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RATINGS: 70   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 Ė 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Draft release for SF Beer Week.. Solid. More sweet red fruit nuances then the Reserve #2. Tart red fruit, likely influence if the Pinot Noir barrel. I think it might be a bit fuller bodied then #2 also. A solid release from Almanac. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

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   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle at home with my wife courtesy of Felipe. Big thanks for this one man! Pour is hazy, bright orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated and great lacing. Big funky aroma - cheesy, waxy, cat urine - lemon peel, lactic acid, a hint of vanilla, wood, and grapefruit juice. Taste is funky, basement, lemon zest, pears, green apples, white wine, oak, somewhat musty, a hint of cinnamon, and cranberries with a big sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Very gueuze-like and acetic, although, not overly sour. Nice beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5458) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Adam (burg). Thanks man. Pours a hazy murky orange creme body with light fizzy white lacing. Aroma at first seems fecal, but then turns straight to 5 year aged Gouda - super cheesy. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of tart fruit, cheese, light sour funk.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
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 thereís 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. Itís 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. Iíve liked both of these Farmerís Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. Itís 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). Iím definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmerís Reserves.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1276) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle. Deep orange with a small short lived head providing a little lacing. Nose has grapes, berries, musty earthy funk and some oak. Taste is mildly sweet followed by strong sourness. Flavor is lots of grape with grape and plum skins, red wine, lactic sourness, tannins. Reminiscent of rose champagne. Carbonation is prickly and drying. Light in the mouth. Excellent.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Yellow-orange pour with a white head. The aroma is pure funk. I get a lot of blue cheese notes as well as some lemons and oranges. The flavor is more tart than funky. I get some lemon and orange notes, as well as some Belgian yeast. There is also some funk in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice sour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, aroma brings notes of grape juice, white grape skins, hints of oak, tannins, touch of white fruits with apricot, hints of cracker and biscuit, nice lactic note as well with a hint of spice. Taste is a mix of nice lactic lemon, hints of oak, biscuit, bread, nice spice, touch of tannins, lots of nice white grape, some slight red grape as well, finishing lactic, tart and fairly bitter.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle thansk to bytemesis. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of muscat, funk, aged cheese, oak, cabernet wine barrel, plum and light lemon. Lighter medium body.


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