Almanac Farmer’s Reserve 4

 
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale Aged in Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha’s Hand Citrons. This tart, citrus-infused wild ale is the story of a farm. In 1921, Shotaro Hamada founded Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Today, his grandson Cliff manages 235 acres of bountiful land. Brewed with a tantalizing blend of Hamada’s winter citrus - Tart Cara Cara Oranges, sweet Meyer Lemons and fragrant Buddha’s Hand Citrons - This refreshing ale is aged in used wine barrels for over a year.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (15433) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2015 375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Nose is dominated by loads of citrus fruits, lemons especially and a touch of orange, with oak and maybe a subtle hint of white wine. Very complex, hugely citric but in a good way and only too drinkable. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at a tasting with Joris and Mathieu87. THX for sharing! APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head, full of carbonation. NOSE: tart, citrus, fruity. TASTE: tart, citrus, oak, idd some wine flavor, very well balanced!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
My favorite in this series, because the fruitiness is really aggressive and distinctly citrusy. I could drink this for days. Light tartness, with a refreshing lemon zesty character and some slight bitterness in the finish. Excellent, excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (112) - - DEC 7, 2014
This might be the strongest, most pronounced flavor in a beer I’ve ever experienced. The sour starts with the aroma, definitely a strong, dry citrus smell that did not prepare me for the nuclear sour that followed. An explosion of tannic citrus mouth pucker. Not sure I would order another, but an interesting one off experience.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9672) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2014
Small, white head over clear orange beer; end of bottle deposit loosening. Vinous, oranges & lactic acid, preserved citrus. Citrus, lemons, faint sweetness (as dates?). Lipsmacking sourness, but not really much depth. Dry, dry-out effect, finish is slighlty empty. Quite nice, but the nose promised much more complexity than it really offers. Many thanks to M & L V!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Excellent brew, just love what they are doing. Zingy citrus and nice tartbess leaving you conatantly wanting more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle: Semi-clear, yellow-ish body with a lightly foamy white collar that never reaches full head status. Aroma of sour lemons, must, generic citrus, some cotton funk, a bit of white grape, & a strong, dripping wet oak presence in the back-end. Lots of lemon on the palate. Lemon juice, light floral & herbal tones almost edging towards verbena but not quite getting there. Tart citrus flesh, lacto yeast, damp hay bale funk, & a touch of musty wood in the aftertaste. Light, sharp body, thin & crisp. Another solid sour ale in the Almanac series.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5715) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
375, wow this was amazing, huge lemon flavors with a good amount of tartness, the wine barrel adds immense complexity, I love this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4779) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Decent clarity. Brown orange color. The nose is very clean. Nice orange and clove with a touch of lemon. This is really good. It’s like drinking beer lemonade with some sort of lime and OJ finish. Mineral taste present. Really nice body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small foamy ring. Aroma is dominated by lemons and black pepper. Taste is the same with some light brett, flowers, and white wine. Moderately sour. Enjoyable sour.


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