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
Ratings:
828
Reviews:
95
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
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120
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled February 2013.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour apricot and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty with its sour fruit and wine combination.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a really awesome fruit beer here, not totally sure what a loquat is, maybe another asian citrus type? hard to pick it out, not knowing what it is. the beer is hazy pale orange colored without much head or visible carbonation, but its far from flat in the feel, just looks it. the nose is apricot heavy, thats the only fruit i really smell, maybe a little lemon, and also some hectic sourness, more than brett this is lacto heavy, clean though, and mouth watering. the flavor starts wight he fuzzy and ripe apricots, and then the sourness that starts with a lemony tartness and progresses to full blow caustic acidity. the finish finally shows the cherries in this, tart and red and juicy, which is an unexpected flavor for the color, and an even more interesting twist for the sourness to cling on to. a crockery malt base is basically irrelevant here, as the fruit and bacteria do all of the flavoring. this series of little bottle special farm stuff from almanac has been a pleasure to drink through so far, they seem to have a real grasp for getting authentic fruit flavors is dry sour beer, its real tasty, and aside from the sourdough, this may be my personal favorite. big thanks as always to drlovemd87 for sharing.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 27, 2016
Smells amazing, looks and feels like juice though.
Fantastic barrel aroma, vanilla, oak, and apricot round it out.
Tart and juicy apricot flavor with ample barrel characteristics, vanilla and oak. Faint Brett in the aftertaste. Puckering and verging on sour, dry and not as acidic as many other Almanac beers.
Really nice, though a bit thin bodied and lacking carbonation. Overall it's very good.

April 20, 2016
Picked up a couple more bottles a couple months later. Barrel aroma seems diminished and more acidic. Taste is also more acidic, perhaps this grows over time. Still has a pleasant apricot flavor, tends to lose carbonation quickly. Overall it still tastes good, but not without minor flaws.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some bottle code, but can't tell if it's a date as it smudges and disappears.

Pours no real head, super murky sunny golden bright yellow color.

Nose big funk, sour funk, plenty of bacteria and some souring Brett too I think, apricot fruit, a little citrus, big peachy apricot stone fruit, soured stone fruit, acidic funk with some mild vinous wine notes, a little toasty oak, a little cheesy funk, and hint of berry.

Taste is very sour, incredibly tart and sour, plenty of acidity too, flemmy tart funk, cheesy funk, lots of souring bacteria and some Brett funk, a little bready malt on the back end, with big stone fruit again, sour apricot and peachy, a touch of citrus, dried apricots and maybe a hint of golden date , and just a touch of berry in the background if any, creamy bready wheat base, and a little gristy grain, a little raw woody oak and vinous white wine. Finish is flemmy but not much, quite acidic, big fruits lingering mostly apricot and stone fruit, citrus, and lemony sour funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, super acidic, a bit flemmy, lighter carb.

Overall pretty nice, evn though it's prob a bit old tons of nice apricot and stone fruit, very sour and funky, enjoyable though, wish the mulberry and date were a bit more, but prob hard to get those out in a beer like this.

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