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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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Photo of jeonseh
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to leftyhyzer for sharing

A - Hazy orange with a white head

S - Strawberry is strong and full with a light nectarine. Like strawberry jelly with a light orange presence.

T - Strawberry presence that gives a nice sweetness to it. Melon with a tart sour presence with light vinegar and lemon on the backend that makes it tart

M - Light carb with lots of bubbles and a dry finish

O - Good fruited wild with a good balance of strawberry balanced with a tart lemony vinegar

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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 birchstick
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to KevSal for not only this beer, but an entire box worth's of beers

A - pours a pale straw yellow color with a soft white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass

S - nose is sweet pit fruit - tangerine and peaches - with the strawberries barely detectable; also some citric sour notes and bretty funkiness hangs over everything else

T - taste starts off with sour and citric spritz. For some reason, some flavors fall out in the middle, then a wallop of sour fruits, especially the nectarine and a lot of citrus flavors. The brett funk and red wine barrel notes round off the palate, however some of the strawberries come through on the exhale. Really nice sour ale here!

M - soft, spritzy, and a dry finish

D - overall, this is a really nice beer. Nice fruit flavors, wine barrel character, and bretty funk all mixed into one, albeit I wish the fruit was a little more forward than it was. That being said, awesome beer!

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a lost abbey teku glass
has golden color and about 1/4 inch head on it
smell has that farmhouse funk and fruit
very slight tart taste at first and smooth crisp nice mouthfeell
can tell it was aged in wine barrels as it has that taste on the back end
followed by a taste of strawberries on the very back end
easily drinkable and very enjoyable would definitely get again

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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 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 flayedandskinned
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Summer 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy golden with peach highlights. A tiny bubbled, 2 fingers tall, pure white head sprouts and quickly falls, leaving no lacing behind. There is liberal amount of spent proteins and even some strawberry seeds floating in the glass, which is pretty neat.

Aroma: (4.5)
Tart, acidic lemon perforates your nostrils immediately, with an underlying lactic, sour cherry note. These traditional sour notes are accompanied by a huge presence of fresh picked strawberries. Layered neatly on top of the strawberries is a complex, musty cellared tone from the souring bacterias and the Brettanomyces; sun warmed leather, wet hay and some light tangy pineapple notes that matured brettanomyces can give off. As the beer warms, more and more of the fresh nectarine character comes out to play. Very tropical, refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.25)
Much more immediately tart then the fruit forward nose makes you expect; Bright, tart lemon juice explodes onto your palate immediately, with more that typical cherry pie filling tone sours have. After this initial blast of acidity, you're greeted with big, slightly creamy notes of juicy nectarines and strawberries. The fresh fruits are coated with a slight funky, musty character from the bacteria and wild yeast. The beer finishes pretty dry, but not nearly as sour as the initial taste would lead you to believe. Long lingering notes of fresh, juicy strawberries, nectarine flesh and lemon juice. Behind these fruit overtones, there is a light vanilla impression and light tannins imparted by the wine barrel.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Light bodied with an interesting, creamy texture. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
This is a very crisp, unique sour that might not be the most complex wild ale made, but it certainly harnesses the raw fruit character of nectarines and strawberries. This is the first Almanac beer I've had, but I'm definitely going to try more of their offerings after this awesome beer. Highly recommended(name another strawberry/nectarine sour ale)

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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 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 Dope
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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Photo of magictacosinus
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle. With the fruit, this is probably best consumed as fresh as possible.

Produces a rather unremarkable pale amber appearance, complete with about a half finger of foam that dissipates in the tulip pretty quickly. Other people that poured this into a flute glass showed more remarkable head retention, to the point of appearing frothy and thickened for a while while leaving nice lacing on the glass. Definitely wine-like in texture, although with the low alcohol, not too viscous. I suppose I expected a ruby tinge from the strawberries, but hey, whatever.

