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Almanac Farmers Reserve Pluot

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (705) - - AUG 30, 2014
Hazy yellow orange. Nose is lactic, very sour stone fruit. Taste is sour stone fruit with a touch less acidity than I expected. Light crisp mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2014
375ml bottle either acquired via trade or purchased online. Huge backlog of their releases to open. Iíll start with the oldest. Pours a lively golden amber hue, lively carbonation with nice dulled glow, mellow slight haze. A cakey whitish head atop stays sizable atop, nice layer with decent stick around and lacing. Aromas show some dark fruit and peach, lemony lactic vibes, plum and pluot with touches of straw, gentle funk and bready malts. Touches of yogurt, decent sourness hits the nose with that pleasant dark fruit plum presence that seems to mute it a bit. Initial is fizzy and sour, nice apricot and plum play. The hybrid fruit is real with lemon and orange, decent lactic acidity with some gentle funk. Bread, straw, some creamy lactic yogurt elements into the middle with some deadening dark fruit, pluot play. Backend is a bit dry, sour and funky. Some decent fruit elements mix with a firmer yogurty mix still kicking. Touches of plum, faint raisin, a bit tannic. The finish is a bit slick and sour, some dryness and lingering dark fruit and sour fruit elements press on. I actually enjoy this. The pluot is a divisive fruit, but one I dig. And I also dig a sour with a dark fruit slant. Reminiscent of some of the better ones like Diamond Kings of Heaven without some depth and refinement. This is solid stuff. Nice play between middling sourness, firmer lactic elements and the unique pluot flavors (though the dark fruit and plum side definitely gives more life here than the apricot which is present but plays second fiddle). Nice. Nose could use a bit more life but the beer itself is quite enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Great sour. Blonde like their others but slightly fuller body, which is great and more depth to the aroma and flavor, both funk and fruit heavier. Definitely like this more than I thought. Acidic, fruity sourness. Yum."

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Dusty and tart aroma with fruit. Sour and plum/apricot/pluot flavor with light sweetness. Medium bodied. Sourness and light acetic notes linger with plum/apricot/pluot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle..Pour is yellowish gold with a thin white head..Nose is funk, peach, greem apple, funk..Taste is hibiscus, sweet, honey, lime, peach, plum, apricot, yogurt, funk..

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (2565) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Dark burnt orange. Hazy. Nose is light with hints of peach skin and lemonade. The taste is very distinctive. Iíve never had pluot before. The base beer again is crazy sour. So intense and just Murder on my enamel and peace of mind. Juicy honey and lime finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1634) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared by Tim and Rachel. Cloudy golden pour with a bubbly white head. Suprisingly fruity aroma of apricot, peach, plums, oak, and yeast funkiness. Flavor promotes the same qualities, tart fruit, funkiness, oak, Chardonnay characteristics with some lactic acid. Very tasty reeb.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2014
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of apricots, peach, and plum. Flavor of plum, vinous, green apple, grapefruit, and apricot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1351) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle; Pour is murky light gold, with a one fingered, fine bubbled white head into this glass. It retains spectacularly, with sticky lacing presence. The nose is candied apple, gingerbread, and dominant pluots - Itís fucking delicious. The flavor profile is mild sweet tart, moving to light citrus, with a touch of funky, moving to apple presence, pluot dominance, and light earthy oak here. Itís a touch subdued at the finish line, with a long, dry finish here. This is a nice experience, and my first attempt at an almanac sour. Hurrah.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Dark fruits, citrus, wood, and vinous qualities. Nice tart and funky finish. I really liked this one.


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