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Almanac Valley Of The Heart’s Delight

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 145   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11063) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2677) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1630) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6927) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36036) - 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]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11249) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2247) - SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Pours cloudy golden with medium white head. Aroma of wine barrel, sweet fruit, green grapes, wow! Taste is rich grape and apple tart with a mellow sweet finish. Light, crisp body with average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2885) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Pale Orange. 1 finger head. Nose is sweet and acidic with kiwi and bananas. Lots of citrus. Sweet and loads of citrus. Really nice and mild tartness=. This is possibly my favorite Almanac beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of apricot, peach, light vanilla, and white grapes. Flavor of cherries, apricot, oak, lemon, vanilla, and citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3264) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
Bouteille embouteillée en février 2013 et partagée par SlovakSniper. Merci. Une robe jaune qui ne mousse pas. Un nez de citron, de blé, de bois, citronnade à la lime, des pêches et du jus de lime. Une bouche sèche, piquante, du blanc d’agrume (âcre). Une texture avec une forte expansion en bouche.


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