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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Strawberries and Nectarines When summer comes to California’s Farmer’s Markets, the stands explode with mountains of mouth watering stone fruit and plump strawberries. Aged in used wine barrels for a year, this refreshing & tart wild ale was made with sweet coastal strawberries from Swanton Berry Farms and high-summer crimson baby nectarines from Blossom Bluff Farms. Here’s to our California summer harvest!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (612) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours a light peach color with a big, 3 finger, fluffy head. Gushed out of the bottle. Lots of strawberry on the nose with nectarine and orange rind. Strawberry up front with notes of nectarine, berry and wheat throughout. A wave of sourness hits hard up front and continues on throughout the sip. Very carbonated with medium body. Think I happened to get an overcarbonated bottle but it was still fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (1711) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle @ home shared with my wife. HAzy golden pour with some head. Nose is full of sweet strawberries, peach and some floral notes. Taste is light acidic, discreet sweet strawberries, stone fruits, some sweet notes and light orange. The best sour I’ve had from Almanac so far!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (6557) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours hazy pale yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. tamed citrus, juicy strawberries - never perfumey, mint, light to medium acidity - citric acid standing out, light woodsiness - oaky winey zinfandelish notes, few bitter herbs, low-fi yet appreciable microflora. bright carbonation, light body - very oily; tart citric and lightly spicy finish. very nice fruit sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erzengel (6724) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
Thanks to Rian for sharing! Nice floral nose. Fresh fruit, nice sour aroma. The beer starts tart and sourish-fresh. Smooth strawberries, yellow nectarines, fresh and deep-fruity sourness. Very great smooth-dry with hints of fruity sweetness. Fresh long and smooth aftertaste, great fresh fruits, intense, fruity, great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (2391) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Pours a pretty hazy gold color with an off white head. The smell is floral, strawberry, citrus. The taste is floral, fruity, citrus, very dry but balanced with a touch of sweetness. Light in body with effervescent carbonation. Really nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2966) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours golden with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of strawberries, citrus. Taste is of strawberries, fruits, slight acidity. Very nice. Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Overall: Quite drinkable. Very nice fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2664) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of fruits soaked in wine, strawberries and lightly sour (not too acetic). Taste is of strawberries straight up with some red wine and not too acidic (a nice change of pace for Almanac in my experience). Body is light to medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel just vinous. Overall the best Almanac beer I’ve had thus far and pretty solid. I’d drink that again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4525) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle (375 ml). Split with the Quebec crew. From cparles, thanks!

Appearance: Clear bright golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Bright but delicate strawberry presence along citrus, light wine notes and brettanomyces.

Taste: Light sweetness followed by a burst of strawberries, moderate tartness, almost no acetic presence, citrus, a touch of wine and hints of oak.

Palate: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. A tad winey mouthfeel (it’s the component where the barrel-aged treatment is the most obvious, though it’s still quite subtle). Fruity and moderately dry finish.

Overall: Superb strawberry sour beer (citrus too, but the strawberries are dominant). A lot of strawberry beer are awful with plastic/rubber notes, but there’s nothing like that in the one, just a bright strawberry presence. Acidity leven isn’t throught the roof and the barrel treatment isn’t overdone, which make it quite drinkable. Complex, delicate and tasty. I loved this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Rating #4800!: Hazy deep copper and blonde coloured body with a bit of a tan head that fades very fast. Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, raspberries, yeast, sour oak, gueuze and a bit of apple sweetness. Light-bodied; Tart start with a bit of a raspberry flavour, some light cherry and oak notes and a very smooth herbal and grassy flavour to couple with the very light malt. Aftertaste is more tart than sour and more cherry than raspberry, but with a bit of a subtle complexity, a nice finish. Overall, a good beer, but not superb nor worth searching out for - there are better beers in this style that are readily available. Nice to try, and I’m glad to have it for a rating milestone (on the hundreds). I sampled this 37,5 cL split bottle purchased from Super Jr Market (BestDamnBeer Shop) in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$10,99 sampled at home in Washington on 15-November-2014. Bottled: Summer 2013 (label), Purchased: June 2013, Sampled: November 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Hazy golden pour with a thin cream head. The nose is funkiness with strawberries but in a tart way. Very nice flavor of funk, wood, malt and light strawberry influence. Nice lasting finish as well.

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