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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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(375ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lemon, herbs, stone fruit, mustiness, and florals. Flavor of lemon, vinous, persimmon, stone fruit, brett, and ginger with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2010) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours a murky darkened shade of yellow, not quite orange. I think most of the murkiness is from sediment, so that might vary be a bit based on pour and bottle handling. It settles out to merely cloudy after a minute. Fizzy medium head. Dissipates to not much after a minute. Looks like a sour. Aroma is mostly a tart lemony note and white wine barrel flavors, though there is definitely some fruitiness. I like persimmons, and knowing theyíre in the beer, I can pick them out, but itís not exactly a descriptor that I jump to naturally. Mild and fresh ginger aroma. Happy to find that it doesnít smell like a bad pumpkin pie. That bright, spicy ginger note is actually quite nice and much different than the ubiquitous ginger powder flavor of so many holiday ales. The white wine barrel contributes oak and a bright vinous flavor. Lots of fresh notes in the beer. This is one that lives up to their Farm To Barrel branding. The taste starts with firm acidity. Lots of fruitiness and oak through the middle, and the finish cleans things up with a zesty ginger bite. Thereís a little muddiness of flavor right as things tail off, but itís no big deal. Quite dry. Seems drier and tarter than my keg samples during SFBW, so thatís a nice surprise. Fizzy feel. Good pucker. Mild oak tannic quality. This is a very good sour. Iíve been pretty dubious of Almanac for awhile, but they seem to be taking steps in the right direction, and thatís great to see. More wine barrel sours, please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1850) - California, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a cloudy golden color. Mild tartness and crispness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours a translucent, straw yellow. Nose immediately suggests sourness, but also has some floral aspects. Flavor is fruity, sour, and refreshing. I feel like there is a slight bourbon component to this beer as well. Really complex and interesting beer that Iím not doing justice to with my review. I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Cloudy straw pour with a white head. Really heavy on the lemon tartness. A bit of peach, persimmon, mild pumpkin, and light vegetal funk. Some grass, oak, and light must. The flavor has a nice sourness to it. Persimmon, lemon, and a hint of green apple. Kind of a mineral quality to it, grass, oak, and a slight mustiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23333) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ Starbelly, San Francisco, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity sour woody aroma with hints of pumpkin. Fruity malty sour woody tart flavor. Has a fruity malty sour tart woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Deep yellow cloudy pour with some fizz, and a sparkling wine mouthfeel. Sour and tart, but not lip-puckering so. Base notes are more fruit oriented to me; not sure if I'm picking up the pumpkin. I'm by no means an expert in this style, but would say it's one of the better ones I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Sour and light acetic aroma with fall fruit, spice, and light lemon. Sour and light acetic flavor with light spice and apple/pear. Medium bodied. Sour and acetic notes linger with light spice, apple/pear, and light earthiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at Incanto in San Francisco. I have been trying to push myself into the realm of sours to expand my horizons, but very few leave me impressed. This may be the best one I've had to date. And considering it was $18 for a 12 oz. bottle at this restaurant, I am relieved it was a worthwhile experience. When in Rome...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6947) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Tap. Cloudy as hell, unlike the bottle. Yeast heads rejoice. Medium creamy yellow beige head that almost looks like dirty sea foam. Aroma is funk, yeast, lemon. Flavor the same, light sweet with some unidebtifiable fruit, medium tart. Medium body, almost chalky mouthfeel. Decent, but i bet the bottle its better.

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