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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1293) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Smells great! Oaky wine barrels, grapes like no tomorrow, infectiously tasty yeast. Soured fruit and cabernet barrels; refined acetic profile. A damn tasty sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1169) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1157) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Poured at Cap Brewfest. Aroma and flavor of sour, full grape, Brett, and some slight funk. Good, but nearly invisible carb, and good mouthfeel. This one is much fuller and more flavor than #1. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
At The Common Table with Jacob, Justin, and Cody. Pours hazy orange with zero head. Aroma is orange, hint spice almost a hint if cinnamon. Taste is nice funky, orange, flower peddles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (967) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Thanks Derek and Erin! Small snifter. Pours a yellow-orange with foamy white head. Good lacing. Strong aroma of wine and grapes with brett, barnyard, and other fruits. The taste was funky, wine, sour grapes and cherries, wood, and yeasts. Very refreshing, some carbonation, sour finish. Did I say funky?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Green apple, kiwi, plum, grape and hint of black pepper and lemon zest open. There are moments of wood and bread smoothness, but ultimately, the astringent tartness and acetic acid sharpness wrestles the palate to a dry and puckering finish. Full, yet at he same time light. The moderate carbonation supports the tart palate. Coating syrupy linger adds to feel. A very nice sour that thins the line between beer and wine. The bright and crisp fruit pairs well with the tart, acetic bite producing a much enjoyed ale that I hope to try again some time soon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (739) - California, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Strong aroma of blue cheese. A lot of tartness that smooths a little as it has time to breathe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (709) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Aroma is dominated by fruit - this could almost be confused very a very grape forward fruit punch. I don't get much wine barrel character in the aroma or Cabernet grapes, mostly just a fruit pinch aroma with some grape notes. Faint acidity and funk in the aroma, but it takes a backseat to the fruit. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to the edges. Faint lacing and faint legs as well. Flavor starts with a hit of acidity, but fairly clean and not as sharp as some sours. As the acidity fades you get some fruit juice but this too fades and you are left with a drying wine grape flavor along with some light oak notes. The flavor is much more grape forward in comparison to the fruit than the aroma was. There is some fruitiness from the plums though. The funk is on the low side with this beer being more lactic and fruit than Brett - not sure if this would change with age. Light bitterness an no alcohol bite. Could be a bit drier in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light and carbonation is medium. Astringency is low as is alcohol warmth. Overall I think this is the best beer I have had from Almanac since their first beer they made - the blackberry one. Good balance of fruit and acidity, though the aroma might be a bit too fruit forward. I would have like it to finish a bit drier too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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