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Almanac Farmerís Reserve 3

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Strawberries and Nectarines When summer comes to Californiaís Farmerís 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. Hereís to our California summer harvest!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4751) - Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, leather, pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, vinegar, pepper, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart apple, strawberry, nectarine, lemon zest, hay, grass, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; with a great tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance and fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Big ups to atlaggie for this one. Murky light orange color. Pungent fruity aroma that flows through to the flavor pretty well. Light fruit flavor. Touch of cherry and strawberry. Super bubbly and effervescent. Touch of sourness makes this light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
This was a delight. Thank you to Bythemises. Aroma is marvelous with lemon juice, strawberries, tart nectarine, and some barnyard funk. Pours hazy blond with lots of bubbly. Taste is nice with tart nectarine, some barnyard, underripe strawberry and slight barnyard. Taste is a little more subdued than the nose let on but it was still a joy. A little overcarbonated which was kind of distracting. All in all, one of the best sours Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours orangy, finger white head. Smell bretty, citrus, orange, fruity Taste huge tart, puckering, raspberry, big jam, fruity bouquet, grassy citrus Light body Fantastic sour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
Gold, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: grainy malt, bright nectarine with a prickly citrus, wine barrel evident. Flavor: citrus, nectarine, spicy, dusty, a grainy/husky note, light acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Nice dark straw like coulor with a little hint of red in it. Thereís a thin but resilient head of foam. The aroma is pleasant and gives away a bit of the sour that awaits. I get a bit of the nectarine as well. This starts out as a pretty typical sour but finishes with se nice sweet notes and whole the sour never goes away it also isnít overpowering. Very good and very drinkable. The wife even likes it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5294) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2013
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden/amber with a lacy, white head. Aroma of strawberry, sourness and funkiness, pale malts, and light wine and fruits. Flavor the same with a good amount strawberry. Average texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2458) - RÝros, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2013
Deep golden with a small white head - sour fruity / berry aroma - Good malt backgruond that has a light sour taste along with berries and wood - Lingering sour berry finish - This was very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Tart and strawberry nose. Blond color with white head. Tart with very natural strawberry flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Summer 2013 vintage, 375ml bottle into a HF wine glass. Despite letting it calm in the fridge for a few days it pours a hazy amber color. Strawberry blonde? A finger of lasting super sticky bone white foam. Aroma is tart and juicy. More of a generic fruit smell then individual fruits but it is fresh and amazing. That fruit blends seamlessly into white wine, musk, lemon rind, and some bready malts. Taste is tart strawberries and sour nectarine juice. Finishes dry and bready with some barrel, light spice, and funky musk. Very delicious and quenching. Mouth feel is creamy and full with a lasting lactic acid coating. This is an incredibly impressive wild ale.

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