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Almanac Farmerís Reserve 2

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This barrel-aged ale is a celebration of the California autumn harvest. Brewed with heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay, crisp Fuyu persimmons from Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley and fresh ginger from the Santa Clara Valley, then aged for over a year in white wine barrels to create a deliciously complex wild ale. Enjoy with delicate white fish and roasted squash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7470) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2013
375ml bottle pours a hazy gold with some creamy, lacing white head. Nose is very interesting, there is some distinct pickled ginger, white grape, grass, lemon peel, some spice, herbal, some lychee. Flavor is nice too, well blended, some acetic acid, pickled ginger, some vitamin c tablet, some herbs, lime pulp, white grape. The earthy pumpkin/squash that is hinted at in the nose is lost in the flavor. Still tastes nice though. Acetiic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2013
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden/amber with a lacy, white head. Aroma of tartness and funky notes, some light fruits and pumpkins and ginger, some malts, and light oak/wine notes. Flavor the same with a great sourness and blend of the fruits. Average texture. A good wild ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Golden-straw color, tons of white lace. Funky, citrus, tons of Brett. Lemon-lime tries to dominate the palate, yet can't cover up the funk. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
THought it might be better than other pumpkin ales but it is a duckin train wreck, waaay too much spice and then sourness, which is totally unnecessary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with small white head. The aroma is mango and strong funk. Light sour fruit and tartness, easy to drink really easy to drink. Very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Still canít really find the pumpkins, but this one is definitely fruity and refreshing. The wine barrel aging does this beer a whole lot of complexity, Overall, I find this to be a great beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated and lip smacking from the fruit and tartness. Drinkability is high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a medium white head. The aroma has some sour citrus notes...fresh orange, grapefruit, rind and lemon...just a hint of ginger and white wine. The flavor is sour up front with acidic fruits...lemony...some white wine and a faint touch of ginger...slight earthiness. The mouthfeel is light and lively and finished sour and dry yet lingering to earthy and almost vanilla. Fascinating and really tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2013
375 ml bottle from breaks808. Been holding this one (hell, the whole series really) for awhile and admittedly is the one Iím the most skeptical of. Oh well. Pours a near transparent golden orange hue, bubbly and well carbonated pour. A looser frothy bright white head stays as a mellow layer, laces small and sticks around as a thicker ring as time passes. A decent darker glow, the lack of any real haze makes it stand out more. Aromas show a melange of sour fruit, the white wine barrel providing white grape, melon, and citrus, the persimmon showing some acidity and the pumpkin giving and earthy type appeal. Touches of spice, gentle funk and more oaky life, the barrel showing some complexity, come into play. Nice, a bit more gentle, still a nice fruit showing. Initial is a bit tart and lactic up front, moving quickly to a more gentle sour appeal. Some persimmon, gentle citrus and decent sourness. A firmer fruit presence shows some melon, some honeysuckle, and mellow tangerine elements. Subtle persimmon, middle moves onto a nice tartness, earthy pumpkin and squash feel, that touch of ginger incorporating fairly well as we move on. Decent oak, tannic feel, white wine spritzy quality is fruity, dry. Overall, a fairly light body. Lotta honeydew, sweeter slanted white grape as we move on. Some spiciness, decent lactic yogurty feel and fairly oak forward element, but more of a decent to more mellow sour appeal as we press on. Spicy ginger, vanilla, and oak, touches of more buttery and oak forward white wine as we finish up, decent to mellow sourness still kinda sticks at that level. This beer certainly shows balance and a more subtle nature than the previous offering (#1), some nice play between elements Iíd never expect to work together. However, it is a bit subtle at times, showing more white wine and play between that ginger, gentle funk, and richer oak presence at times. Solid beer. A much more masterly created balance here but I really think #1 expresses itself just much better with more assertive flavors and sourness. That said, finish is the strength in this one for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with light to medium head, didnít last much or leave behind any lacing on the glass. Aromas are a little weird with that earthy pumpkin and persimmon tannin flavor, other scents of lemon funk, oak, and white vino. Flavor is more up my alley with citrus fruits, skins, and a ginger/pumpkin finish. Very subtle on the persimmon and pumpkin notes as far as taste goes. Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Thanks for sending me this Mike. Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
A weird, somewhat savory note in the aroma, presumably pumpkin. Light ginger element, mostly just a mediumish American sour ale with a high lactic presence. Good stuff, not close to #1 though.

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