Archive for the ‘Almanac Beer Co.’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another Almanac beer. Let’s see how it was.

saisondolores

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison Dolores is a bright, aromatic brew for all seasons inspired by San Francisco’s Mission District. We combine barley, rye and Sonoran Wheat grown in Mendocino County and ferment the beer with our house Saison yeast. Finally we dry hop it to create a California Saison with flavors of spicy white pepper, fruity melon and a clean food friendly finish. Enjoy this lively aromatic farmhouse ale with fresh seafood, funky washed rind cheeses and classic French-style charcuterie. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer.”

Random: I have done 5 loads of laundry today. I thick I ran out of dryer sheets.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It also left a significant crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon and lemon zest with clove. It also had a lot of bready yeast. The taste was also very bright with lemon flesh and zest. It also had a lot of yeast and wheat with a touch of hay. Grass came through as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and bright finish with lemon. The can was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this was a decent beer, just not as amazing as I have come to expect from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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I didn’t know that Almanac was canning beers. When I saw this on the shelves, I had to grab it.

mandarina

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer.”

Random: This is the first beer that I’ve had from their Fresh Beer series.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant and had a lot of floral and citrus notes.I picked up a star fruit note as well. The taste was also very floral. It had some tartness along with oranges and tangerines. The star fruit was in the taste as well, along with wheat. It had a light body with moderate carbonation, that needed to be increased. The finish was quick and filled with citrus. I picked up this can for $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. This was an easy drinking beer with lots of bright citrus flavor, it just needed to have a little more carbonation. This is a great session beer for any time of year. Pick up a can next time you see one on the shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Almanac’s beers are some of my favorites. Let’s see how this one was.

tangerinedebrettaville

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tangerine de Brettaville celebrates the flavors of citrus in beer. We start by brewing a funky brettanomyces fermented base beer in large oak foeders, where the brett yeast creates farmhouse flavors and aromas. We layer on California-grown tangerines and oranges for big citrus flavors, balancing tropical peel aromas and a hint of citrus bitterness. Finally, we finish the beer with a generous dry hop of Citra, adding one more layer of citrus aroma to create a complex offering. Pair with peking duck, orange chicken or walnut shrimp.”

Random: I can’t remember the last time I had peking duck. Now, I have a craving.

The beer poured with a two finger, loose white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left on top of the bright yellow body. It was slightly cloudy with high carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of sourness and funk from the Brett. It also had some brightness from the tangerine. The taste had more tangerines than the nose. It also had a lot of funk and sourness. After it warmed for awhile, there was some oak and vanilla, which complemented the other flavors well. Orange and grapefruit zest came through too. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart finish with tangerine. A bottle of this was $11.99, which came to $.94 per ounce. This was another outstanding beer from Almanac with great flavor. The tangerine flavor really came through and I would highly recommend this beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I didn’t know that Almanac had a pilsner, but when I saw it on the shelf, I had to have it.

almanaccraftpilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer…”

Random: The beer is available in cans and on draft.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy for a pilsner with high carbonation. The nose was grassy with mineral water and a slightly sweetness from pilsner malt. The taste was very crisp and clean with mineral water with stones and grass. It had a touch of honey sweetness. The body was thin with high carbonation, but wasn’t to the point of being watery. It had a quick finish with mineral water. The beer was $2.50 for a can ($.21 per ounce). This was a really enjoyable beer from one of my favorite breweries. I would highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One year, my sister and I tried to grow lavender in her garden. Unfortunately, the animals ate it before we could harvest any of it. I enjoy the use of lavender in beers and hopefully this one works out.

lavenderhoneydebrettaville

ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This golden brett beer captures the flavors of spring. We layered hand-picked lavender grown at Eatwell Farms in Dixon, California and aromatic wildflower honey together with our oak-fermented brettanomyces blonde base beer to create this this funky, floral delight. A hint of minerality provides a complex backdrop of floral spring flavors, and a nose of meyer lemons, aromatic botanicals and bosc pear. Serve with rosemary rack of lamb, ripe Taleggio cheese and roasted pear with vanilla ice cream and honey. Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels, and our de Brettaville saisons expand upon this tradition by highlighting the magical properties of wild brettanomyces yeast. We start by brewing a bright and aromatic farmhouse ale with a blend of twelve “brett” yeast strains. After a vigorous primary fermentation, the beer is racked into wine barrels to mature. In cask, the beer takes on the complex flavors of the oak, and the brettanomyces yeast creates an exotic melange of earthy funk and tropical fruit flavors. This wild ale is alive in the bottle and will continue to mature for years.”

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This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left a crown on top of the cloudy, yellow body. It had moderate carbonation. The nose had lemon juice, sourness and lavender. I also picked up some peach too. The taste was moderate tart. It had lemon juice, honey, lemon curd and then floral notes and lavender. I wish the lavender was more pronounced. It had a moderate body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and tart with lemon. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $1.02. I had no problem drinking this beer, but I needed more of the lavender. This just wasn’t their best work.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I ended up at another place in Pennsylvania that was having a sour day. The menu said that they had a few bottles of Cantillon, but they were sold out by the time we got there. So, I settled on a sour from Almanac.

hoppysoureldorado

ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We blended our sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels with our brettanomyces farmhouse ale fermented in foeders to craft a complex wild ale base. Laced with flavors of stone fruit, oak, and earthy funk it’s the perfect complement the fruity punch of El Dorado Hops. El Dorado contributes aroma of pear, watermelon, and plum. Enjoy this hoppy release fresh for maximum aroma. Pair with fish tacos, seared scallops and grilled stone fruit.”

Random: Val and I have started binging on “Scream Queens.” It’s not great this season. Maybe it gets better after a few episodes.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with no visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant and tart. It quickly went into notes of green apple and pears. There was some apricot as well. The taste started with lemon juice and citrus peel. It quickly went into pear, plum and apricots. After it warmed a bit, I picked up the oak as well. The booze didn’t make an appearance, but the beer was pretty dry. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart with pears and lemons. As usual, I enjoyed another sour from Almanac, big shock there.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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.

farmersreservepluot

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