Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry

Posted: October 17, 2015 in Almanac Beer Co., American Wild Ale, Reviews

Here’s a beer that we bought awhile back from Half Time. Val actually picked it out since it had strawberries. I don’t think she knew that this was a sour and needless to say, she wasn’t a fan of it.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A celebration of the summer harvest, this blond sour ale is loaded with coastal Seascape Strawberries grown at Dirty Girl Farms in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. These delicious juicy berries are swept by cool evening ocean breezes and drenched in warm daytime sun before being hand-picked and added to this tart and refreshing ale. Enjoy paired with classic charcuterie and summer salads. Our Farm To Barrel beers build on the eons old tradition of aging beers in oak casks. Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry is a golden ale fermented with our house sour culture. After primary fermentation, the beer is racked into wine barrels on top of mounds of freshly picked Santa Cruz Strawberries. After many months of maturing in the barrels, the beer takes on a luscious subtle pink tone, luscious flavors and a lip smacking tartness. Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry is alive in the bottle and will continue to mature gracefully for years. pair with classic charcuterie, rich triple cream cheeses and summer salads.”

Random: Yet another beer that you can’t get in Jersey.

This beer poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, warm orange body. There was not any pink tinge to the body. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had a lot of tartness, maybe lacto as well? What I didn’t pick up was oak or strawberry. The taste started and was intensely tart. I picked up some subtle strawberry and lemon. There was a very slight wood note, but the tartness dominated the sip. The intensity dropped after a bunch of sips, but this was not a beer for a sour rookie. It had a medium thick body and moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon, light oak and strawberry. This was pricey at $16.99 for 12.7 ounces ($1.34 per ounce). As much as I wanted to love this beer, it was just too sour for me. I’m not sure if aging it would mellow this at all, but I won’t be rushing back to have this. Long tart finish. This may have been a touch too sour.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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