strength. Quite complex. I'm really excited to try it; maybe this is the Almanac beer that will finally wow me.

T/Mf: Nice acidic palpable white wine notes; good dryness/wetness balance therein. Acidity is on the slightly higher end overall, but quite manageable for a sour. Lychee, white grapeskin, white plum, and a bit of nectarine come through; these fruity notes are all well integrated and subtly executed. Perhaps some apple skin as well. I'm looking for the strawberries but not finding them. Maybe they aid the luscious juicy feel I'm getting? Nicely carbonated without going overboard. Hop presence is minimal yet complementary, with light flowery notes accentuating the dominant fruit.

The oak isn't as present as I'd like, but does make a grand entrance in the second act, injecting a bit of needed dryness and lending a guiding tone to the rest of the beer. The dryness fades towards the finish, letting it end on a somewhat juicy refreshing note. I get a hint of pear on the climax. No vanilla notes really, but I'm glad because I don't know that that'd work.

The sourness is quite tame, as anticipated, but there's some nice tartness here, which really works alongside the fruit. A touch of lacto on the climax; I could go for just a bit more. Nice light funkiness; not too much brett character here. Not getting any lambic yeast or true bacteria; I still maintain that Almanac's beers come off entirely too clinical to truly match the farmhouse image they try to present.

Crisp, clean, and approachable. I'd like it softer; I wonder about the hardness of the brewing water. It does seem a bit too minerally.

Lightly dry and coarse from crystal malt and the white wine aging. Good thickness and presence on the palate. Good body. Complements the flavour profile well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: I wasn't on-board with the Almanac hype before, but this beer makes a compelling argument for me to consider hopping on the bandwagon. I'm certainly more interested in their future offerings than I was before. Maybe they had a rough start but they're finally honing their skills. All in all, this is a delightful sour with impressively subtle execution and I'm glad I bought it. I'm suspicious of their claim that it will age well for 5 years; I really can't see it getting any better than it is now - and that's not a grandiose compliment, it's a statement of limitations.

Obscenely refreshing and very drinkable; I'd happily down this all night. A shockingly good beer from a brewery I had come to expect very little from. The pricetag is high, but I'd certainly pick up another. I'd probably recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well. Bravo, Almanac.

B+

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Library Alehouse for tap takeover with 9 offerings.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thin (1/4") white head whichs fades quickly and leaves spots of lace.

N: Fresh strawberries dominate along with other fruits and some vinous notes.

T: Tart and fruity with some slight funk. Very crisp and bright.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Fruity and tart finish.

O: Would not have guessed the nectarines, but the strawberries are very present. Aged in white wine barrels for over a year induces not so much of a barrel influence but a home for the wild bugs added. Definitely want again.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, leather, pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, pepper, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, grass, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; with a great tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance and fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 07/17/13 notes. Big thanks to pmarlowe for sending me out a bottle of this one. 375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. 2013 Summer edition.

a - Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of sour strawberries, sour dark fruits, oak, oranges, tangerines, citrus, fruity malts, light funk, and light vinegar. Tons of sour dark fruits which I love, and a little funk, which is a nice touch. Wine comes through as it warms up; awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sour strawberries, sour red dark fruits, lightly soured wine, fruity malts, vinegar, funk, and some earthy notes. A tiny bit more vinegar here and less wine and funk, but still really good. Slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good wild ale. The nose is amazing, with tons of sour strawberries, nectarines, and wine. The taste is great too, and alittle more on the sour vinegar side, while the taste was more on the sour fruit side. Easy to drink the whole bottle, would love to have this one again. Need to try some of the other ones now.

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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 stakem
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head that diminishes to a medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of strawberry. Slight metallic note, but not much more than strawberry normally imparts. A bit of wine. Generic stone fruit, but not something I'd peg as nectarine.

Taste - Wine flavor much more prominent. Sharp sourness, but not to intense. Strawberry still beats out the stone fruit and nectarine itself is nonexistent. Grainy malt rounds it out.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Very pleasant beer. Strawberry flavor works very well. Don't expect anything over the top from this beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Ryan I believe. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and no lace. Hazy, pale golden orange body.

S - Loads of nectarine and strawberry; quite nice. Some light funky yeast, and a good mix of tart and sweet flavors although I think those notes inherent in the fruits rather than from bacteria. Malt character is a tad buttery; or perhaps this is Chardonnay aged?

T - The taste isn't quite as good, with more of an oaky seltzer quality to it, and far less fruit potency. Pale malts super the mixture of wood and fruit, and there isn't a lot of funk or wild yeast character. No discernible alcohol either. Fruit does intensify as the beer warms.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant carbonation, and a dry, tannic, and oaky texture.

D - A nice fruit beer that has only mild 'wild' characteristics at this stage. Still, quite enjoyable, particularly the aroma. Definitely the best thing I've had from Almanac; look forward to trying other beers in this series. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled summer 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Orange wheat gold body. White head settles quickly. Low lace.

S - Surprisingly light nose right out of the bottle. This is a beer that definitely has to warm. Sweet strawberries, sour lemon, pound cake, meringue.

T - Soft strawberry, sweet biscuits, agave, acidic orange juice, and a firm sour backbone.

M - Relatively smooth, medium body.

O - Bright, sweet, well balanced, and refreshing.

P - Fresh fruit, whipped cream, short bread.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared with Sam and Rich back in Sydney.

