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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

413 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 70
Gots: 67 | FT: 15
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-28-2014 04:23:38 | More by VAbdoyan
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-26-2014 22:20:22 | More by Kinger86
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-26-2014 22:13:59 | More by sammyg832
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-25-2014 17:19:25 | More by corysmith01
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-24-2014 19:30:53 | More by ThreeFishes
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spoonsock

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

06-24-2014 07:52:45 | More by spoonsock
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-23-2014 19:59:59 | More by sfr26
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-23-2014 14:00:55 | More by claspada
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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-22-2014 19:56:10 | More by EB1
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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2014 04:12:43 | More by Lucnifter
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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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California

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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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More_betterness

California

4.36/5  rDev 0%

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!

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

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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

(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.

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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-11-2014 03:29:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.