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Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 4

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged in Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha’s Hand Citrons. This tart, citrus-infused wild ale is the story of a farm. In 1921, Shotaro Hamada founded Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Today, his grandson Cliff manages 235 acres of bountiful land. Brewed with a tantalizing blend of Hamada’s winter citrus - Tart Cara Cara Oranges, sweet Meyer Lemons and fragrant Buddha’s Hand Citrons - This refreshing ale is aged in used wine barrels for over a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lemony from top to bottom, this wild brew also shows delicate brettanomyces and cereals which lead to a prevalent dryness and tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-The carbonation is prickly throughout.
-This is quenching for a Wild Ale.
-The execution on this one is very professional. Although I have to say the lemon character (added lemon, not lemony from acidity or hoppiness) is too over the top for my tastes.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3165) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle from Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours clear golden with a thin off-white. Nose is a bit plasticy and there’s a weird spice in there--coriander and cardamom maybe? Lemony on the nose, with a bit of a cleaner tinge to it. Super citrusy taste--lemons and oranges, real tart and puckering. Clean and without any of the cleaner aspects of the nose. A bit of vinegar tartness on the finish. Real soft and gentle in the mouth, with velvety carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle pours golden with nice head. Aroma is musty Brett. Taste is bright citrus with a dry tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (774) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
Gold, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: grainy malt, lemony citrus, tart notes. Flavor: tart lemony citrus, grainy malt, apricots, wine barrel is subtle, hay, herbal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a clear light orange color. Light tart, citrusy, sweet tart aroma. Tart sour citrusy sweet tart, lemony, orange. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (3764) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle share thanks to droofus. Pours a faint and cloudy yellow. Nose is full of funky and citrus. Flavor is the same. Very acidic. I feel heartburn. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Ratebeer Gallery II. Gold in color, white head. Aroma is interesting, exotic citric notes abound, citrus peel sharpness. Flavor is pretty sharp with lemon pine sol notes and a lingering astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Tried at GABF 2013 and Ratebeer Gallery II. Pours golden with chill haze. Small, white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of citrus, peaches, moderate sourness, mild brett funk. Well balanced. Taste is initially tart/sour, followed by more of a citrus and hop. Sourness does not linger too long. The brett is very complimentary and not overpowering. Finishes with a slight hint of oak and white grape. Thin bodied lively carbonation, and a relatively short finish. Overall, great beer. IMO, Almanac’s best sour. I would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear gold with some filmy, white head. Nose has some spice, some funk, pith, pepper, some vitamin C tablet. Flavor is the same, peppery, lemon, malt, pithy, spice. Balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
The flavor is a little bit more tame in terms of the citrus peel profile, and, yes, far more tart than I expected it to be. There’s an immediate sharp flavor of lemon and orange peel, as well as a juicy, sour sensation of drinking fresh squeezed, unsweetened lemonade with spices added. Notes of dried leaves, ginger, tart grapes, roses, and herbs waft to mouth, producing a sensation that is delicious and complex. The finish is a little sweeter, with notes of vanilla and grapes, as well as an everlasting aftertaste of lemons, oranges, and fresh flowers. Very well carbonated, as far as the style goes - slightly syrupy and juicy enough to serve as a strong backbone for the excessive citrus within. Very well made.

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