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Almanac Farmerís Reserve 3

RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Strawberries and Nectarines When summer comes to Californiaís Farmerís Markets, the stands explode with mountains of mouth watering stone fruit and plump strawberries. Aged in used wine barrels for a year, this refreshing & tart wild ale was made with sweet coastal strawberries from Swanton Berry Farms and high-summer crimson baby nectarines from Blossom Bluff Farms. Hereís to our California summer harvest!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with good eggshell white head. Aroma is pungent, tart, light fruit, tangerine. Taste is sour and tart, very clean and refreshing, with lots of carbonation, finish is clean and dry. Really great sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From the bottle, hazy yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma is tart and lemon. Flavor is tasty tart, and some acidic, but so damn tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to my man, raiders707! Pours Hazy yellow, like a thick unfiltered wheat beer. Thick white head that does not seem to disappear. Nose is funky, Brett, some tropical fruit, pineapple, sour green apple. Taste is of sour, strawberries, grape juice, and tropical fruit. This has got to be my new favorite beer! Just fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Great sour. Pours blonde with significant carbonation. Itís tart, funky, super drinkable and a lot of subtle fruit. Really well balanced and tasty while being quite funky. Finishes dry. Awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pours a golden color with thin off white head. Aromas of darkness and strawberries. Flavors of strawberries balance well with the sour profile of this beer. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Sean! Wow. This really put Almanac on the map for me. The aroma on this is one of the best smelling and most intense aromas Iíve ever whiffed, an intoxication, pungent green raspberry and tangerine skins. Itís strong, itís pure, itís clean, itís sour. And thatís most of the body in this beer. The singular fruit flavors really fade on the palate, but I really enjoy the quality of the sour acid, lacking any of the gamey ethyl acetates, acetones, or foot flavors. Itís a really clean, soft, delightful sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8551) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. A big woody nose with huge berries. The main flavor is strawberries, some woody and yeasty notes, drinkable and tasty. Light tartness and sweet fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Aromas of light strawberry and sotne fruit, a nicely sour brew with some tart berry flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a medium to light golden with medium to high white head. Aroma is initially slight strawberry with the nectarine and peach skin aroma coming in at the end. Funk plays a role as it warms. Taste is much more nectarine and stone fruit forward with just a hint of sweet, ripe strawberry about the last 20% of the taste. Dry mouthfeel really plays well lending itself from the wine. Overall, this is one of the best American sour/wild ales outside of Russian River. Even then the fruit here might make it better than Russian River as they dial this one in.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Wow this was good. Aroma is big time peach, nectarine, strawberry, lemon zest, banana, berries, funk, and yeast. Hot damn! I love these fruity sours. Pour is apricot colored with a nice white head. Flavor is well balanced and very drinkable with tons of funk and barnyard flavors but still subtle hints of strawberry jam, peaches, and grapefruit. This is great!

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