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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. Long before it became Silicon Valley, it was known as the Valley of The Heart’s Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, this collaborative beer celebrates and supports their mission to promote urban farming in San Jose.

Added by largadeer on 01-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#703
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
865
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
129
Trade:
17
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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big frothy head production with good retention. Brew is nearly opaque and dark orange.

Sharply sour and fruity nose: waves of tannins, vinegar, cherry pits, oak, vanilla, and apricots. Musty.

Surprisingly malty on the palate: brown sugar, wheat, pumpernickel; must and dust; pepper; oak, tannins, overripe fruit, cherries; moderately sour, balanced, good puckering; silky and moderately full bodied.

This is a surprisingly balanced sour, not over the top, and approachable. Not as fruity as you would expect, and the barrel influence is more restrained than expected - or perhaps more accurately, the wine barrel blends with the overall profile remarkably smoothly.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirSaucy
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very fruity and delicious sour. Apricot and cherry very prominent in nose and taste without being overly sweet; I find most beers with cherries to be too sweet. Nice white grapey wine hint in there too. Great stuff, probably my new favorite sour. Maybe try an oakyer variant?

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Photo of gbiello
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018-07-11
375ml bottle served in a pair of small Cantillon glasses. 1/25/18 is on the shoulder of the bottle.

Pours mostly clear bronze color with a smallish head and a lot of very fine carbonation. Smell is tart and peachy, a little grassy.

Taste is quite tart -- and quite good. Still get some stone fruit; not as much grass. maybe a slight hint of funk.

Mouthfeel is dry and full at the same time. Overall, quite good beer.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on May 3, 2018. This sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. Long before it became Silicon Valley, it was known as the Valley of The Heart’s Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots, loquats and cherries.

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Photo of Superman6776
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great BA sour; with the right amount of funk.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - clear golden colour for the first glass, then quite hazy from the yeast. Almost no head

S - as it warms up the strawberry is more and more present. Some stone fruits notes. Brett. Moderatly funky

T - very complex with some funk, a certain tartness, apricot acidity balanced with strawberry sweetness. Nice malt bill. Good drinkability

M - Champagne like carbonation, nice mouthfeel

O - Less funky than a lambic based beer, this wild ale shows a lot of fruitiness and complexity. It remains balanced at all times

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Photo of grapeshops
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours somewhere between pink and orange, completely murky. Almost no head, and whatever does form, dissipates immediately. Minimal lacing left on the glass.
Smell: Apricots dominate the nose, though cherries are also noticeable. The oak character is apparent on the nose as well. Fairly pungent.
Taste: Cherries dominate the apricots on the taste, slightly. This guy is quite tart, but not in the artificial way. Oak from the wine barrels is also noticeable in the taste. No alcohol is apparent, and overall the taste is extremely enjoyable. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while.
Feel: The body is quite light, carbonation is medium to low.
Overall: Very pleased with this. Naturally tart, fruity and tart, I'd buy this again at $12.50 (remember we are in California).

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at almanac taproom sf

Awesome sour. Not overly tart but a little bit puckering with some slight drying mouthfeel. Beautiful reddish dark gold body and some white-reddish foam along the edge of the glass. Really nice balanced classic almanac sour aroma - lots of fruit, apricot followed by cherries, and the effervescent sourness, some definite sweetness. Taste follows the nose with huge notes of apricot and dark cherry, Some really light wine barrel notes and oakiness, and finished with a lingering but medium-light sourness that is not nearly too astringent for my palate. This sour is so balanced, bright and slightly dry, it lets the frutiness shine while also elevating every flavor. My only critique of this beer is that perhaps it’s too fruity and slightly too sweet - but that in no way makes it difficult to drink.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of festizio
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow color with white foam. Surprisingly, the aroma really delivers the fruit notes: unripe apricots and sweet strawberry puree. There are also hay, barnyard notes and other yeast esters but the fruits dominate. Taste starts sour, quite acidic, dry, with lots of unripe stonefruits, apricot skin, yellow mirabelle plums, light fruit pit bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body, medium plus carbonation. A very well made fruited sour with intense flavors.

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Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 865 ratings