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Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoostIPA (1216) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
375ml bottle via trade. Pours a hazed dark pink/orange with a scant head. Aromas of seedy blackberry yogurt and jam, although no sweetness detected in the nose. Taste is a mix of tart and semi sweet blackberries/non-script berries straight from the vine. Pretty fucken great. Did I mention seedy? Like a mix of unripened and ripe blackberries were mixed in a blender with Greek yogurt. Seriously seedy and floral. Great. Mid-mouth we have a lactic tartness which produces a pronounced pucker. The finish is semi dry, tart and full of berries. This is a worlds class beer and miles ahead of the dog patch entries from almanac. Kudos.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a reddish/orangish/pinkish tinged with a smaller sized head. Blueberries, blackberries, citrus, some earthiness, and some funkiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2574) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Murky reddish-pink body, thin white head, minimal lacing. Intense blackberry, strawberry, vinous notes, lactic, must. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, assertive acidity, sharp finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Light cloudy pink with a small pale head. Aroma is sour funk, berries, rhubarb. Tart on the palate, medium bodied, berry sweetness on the finish. Taste is berries, rhubarb, sour candy. Very tasty

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1288) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Blake! Pour is hazy grapefruit-juice-looking with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma is funky, tart, basement smells, and light fruit. Flavor is very very tart with light berry and light red wine. I like the tartness of this but it does not have a lot of depth. Fortunately, the flavor it has is great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Shared at July 1st Sunday. Wow this series is sour stuff. Like this version better than the Strawberry as the Blackberry shines a lot brighter. Super tart, juicy blackberries, some funk, crisp biscuity. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1867) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Amber pour with a small fizzy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like overripe blackberries, red wine, and lemons. Tastes like sweet blackberries at first then quickly turns very sour and tart. Some vinegar and red wine too. Very nice sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of Tart blackberries, sour lemon, white grapes, and vinous notes. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of blackberries. The finish has heavy sour lemon and sour white grapes. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think this the sour Almanac I like best.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1166) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft. Hazy pinkish peach hue. Lightly fruity and slightly funky aroma. Lots of fresh berry. Taste is bright, fresh tart blackberry, funky and slightly puckering. Not overly sweet. Refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3473) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
375mL bottle from Plumpjack. Hazy pink-orange color with a small bubbly white head. Big acetic and vinous fruit aroma. Blackberry and funk. Very tart and acetic flavor, sharp and crisp with blackberry and barrel notes. Nice mouthfeel, really biting and acidic with lively carbonation. Another great one from the Almanac guys.


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