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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


Lothore's rating

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (597) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2014
A- Pours a clear peachy hue with a 1 finger, frothy head that hang around for a long while. S- Tart, lemon rind, mango T- Lemon, white wine, strawberry, cherry, orange, wheat, very tart, some residual sweetness, lingering notes of light fruit. M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation. D- Awesome beer that may be my favorite from almanac. Slight sweet fruit flavors complement the intense sourness well. Overall a very complex yet drinkable beer.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (3004) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
06.02.2015, 0,375l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is kind of strange and mild sour-ish, old potato cellar, yeast, cherry stones, sour grass, almonds, something strange citrusy. Taste is sour-ish dry, soda powder, citrus peel, lemon, sorrel, raw rhubarb, cherry stones, yeast, minerals. Medium bitterness, dry citrusy mouthfeel. Aroma is just weird, but taste is very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Beautifully clear. Booming sourness in the aroma, peachy fruit but damn that is zingy! It pushes you to the limit but itís sooooo tasty. Zing city. Lemons, plums, peaches. Itís almost like biting into a green plum. I would say that was pretty Accurate. Probably be too much to have more than one, which is why it doesnít score higher, but it does well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle pours clear blonde, normal to big white head, fades rather fast to a good layer of foam. Smell is citrussy sour. Bit of oak as well, and to the dry side. Taste is dry, very astigent-type of lemon-sour. Very citrussy. I donít get cherries though, not in any aspect of the beer ( accept for the description on the label ) Its just to dry and lemon-ish for me, reminds me of a timmermans Oude Geuze which is - to me - not that good to begin with... I expected more from Almanac...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1012) - - JUN 27, 2015
Cloudy orange pour, fair sized pillowy head. Tart aroma, apricot, sour, funk, oak, white wine. Vinous character, with Apricot dominating the other fruit in the taste. White wine, Oak, Tart and sour. Lighter body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle shared by ericteusink. Tart, apricots, strawberries, cherries, fruit juiciness, crisp. Damn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (979) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
375 ml bottle purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway a little over a year ago ($11.99). Actually my first rating for this brewery, but have had their delightful beers a number of times locally on tap and at bottle shares. I believe that this is the first batch which states on the label that it includes foraged apricots (as the second batch does) but also loquats and cherries...apparently the latter two fruits are not found in the second batch?? Pours a hazy peach color with some floating sediment and one finger of fluffy white foam. AROMA of yeasty old white wine, musty funky barrel, underripe white peach, and lemons. FLAVOR of tart lemon and limeade, dry oak, various fruit notes (some kinda vague notes of the apricot and even the loquat but not the cherry), some light vinegar, and lactic sourness. Quite tart on the initial sip but finishes with some smooth (non-puckering) sourness. Lovely sour, but I kind of wish I had drunk it fresh to perhaps get more of the foraged stone fruits that went into this. (180, 970)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Had at a tap takeover at Uncle Henryís Deli in Downey. They had both the I and II varieties. Variety I was brewed with apricots, loquats, and cherries. Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of lemons, Wonderfully tart. Really nice beer. Version II was aged in wine casks with their house "dogwatch" sour culture. It was good also, slightly more orange than lemon. But similar to the other one. Both were great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (3570) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2015
Backlog. Draft at Tap and Handle. Hazy orange appearance. Aroma of apricots, stone fruits, sour notes and funky yeast. Similar flavor, fruity, acidic and moderately sour with a refreshingly tart finish. Mild puckering mouth feel. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1143) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Semi hazy orange golden beer with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of citrus, peaches, bread, grass and apricots. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, peaches, oranges, herbs and apricots.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2881) - 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.


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