Bule (2239) - California, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Strong aroma of blue cheese. A lot of tartness that smooths a little as it has time to breathe.
ineedbeer (2230) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Aroma is dominated by fruit - this could almost be confused very a very grape forward fruit punch. I don't get much wine barrel character in the aroma or Cabernet grapes, mostly just a fruit pinch aroma with some grape notes. Faint acidity and funk in the aroma, but it takes a backseat to the fruit.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to the edges. Faint lacing and faint legs as well.
Flavor starts with a hit of acidity, but fairly clean and not as sharp as some sours. As the acidity fades you get some fruit juice but this too fades and you are left with a drying wine grape flavor along with some light oak notes. The flavor is much more grape forward in comparison to the fruit than the aroma was. There is some fruitiness from the plums though. The funk is on the low side with this beer being more lactic and fruit than Brett - not sure if this would change with age. Light bitterness an no alcohol bite. Could be a bit drier in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium light and carbonation is medium. Astringency is low as is alcohol warmth.
Overall I think this is the best beer I have had from Almanac since their first beer they made - the blackberry one. Good balance of fruit and acidity, though the aroma might be a bit too fruit forward. I would have like it to finish a bit drier too.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Quite plummy in the nose, reminds me of my childhood summers when my grandmother would bring home fresh plums from the flea market. Lightly tart, with a definitely plum-dominant flavor, though hints of grape do linger. Not particularly musty/farmhouse, but a very good American fruit sour. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours medium amber, a glowy brown-ish orange. Somewhat cloudy. The head is small to medium and slightly yellowed white. Fine foam. Most of the head dissipates after a minute, but there’s a nice blanket left over. Some lacing. The aroma has a very nice fruit flavor, and you can really pick out the grape varieties and plums. It’s juicy and sweet with a refined, musty fruit skin edge. The wine barrel adds a deeper fruit and oak flavor. Quite a nice combination. My only complaint is that there seems to be a touch of butter in there, though that will probably fade away with time and I seem to be more sensitive than most about such things. The taste starts with that sweet, juicy fruit (and the touch of butter) before it gets tarter and oakier. The finish is dry and packs a good tart bite. Medium sour. Lots of fruit. Very good after a hot day. Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and some nice pucker. Mild to medium tannic from the barrel. I’ve liked both of these Farmer’s Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. It’s great to see Almanac put out some better stuff, particularly sours, which seems like a natural area for them (and the sour version of their first beer was excellent). I’m definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmer’s Reserves. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle through trade, pour looks like a cloudy apricot/marmalade with light traces of white head. Aroma of grapes, plum, mild yeast funk and some oak. Taste of grapes, big bold tannins, little bit of a yeasty funk in the finish, pretty mild on the tartness. Finishes like a wine, awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Very nice sour saison. Good saison foundation, but would like a bit more spice to come through. The sourness has a nice profile: puckeringly tart at first, and then fading to a nice fruitiness. Low carbonation. Overall, a nice California take on this style!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3/15/13 notes: Almanac Farm to Barrel Farmer’s Reserve: Nose is beautiful brett, cherry, mulberry, really clean acidity, elegant clear orange with a white head. Flavor is lemon, bretty must, orange peel, back end vanilla and black cherry. Touch of apple cider vinegar in finish, dry. This is a winner, beyond the maturity of most American sours. A great accomplishment. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Thanks Derek and Erin! Small snifter. Pours a yellow-orange with foamy white head. Good lacing. Strong aroma of wine and grapes with brett, barnyard, and other fruits. The taste was funky, wine, sour grapes and cherries, wood, and yeasts. Very refreshing, some carbonation, sour finish. Did I say funky? deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 A - pours nice rich unfiltered apple juice with low fine bubbled straw head with nice retention and great lacing. S - nice grapey and saison aromas. Subtle funk, saison yeasts, honey, muscat and simple white grapes, oak tannins, light fresh grass, sweet. M - light medium body,quiet bitter notes, sweet palate, lighting flavorful funky end. Amazing. Round and crisp. Fresh. Very drinkable, complex and subtle. T - tast follows the nose. Light subtle sweet muscat grapes and light sweet cab notes up front. Saison yeasts, light sweet dry grasses, barnyard funk on the palate. Hints of the oak, the wine barrels. Lingering light funk, sweet wine and over ripe grapes. O - amazing and subtle, sour, sweet, funky, dry. brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Smells great! Oaky wine barrels, grapes like no tomorrow, infectiously tasty yeast. Soured fruit and cabernet barrels; refined acetic profile. A damn tasty sour.