Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 2

 
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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This barrel-aged ale is a celebration of the California autumn harvest. Brewed with heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay, crisp Fuyu persimmons from Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley and fresh ginger from the Santa Clara Valley, then aged for over a year in white wine barrels to create a deliciously complex wild ale. Enjoy with delicate white fish and roasted squash.

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4.8
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. Citrus, lemon, apple, and oak. The ginger is faint. I didn't pick up any pumpkin or persimmon. Very sour. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 Had the rating but lost my notes. Ill have to drink another! Fantastic subtle sour. I will edit this if I find another. 4.3

3.9
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a one-finger thick, palest of tan colored heads; the head leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way though. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a lightly hazed, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and fruit laden up front and is backed by rich woody notes towards the finish. Green apples, star fruit, Sauvignon Blanc like wine notes, soft vanillin notes, hints of spicy oak, woody pepper, woody plank aromatics are all noticeable. A supporting malt character provides touches of hay, a pale grain aromatic, and a soft pale malt nuttiness; this last is accentuated by lightly toasted oak aromatics. The oak, at times, is the dominant character here, but it manages to stay well integrated and smooth.

Tart, effervescent, oaky, and light bodied, at first I was thinking this is like temptation, but perhaps a similarity to Jolly Pumpkin might be more apt. The sourness is extremely appetizing; it brings out a soft lemon like note, hints of sour apples, tart star fruit, perhaps a touch of not quite ripe kiwi, and maybe even some watermelon rind. The oak is well integrated here and manages to be almost savory in its impact; the oak contributes flavors of toasted, nutty oak, soft spicy notes, rounded woody notes in the middle and finish, and hints of butterscotch and vanillin. The body of this beer is quite light and quaffable, the prickly effervescent carbonation is nice, but this is a beer I would love to drink a lot of (too bad this does not come in 750s).

This is damn good, the more I work my way through my glass the more I am enjoying this beer. Surprisingly good, and I will definitely be looking out for more beers from this brewery. I really like this, despite the oak being the dominant character here; usually an oak dominated beer is just too spicy, woody, and alcohol accentuating, here though the oak is just really smooth and tasty.

4
ineedbeer (2148) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Aroma is surprisingly nice with some vinous notes along with citrus, faint ginger, some fruit and balanced phenolics. You can even pick up faint persimmon notes. A slight lactic character. Pours a cloudy yellow with hints of gold. Big, pillowy, white head with average retention. Light lacing. Flavor is similar to aroma but dominated more by lactic acid. Some citrus and fruitiness. Ginger, pumpkin and persimmon are all faint and secondary to the acidic notes. Some vinous oak notes in the finish. Finish is dry with light bitterness. As it warms the pumpkin and ginger become more noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall another surprisingly good beer from Almanac that was brewed at Hermitage. Surprisingly well balanced considering the variety of ingredients. If anything the spice and fruit were underutilized which is much better than heavy handed. I will say I wouldn't be surprised if the lactic acid came from a bottle rather than a bacteria. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
Rabbleroust (1) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2013 does not count
Lizeth looooooooved this pumpkin and persimmon beer! Hard to find but delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2013
bottled, from Bman111vr at pre BTBF, clear yellow pour , few tiny bubbles, has a sweet acidic aroma, flavor is sour acid, lemon, ginger , berries, light finish

4
AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2013
wow! This is really good. Pours with a nice head. Golden yellow. Nose is funky Brett and lactic acid with ginger. Taste is sour. Sweet. Loads of pumpkin and grape skins. Nice!!

4.2
Ratman197 (14680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR (thanks Andrew!!) poured a clear gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of white wine, oak, ginger and persimmon. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of white wine,persimmons, ginger and light oak with a crisp dry tart lingering persimmon finish.

4
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
Thanks, Chris! Light fall spicing and a bit of earthy persimmon. Very light citrus touch and moderate acidity. Dry. Nice balance.

3.8
jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Adam (burg money). @ Pegs cantina Berliner Bash. Pours a bright orange with light haze. Aroma is sour funk, bright tart fruits and light spice. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of spice, candy, pumpkin, sour fruit and an earthy tartness.


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