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

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454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 68 | FT: 12
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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1.68/5  rDev -61.5%

leosfire, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Holland, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale body. Not much of a head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Stone fruit. Smells like apricots. I don't get much cherry. Smells acidic. Light grain.

Taste - Wow, it's sour. Stone fruit. More of the cherry flavor. Pale malt and some grainy malts. Intense sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light, but really sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Overly sour for me. Detracts from the fruit flavor, but amplifies the grain.

Alieniloquium, May 06, 2014
Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Raziel313, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of spoonsock
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

spoonsock, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of hayesjw
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

hayesjw, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light orange to a yellowish honey. a big, three finger white head with strong retention and leaving behind a little bit of lacing. hazy and opaque.

Smell: wine, some sweet white wine quality with just a touch of red wine spiciness. some fruit and oak like components. mainly slightly tart apricots to some citrus and hints of berries.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of fruitiness. some apricots and citrus. mostly sweet up front. white grape, vinous, flavors play in along with some oak. backend is full of vinegar acidity and a more juicy darker fruit, almost berry like.

Mouthfeel: not very sour but highly acidic. very vinous.

Overall: I was really hoping this one would be more sour and fruity. the fruit is very subtle. the wine smells and flavors are a bit more than I look for in this type of beer. too strong on the vinegar, but that may not have been the case fresh. but overall a decent drinking beer.

SportsandJorts, Yesterday at 09:18 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

GRG1313, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Modernrickk, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

PeakedInHighSchool, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

jeff1973, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
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.

thebigredone, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

kmanjohnson, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Brew33, Monday at 08:32 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

LoveStout, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

od_sf, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

RyanTheLion13, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

mroberts1204, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

thegerm87, Apr 16, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -13.8%

CBack465, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 2013. Thanks, Chris!

A hazy light peach with a dense white head that falls off leaving little lacing. The nose is bright with your cherries , apricots, peaches and a moderate lactic sourness. Funk is minimal , and there's a noticeable fleshy, pulpy fruit aroma, especially apricots. A little dough is present.

The palate opens sharply sour with a blend of lactic acid, raw apricot, peach skins and cherry sourness. This is followed by a lemony mid palate that enhances the acidity. Drying and sour on the finish with fleshy fruit and a sourness not unlike aged foufoune( read: heading in an unpleasant direction ). Minimal wine barrel character here, although a moderate grape character is present. Light in body and moderately carbonated, this is solid stuff.

DefenCorps, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

Pours a murky golden orange, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like apricots, lactic acid, and white wine. Smells only moderately sour, not too crazy.

The taste is similar, this is moderately sour, with some sour white wine flavors, lactic acid and such. I'm getting a bit of apricot, not really getting any cherry, and I have no idea what a loquat tastes like. I wish this was a bit fruitier, given the three different fruits, but it tastes really nice.

This one is light bodied, airy and spritzy in the mouthfeel, with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.

Not bad at all here, tastes great, but could be a little more, I think.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of popery
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey yellow color. It's quite cloudy. Some sediment chunks floating around. The head is white with fine bubbles. Lots of lacing, residue left behind on the sides of the glass. Very good retention, kinda odd for a sour. Lots of fruit in the aroma. Particularly big on apricot. From what I remember from trying loquats, that's also fairly strong. Cherries are a bit in the background, though definitely noticeable. Mild wine. Some oak. A bit of cheesiness. Could use some cleaning up but it's a step in the right direction for Almanac. Mild lactic note. Taste is medium sour. Lots of underripe apricot. Some oak dryness. Still fairly messy with a moderate amount of bile flavor - I really don't know exactly what the flavor is, but it bothers me in a number of American sours. Some pale malt character lingers in the background. Medium-light feel. Somewhat effervescent. Good sour. Near the top of Almanac's releases for me. If they could just clean up whatever causes that bile-ish taste, I'd be a much bigger fan.

popery, Apr 21, 2014
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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.