The aroma is pretty fantastic, tart, and with full fledged nectarines and strawberries wafting to the front of the nose at every whiff. The nectarines are slightly subtle underneath, but the aroma of candied, ripe strawberries immediately came into play each time, and combined with the slight vanilla from the oak, reminds me of a strawberry shortcake of sorts. Other fruity notes include peaches, apricots, and white wine grape must. Slightly lactic and sour at the back, although the fruits added are truly the ones shining here. Pretty different and quite subtle, but I really enjoyed how well integrated and balanced it is.

The flavor is similar, although undeniably more sour and focuses more on the tart aspects of the fruits included within. At first there's an immediately off-dry flavor from the strawberries, and the nectarines soon follow at the back. The mouth is immediately coated with a slight tannic, vinegar-y flavor that numbs the cheeks temporarily, and then releases more of the oaky characteristics such as vanilla and floral flavors. The finish is perhaps the best part. An array of soured, juicy fruits come in and meld with the wild yeasty texture to resemble a strawberry-peach-cherry combo that is very refreshing, and very flavorful. Well carbonated for the style. Not too syrupy or too acidic, which leads me to believe that they're using pretty good barrels. Surprisingly complex terms of providing an everlasting aftertaste, even given the limited scope of flavors at hand. A true pleasure to drink.

While I'm skeptical about the quality of their year-round offerings, their Farmer's Reserve series really are a great addition to ever growing quality of wild ales in American brewing. It's only a matter of time, especially in California, that these farms, breweries, and wineries will collaborate on more products such as this one. Haven't had a sour beer this fruit pronounced in a while. Very recommended.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, summer '13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Cloudy yellow orange in color. Full finger bright white head. Tons of carbonation. Lacing bits.

S: Epic fruit on the nose. Blast of that strawberry right away, akin to Cascade's nose. Also, pulling that citrus fruit vibe from I guess the nectarines. It's not overly apparent. Some funk. Chalk. Oak character.

T: Prickly tartness right up front on the tongue. Really do get that fruit character from both additions. Bright citrus and lush strawberry. The wine barrel roundness chimes in as well. Great marriage here. Finish is very dry with some sweetness lingering from the fruit.

M: Medium bodied. High carbonation makes it feel less.

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.68 fl.oz. (375ml) bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA
Bottled Summer 2013
Served in a tulip

Outstanding bottle design. The silkscreened label is gorgeous. As for the beer, it poured a nearly clear, golden color. When some of the yeast sneaked into the glass on the second pour, the liquid turned rather turbid. A large bubbled, bright white head capped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved. Solid lacing. Large streaks and patchy drops coated the glass.

Strawberry notes were apparent in the aroma, but no as much as I had hoped. Yeasty and tart with a touch of hay. There was a moderately strong Band-Aid/plastic-like quality as well. Slightly oaky and funky. Overall, quite interesting.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, except that the strawberry presence was more subtle. Lots of hay and lemony tartness on the front end. Yeasty. Some Band-Aid notes appeared in the center. Light oak/barrel. The beer finished tart and crisp with mild strawberry notes. The nectarines were unfortunately nowhere to be found. As the beer sat, the oaky, funky and sour flavors intensified. Overall, quite refreshing.

The mouthfeel was fairly standard for the style. Crisp, frothy and rather light on the palate with a fairly aggressive carbonation.

I really liked this beer from San Francisco's newest wild ale experts, but I was a bit disappointed by the subtleness of the fruit additions. Definitely drink this one fresh, as it is already plenty tart but somewhat light on fruit flavor.

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Photo of mobius387
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into stemmed glass

appearance: honey colored pour with big white bubbly head that settles down into a thing white edging around the glass with few carbonation bubbles rising throughout the beer. beer is fairly opaque

aroma: big funk, soft strawberries, some oak, some orange/lemon/citrusy back notes

palate: very tart, acidic, not boozy, good flavor spread within the mouth, medium bodied

taste: hugely tart, some fruit flavors of strawberries, oranges, lemons, grapes, cant pick out nectarines at all and i love those dern things!

overall: very well done wild ale. its not overly acidic like some cascade sours, yet still delivers a big funky punch making this beer worthy to be called sour power! if it had more of fruit flavor, and i was able to pick out nectarines, it could be one of my all time faves. nontheless, its a great wild and im really enjoying drinking this one. this is my second brew by almanac.

