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RATINGS: 63   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (515) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours amber with a thin white head. Sour/acidic, grapes, plum, oak, a little sweet at the finish. Not as intensely sour as some other sours which makes it very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (2930) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a small off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is tart, cherry, lemon, fruit, touch of hay. Flavor is the same, with a bit of red wine. Light sweet and light plus tartness leading to a dry finish. Just a bit of woody astringence from the barrel treatment. Medium body, champagne-like mouthfeel. Quite the nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3071) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12 0z Bottle. Pours hazy copper with light to medium bubbly head. Taste and smell of Grape bubblicious, plum, sweet tart, big concord and muscat skinnage, lavender, sour cherry, basement funk. Light to medium body. Great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1115) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (3892) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle via trade. Poured a tea brown body under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma was tart and loaded with sour acidity, grapes, white wine, funk, medium bodied with average carbonation and a long lingering sour sour finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sour and funky with notes of white wine, grapes, lemon, oak. This is one great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a paper thin white head. Aroma of funk, oak and grapes. Taste is tart sour grapes, funk and oak. Citrus in the finish. Really solid sour

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
On draft at the 2013 SF beer week opening celebration. It pours a pale yellow/orange with an off white head. The aroma is grapefruit sour, mild musty hay funk. Peachy with hint of white vinegar. The flavor is clean grapefruit sour with hints of pepper and white vinegar. A little hay, but mostly clean grapefruit, sour tart goodness. Yummers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Capped 375 from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very hazy orange with traces of a white head. Aroma is sour mixed fruits. Quite sour! Med body. Mildly fizzy carb. Flavor is sour and vinous. Also non-dark pitted fruit. Could be peach or plum. This is quite sour, but not so sour it destroys the mouth. Finishes like grapes and unripe plum skins. Some oak astringent is discernible at the very end. Quite tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1073) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
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.


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