Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Pluot

Almanac is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries for sours. I can tell the difference now when breweries use fresh fruit. I saw this hanging out on the shelf at Half Time and immediately grabbed it because it was the last one.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pluots are some of our favorite fruits. Created by cross-breeding apricots and plums, there are dozens of varieties with an amazing range of color and flavor. All through the summer, Blossom Bluff Orchards picks each variety at its peak: Dapple Dandy, Honey Punch, Flavor Queen, Black Kat & Dapple Jack were all added to a sour blonde ale and aged in wine barrels to create this funky oak-aged brew.”

Random: The beer podcast I’m listening to is talking about how good Goose Island King Henry is. I’ve never even seen that on the shelf.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated by the time I took a picture. It left no lacing on my Tree House Teku glass. The body was totally cloudy and a pink orange color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the haze on the beer. The nose was filled with white vinegar, plums and apricots. Yeast came through too with some orange zest. The taste was awesome (as expected). The amount of fruit that came through was ridiculous. It had fresh plums, apricots and then a tart cranberry note which was in the background. I also got white and apricot flavored vinegar. Yeast and then a warm vanilla note from the oak came through. The alcohol was well hidden and this was insanely drinkable. The body was medium thick with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy tart finish with plums and apricots. This was not a cheap beer at $12.99 for a 12 ounce bottle ($1.08 per ounce). Despite the hefty price tag, I would have this again. It’s not going to be an everyday drinker for me, but more of a special occasion beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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