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Almanac Valley Of The Heartís Delight

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Heartís Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots, loquats and cherries handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, this collaborative beer celebrates and supports their mission to promote urban farming in San Jose.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, sour berries and fruitiness. Flavor is sour and fruity with lemon, puckering berries, malt and citrus. Medium body, average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours cloudy and yellow with a small, fleeting, white head. The aroma features apricots, white oak and a low level of musty funk. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and champagne-like carbonation. The flavor is a sour treat consisting of oakiness, citric acidity, fruitiness and funkiness. Lengthy, sour, tongue-numbing finish. A world class bottle of beer provided by the ever-generous richiesd!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1961) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle shared at tasting. Poured light orange white head, hazy. Aroma musky quite basic apricot. Light carb med bod. Min acid/sour barm farm ketchup taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2695) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Hazy pale orange pour with a white head. Aromas of lemon and stone fruit. Little funk. Middle of the road in our blind apricot sour tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Poured a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma was of spur apricot, lemon juice. Not much complexity, but a clean sour.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1388) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 2015 edition slight cloudy orange yellow pour. Aroma doughy, lemon, apricot. Explosive sour, butter, some vinegar, apricots. a bit simple and a bit too sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2015
375ml bottle. Thanks Mike! Cloudy straw hue. Acetic/tart green apricot nose and flavor with hay hints. Medium+ body and full carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (3562) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
06.02.2015, 0,375l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is kind of strange and mild sour-ish, old potato cellar, yeast, cherry stones, sour grass, almonds, something strange citrusy. Taste is sour-ish dry, soda powder, citrus peel, lemon, sorrel, raw rhubarb, cherry stones, yeast, minerals. Medium bitterness, dry citrusy mouthfeel. Aroma is just weird, but taste is very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (2010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Beautifully clear. Booming sourness in the aroma, peachy fruit but damn that is zingy! It pushes you to the limit but itís sooooo tasty. Zing city. Lemons, plums, peaches. Itís almost like biting into a green plum. I would say that was pretty Accurate. Probably be too much to have more than one, which is why it doesnít score higher, but it does well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (5199) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle pours clear blonde, normal to big white head, fades rather fast to a good layer of foam. Smell is citrussy sour. Bit of oak as well, and to the dry side. Taste is dry, very astigent-type of lemon-sour. Very citrussy. I donít get cherries though, not in any aspect of the beer ( accept for the description on the label ) Its just to dry and lemon-ish for me, reminds me of a timmermans Oude Geuze which is - to me - not that good to begin with... I expected more from Almanac...


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