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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2777) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de Pours hazy golden with a small frothy and fizzy white head that doesnít leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour, fruity and tiny funky with wheat crackers, ripe peaches, lemon juice, moist hay, buttery wood, dry soil, brandy, cobwebs, unflavoured doogh, lemon zest and hints of white raisins. Taste is very sour, slightly salty, slightly fruity and tiny funky with sourdough crackers, lemon juice, lime juice, yuzu juice, unflavoured doogh, peaches, unripe apricots, moist buttery wood, moist hay, dry soil, barnyard, lime zest, lemon zest, unripe white grapes and hints of brandy. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, tart, mouth-puckering and light bodied. Finish is sour, tiny salty, fruity and tiny funky with sourdough crackers, lemon juice, lime juice, ripe peaches, moist hay, moist wood, white grapes, dry soil, unflavoured doogh and hints of barnyard, lemon zest and brandy. The first taste was really a citric punch in the face but as you get used to the acidity a nicely complex brandy inspired fruit sour is revealed. DeliciousÖ

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1012) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle shared with Edgar and Brian. Snifters. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange copper with a thin head. No lacing. Aroma is a mix of peaches, apricots, pears, apples, and white wine barrel. The taste is tart peaches, apricots, and pears along with fermented green grapes. Not overly tart, slightly sweet. The barrel is fairly light flavored but the overall beer is very good. The fruits were so fresh tasting. Light carb, tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1858) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle: Hazy golden-yellow with an off-white head that fizzles quickly away into a thin collar. Sour peach & apricot aroma with some more of that vinous white grape that seems to show up in all of these Almanac sours so far. I would assume itís because of the same barrels being used, however this one is in brandy barrels. Wet oak, mild lacto funk & tartness with a touch of peach ring sweetness on the back-end. Nice peach & citrus flavor, tart up front then crescendoing into a mild sweetness. Slight lemon-like acidity with a bit of dry, musty wood towards the finish, again ending with a small kiss of white wine grapes. Sharp mouth feel, although thereís a very mild creaminess to it as well. A nice sour ale, though I donít get any brandy barrel, mostly just white wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Pours a medium copper color with a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is layered with funky wet barrel, some earthy peach and round warm booziness. On the palate it follows the palate nicely but with delicate balance of fruit and booze. Ripe peach flesh, tart vinous acidity and a soft warming booze that dries out the finish and leaves some nuanced peach and wet barrel mustiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at home with the wife. Pour is clear golden with a big white head and minimal lacing. Juicy fruit notes - peach skin, apricots, pineapple and papaya - some oak, lemon zest, and a touch of spice. Taste is apricot juice, tannins, light wood, white wine, grape must, lacto, and tropical fruits with a light tart finish. Light body with high carbonation. Super fruit forward and refreshing. Nice summer beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Pale yellow with a white head. Aroma is peach, apricot, brandy, hint of sour funk. Medium-full bodied, fruity on the palate with a nice tartness on the finish. Taste is peach, tart peach candy, hints of other stone fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2014, courtesy of craftycarl21, thank you sir! Slightly hazy yellow color, thick white head with god retention and solid lacing. Nice peach and lemon aroma. Taste is softly sour stone fruit. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Almanac is excelling at brewing approachable, highly drinkable yet complex sours. Done very very well. The brandy is actually pretty tame under the the waves of funk and peach. Medium tartness with some back end twang. 7% seems just right. Again."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2091) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
375ml bottle shared by Dan P. Poured a slightly hazy light orange color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of funk, sour lemon, tart peach, and brandy. Taste mimics the nose with a Splenda aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2606) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Slight cloudy dark orange. No head. Nose is sweet wine like with Tang juice and a touch of apricot. Taste is quite nice. I like brandy. Itís sweet and fruity. Juicy fruit with peaches and that wine like oaky finish. Brandy certainly cuts through the acidity. Itís really nice and memorable


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