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Valley Of The Heart's Delight - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

422 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 70
Gots: 67 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with apricots, loquats, and cherries and aged in used wine barrels.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 01-30-2014)
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-29-2014 13:55:50 | More by duceswild
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-29-2014 04:55:24 | More by oline73
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zbodnar1

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-29-2014 01:21:56 | More by zbodnar1
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-29-2014 00:55:35 | More by smokeypeat
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NicDacey

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-27-2014 21:09:20 | More by NicDacey
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sourman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.7%

08-26-2014 18:28:08 | More by sourman
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ColdOne

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-25-2014 05:52:06 | More by ColdOne
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

08-24-2014 23:54:14 | More by rfgetz
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -14%

Wow, never had such a hazy, chunky, pour before. There are bits of pulp from the fruit, this looks almost looks like a runny fruit smoothie.

Taste is sharply sour and fruity, with a bit of oak. There is just a hint of plastic on the finish of some of the sips, but fortunately not all.

Mouthfeel is good, except for all the floating particles. This does become a problem as you near the finish of the beer.

Overall, a very solid beer. I would have rated this a 4+, but the particles really become a problem towards the end of the beer, and the small, occasional hints of plastic were off-putting.

08-24-2014 00:49:19 | More by thebigredone
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Matty123

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

08-22-2014 03:26:28 | More by Matty123
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-19-2014 01:30:46 | More by funkel81
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from bottle to teku glass

A- pours a hazy bright go;den orange color with a small fizzy and bubble white head that reduces to leave only a ring around the rim, some short lasting lace left behind when agitated 3.75

S- mouth watering tart fruit up front with aromas of apricot, grape skin & maraschino cherry. Slightly acidic with some citrus zest, followed by musty earthy tones & dry woodsy barrel notes, white wine and delicate floral hops close it out 4.25

T- apricot and stone fruit sugary sweetness hits the palate first, but is quickly followed buy a big punch of bone dry tartness with an acidic kick. Flavors of lemon zest, cherry skins, peach, white grape and zinfandel follow, completed by earthy and woodsy oak, bone dry finish with more fruit on the linger 4.5

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, and a puckering, bone dry finish that leaves the mouth wanting more 4.25

O- a mouth puckering ale that focus more on pure fruity sour notes, with not a lot of funk. The notes from the wine barrels are subtle, but compliment it nicely

08-19-2014 00:35:27 | More by Treyliff
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clay23

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-18-2014 22:37:12 | More by clay23
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-15-2014 16:30:17 | More by mctizzz
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f_raud

California

4.84/5  rDev +11%

08-14-2014 01:45:25 | More by f_raud
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Skunkyluvmuffin

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-13-2014 03:03:28 | More by Skunkyluvmuffin
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%

A. Very Cloudy and orange / copper in color. A 1 finger fizzy white head disappears quickly. I don't think I've ever seen a beer with so much sediment. There are lots of brown / red flecks and floaties in the beer. Almost look like strawberry seeds in size, but there arent any strawberries in here. I carefully poured half of the bottle which had been stored upright. Yeasty specks coat the sides of the glass as i drink.

S. Funk and Must. Apricot and orange. Some cherry.

T. Opens with apricots and citrus. The middle is cherry and hints of barrel. The finish is tart lemons. It is quite sour and dry. Not much funk in the flavor, just fruit.

M. Light body and medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

O. This is a pretty good AWA. The amount of sediment is a bit of a turn off as probably 1/3rd of the bottle is like drinking high pulp orange juice. Another solid offering from almanac

08-10-2014 22:19:15 | More by shadetree67
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

08-05-2014 08:41:37 | More by Raziel313
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DCLAguy11

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2014 03:26:12 | More by DCLAguy11
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wiltznucs

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-04-2014 16:38:26 | More by wiltznucs
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Juan611

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-04-2014 03:02:56 | More by Juan611
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After1am

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-03-2014 03:53:04 | More by After1am
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heavenlyStash

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-02-2014 18:20:07 | More by heavenlyStash
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-01-2014 14:58:09 | More by dataylor21
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-01-2014 08:19:03 | More by zestar
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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.