Farmer's Reserve #4 | Almanac Beer Co.

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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
Ratings:
285
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
48
For Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A

375ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed fairly classic golden yellow with a pure white head, nice lacing,

Aroma surprises with a herbal note, sage & rosemary, which I'm not aware of as possible ingredients nor is anyone else noting the same. Unripened citrus. No sour but a little mustiness. Unsweetened.

you know when half of you says it smells nasty
and the other half says I love that smell cause it's so nasty
this almost gets there

Thankfully the herbs are nowhere in the expressive flavor except in the fading end. Sharp dry citrus sour twang does not reach lip puckering level. Zero bitter, dry does all the wonderful heavy lifting and compliments the thin bodied spritzy mouthfeel.
pairs well with food
delicious
cheers
jd

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and light gold, with a thin foamy white head

S- Sour, yeasty, and smells faintly of alchohol, apple peel and lemon juice.

T- Sour, but not overly so with a huge bouquet of citrus, lemon peel, tart orange, with a sweet, crisp finish, weirdly reminiscent of a tart white wine.

M- Crisp and light, well carbonated

Overall- Not what I was expecting. The first sip is sort of dauntingly sour and then it just gets better from there. Different from most everything else in a great way.

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

again, 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...right after finishing up the #3 that was sent.

a - brew pours a very similar murky honey yellow...maybe a tad more orange than #3 was. same thin fizzy head that fizzed away quick.

s - lemons and oranges lead the way on the nose, but lots of white wine and good crisp clean citric notes (not hoppy, just citric). not nearly as sour as #3.

t - HUGE lemon slam in the face. orange and white wine is there, but more in the background. tasty beer.

m - fairly prickly carbonation.

o - overall, another nice brew, not quite as nice as #3, but different. this is the lemon version. not as sour, but just as enjoyable to drink as #3. very well done and this is definitely a brewery i'd like to try more from.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is PACKED with lemon...it's pretty ridiculous. A bunch of citrus and oranges. I have no idea what cara cara oranges are, ...or meyer lemons or buddha's hand citrons...but they smell AWESOME! Very zesty and funky with some hay aromas as well. Taste is soft at first with some saison-like spice and hay. Turns quite tart with citrus and a ton of lemons. Very citrusy and tart with some tangy flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is fantastic...especially in this 100 degree weather. So refreshing and pleasantly sour. Another successful sour from Almanac. Keep up the good work guys!

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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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