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Almanac Farmers Reserve Pluot

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Pluots are some of our favorite fruits. Created by cross-breeding apricots and plums, there are dozens of varieties with an amazing range of color and flavor. All through the summer, Blossom Bluff Orchards picks each variety at its peak: Dapple Dandy, Honey Punch, Flavor Queen, Black Kat & Dapple Jack were all added to a sour blonde ale and aged in wine barrels to create this funky oak-aged brew.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Lovely drinking sour. Middling mouthfeel. Little unusual colour. Tasty though not the absolute best almanac I have had.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1302) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
330 ml bottle at home. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a small steady head. Aroma of subtle apricot and lots of yoghurt and lactic bacteria. Light body with an immediate greasy effect; turning the vivid characteristics into one dull composition. Taste is somewhat akward; I get some plum character, but especially an overload of thick gresy yoghurt. Strange beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 late 2013/early 2014 375mL drunk Summer 2014
Pour is a fantastically pleasing light pink-violet, with high clarity and a light beige head that is medium-sized and well-retained. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Bright, tart, jubilant plum notes combine with soft brett tartness and just a hint of oak tannin to form a very enticing, highly aromatic nose. Nothing here is overdone yet the pluots are at the forefront. Some phenolics round out the finish, adding black pepper and more dryness while there is no hint of alcohol or flaw.
The flavor is just as cohesive and delightful as the nose, producing a bit of vanilla-like barrel character up front which quickly dries in to both sour, lactic and tart, acidic pluot flavors. Medium to light bodied but not thin, with a soft, expansive texture and lip smacking tartness on the end, replete with a soft, almost chalky-like pluot sweetness for balance. I do see where the "astringent/grainy" comments are coming from, but for me it straddles the line perfectly and the relative cracker-like malt dryness alllows the other flavors to be showcased, while keeping the beer light, bright and drinkable. Glad I have another bottle! Not glad that I can’t get more of their stuff more easily.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4112) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Poured a cloudy golden color with aromas of tart fruit, apricots, light plum, soft wine and some light funk. Flavors are tart fruit light oak some light apricots, juicy and nice sourness. Solid and quite enjoyable liked this a lot.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (618) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Shared bottle to tekus. Clean orange yellow. Thin ring. Lots of delicious fruit flavor and a puckering finish. Biting carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
[6834-20141009] 375mL bottle. Sourdough yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, pale yellow orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sour lemony yeast flavour. Medium body. Tasty. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle... Pours cloudy and golden with a brief, white head. The aroma is bready, yeasty and fruity – pluots and other stone fruits - with a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is fruity, super-tart and bright. Finishes bready, moderately tart and very lightly bitter. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3006) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle - Pours hazy golden with a thin off-white head. Nose isn’t pungent--there’s light fruitiness, lemon, plum skin, stone fruit--and a little plastic. Taste is fairly tart, plum, lemon, stone fruit, with a dry mineral base. Well-carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1504) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Slightly hazy light orange with a good creamy white head. Aroma is brett funk, plum, orange juice, apricot. Medium-light bodied with an intense tartness on the palate and a fruity dry finish. Taste is sour plum, orange peel, apricot, gooseberry, tangerine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5329) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2014
375ml bottle pours a hazy, straw gold with a ring of cloudy, white head. Nose has sour notes, fruity too, kumquat, grassy, white peach, unripened plum. Flavor is sweet, very fruity, white grape, white peach, kumquat, lemon, blood orange. Tart, refreshing finish.


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