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Almanac Farmers Reserve Pluot

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RATINGS: 134   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2015
bottle at Moor Pat, Williamsville NY. really nice, sour/tart & quite acidic. plum, dark fruits, touch of apricots. very nice sour

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharmCityCrab (188) - Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Pour is a hazy pale yellow. Aroma is reminiscent of one of those sickeningly sweet wines some women like to drink in college (Donít worry, the beer tastes incredible). Thatís probably the pluot. Iíve never had a pluot. Iím just assuming. By the way, a pluot is some sort of hybrid between a plum and an apricot, in case youíre wondering (I was wondering, and I found the answer on the label). Well, if Worf could drink prune juice on Star Trek: The Next Generation and remain an intimidating warrior, I guess I can drink a beer with something derived from a plum and keep my man card (Granted, I just brought Star Trek into a beer review, so I canít pretend Iím not a geek). Wow, the taste makes up for the aroma. Look at the point deviation between aroma and taste in my review, because this is like two different beers. The taste is very sour, like the outside of a sour patch kid on steroids without the sweet middle. I love this stuff. This is my first beer in this style, so I donít really know how to rate it to style, but if you have never had a sour and you like sour things, drink it. Ignore the aroma and take a sip, youíll be glad you did. Very nice. One finds that the sour outside dominating the taste profile upfront melts into more sourness with just a hint of that pluot stuff to lighten it up a little on backend. I donít think Iíd enjoy pluot in any other style, but they used it to perfection here taste wise. If I were a brewer, I might be tempted to dump some sort of aromatic hops that donít change the taste much into this to help on the aroma end- do that and this is a 4 star beer. In fact, Iím kind of tempted to give it four stars despite the aroma, but Iím not going to, because aroma is part of the rating formula, and I want to be honest with people browsing the page. But, really, itís definitely worth it to ignore the aroma and just drink this baby.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (787) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle - light golden pour with white head. Tart nose of fruit peels. Taste is semi tart with hints of plum skins and grapes. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2015
375ml shared by Ben. Nice plum aroma. Easy and drinkable, at least for my small pour. Leans a little into the overboard US sour tones. Solid. Very pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9237) - 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 (1340) - 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 (3969) - 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 canít get more of their stuff more easily.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4298) - 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 (631) - 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
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