Heart's Delight (2014) | Santa Clara Valley Brewing

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Heart's Delight (2014)Heart's Delight (2014)

Brewed by:
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by largadeer on 07-31-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage; drank March 2016 in a SARA tulip.

A: Super hazy orange-gold; almost a pinkish tint. Some soda-like carbonation that disappears immediately.
S: Brett and sweet fruit with a little malt; the cherries are subtle but smell great. Dark cherries?
T: A perfect blend of brett sour with the cherry fruit; not too sour and not under done. The only drawback is that the flavors don't sit too long on the tongue which would be even better.
M: Crisp with a smooth (maybe too smooth) finish.
O: Two years has done this beer great things. I had one fresh a long time ago and the flavors needed time to marry and work off of each other. The brett has done it's job wonderfully and has even protected some of the hops. Highly recommended for sour fans; if you find it now it's ready to go and could sit another year or two to funk up a bit.

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Photo of cherche
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: hazy, soft orange
S: tart fruity
T: like smell
M: high carbonation - on par with most sours
O: very nice sour, worth trying for sure. Surprised by the low rating to be honest. I'd definitely get it again if I saw it...

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Photo of chrisjws
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the taproom, served in a tulip glass. Started cold, warmed up as consumed.

A: Light golden in color, low carbonation. Transparent, not cloudy at all.
S: Sour cherries, wine barrels
T: Sour cherries right upfront, tartness, wine like aftertaste
M: Medium mouthfeel, aftertaste lingers well between each sip
O: Solid sour, nice and multi-layered. Not quite in the weight class of RR sours, but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Sideswipe
2.21/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour is a golden hue with a small mass of tight bubbles that dissipate immediately. Smells faintly funky with oak undertones. Tastes like slightly tart water. Don't bother with this one

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Photo of boyntonliquors
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nicely done lambic from a local favorite brewery. This beer was made at Hermitage Brewing which has a very solid sour program. Almanac is also produced there. As a Kriek, the Heart’s Delight is well balanced beer with very intense notes of fruit that is locally sourced. A true farm to bottle product from an up and coming brewery and is an example of the Mstr Brewer, Steve Donohue’s experience in the industry.

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Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev +5%


500ml into a wine glass. Pours a hazy peachy copper apricot, beautiful color, white head didn't stay long, very fine bubbles rise throughout, no lacing.

Predominant scent is lightly musty wine barrels, unripened cherry cider sour.

Nicely lightly tart, only crosses into sour for a moment, minor quick sharp acidic bite trails into the aftertaste.

Slightly more than thin fairly lifeless mouthfeel. Withstands room temp pleasantly.

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Photo of BeerHewitt
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

The cherry tartness and dryness from the wine are spot on. Everything else about this beer is off. I think it should have sat in a barrel for another year or so, but was rushed.

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Photo of BobbyDigitali
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Wondering if there were bottling issues with this batch? The beer has no carbonation and has a really bad lingering aftertaste. Just not an enjoyable barrel aged cherry sour at all. Especially at $16 for a 500ml bottle.

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Heart's Delight (2014) from Santa Clara Valley Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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