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Almanac Valley Of The Heartís Delight

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2713) - 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 (127) - 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 (10650) - 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 (1738) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4377) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Batch 1 - Peach and lighter fruits, very nicely balanced, low carb 3.9 Batch 2 - overwhelming stone fruits, softer sourness. Nicer overall. 4.2

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6759) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle - Nice funky tart apricot. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Acidic, some funky notes. Tart and the apricot definitely appears in the end. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2015
March 19, 2015. Bottle at Babajan.
Light hazy golden with a medium sized white head. Aroma is acidic lemon, peaches and funky yeasty notes. Taste is very fruity sour with lemon, peaches and some grape notes. Puckering, dry, sour finish. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from Beer Junction in Seattle. Colour...light golden-straw with a thin head. Nose...ultra funky and fruity with yeasty notes and loads of lemon zest. Palate...whoa Nelly!! Did I just suck a green persimmon?! Ultra pucker up buttercup! After the pursed lips pucker factor, the lemony business comes on strong and continues through the whole palate. A damn fine and refreshing ale!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3874) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
Sample at EBF. Hazy gold pour, thin ring of white foam. Aroma is super peachy, really nice fruity aroma, lemony notes, peachy, apricot. Taste is quite harsh, reallllly sour, lots of sourness, light gastric, nice sourness but very potent. Palate is super dry, med carbonation. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4481) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Babajan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy yellow colour with a small white head.
Aroma: Sour, fruit, some spices.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, sour, candy, citrus, oranges.


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