Farmer's Reserve #4 | Almanac Beer Co.

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Farmer's Reserve #4Farmer's Reserve #4

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 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.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an off-white, solid 2 finger foam head. Really nice light golden hue.

S - I get a ton of sour/ barnyard notes at first that seem to dissipate as the beer opens up. As it warms up slightly there is citrus all over this thing. Hard to pin down one distinct citrus but comes off as more of a mix of different types of citrus / zest. If anything the Buddha's hand is the most prevalent. On the back end I get some of the woody notes from the wine barrels (not as much wine).

T - surprisingly mild and balanced tartness. Definitely get a ton of citrus. Very similar to the scent and really lives up to what you expect on the nose.

M- nice, sharp carbonation. Almost champagne-like. Really amazing lingering mouthfeel.

O - I love a great SOUR sour beer, but this one just has a lot more balance and finesse than some of the others in this category. Unlike #3, there's no mistaking the ingredients in this beer. A very enjoyable, delicious, easy to drink and yet dristinct wild ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright orange, well carbonated, two finger head, with some lacing.

S-Some funk, grapes, oak, lots of oranges, lemon citrus notes.

T-Wow. Gread blend og funk, grapes, oak, lemon, orange and citrus. The balance of citrus and funk is amazing.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, very crisp and semi-dry.

O-Never have I tried a sour with such great citrus notes. A well made beer that I was glad to try, a wonderful extra.

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Photo of rand
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 375 mL bottle to Drie Fonteinen wine glass

A: Light straw-yellow in color, a small wispy head quickly dissipates leaving dabs lacing.

S: The nose is tart and vinegary against a dry, cracker-like backdrop. Notes of citrus and white pepper linger.

T: Tart and sour right off, sour like a lemon. And the flavors bend citrusy throughout the sip, with notes of zest and pepper keeping the palate dry. There's a bit of booze in there, and a touch of a berry-like sweetness toward the short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate. I would have guessed a lower ABV.

Tasty and refreshing...nice to see more new brewers going right after this style.

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Photo of popery
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow. Very light in color. Mild haze, but it might have just been a good pour. Small white head, somewhat rocky. Decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by spicy citrus. The citron comes through strong, and you get a heavy dose of that citrus rind flavor. It's such a sharp note that it reminds of the fresh ginger in Farmer's Reserve #2. The Cara Cara oranges come through as well with that berry-ish orange flavor. The Meyer lemon is a bit more in the background, but it's there if you look for it. The flavor just seems a tad delicate against the citron and Cara Cara. There's a definite lactic sourness in the mix, as well. Some mild funk. No real malt presence. The taste is a blend of sourness, funk and citrus. Very nice combination. There's a touch of cheesiness to the funk, particularly in the finish, but otherwise, this is the cleanest of the Farmer's Reserve series, so far. Bright, refreshing sour citrus flavor. Some more of that spicy rind flavor, but more of the Meyer and Cara Cara delicacy shines through in the taste. Lasting lemon, orange, berry finish with some firm acidic sourness. Very light malt that's kept well in the background. Mouthfeel is light and lively. This is really good stuff. It's great to see Almanac improve with this line of sours, and it's even better to see them improve within the line. I'm very much looking forward to more.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color with maybe 1/4" of white head. Lacing and retention are both good. Low amounts of carbonation are apparent.

Smell: Lots of funk and tartness on the nose immediately. Not getting a whole lot else.... maybe a touch of citrus as well. Good wild/tart scents, but noat much else complexity.

Taste: A hint of balready malt peeks out, followed by funk and tartness. Another layer of tartness comes out on the finish, which must be the lemons added. A bit more complex.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, dry and airy. Very good. Overall, nice funk and tartness character but probably needs something extra to put it over the edge. Good sour, but I definitely prefer Almanac's #3 to this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow 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 of malt and sour and tart lemon, orange, and other citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice citrus presence all around.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a clear yellow with a lingering thin (1/4") white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Lemon dominates followed by herbal and other citrus notes.

T: Tart and lemony with a slight funk. This may expand with some age.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and zingy zesty finish.

O: Oh so refreshing. Perfect for a summer day. Worth trying once.

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Farmer's Reserve #4 from Almanac Beer Co.
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