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Almanac Farmerís Reserve Pluot

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (402) - USA - FEB 6, 2016
Excited to try this, but hesitant to take this too fast, I peel the cap, and watch as the cascading gold fills the glass; a cloud of soft, dense foam rising slowly with my slightly aggressive pour. I take my time with a photo of the bottle and snifter; the aroma rising steadily from the glass and caressing my olfactory senses teases my taste buds before I can even bring the beer to my lips. - The crisp aroma is loaded with oak, biting my nostrils with tart black plums, a mouth-watering hint of spiced sweet dough underneath and honey, almost undecipherable, but there nonetheless. Itís an amazing combination in the aroma, and carries over into the flavor beautifully. - Though the beer is sour, the first swallow is the only one that really delivers a punch. The cool liquid bites at the soft flesh underneath and the tip and sides of my tongue, leaving a clean, dry finish as I swallow. The bite mellows swiftly, each subsequent quaff seems merely delightfully tangy. A nicely balanced experience, flavorful and tasty, but less excitement than Iíd enjoyed with other brews in this series. - My suggestions for this include drinking it cold and drinking it fairly quickly. The carbonation is quick to recede and itís not nearly as enjoyable a few degrees warmer than about 47. The wine barrels take over and the flavor and bouquet become a bit flat. Quite enjoyable if you donít take your time with it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3268) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Shared 12.7 oz. bottle poured to small snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a decent layer of white head foam that quickly reduced to a bubbly film, a persistent ring, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was past tart to outright sour, with subtle yeast, fruitiness as some lemony citrus, and pit fruit as apricot/peach. Light to medium bodied, with good spritz to the carbonation, the flavor continued the esters, showed dryness, some vinous nature, oaky tannins, and a lingering, puckering astringency. Assertively but pleasantly awakened the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle (375 ml). Shared at tasting. Slightly hazy golden with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is citrus forward (mostly peaches, but also lemon) along winey notes, a light herbal touch. Interesting, but a bit one-dimensional. Taste is moderately acidic and citrus forward too, but the wine barrel-aging doesnít show up much here other than through an oaky presence. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Citrusy finish. Tasty, rather easy drinking but quite simple brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1403) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2015
honey yellow with white foam. Aroma tart, hops, raisins. Tastes vinegar sour, umeboshi plums. Sorta one note here. Clean kettle sour. Some acidic wine feel but leaves me wanting more funk and more soft buttery wine aspects to soften the sharp sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is fresh sourdough, apricot preserves, light funk, doughy biscuit malt, lemongrass, and a hint of white pepper. Flavor is much more vinous than the aroma let on. Juicy, rounded, and sweet with notes of golden raisin, overripe peach, plum skins, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Overall body is moderate to full, with a balanced sweetness, and a tart, drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garry_Evans (66) - HONG KONG - SEP 27, 2015
Draft at the Ginger Man NY. Never heard of pluots before but I can imagine what they taste like after drinking this. Highly original beer, aroma of sour plums, mown grass, sour mash. Taste is very sour but with nuances of plum, apricot, lemon. Well made. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle shared. Hazy gold orange pour with thin white head. Aroma is really fruity, tons of apricot, light lemony notes, mild funk, light leather, winey aromas, nice complexity. Taste is tart, nice strawberry flavor, light apricot, lots of oak. Palate is med bodied with light-med carbonation. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neurbob (103) - Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle to glass. Cloudy straw color, tiny white head. Highly carbonated but diminishes quickly. Cider-like fruit aroma, mild funk, yeast, trace wood . Sweet-Tart flavor, sour is very tolerable, very drinkable overall. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle to taster Plum, apricot, a little booze, apple cider, red bell pepper. Cloudy, amber tinged yellow with athin white ringed head. Lemon, apricot, plum; pretty muted acidity for a farm to barrel beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3906) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2015
350ml bottle. Pours a hazed golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, barrel, fruit and acidity. Sweet plum and apricot notes. Fleshy and juicy. Flavor is sweet and fruity with medium sour notes. Some funk and wood notes as well. Mild oak notes with creeping acidity towards the finish. Very nice.


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