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Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We love blackberries. Tart, sweet and complex but guarded by thorny branches, these alluring fruit have been a favorite of ours since we added them to our very first beer. This sour blonde ale is infused with loads of coastal Blackberries from Swanton Berry Farm in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernesto987 (4378) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle, nope no blackberry in here, would’ve been rated much higher if it actually has some blackberries in it. Oh well. Complete vinegar lacto bomb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gEUS (1353) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
bottle at home. Pours hazy pinkish orange with, no head. Flat. Aroma is again the lactic yoghurt scents are predominant again, greasiness of the strawberry version is present here as well. Light body, immediate lactic attack but smoother than the other version. Taste is peach yoghurt and strawberry tartness. Not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5055) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
This poured a blueish port colored red. Aroma was of freshly crushed blackberries, light vineous skin, and some light cheese. Flavor was definitely on the sour side, but not in an acedic bad way, lots of fleshy fruit, and light grape skin. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2067) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Boyle shared with Dan from HOTB. Pours a light golden orange with a light reddish hue. Aromas of cheese, sourdough, light blackberry, sour vinegar funk. Taste is sour but has a hint of berry in there. Medium body and medium high carbonation. Liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2536) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Light funky nose, with a bit of overripe dates and light berries. Peachy strawberry color, slick, with no head. Very tart initial, rhubarb, lemon, and modulates into a fair dryness. Thin body. Tartness is quite something here, but it is tasty, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Salmon pink-orange, cloudy, lace. Nose of blackberry, lemon, crackers, a touch of cream. Very tart and lemony, blackberries, some crackers and cream. Best flavor of the 3 we tried today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2190) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
375ml bottle opened up at the beginning of the Ottawa 2014 year end tasting. Dirty and hazy orange with an off white head. Fresh blackberries, grass, acidic and sour, dry, lemon rind, fairy refreshing with a moderate carbonation and body, nice finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldFur (12) - - JAN 16, 2015
Lightly people body, thin head. Nose is acid, general berriness, asprin, wheat. Flavor is overwhelming acid, asprin, berry, big citrus juice/acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1845) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Pours a hazy orange (golden) with a small white head that quickly receeds into a really small rim that leaves almost no lacing. Its robe is filled with a lot of nice bubble streams, though. Nose is of vinegar first, a little burn awaits you if you sniff too hard. Some fruits in the background but it is hard to get past the vinegar... Ah, another american sour! Taste is less sour than expected, offers some fruity vinegar. Well, it is still really puckering so I’m not sure why this first sip wasn’t too sour. Makes my mouth water heavily. Some wine. Body is medium and so is carbonation. Overall an OK american sour... Not sure why I’m rating this so low, maybe they just don’t age well at all?

P.S. It got a little better as it warmed and when I poured everything (including lees) into the glass. Not amazing but still a little better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6677) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
bottle at Moor Pat, Wiliamsville NY. light purple pink pour. medium bodied. Funky blackberry notes, tart, touch of balsamic sweetness, tart vinegar notes. white wine notes. Very nice

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