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

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434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 76
Gots: 65 | 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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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
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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 acurtis
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
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.75/5  rDev -14%

PeakedInHighSchool, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -14%

jeff1973, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Marco_Gtz
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
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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

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

od_sf, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

RyanTheLion13, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of mroberts1204
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 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
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is deep golden amber in color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is fruity with a balance of dry wood. Peaches seem most prevalent of the fruits involved but there is a tartness in back. Taste actually has a lot more cherry. The wood is still present, light touch of alcohol in the finish with strong carbonation and a very dry finish. Cherries run through the back, fairly tart and sour. Light notes of brett underneath, nicely done. Really like this brewery.

cpetrone84, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured vigorously, hazy golden color with some red tints with a finger of loose off white head that dissipates quickly. Some tiny bubbles here and there but not overly carbonated.

Nose is sweet stone fruit, apricot and peach, sour cherry and citric acid, oak, mild earthy funk like wet soil and grass, biscuit malt sweetness.

Sweet apricot and sour cherry with astringent apricot peel, mellowing into biscuit malt, and a slight diacetyl buttered popcorn. Some oak in the finish rounding out the flavor.

Light body and mildly carbonated. The diacetyl knocks the flavor down a few notches unfortunately.

nataku00, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of MarioM
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Slight cloudy orange with a white head that quickly dissipated in about 15 seconds after pouring to a thin rim of bubbles.

S: A slight woody almost bourbon vanilla like character with perhaps a tiny bit of fruit in the background but mostly bourbon vanilla notes.

T: Wow, very tart and acidic with the same vanilla notes from the notes but quickly dissipates into an almost bread like taste in the aftertaste but reminds me of something... I want to say a young Brett beer but not sure. Its almost rich and buttery but not from diacetyl, strange and hard to pi point. Regardless, its a very distinctive wood aged beer with an even more distinct tart acidic character that dries the mouth and feels like its stripping the enamel off my teeth.

M: Dry yet leaves a bread like sweetness in the mouth without much bitterness or sourness. I'm guessing its the Brett doing its thing but hard to tell. Most likely the barrel aging having a way with the beer.

O: I like this barrel forward vanilla bourbon brew. Its dry, tart and refreshing while still being mind boggling yet strangely familiar. Worth a try especially for ya'll Yay Area Brew fan boys like my self.

MarioM, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on 6-Feb-14

From 375 mL bottle into Anchorage Teku glass.

It's got a nice soft, yellow-orange color with some fogginess to it.

Pick up some tropical fruit with some lemon zest on the nose. Oak barrel in the background. It just smells sour and I anticipate a sour punch.

I was right. Pick up some peaches, cherries, and apricot up front, but quickly gets absorbed into a lemon sour rush. Puckering; definitely more tart than vinegary. Crispier-side of carbo. Zesty. I can tell its aged in oak... little earthiness in the end, but wouldn't have guessed wine barrels.

It's a little too lemony for my taste, but this is a nice sour. True sour heads should enjoy this one. Actually.. I think I might prefer this over RR Beat cause it's got a bit more layers of complexity.

Rollzroyce21, Feb 07, 2014
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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.