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

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487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 69 | FT: 10
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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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from 2/2013. Poured into a stemless glass 12/11/2014.

A- Hazy, cloudy, opaque, whatever you want to call it- beige-yellow body with half finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. It seems very pulpy, like orange juice but with chunks of pulp. A bit nasty in appearance, there is no getting around it.

S- Lots of lactic acidity, apricot sweetness, tropical fruit, a bit of mango, grainy pale malt, and a bit of vinegar. However I would not have known there were cherries in this from the smell alone, other than what it says on the label. Smells nice and lactic, with a nice complexity from the fruits. This smells great.

F- Jesus Christ, this one has gotten sour with age. Lactic acidity is at 9/10 with a stinging, dryness that leaves a distinct but distant impression of tart stone fruit sweetness. Dry, tannic finish that was probably from red wine barrel use. Very nice sour with good complexity, a bit oversoured at this point.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry and tannic on the finish with a lot of sour acidity that makes this slightly challenging. Very refreshingly sour.

O- Very nice AWA, I certainly liked this one even at its high price point at $17 for a 375ml. It lacks any kind of funk, but the acidity and fruit flavours is up to par with some of the other highly-regarded American Wild Ales out there.

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look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2013, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an atrocious looking muddy shade of orange with an enormous amount of what looks like yeast mixed with citrus pulp. The head was frothy and foamed up nicely before slowly fading into nothingness leaving a network of chunky lace down the glass. This beer looks disgusting, but I’m sure will taste great.
S: Fresh, ripe, and juice apricots hit first and smell exactly like a ripe apricot just sliced in half. Loquat citrus follows, with maybe just a hint of tart cherry in there as well. Light acidity.
T: Apricot again dominates alongside bright, clean, and tart acidic flavors and loquat citrus. I wouldn’t know there was cherry in this if the bottle didn’t say so, but I there is the suggestion of cherry, along with the wine barrel, near the finish and aftertaste. Bready yeast or malt flavors are noticeable behind the fruit. The finish is full of citrus, and the aftertaste has lingering notes of apricot with a hint of oak.
M: Bright and tart medium-full body, clean and mellow carbonation, drying a scrubbing mouthfeel. Drinks well although pretty acidic.
O: Apricot and loquat all the way. A unique and delicious flavor profile with a solid tartness. There’s no avoiding the chunks with this one though.

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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.