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Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Batch 1 & 2)

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

Batch 1: Apricots, Loquats, Cherries
Batch 2: Apricots

Editor: In general the fruits change with every batch and thus they are separate beers by RateBeer rules. At this point it is likely too difficult to split apart B1 and B2, but please place your rating as appropriate and note the batch number on the bottle in your review.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at Doug’s house for the Epic Peach and Apricot debacle of a tasting that happened on July 9. 375 mL bottle. The pour is a foggy golden amber color with a thicker white head that vanishes pretty quickly. The aroma is lots of tart and funky apricots. This is pretty intense. There is a brighter barnyard funk to it as you inhale a little deeper. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of fleshy apricots to go with a strong tart funkiness and a light barnyard on the finish. I was hoping this would be a little crisper on the flavor. The mouth feel is awesome. It’s light and crisp with a bright carbonation and a lingeringly tart apricot that hangs around for a while. This is a dank good beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1416) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2016
At the epic peach/apricot sour tasting. Aroma is apricot crazy, tart, funk, barnyard. Appearance is golden amber, off white head, clear. Taste is apricot, funk, tart, barnyard, funky as fuck. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, funky tart apricot aftertaste. Overall, this is really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Cupertino. I’m not sure how long it has been in my closet. Light amber color. Slight Brett and cherry aroma. High clarity. Very sour. Almanac beers are always too sour. Very peachy aroma and flavor. Actually pretty good, except for being too sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5831) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2016
Aroma is fruit, funk, slight sweetness and vinegar. The flavor is stone fruit, mild earthiness, a background of sweetness, malts and a tart/funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - APR 25, 2016
375 ml bottle (Batch 1). Hazy yellow golden color with white head. Yeasty and malty aroma, light hoppy citrusy fruity, tart fruity, lemon, apricot-peach, funky, barnyard, light vinous, wood. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malin_aiisa (881) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
Draft at torst Yellow white head Aroma of sour apricot sorbet Taste dried apricots sour. Clean simple taste, lack of complexity and nuances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Draught at Torst. Brewed with foaged apricots. Pours cloudy yellow. Funky aroma. Sour brew with a little apricot and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Clear golden pour. Slight white head. No lacing. Stone fruit and funky notes. Very tart taste of stone fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3763) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 26 2015; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white head, no lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, green apple, citrusy; mouth: acidity, sourness, green apple, citrusy, semi-dry citrusy finale with presence of green apple, full body, rather carbonated, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 26 septembre 2015; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, citrique; bouche : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, citrique, finale semi-sèche citrique avec présence de pomme verte, corsée, plutôt carbonatée, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Hazy pale orange pour with a white head. Aromas of lemon and stone fruit. Little funk. Middle of the road in our blind apricot sour tasting.

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