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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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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.

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Bottle into Barrelworks Teku.

Pours a deep straw golden. Hazy with what appears to be flesh of loquat and apricot. Small white head that dissipates to thin ring.

Aroma is fruity with hints of cantaloupe, cherries, boysenberry jam, pink wine, and pear. Sweetened black grape juice and almost a strawberry bubblegum character as well. Candy to the nose. Also get a floral notes.

The taste brings about a big lactic sourness. You get white wine, underripe nectarine, young apricot, tart cherry, a blackberry like astringency, a little oak, and lemon rind for the finish. A puckering beer to say the least with a dry finale. There is sweetness mid palate but quickly gets consumed by the sourness and a drying out at the front of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light with low to low-mid carbonation.

Overall a tasty sour with big lactic presence. Fruity but not very definitive. If the sourness was toned down a bit you would get more of the fruits. I like this plenty but I enjoyed Brandy Peche more. Farmers Reserve 3 would come next followed by this here. Nicely crafted sours coming out of Almanac!

MarcWP, Feb 25, 2014
Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.