Pours a pale golden colour that was quite clear until some of the voluminous sediment made its way into the glass, leaving a slight hazing. Head is fine and white, as is the carbonation, which is powdery when tilted. Lacing is specked and not particularly persistent. Otherwise, though, it looks pretty good.

Nose is full of wild yeast characters giving a direct sharp acidity and slight fruity overtones. Some nectarine comes through, but I certainly don't get much strawberry, and the fruit is coupled with a plasticky overtone from the yeasts and bugs. Vegetative notes become more dominant as it warms. It's still quite pleasant though.

The taste is much crisper and probably the better for it: clean, sharp acidity through the centre of the palate giving a vinous, slightly oaky and slightly tannic bite. The strawberries definitely come through here, leaving an unusual aromatic sweetness on the back that almost seems completely discoupled from the acidity. Sherbet and green apple acidity on the finish. Feel is crisp and almost burning from the acidity.

Overall, I liked it a good deal. The acidity is very well realised and the fruit characters add their elements without really changing the case line of the beer itself—it's just going to keep doing what it wants to do, and that's what I want it to do as well.

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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 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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I finally get to try stuff from Almanac! And I have another 7 bottles to go. Thanks, Chris!

Pouring a moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great! The first whiff on the nose is a massive dose of Brett aromatics with plenty of clove and a moderate plastic note. Once this dissipates a bit (rather quickly), the strawberry character grows. It's got the characteristics of an aged strawberry beer - a sharpness, a mustiness, a seedy tannin character and a shade medicinal. Citrus is moderate, brightening up the medicinal notes. Sourness is light, this beer is really just dominated by the Brett and the fruit.

The palate opens bright and refreshing, with the citrus notes most prominent. Bright, clean, refreshing and mildly acidic, the mandarins (or so I'm told) open up the palate, making it more receptive to the milder strawberry flavors. Flavors of farmhouse, earth, clove and a faint plastic note are present on the mid-palate. Drying on the finish with a juicy, earthy citrus flavor, this beer has a moderate acidity (mostly lactic with a little lemon). Crisply carbonated, this is pretty refreshing. Nicely done.

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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 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 cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely hazed yellow with a white head that disappears immediately. Nose is strong brett and barrel. leathery, light tangerine skin and a touch sour. Taste is a little brighter. Much more fruity brett, pineapple, peach, tangerine. Leathery and dusty towards back with a moderately sour finish and strong carbonation. Light body and prickly on the palate.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Doug for sharing his bottle. I have one coming my way, so I hope that it delivers! This will be my first of Almanac's Farmers Reserve series. Number 3 pours a murky, golden-yellow with essentially no translucency at all - very much opaque with only a white collar as opposed to a full-on "head". The hazy golden body and quickly transcending head is typical of the blond sour style, but not something I'm incredibly fond of.

Oh, wow... That's different.. Very different, but in the best way possible. The label said this beer was brewed with strawberries and nectarines; strawberries I get, nectarines, not as much. The strawberries come out very heavy and sweet with a very "candy-ish" aroma; I'm drawing close parallels with strawberry Pez candy. Very interesting and very nice, all the same.

I guess I can get some orange-y aromas out of the back-end, but without having been told nectarines were in this brew, I probably wouldn't have pinpointed it. Mildly acidic, somewhat sweet, and pleasantly tart. This beer smells like a modest fruit and candy collaboration, and I've gotta admit, I'm really digging it. It's damn hot outside right now, too, so let's hope this tastes as refreshing as it smells.

Surprisingly enough, Farmer's Reserve #3 pulls the ol' bait-and-switch, and the first thing my palate is scorched with is a big-time brazing of oranges. Tangy nectarines, starting with a mild acidity and lactic sourness that transform into a juicier rendition of the fruit as the flavor heads from tart to delicately sweet within seconds.

Strawberry fruits are apparent, but much less noticeable, and the Pez and candy notes are lost on the palate, as the strawberries take on a more raw, fruity character. A touch of some vinous oak finally peaks it's head out in the end, resulting in a dry, yet mouth puckering finish. Thin-medium bodied with above average carbonation and a slick mouth feel.

Wow, what a damn good beer. My hopes were high for this one, and my expectations were met anyway. Great amount of tartness - enough to please the sour-heads, but not so much that it becomes undrinkable. Really nice balance of lactic and acidic sourness as well. This is something you could certainly drink in quantity on a hot day. The "new" summer shandy, if you will.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy yellow orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Some funk, oak, grapes, strawberry and some citrus.

T-Well balanced, oak, grass, strawberries, citrus and a tad bit of funk.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A sweeter sour, a tad bit more funk would have been best, but still very yummy.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade from sportstar. Thanks! Pours a hazy light yellow with a half finger fizzy white head on top that dissipates quickly. Big sour aroma with vinegar, apricots, sour light citrus, and just a hint of strawberry. Really nice. Flavor is sour up front with a sweet strawberry-banana mid-palate, and ending with an extra sour kick of tangerines (nectarines I guess) and apricots. The finish has a dry oaky feel but with some additional warmth in the chest as it goes down, similar to a dry white wine, and I assume this comes from the barrel aging. A really nice medley of flavors that still let the sour punch shine. Light bodied and very effervescent as would be expected from the style. Heavy carbonation that prickles the tongue. Overall a beautifully crafted brew! I think if I liked strawberries in my beer more this would be rated higher overall, but even as someone who is not a huge strawberry fan I found this to be excellent. Maybe because the strawberry is subdued. A must try for the sour beer and the strawberry lover. My second Almanac beer and they continue to impress.

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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
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