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Almanac Valley Of The Heart’s Delight

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2073) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours hazy blond with low-medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of fruits, dank stuff, apricots. Taste is of fruits, apricots, lots of acid. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Too acid. Not drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1570) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2015 Bottle thanks to nate321. Pours a hazy light golden with a thin white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of star fruit, earth cherries and raw acid. Taste is really, really sour (but not bracingly so like some Almanac beers can be) and offers lemon and some light perfumey fruits. Body is light and carbonation medium-high. Acidity is a bit much for me and pretty one dimensional. Drinkable, it almost crosses the "over the top" line just like Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry but doesn’t. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3161) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
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 is in the Sour Ale top-50. Completely one-dimensional so not really complex and not easily drinkable either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (382) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11162) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 22, 2014
Säuerlicher runder Antrunk mit leichter aber passender trockener Note. Vollmundig, sehr spritzig, Pfirsich. Fruchtig, intensiver zum Ende. 9/10/11/11/11/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
A little more of a frothy white head. Lots of fruit and medium tartness. Barrel is a little more muted but still there with some light wine grape aspects. Fruit is light and tropical and nice. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Like most other Almanac sours, this is delicate and flavorful without being aggressive. Fruitiness is solidly present but not as aggressive as in something like Cascade Apricot, but also not as brutally sour as that beer is. I couldn’t place loquats if my life depended on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle at Andy’s for game day. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Bright funk, cheesy and yeasty, dusty funk. Zesty acid, lively and bright, crisp. Nice bits of funk. Very nice, a touch of barrel, a bit of acid. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014

Bottle 375ml.

[ As Almanac Valley Of The Hearts Delight ].
Unclear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, citrus, tart, dry, grape, wine - white wine. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, fruity, tart citrus, grapes, wine - white wine, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140704]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11437) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Golden-yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is wine, sourness, apricot. Flavour is citrus, apricot, brett, sourness, lemon, cherries, spices. Very nice beer.

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