Thursday, June 5, 2014

Almanac Beer Company Farmer's Reserve Plout - Ale Brewed with Plouts and Aged in Wine Barrels

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Farmer's Reserve Plout - Ale Brewed with Plouts and Aged in Wine Barrels.

From the Almanac Beer Company 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.

Farm to Barrel

Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture, a cocktail of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including San Francisco sourdough starter. The yeasts slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating a mild acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After maturing, the barrels are blended together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures the essence of a particular harvest. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for several years.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy and pale golden orange with a nice white head and minimal lacing.
Aroma: Pluots, yeast funk, tart berries, oak, citrus and some vanilla.
Taste: Tart with berries, pluots, some citrus, oak, wine grapes, wild yeast funk some vanilla and a touch of peach.
Overall: Funky, tart and delicious Almanac Beer Company Farmer's Reserve Plout is another fantastic been in the Almanac Beer Company line up.  This 7% ABV offering is nicely balanced, crisp and highly drinkable. I highly recommend this one!


Mark Harvey

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