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:
#466
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
852
pDev:
6.68%
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0
 
 
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Photo of smekermann
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served at Ale Arsenal.

Beautiful semi-opaque golden yellow. Smells fruity (peachy?), but not tart. But it tastes VERY tart. Delicious. Puckery. Very much to my liking.

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Photo of tarheels4life23
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amychop
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lateralundertow
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tom10101
3.01/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle (375 ml). Split with the Quebec crew. Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Thanks to Marcus who also sent me a bottle of this.

Appearance: Clear bright pale golden with a medium white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Oh god, aroma is dominated by pumpkin puree. Light spices and brettanomyces notes are able to get through it a bit, but not enough to make it enjoyable.

Taste: A boatload of pumpkin puree again with light/moderate sourness, light spices, hints of brettanomyces and light cherry presence.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Either we got a pretty bad bottle or I really don’t get why this isso highly rated. Completely one-dimensional so not really complex and not easily drinkable either.

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Photo of Joecaddie
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woooo. Super up front sourness. Almost like sucking on a lemon. Faint hints of the apricot and whatever the hell a loquat is. Not getting much in the way of wine barrel. It's delicious.

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

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Pours an opaque medium golden-orange with a 1 1/2 finger bubbly snow white head. Good amount of sediment floating around. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Apricots, white wine and cherries are the most distinct aromas. There is just a hint of vinegar in the background. The aroma is somewhat tart, but not overpowering. Smells amazing.

Taste: Apricots with a touch of pears up front followed by pale malt notes in the middle before ending with a burst of puckering sourness consisting of lactic acid, tart cherries and wine grape hulls. Aftertaste is mildly sour and short-lived.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with an very high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a couple of these before your palate screams for mercy from the tartness.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best American Wild Ales I've tried. I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mkirkland80
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stephenjtorres
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of boutwell
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Igotmypistola
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from 2/2013. Poured into a stemless glass 12/11/2014.

A- Hazy, cloudy, opaque, whatever you want to call it- beige-yellow body with half finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. It seems very pulpy, like orange juice but with chunks of pulp. A bit nasty in appearance, there is no getting around it.

S- Lots of lactic acidity, apricot sweetness, tropical fruit, a bit of mango, grainy pale malt, and a bit of vinegar. However I would not have known there were cherries in this from the smell alone, other than what it says on the label. Smells nice and lactic, with a nice complexity from the fruits. This smells great.

F- Jesus Christ, this one has gotten sour with age. Lactic acidity is at 9/10 with a stinging, dryness that leaves a distinct but distant impression of tart stone fruit sweetness. Dry, tannic finish that was probably from red wine barrel use. Very nice sour with good complexity, a bit oversoured at this point.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry and tannic on the finish with a lot of sour acidity that makes this slightly challenging. Very refreshingly sour.

O- Very nice AWA, I certainly liked this one even at its high price point at $17 for a 375ml. It lacks any kind of funk, but the acidity and fruit flavours is up to par with some of the other highly-regarded American Wild Ales out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Valley Of The Heart's Delight from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 852 ratings