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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:
#440
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
841
pDev:
6.91%
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0
 
 
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Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - Beautiful hazy, cloudy orange/amber. Completely opaque when held up to light.

Smell - Lots of dry oak, complemented by white wine, sourdough bread, and a very floral mix of citrus and strawberry and light apricot. Also a bit of cool, earthy, and leathery brett flavor.

Taste - Amazing. Very tart, with a strong leaning toward lemon with a deep background of white wine, leaves a warm, earthy oak flavor in the finish. The tartness brings out strawberry notes, while the barrel flavors emphasize a woody, apricot pit flavor (also present in the brett aspects of the nose). More prominent apricot as it warms and I get further into the glass. Really rich, textural, and delicious fruit flavors all around.

Feel - Light, but with plenty of sediment and stickiness. Smooth, refreshing, and dry, but really leaves a strong aftertaste and thirst-quenching presence of saliva. Definitely makes you crave the next sip.

Overall - This is an outstanding beer from a consistently outstanding series. Almanac's sour blondes never disappoint, but the complexity and interplay between strawberry and apricot, as well as the amazingly precise expression of their flavors, really makes this a winner.

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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 841 ratings
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