illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours dark orangish gold. Aroma is strawberries and parmesan cheese -- weird. Flavor is strongly grapey, sweet red varieties mainly, plus some stone fruit and a strong lactic sourness that includes bleu cheese. More acid and less cheese makes this a great beer, but for now it’s just decent.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle through trade, pour looks like a cloudy apricot/marmalade with light traces of white head. Aroma of grapes, plum, mild yeast funk and some oak. Taste of grapes, big bold tannins, little bit of a yeasty funk in the finish, pretty mild on the tartness. Finishes like a wine, awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mathieuc (2064) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Errl (2015) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is yellow with a thin white head..Nose is funky cheese, grape skin, dry oak, funk, Taste is nice sweetness, plum, grape skin, dry, spice, oak..Palate is tart and funk
rxeight (1848) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mild tart and sour, some fruit. not overpowering like some of the more obnoxious sours. very tasty and drinkable. not the biggest sour fan but enjoyed this one. One of the best sours I’ve tried.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite plummy in the nose, reminds me of my childhood summers when my grandmother would bring home fresh plums from the flea market. Lightly tart, with a definitely plum-dominant flavor, though hints of grape do linger. Not particularly musty/farmhouse, but a very good American fruit sour.
popery (1627) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium amber, a glowy brown-ish orange. Somewhat cloudy. The head is small to medium and slightly yellowed white. Fine foam. Most of the head dissipates after a minute, but there’s a nice blanket left over. Some lacing. The aroma has a very nice fruit flavor, and you can really pick out the grape varieties and plums. It’s juicy and sweet with a refined, musty fruit skin edge. The wine barrel adds a deeper fruit and oak flavor. Quite a nice combination. My only complaint is that there seems to be a touch of butter in there, though that will probably fade away with time and I seem to be more sensitive than most about such things. The taste starts with that sweet, juicy fruit (and the touch of butter) before it gets tarter and oakier. The finish is dry and packs a good tart bite. Medium sour. Lots of fruit. Very good after a hot day. Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and some nice pucker. Mild to medium tannic from the barrel. I’ve liked both of these Farmer’s Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. It’s great to see Almanac put out some better stuff, particularly sours, which seems like a natural area for them (and the sour version of their first beer was excellent). I’m definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmer’s Reserves.
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice sour saison. Good saison foundation, but would like a bit more spice to come through. The sourness has a nice profile: puckeringly tart at first, and then fading to a nice fruitiness. Low carbonation. Overall, a nice California take on this style!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/15/13 notes: Almanac Farm to Barrel Farmer’s Reserve: Nose is beautiful brett, cherry, mulberry, really clean acidity, elegant clear orange with a white head. Flavor is lemon, bretty must, orange peel, back end vanilla and black cherry. Touch of apple cider vinegar in finish, dry. This is a winner, beyond the maturity of most American sours. A great accomplishment.
deekyn (1364) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 A - pours nice rich unfiltered apple juice with low fine bubbled straw head with nice retention and great lacing. S - nice grapey and saison aromas. Subtle funk, saison yeasts, honey, muscat and simple white grapes, oak tannins, light fresh grass, sweet. M - light medium body,quiet bitter notes, sweet palate, lighting flavorful funky end. Amazing. Round and crisp. Fresh. Very drinkable, complex and subtle. T - tast follows the nose. Light subtle sweet muscat grapes and light sweet cab notes up front. Saison yeasts, light sweet dry grasses, barnyard funk on the palate. Hints of the oak, the wine barrels. Lingering light funk, sweet wine and over ripe grapes. O - amazing and subtle, sour, sweet, funky, dry.