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Farmer's Reserve #4 | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in wine barrels with Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha's Hand Citrons (all from Hamada Farms).

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
285
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
48
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 285
Reviews by elNopalero:
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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light straw gold with white golden foam. It’s clear with a chill haze. There's an underlying wet hay note that sneaks across the layers of citrusy and intense lemony notes. Flavor is pleasingly tart and lightly funky with a crisp lemony citrus finish. Citron & Buddhas hand? Yum!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fat wine glass, it's a bubbly blonde bulb, with a pretty white latte foam head.

If you're in the same room when it's poured, you'll start smelling the citrus and farmhouse funk. Very nice.

In a word, excellent. As you would expect, it's very complex. Citrus gives way to some farmhouse hay notes, only to take back over, then just a faint hint of the wine and tart finish.

Eruption of biting bubbles up front, light, clean, astringent on the back end.

This is a great beer. These fruity wild one-offs can be hit or miss, but this one is a hit for me. I would definitely buy this again. Great, unique addition to any tasting night.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Another incredible entry in the Farmer's Reserve Series of beer. A hugely sour offering, but with great amounts of bright, sour lemons throughout. This is like a limoncello made into a fantastic California sour ale. Mild funk and earth character, but very sharply sour.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S - Smells like fresh lemon groves with fresh zest

T - Lemon zest with white vinegar. All o the zest makes it taste a bit like fresh lemon sorbet. There is also a light sour and lactic finish crossed with light oak that comes through near the end

M - Tart and rather dry with the lemon and the vinegar

O - Really a tart lemony and vinegary beer. Like the fresh zest presence that adds a nice fresh lemon presence.

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375ml bottle, split

"Ale aged in wine barrels with cara cara oranges, meyer lemons and buddha’s hand citrons"

Fantastic. Extremely unique and elegant. I've never tasted a beer with such a clean, pronounced lemon flavor and it was really wonderful. Lots of unique citrus flavors from the unique blend of potent cara cara's, meyer lemon and buddah's hand citrons. Unfortunately the price point is such that frequent consumption isn't feasible. This was really great.

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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 285 ratings.
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