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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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Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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 (8626) - 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.

3.8
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
I was excited to see a pumpkin wild ale but this sour. Which I enjoyed, has more upfront ginger and a touch of persimmon to it and not much pumpkin. It pours a straw color and has a nice bite of sour to it.

4.1
vvesside (256) - California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Nice, light sour with a lot of fruit flavor. Tart and crisp. Ginger was a nice touch. Great white wine flavor from the barrel aging.

4
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(375ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lemon, herbs, stone fruit, mustiness, and florals. Flavor of lemon, vinous, persimmon, stone fruit, brett, and ginger with a dry finish.

4
popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours a murky darkened shade of yellow, not quite orange. I think most of the murkiness is from sediment, so that might vary be a bit based on pour and bottle handling. It settles out to merely cloudy after a minute. Fizzy medium head. Dissipates to not much after a minute. Looks like a sour. Aroma is mostly a tart lemony note and white wine barrel flavors, though there is definitely some fruitiness. I like persimmons, and knowing they’re in the beer, I can pick them out, but it’s not exactly a descriptor that I jump to naturally. Mild and fresh ginger aroma. Happy to find that it doesn’t smell like a bad pumpkin pie. That bright, spicy ginger note is actually quite nice and much different than the ubiquitous ginger powder flavor of so many holiday ales. The white wine barrel contributes oak and a bright vinous flavor. Lots of fresh notes in the beer. This is one that lives up to their Farm To Barrel branding. The taste starts with firm acidity. Lots of fruitiness and oak through the middle, and the finish cleans things up with a zesty ginger bite. There’s a little muddiness of flavor right as things tail off, but it’s no big deal. Quite dry. Seems drier and tarter than my keg samples during SFBW, so that’s a nice surprise. Fizzy feel. Good pucker. Mild oak tannic quality. This is a very good sour. I’ve been pretty dubious of Almanac for awhile, but they seem to be taking steps in the right direction, and that’s great to see. More wine barrel sours, please.

4
Bule (2254) - California, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a cloudy golden color. Mild tartness and crispness.

4.1
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours a translucent, straw yellow. Nose immediately suggests sourness, but also has some floral aspects. Flavor is fruity, sour, and refreshing. I feel like there is a slight bourbon component to this beer as well. Really complex and interesting beer that I’m not doing justice to with my review. I liked it a lot.

3.9
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Cloudy straw pour with a white head. Really heavy on the lemon tartness. A bit of peach, persimmon, mild pumpkin, and light vegetal funk. Some grass, oak, and light must. The flavor has a nice sourness to it. Persimmon, lemon, and a hint of green apple. Kind of a mineral quality to it, grass, oak, and a slight mustiness.

3.9
anders37 (26999) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ Starbelly, San Francisco, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity sour woody aroma with hints of pumpkin. Fruity malty sour woody tart flavor. Has a fruity malty sour tart woody finish.


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