Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 1

 
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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison aged in wine barrels with plums, Cabernet, concord, and muscat grapes. Our first California Wild Ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet and Muscat grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms, and plums from Twin Girls Farm – all located in the fertile San Joaquin valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 Autumn harvest with farmhouse funk. Enjoy with aromatic Taleggio cheese and rich duck confit.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle. Thanks Jack. Pours purplish brown with a small spritzy white head. Nose is funky and plummy, with some light grape and oak. Flavor is similar, clean, spritzy sour, light dark fruit and oak. Slick finish. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle at home with my wife courtesy of Felipe. Big thanks for this one man! Pour is hazy, bright orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated and great lacing. Big funky aroma - cheesy, waxy, cat urine - lemon peel, lactic acid, a hint of vanilla, wood, and grapefruit juice. Taste is funky, basement, lemon zest, pears, green apples, white wine, oak, somewhat musty, a hint of cinnamon, and cranberries with a big sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Very gueuze-like and acetic, although, not overly sour. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this has a lightly tart, sour character. There is some cheesiness, here, too. Later on, there is a bit of a floral bouquet. Imagine a stinky cheesemonger hawking his wares in a funeral parlor, where the mortician accidentally spilled some embalming fluid. Mildly hazy dark golden-orange body with a medium, strong, white head that leaves great lacing. Starts with some mild to moderate tartness, which isn’t obnoxious at all. A little vinous. Light cheesy funk comes through in the middle. Finishes with a slight citric lemon accidity. Good mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3630) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Pours a hazy golden with some floating particles and a thin white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of funk, strawberries and smelly feet. Taste is fruity (strawberries again) and moderately tart. Body is light to medium and carbonation moderate and mouthfeel a little tannic. Overall a solid fruited sour, one of Almanac’s best.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3551) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle shared by Tony. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Vinous aromas. Berry and white grape highlights with woody vinous low lights. Good mouthfeel and body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Pours a hazy amber color with a small fizzy head that fades to thin ring. Aroma has lots of red wine and brett with some flowers. Tastes like red wine, grape juice, and brett barnyard funk. Strong sourness is a bit more than I like but still pretty solid overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours slightly hazy blond with low white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bretts, fruits, flowers, some fruity yogurt. Taste is of bretts, fruits, acid, grapes, very nice. Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Quite good. Very nice sourness. Awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours hazy apricot with a low frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, green apples, green grapes, garden branch, dew grass. Taste is fruity and quite sour with slight farmhouse notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very dry and crisp with medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (3375) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2016
375 mL bottle poured. Thanks to Tim for the bottle. Celebrating the beginning of baseball with this beer, which in my opinion, began a string of a sour revolution for these guys. Pours a cloudy darker orange color with a thin fizz head. Aroma is big sour red grapes, as well as a sour plum like. Flavor is intense sour grape and berry fruit. Very funky. High acidic. Surprised it has this feel a few years later. I love how dominant the grape character is. Amazing, and expected no less.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (3275) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a paper thin white head. Aroma of funk, oak and grapes. Taste is tart sour grapes, funk and oak. Citrus in the finish. Really solid sour


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