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Almanac Valley Of The Heart’s Delight

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RATINGS: 130   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2779) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours hazy pale golden with a rather small fizzy white head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour and fruity with freshly baked white bread, lemon juice, yuzu juice, dried apricots, sour cherries, salt water, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is sour, salty and fruity with white bread, lemon juice, lime juice, yuzu juice, pineapple juice, frozen strawberries, apricots, sour cherries, minerals, doogh, kumquats and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, tart, mouth-puckering and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour, salty and fruity with white bread, lemon juice, frozen strawberries, sour cherries, kumquats, hay, dry soil, doogh and lemon zest. Simple yet very tasty all citric sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazy, bright golden body with a white head that quickly traverses to a collar. As with many of these Almanac sours, big vinous white grape aroma, lightly tannic & tart with just a hint of vinegar. Lemons, apricots, peaches & citrus on the nose with a touch of musty wood & drying oak. Apricot asserts itself on the palate first. Sour peach, prickly tannins, & a sour punch of lacto infested wood. White grape shows up more towards the back-end with a mixed finish of apricot & Pinot. Drying mouth feel, sharp & crisp, faint acidity. Really enjoyed this one. Nice mix of apricot, peach, & wine-like characteristics.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5888) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2014
bottle, wonderful sour, hazy golden orange pour. citrus acidity, tropical fruits, peaches, apricots, no clue what a loquat is. either way awesome sour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1384) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Pours hazy peach with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, kumquats, peach, apricot, funk, gooseberry, kiwi. Taste is peach, cherries, apricot, kiwi, funk, white wine. Mouthfeel is tart and dry with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is white wine, citrus, apricot. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3169) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Petite bouteille bue chez rodenbach99. Cette bière est dorée et passablement embrouillée. Un anneau lui sert de tête. Le nez est franchement fruité. Je sens la peau de pêche, les cerises, les agrumes et d’autres fruits du verger ou des pays chauds. La bouche est acide, parfois trop, mais fruitée et pleine de bactéries. Le corps est léger, très ou trop pétillant avec une texture assez mince. La finale est une attaque sans merci dirigée contre les tissus de ma bouche qui finissent par s’y plaire. Merci à Tommy pour la bouteille!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours a murky pinkish golden color with a finger of gaseous white foam. Nose is nice layers of tart cherry, round stonefruit and some well integrated vinous barrel qualities. Palate follows with nice balance between fruits. Ripe round apricot flesh add nice sweetness with tart cherry, mango and some citrus pith. Well executed and a pleasure from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11844) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2014, courtesy of craftycarl21, thank you sir! Hazy golden color, fluffy white head. Nice aroma of tart apples, barnyard funk. Taste is nicely funky farmhouse fruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a frothy two fingered white hea into this glass - retention is on the average / below average side , with light spotting presence. The nose is light vinous, feint vinegar, moving to some light apricot jam, with cherry pits here. As far as loquats? I too have never had it, but I do pull some citrus notes as well as grassy hop presence. The flavor profile is sweet tart initial, moving to more apricot jam, with very feint cherry skin, and the foreign loquat element here. More white wine, mixed in a golden base with a lingering finishline that presents lively carbonation on the tongue. It’s nice, but not my favorite so far

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Another winner from Almanac, This sour blonde is fairly sour and acidic. Apricots and cherry on the nose and flavor. Lingering sour though the body is light and refreshing. Also some winey oak and what I’m guessing is loquat (never had em). Complex yet highly drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
75cl bottle at first ’er klopt iemand op de deur’ tasting. AKA EBT3. Thx everybody for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, fresh, little sour. TASTE: little sour, hoppy, very nice!

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