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Almanac Valley Of The Heart’s Delight

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RATINGS: 153   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4924) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours cloudy, almost muddy, very pale golden with a decent off-whtie cap showing some retention and lacing. fragrant and perfumey citrus, some cherries, carambole, some fruit/veggie awkward meat, bitter herbs, pepper, cheese and puckering citric acidity - medium to high acidity. average to light carbonation, light body, mouth puckering herbal-citric finish. nah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tightslice (250) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is white wine, apricots, vinegar. Taste is tart fruit skins, astringent, wine. My second Almanac sour and both have been extremely sour and one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3253) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1660) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2147) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Abner (68) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a beautiful opaque apricot. Smells sour, yeast prominent. Taste is wonderful: Medium tartness, acid, the fruit comes through nicely. Not at all sweet. We are already scheming for more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2739) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (549) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Delicious smooth apricot smells like opening a bag of dried apricot. A beautiful golden straw with halo of white head. It turns yellow when you hold it up to the light. A smooth tart apricot nectar. It coats like a bite of the fruit it’s self if it fermented on the tree.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (383) - 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 (11510) - 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

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