Drinking some Almanac Beer Company: Summer 2010, Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Pale, and Winter 2012 Winter Wit
I first heard about Almanac Beer Company from Jay at the Beer Samizdat. What really got me interested in them is their fancy labels. Yes I wanted to try a beer based on a label, I’ve done it in the past and I’m sure it will happen again. So he was good enough to send me three of their beers. Thank you sir! I owe you! Especially after hearing how much these bottles cost. I took a look at their beers on Ratebeer and it ends up they’ve only ever brewed four total. The other one is retired so basically I just drank their whole lineup. They’re a contract brewer so basically they brew their beers at other breweries. They have no home base to call their own. They’re located out of California.
Almanac Beer Company Summer 2010 – First one I tried was their Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with Blackberries and aged in Wine Barrels. Anything barrel aged always adds a little bit of excitement for me. Yes I’m bad I know. It pours a hazy amber color, fluffy two finger white head. Bubbles shooting everywhere. When put up to the nose I picked up mostly deep blackberries and the effect from barrel. I also get some citrus and spiciness. Inviting smell and couldn’t wait to take a sip. Once again the berries come through mixed in with oak and sweetness from the barrel. Slight tartness. Citrus and spices linger on the back end of the palette with a small bit of alcohol peaking through. Not an overwhelming taste but nice and my favorite out of the three beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.
Almanac Beer Company Winter 2012 Winter Wit – This one is made with Oranges and Ginger. In the end I really enjoyed this one. At first I thought it was just another Wit but as it added up I felt different. Pours a very cloudy pale orange color with a big fluffy white head and great retention. Aroma is mostly what the bottle says. Oranges and taking a back seat a bit, the ginger. Mixed in is some coriander and slight aroma of banana and Belgian yeast. The taste on this one won’t wow you. It’s just a nice drinking Wit. One that I would be proud of brewing and one that I would like to have on tap at my house for the hot summer days. It’s mostly citrus, wheat, coriander, ginger, and the yeasty bite you get from this style of beer. Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbonated, and crisp. It comes in at 7% abv and for the profile on the taste I would of liked to see it maybe coming in at mid 5 to 6% due to it’s drinkability. I would easily pound these during the summer
Almanac Beer Company Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Pale – Last but not least is a Saison brewed with plums. Interesting combination. It pours a dark amber color. Small amount of off white head is poured with good retention. Mixture of plum, bready malt backbone, slight funkiness, grape and yeast in the aroma. Taste is more plum, yeast comes through more in the taste. Ends with slight citrus and some funk and tartness. Mouthfeel is medium bodies and a tad bit dry. This beer was my least favorite out of the three. Not bad at all but the beer tries to go a few different ways and doesn’t completely come together.