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:
832
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
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121
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Photo of avas
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Terrific nose. Tart citrus scents, lots of apricot, some funk and a touch of vanilla. The flavour is very complex- the first sip hit me with a variety of different flavours. Apricot stands out the most, but peach, vanilla and oak are there as well. The vanilla flavour lends a beautiful smoothness that softens the fairly aggressive sourness. Excellent.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of birchstick
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium golden, tiny bubbly head, slightly hazy. Tart, sweet nose. Fruity, apricots prominent. Taste is tart, nice soft, lingering pucker. Stone fruit sweetness. Tart, bitter and sweet. Nicely done.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taby
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reinmogard
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puftdank
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful apricot aroma. Aggressive acidity with apricot and underlying berry flavor. Citric acid quality. Very well balanced. Like a dry, sour white wine. High carbonation. Dry finish. Excellent.

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Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 12/2015.

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow, with a slim, quickly dissipating head, no lacing to speak of. Smell is sour, tart, apricots, brett, some wine- white?, some lemon, some dark berries, a little vanilla. Taste is sour up front- not overly so, apricots, yeast, some brett, white wine, some lemon, a little more vanilla than the nose, get the dates more as sweetness than specifically, a touch of oak. Tart on the finish. Smooth good body, more carbonated than it looks.

Another winner from Almanac, the apricots are hands down the star in this one. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 832 ratings.
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