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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 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.


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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (549) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11214) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1351) - 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. Itís nice, but not my favorite so far

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (809) - 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 Iím guessing is loquat (never had em). Complex yet highly drinkable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
75cl bottle at first íer klopt iemand op de deurí tasting. AKA EBT3. Thx everybody for sharing todayís beers! APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, fresh, little sour. TASTE: little sour, hoppy, very nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyllenbock (4567) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle at Beer Ditch, MalmŲ. A bit hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and taste of fruit, wood, apricot, funk and wheat. Nicely balanced and with a dry and tart finish. An excellent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a dull honey mustard with no head.

Aroma: Bright tangerine, cherry and apricot. Sweet white wine.

Taste: Tangerine soda, sour fruit, subtle barrel. Alcohol is well hidden, little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Puckering. Full bodied. Fizzy.

Overall: Iíve tried a few Almanac sours, and this might very well be my favorite one. Perfectly balanced, just sour enough to want to keep going back for the next sip, great level of fruit. I could drink this all day.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16586) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. Has a fruity sour apricot woody aroma. Fruity sour tart apricot and cherry woody flavor. Has a sour tart woody apricot and cherry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1938) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Pours light pale yellow with a small ring of head. Lots of aromas on this one when compared to the other Almanacs of the night. Apricots, plums, strawberry, lemons, barnyard, flowers, and wood. Sour and tart taste. Lots of lemon juice and apricots with some other fruit mixing in. Very acidic. A bit rough to drink but great aroma and flavors.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3692) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
75 cl. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to PriorL & Mathieu87! Light citrus golden, little fizzing away white head. Fruity lemon, pear, apricot, citrus, cleared out lovely brett, sour aspirin in a good way, flowers, wheat, funky white wine. Fizzy, very light, wowza this was good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Pale straw gold, almost no head after 10 secs. Slightly sourish, grapey, Brett, lactic. Sour with nice fruit - I get the impression the loquats are prominent, but Iím no conoisseur there. Citrus too. Very spritzy carbonation, sourish aftertaste, but not very outstandingly complex. Excellent sour ale, deserves more attention! Dank U, Vermeerschkes voor dit extraatje!


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