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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 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 Brewasaurus
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like an amber ale crossed with a wheat beer. Cloudy and dark yellow to orange in color. One finger head of very light foam.

S: Not a very strong smell, you can pick up the sour, but I struggled to get much else.

T: Very nice, very nice indeed. Starts off like a sour champagne, but that sourness fades quickly into a light nectarine flavor. Finally at the end there, you get some strawberry as a light sweetness lingers in your mouth for a while, with only a hint of the sour still remaining.

M: Light, silky mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. No complaints here.

O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The fruit flavors don't beat you over the head, but neither does the sourness, which makes this a very good balanced beer. I'm no sour connoisseur, but this is one of my favorites, and not just among sours. If I ever find it again, i'll certainly be buying it.

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Photo of rawfish
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge billowing stark white head. Retention is decent but leaves behind a really nice sheet of lacing that builds through the drink.

Tartness comes first with the aroma of vinegar, lemon juice, white wine, red berries, sour cherries and subtle hints of pitted fruit. Uplifting aroma that is divided between yeasty and tart. Alcohol comes wafting up occasionally.

White wine, lemon juice some vinegar and powdery yeast. The sourness is there but not overly intense, the fruit is lost in the sourness but use of it keeps the grainy flavor completely out. Not overly dry on the finish.

Tart and refreshing with perfect carbonation and light body despite the yeast. Alcohol is kept out of this and the sour flashes on the tongue enough to water the mouth and invite the next sip.

Pleasant sour not over the top but well integrated and crafty. A bit short on the fruit flavors here I get more sour cherry and white wine. Still a really good wild ale, more refined than the plethora of berliner wiesse beers coming into the market.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden yellow with barely a tinge of red in the light and a thin, loose white head that doesn't lace. The beer was a gusher, but I only lost a few mLs of foam to the drain. The nose is fairly weak and muddled - slightly tart strawberry-latex, but more grainy sweetness and stone fruit. Although the taste has held up reasonably well (i.e. fruit character), it's still suffering from old-strawberry-sour-syndrome and does little as an "ode to summer" at this point. There is a hint of fleshy nectarine, but it's hard to distinguish from the bacteria/yeast/grain base. The beer has definitely retained most of its carbonation, which helps cleanse the palate and also keeps each sip light and pillow-y. Otherwise, it drinks like most other almanacs - thin body, minimal funk, tart and acidic, dry finish, subtle fruit. The beer still drinks very well considering its age, but lacks the almanac's coveted bright and unique fruit appeal.

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


375ml into a tulip. With a careful pour it's nearly fully hazed, sparkling white frothy head, nice lacing.

The scent is a delight, tremendous complexity, all good. Everything you would hope for is here, the fruit the barrel delivered crisp and clean. Sweetly tart.

The taste delivers in spades, exactly as the scent promised. No more sour than a sweet tart, a delicious sweet tart. Lip smacking. The fruit is in perfect proportion. Thin appropriately astringent mouthfeel, a little bit of 9 volt. No sharp edges, warms wonderfully.

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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 cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super big cheers to beachstrength49 (cwhittle53) for the surprise box with this and the matching glass and keychain...cheers! enjoyed from my new Almanac Beer Co glass.

a - brew pours a murky honey yellow with a finger and a half of fizzy head that fizzled away to a thin skin of bubbles in a matter of moments.

s - really gorgeous blend of sour egg and raspberry with some really elegant white wine notes. the nectarines are also fairly prominent on the nose. very well blend with everything in the right place.

t - flavor is a wonderful medley of nectarine raspberry sour egg and white wine with the wine seeming like a glossing over the top holding everything together. there is a nice element of sweetness on the back that really compliments the fruitiness but there is no doubt about the sourness of the brew. not puckering, but really nice and smooth.

m - vinous. prickly.

o - overall, this is a brewery i've been hearing a lot about and curious...leave it to chris to advocate and just send some my way without even asking...gotta love the community. paint me impressed. really enjoying this and can't wait to try the #4 that was sent along as well.

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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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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 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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Farmer's Reserve #3 from Almanac Beer Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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