1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Valley Of The Heart's DelightValley Of The Heart's Delight

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

476 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 476
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 85
Gots: 70 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 476 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -14%

od_sf, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dwagner003, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -8.3%

smartassboiler, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of charlesjwinkler
4/5  rDev -8.3%

charlesjwinkler, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden wheat color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is very fruity up front. Not sweet fruit, but the kinda fruit aroma you get when you walk through a field of trees or plants that grow fruit. Tart aromas with a hint of chardonnay. More chardonnay as the beer warms a bit. Taste is very tart up front. Loquats, lemons, and apricots provide a lovely fruity balance. The cherries are very difficult to find in the flavor. This one is pretty sour. A good amount of wine barrel...I'm assuming chardonnay barrels were uses. The fruit and sourness mesh so well with this one. Has a slight wheat flavor to it. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Somewhat puckering. Drinkability is extremely high. Overall, this beer is outstanding. To me, it drinks like a berliner. Perfect for a hot, summer day. You could tell me the ABV was 4.0%, and I would believe it. A lovely, dry, sour ale with a lot of stone fruit flavor.

DovaliHops, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

510a, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of dangriff
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dangriff, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of rudedude985
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

rudedude985, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of NorCalBeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

NorCalBeer, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jag21
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jag21, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of SuchBeerWow
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

SuchBeerWow, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of bcerv-ca
4/5  rDev -8.3%

bcerv-ca, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ford0626
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ford0626, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of OleDixie
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

OleDixie, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Tuckersmth
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fat angel in SF.
Cloudy gold color
White thick head that dissipates after 30 seconds
Hints of apricot with crisp dryness
Tartness Opens up nicely as it heads towards room temp
Another solid sour performance from almanac.
Farm to barrel concept with local cherries and apricots

Tuckersmth, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BAsbill, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Adamostella, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of carmike813
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this when i was out west for vacation...

First off i have to give big credit to the bottle art. I love the Almanac font they use with the top-to-bottom sideways way of the label. The tree on the other side is cool looking with the "FARM TO BARREL" on the back side. I dont think anyone does better bottle art than Almanac, really cool.

I poored into a tulip glass.

Quick dissapating soda like head to the poor, it fizzed away immediately, but what you would expect form a sour

Sour funk, apricots, deep cherry. Very little wine barrel coming through the nose but pretty damn good to the senses

Big sour coming through with the wine barrel clearly coming through. Has the finish of a Reisling. The cherry is the most noticable with the apricot slightly behind. Excellent sour brew

Tangy carbonated acidic feel, ligh light body

Really enjoyed this sour, one that is easy to find and worth the try. High recommendation

carmike813, Mar 06, 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 beepill
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

beepill, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of MastaShonuf
4/5  rDev -8.3%

MastaShonuf, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Soto, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jvillefan, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BMart, Mar 03, 2014
Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.