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Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 1

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Saison aged in wine barrels with plums, Cabernet, concord, and muscat grapes. Our first California Wild Ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet and Muscat grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms, and plums from Twin Girls Farm – all located in the fertile San Joaquin valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 Autumn harvest with farmhouse funk. Enjoy with aromatic Taleggio cheese and rich duck confit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (624) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Been holding on to this one for a while! Pours a beautiful auburn color with a chunky, 2 finger, off white head. Funky oak, raspberry, strawberry on the nose. Raspberry up front quickly followed by a wave of tartness that is very dry and crisp on the end. Medium bodied and effervescent. Worth the wait! I definitely think it may have benefited from a little less time in the bottle (fruit notes were pretty dulled) but absolutely fantastic nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcon25 (663) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2016
Bottle pour split with Andrew, big thanks for sharing, here’s to a new season, light peach color pour, aroma is full of fresh fruit and some sour funk, decent amount of carb, still has held up so well. Sour wine grape tast semisweet flavor. Such a awesome beer to be drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (2964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2016
375 mL bottle poured. Thanks to Tim for the bottle. Celebrating the beginning of baseball with this beer, which in my opinion, began a string of a sour revolution for these guys. Pours a cloudy darker orange color with a thin fizz head. Aroma is big sour red grapes, as well as a sour plum like. Flavor is intense sour grape and berry fruit. Very funky. High acidic. Surprised it has this feel a few years later. I love how dominant the grape character is. Amazing, and expected no less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2016
375ml bottle pours a clear orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose is cool, lots of fruit, peaches, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit, lightly floral, some fruit roll up. Flavor is tart with a little lemony acid, peach, nectarine, some golden raisin, light candy, currant, some Eastern European white wine. Lightly tart finish but also dry on the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7891) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours hazy/cloudy bright golden with a reviving off-white cap, some retention and lacing. spicy and cheesy berries, leathery bretts, bitter peel, spicy dill, bit of buttery barrels, lightly tannic woodsy notes, pepper. lively to average carbonation, light body - slightly watery; dry, lightly astringent, tart and tasy winey finish. good grapey tart barrel-aged concoction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours slightly hazy blond with low white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bretts, fruits, flowers, some fruity yogurt. Taste is of bretts, fruits, acid, grapes, very nice. Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Quite good. Very nice sourness. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3400) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Pours a hazy golden with some floating particles and a thin white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of funk, strawberries and smelly feet. Taste is fruity (strawberries again) and moderately tart. Body is light to medium and carbonation moderate and mouthfeel a little tannic. Overall a solid fruited sour, one of Almanac’s best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5398) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle (375 ml) shared with the Quebec crew. From Vahe, thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Oh that’s interesting! Bright plums and grapes carried by brettanomyces along white wine, must, oak and light minerality.

Taste: Grapes are dominants here, but there’s still some bright plums with brettanomyces, moderate acidity, winey notes, oak and mineral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit winey mouthfeel. Dry and grape-y finish.

Overall: Superb fruited sour with a bright grape presence, good balance, nice complexity and a barrel treatment that isn’t overwhelming but definitely add to the beer. I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is heavy on the grapes, with lots of grape must, grape juice, and light notice of the wine barrels. Flavour is complex, wild and dry, with very dry grape must, grape skins, and peaches, accentuated beautifully by the wine barrels, making this dry and biting. Quite wild, though I don’t think there is any brett or other such critters in here. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle @ home. Nice clear orangish pour with tiny lacings on top. Lots of green grapes, plums, some earthiness, apricot and some cereal. Finishes nice and dry.

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