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

Valley Of The Heart's DelightValley Of The Heart's Delight
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 835 Ratings
Valley Of The Heart's DelightValley Of The Heart's Delight
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:
#439
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
835
Liked:
818
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
6.91%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
129
Trade:
16
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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

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

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

Photo of wedge
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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Photo of ZEB89
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of broadway848
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HardyA
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some wisps of lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits and apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of apricots and a moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how the taste of this beer really exemplifies the flavors of apricots.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/18/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/tangy strawberry, apricot, peach, lemon, pineapple, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, oak, hay, straw, and grass; with light vanilla, leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy strawberry, apricot, peach, lemon, pineapple, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, oak, hay, straw, and grass; with light vanilla, leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy strawberry, apricot, peach, lemon, pineapple, green apple, white wine, wheat, cracker, oak, hay, straw, grass, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and fairly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/acidic finish. Outstanding Brett complexity, with tons of fruit. Nice wine barrel presence, without getting too tannic. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danasofia
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

05/19/2017

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Photo of J-Rice
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12.68 fl.oz. (375ml) bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
011817
Released February 2017
Served in a tulip

Hazy, brassy yellow appearance. The liquid was capped by a loose, soapy looking, bone white crown that quickly fell to a thick, bubbly collar. Patches of streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazing. Strawberry notes dominated. Super fresh and bright. Good amount of bretty tartness. Some peach and apricot came through as well. White wine notes were also apparent. An oaky Chardonnay perhaps. Touch of citrus too.

The flavor profile was much more straightforward than the nose. Intense Bretty notes hit hard from the get go. Super sour and slightly funky. Citrus came through big time in the center. Loads of lemon. Strong oaky barrel notes as well. Touch of peach/apricot on the back end. Big lemon pith and oaky notes in the finish.

Nice frothy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. Really fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fairly aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence. Later, the carbonation settled to a more appropriate level.

Valley of the Heart's Delight had a terrific, strawberry forward nose but unfortunately lacked both fruitiness and complexity in the flavor profile. On a side note, it seems that this beer's fruit additions have changed repeatedly (this version contained apricot and strawberry, and past variations had cherries, mulberries, dates and loquat). Surprisingly, all these beers are listed under one heading on BeerAdvocate. Looking at past reviews, however, perhaps this should not be the case.

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

Photo of dvmin98
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 835 ratings
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