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

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 63
Gots: 67 | FT: 14
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled February 2013.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour apricot and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty with its sour fruit and wine combination.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:56:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-22-2014 14:48:38 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-17-2014 18:55:09 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-22-2014 23:30:40 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

05-18-2014 23:42:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-17-2014 16:44:12 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-17-2014 16:31:04 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2014 18:42:04 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

06-02-2014 04:29:02 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-30-2014 02:56:22 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-13-2014 07:22:00 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a really awesome fruit beer here, not totally sure what a loquat is, maybe another asian citrus type? hard to pick it out, not knowing what it is. the beer is hazy pale orange colored without much head or visible carbonation, but its far from flat in the feel, just looks it. the nose is apricot heavy, thats the only fruit i really smell, maybe a little lemon, and also some hectic sourness, more than brett this is lacto heavy, clean though, and mouth watering. the flavor starts wight he fuzzy and ripe apricots, and then the sourness that starts with a lemony tartness and progresses to full blow caustic acidity. the finish finally shows the cherries in this, tart and red and juicy, which is an unexpected flavor for the color, and an even more interesting twist for the sourness to cling on to. a crockery malt base is basically irrelevant here, as the fruit and bacteria do all of the flavoring. this series of little bottle special farm stuff from almanac has been a pleasure to drink through so far, they seem to have a real grasp for getting authentic fruit flavors is dry sour beer, its real tasty, and aside from the sourdough, this may be my personal favorite. big thanks as always to drlovemd87 for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:09:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-08-2014 22:21:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-08-2014 00:55:41 | More by XmnwildX12
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2014 03:12:21 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-13-2014 21:37:20 | More by beernads
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-06-2014 02:19:26 | More by MarkyMOD
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-27-2014 05:33:21 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you anotherjoe for hooking me up with multiple bottles of this on more than one occasion, it is greatly appreciated. 375ml bottle poured into a wine glass, the bre appears a hazed golden copper color. An off-white cap appears and slowly fades leaving patchy lace sticking.

The smell is juicy like peach/apricot. Very fruity with vinous notes that get progressively more wild and tangy. A slight hint of brine and mineral aspect at first that blends to an earthy peach/apricot skin character. A very mild woody almost vanilla note is also present from the barrel along with a faint kiss of vinegar.

The taste is tart with peachy/apricot fruitiness and lactic tartness. It is juicy yet oak is present with minor vanilla aspects impart a sense of contrasting sweetness. A lingering sour fruit feel and raw oakiness blends to earth and fruity pith/pulp almost grassy with the skin of fruit filling out the rest of the profile.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Plenty of tartness that gets minorly acidic when it warms up with a bounty of fruit and barrel character to balance it all out. I like this beer quite a lot, thanks again Anotherjoe!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 18:58:05 | More by stakem
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy light copper body wit a thin white film that is supported by a tight little carbonation. The body is a pretty cloudy and with each sip nice little foam clouds form on the glass.

S- The nice tart fruity aroma has some earthy stone fruit notes and a cherry skin finish with some delicate apricot notes.

T- The full tart slightly dry jammy fruit flavors has some earthy dark cherry skins underneath and a gentle tartness hangs on the tongue after the finish.

M- this beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle astringency prick to the little crisp fizz.

O- The full dept of tartness blends with some more acidic fruit character that is bright and is nicely melded together. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 13:17:47 | More by rhoadsrage
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2014 14:32:21 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-09-2014 23:59:41 | More by BillRoth
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-19-2014 09:19:16 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-30-2014 18:27:06 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-21-2014 14:53:54 | More by mdaschaf
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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.