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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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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-16-2014 18:37:27 | More by Matthewpakula
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logicerror

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-15-2014 08:43:41 | More by logicerror
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 07:13:11 | More by DefenCorps
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More_betterness

California

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

A: Hazy light golden body topped with a fairly large, tight bubbled head for a sour/barrel aged beer. After a few minute the head recedes to a thin film with slightly thicker ring around the rim of the glass.

S: Big tart stone fruit and sweet cherry, followed by a mild acidic tartness. Floral citrus zest and a tick of barrel character make themselves known as it warms. Acidity is there, but is very restrained. Very balanced and inviting nose.

T: Tart cherries and citrus, followed by a bit of lactic tingle. A sweeter note of baked stone fruits and a slight graininess round out the flavor. Again very restrained acidity for a AWA, but a great showcase of fruit with a measurable tartness. Delicious.

M: Thin and effervescent, with a lingering tingle along the gumline. Standard for an AWA.

O: Not as aggressively sour as most AWAs in this class, but a great exercise in balance between acidity and fruit character. Love it and wish I had another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 04:55:54 | More by More_betterness
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juliusseizure

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-13-2014 01:33:46 | More by juliusseizure
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-12-2014 22:51:40 | More by griffeyb
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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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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-12-2014 04:42:18 | More by LakerLeith
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with signature Almanac pressure cap.

poured into SP wine Stem at fridge temp.

Appearance: light orange bodied beer that is slightly opaque. Lots of suspended chunks in this beer. A large 3 finger tall head that drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Acetic sour and vinegar notes that are fairly mellow, but you definately know that they are there. Citrusy and musty funk, white wine, and dry toasty oak.

Taste: mild sourness 4/10. Acetic sourness and vinegar notes. Lots of apricot, stone fruits, and citrus(oranges and lemons) with a hint of cherry sweetness. Cracker malts. Mild musty funkiness and a hint of white wine with dry oak note. Slightly briney. Lingering acetic sourness that finishes clean after a while. The cherry flavor really explodes in this beer as it warms up! A Hint of vanilla sweetness also shows up when it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Really balanced and drinkable sour beer.

Overall: Another great Almanac sour. They really know how to make great sour beers consistently! This is at the top tier of the Almanac sours that I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 03:29:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-10-2014 13:30:46 | More by hilgart1
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ahermsen

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-09-2014 02:28:18 | More by ahermsen
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-08-2014 19:25:29 | More by kristougher
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-08-2014 00:42:52 | More by appetiteforparis
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vermilcj

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-07-2014 20:23:41 | More by vermilcj
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McNazz

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-07-2014 04:54:18 | More by McNazz
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jschonert

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2014 00:47:21 | More by jschonert
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rowbow

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-06-2014 17:54:38 | More by rowbow
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a pale orange or medium deep yellow in color with an average sized head. The head is very fizzy and more like a champagne head than a beer head. Retention is not very long on this head and it comes down to a wisp of bubbles on the edges of the beer fairly quickly. Not much lacing here.

S- This beer is fruity right up front in the scent before a bang of tartness. Fruitiness is primarily tart cherry in the scent, but a little bit of citrus and the apricot is in there as well. The back half of the scent is primarily tart and just a touch dry from the wine barrel.

T- Starts off with a bang of tart cherries and a fruity medley of the apricots and loquats. I have no idea what a loquat is, but I assume it has a fairly citrusy flavor that is mixing in with the cherries and apricots. The tartness picks up a little after the initial fruitiness, but never becomes too aggressive. A slight dryness comes after the tartness fades towards the end, and just a touch of wine flavor comes through in that dryness.

M- This beer has an overall feeling most similar to champagne. It is light and very carbonated on the tongue. The lower level of tartness makes this easy to drink, but not quite thirst quenching.

Overall, this is probably my favorite of the Almanac sours I have been able to try. It is fruity and tart, yet not so tart as to make you pucker. Just a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 02:12:25 | More by boilermakerbrew
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jshusc

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-05-2014 19:04:26 | More by jshusc
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

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

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-02-2014 03:34:32 | More by Satchboogie
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pk18

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-01-2014 18:42:14 | More by pk18
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-01-2014 17:52:23 | More by starrdogg
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dthompson0279

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-01-2014 13:15:51 | More by dthompson0279
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anson42

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-01-2014 04:52:09 | More by anson42
Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.