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

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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:
#465
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
852
pDev:
6.68%
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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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be my favorite of the Almanac sour series of beers. Pours a golden color with 5/9" white head. Aroma smacked hard on the apricot. Enjoyable as apricot almost always is and is my favorite fruit to be associated with a beer.

Taste, more deliciousness. Clean apricot, mild cherry and oak. Very crushable, alcohol not noticeable. Carbonation right where you want it, relatively light body that stays out of the way for the most part. The acidity is present but in normal ranges and not harsh. The fruit is legit. Blonde ale base and white wine barrel usually make for a good beer. Throw in the most minimalistic amount of vanilla and you have a winner. $10 a bottle, not good, not terrible, but worthy of picking this up every now and then.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, released in February 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass that lingers and left some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Oak, strawberry, apricot, peach, tart mixed berries, with some funk, leather, straw and white wine.

Taste: Tart and tangy lemon, apricot and strawberry, followed by a touch of oak, vanilla, funk and leather.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

Overall: It was very tasty and complex. I’m not usually too fond of wine barrel aging, but the addition of apricots and strawberries matched it well, and probably took it up a notch. Very enjoyable.

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange hue with a loose, bubbly head that sticks to the surface in soapy pools. Aromas of spicy wood, fuzzy peaches, tart earthy berries, hay, leathery funk, light champagne. Stone fruit and berry tartness in the mouth...apricot, peach, berries, lemon acidity. Medium-light, puckering feel. Fruity, funky, acidic.

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

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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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 852 ratings