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Almanac Valley Of The Heartís Delight

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (983) - - JUN 27, 2015
Cloudy orange pour, fair sized pillowy head. Tart aroma, apricot, sour, funk, oak, white wine. Vinous character, with Apricot dominating the other fruit in the taste. White wine, Oak, Tart and sour. Lighter body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle shared by ericteusink. Tart, apricots, strawberries, cherries, fruit juiciness, crisp. Damn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (972) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
375 ml bottle purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway a little over a year ago ($11.99). Actually my first rating for this brewery, but have had their delightful beers a number of times locally on tap and at bottle shares. I believe that this is the first batch which states on the label that it includes foraged apricots (as the second batch does) but also loquats and cherries...apparently the latter two fruits are not found in the second batch?? Pours a hazy peach color with some floating sediment and one finger of fluffy white foam. AROMA of yeasty old white wine, musty funky barrel, underripe white peach, and lemons. FLAVOR of tart lemon and limeade, dry oak, various fruit notes (some kinda vague notes of the apricot and even the loquat but not the cherry), some light vinegar, and lactic sourness. Quite tart on the initial sip but finishes with some smooth (non-puckering) sourness. Lovely sour, but I kind of wish I had drunk it fresh to perhaps get more of the foraged stone fruits that went into this. (180, 970)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Had at a tap takeover at Uncle Henryís Deli in Downey. They had both the I and II varieties. Variety I was brewed with apricots, loquats, and cherries. Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of lemons, Wonderfully tart. Really nice beer. Version II was aged in wine casks with their house "dogwatch" sour culture. It was good also, slightly more orange than lemon. But similar to the other one. Both were great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (3345) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2015
Backlog. Draft at Tap and Handle. Hazy orange appearance. Aroma of apricots, stone fruits, sour notes and funky yeast. Similar flavor, fruity, acidic and moderately sour with a refreshingly tart finish. Mild puckering mouth feel. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1108) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Semi hazy orange golden beer with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of citrus, peaches, bread, grass and apricots. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, peaches, oranges, herbs and apricots.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2811) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2015
Wow this is great. Golden straw colored with fluffy head. Aroma is mild sulfur, huge apricots, peaches, and funk. Taste is mildly tart with juicy sweet apricots balancing nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (151) - DENMARK - APR 14, 2015
Pours hazy golden straw colour with a white semi lasting head. Nose has abricots, slight lactic sourness and a faint hint of cherries. Taste is refreshingly tangy and sour with a more lictic profile than you find in most euro-sours.. Iím liking this a lot. Thereís a lighness to the mouthfeel and a citrussy lipsmacking tart finish. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2015
375 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of straw, apricot, white wine, oak and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with adry tart finish. Flavors of straw, white wine, light apricot and light oak with a crisp dry tart lingering white wine finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1890) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
Pours a lighter hazy golden color with white fizzy head. Light fruits, apricots, cherry tartness, funk, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with just a hint of fruity sweetness snuck in.


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