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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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3.9
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
375mL from Blue Palms, Hollywood. Clear sparkling gold to orange. Medium fizzing white foam. Actually nice lacing. Cheesy, pretty funky bleu cheese nose like some Berliner Weisses. Taste is fresh and tangy RR Temptation style. Bright white wine and refreshing tart green apple and unripe nectarine. Lactic, refreshing. Great, long leathery finish. Similar to Temptation. No acetic.

3.9
DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Green apple, kiwi, plum, grape and hint of black pepper and lemon zest open. There are moments of wood and bread smoothness, but ultimately, the astringent tartness and acetic acid sharpness wrestles the palate to a dry and puckering finish. Full, yet at he same time light. The moderate carbonation supports the tart palate. Coating syrupy linger adds to feel. A very nice sour that thins the line between beer and wine. The bright and crisp fruit pairs well with the tart, acetic bite producing a much enjoyed ale that I hope to try again some time soon.

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate floral, herbal, plus, and light citrus. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with with moderate citrus with a touch of white grapes. The finish has lemon, white wine, lemon peel, sweet tarts, and a hint of floral notes. It?s light bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Crazy complex aroma of oak, funk, and various light fruit and grapes. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma, but then has an oddly absent finish. This is a higher quality sour than expected, though, and probably my favorite Almanac brew to date."

3.9
ansalon (4122) - 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.

3.8
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazed, sunset orange hued body with a moderate off white head that succumbs to the acidity. Tart aromas, lots of damp wood and wine barrel with lot of funk, damp leaves and pickled fruits. Plums and very tart grapes. Plenty of tannin and soil. Mild vanillin. Flavors are sour (cleanly) funky, and juicy fruit. A hint of a young Brett Cheerio character, a touch malty, earthy soil and strong earthy wine barrel and oak. Vinous. Very juicy albeit muddled fruit character. Good acid and tannin balance. Cleanly lactic acidity. Pretty good stuff. Moderate to slightly lively carbonation, decently puckering and dry. Good stuff!

3.8
ineedbeer (2257) - 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

3.8
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ Starbelly, San Francisco, CA. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty sour tart woody citrus aroma. Fruity malty sour tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty sour tart woody finish.

3.8
50belair (3682) - 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.

3.8
Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR (thanks Andrew!) poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of straw, plum, concord grapes, vinous notes and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of straw, vinous notes, light plum and light oak with a crisp dry lightly tart finish.


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