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Santa Clara Valley Brewing Heartís Delight Summer Ale

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Heartís Delight Summer Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our barrel-aged summer ale pays homage to the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. This beer is 100% fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and aged in wine barrels for over 12 months. The addition of tart Montmorency cherries creates a sour fruitiness that is vibrant and refreshing, perfect for a sunny day in The Valley of Heartís Delight... or wherever you are this summer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours peach with a transient beige head and a sour cherry aroma. There is a light malt flavor with lots of sour cherry and a dry finish. A nice sour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours translucent gold with a slight white head. Tart cherry aroma. Med body, almost. Flavor is tart cherry, brett, then graham. Fairly dry. :) This is a mild sour/wild. Perfect for a day in the pool. Or anywhere perhaps. Not getting much wood. Thereís light horse blanket. Very, very drinkable, but might not satisfy the dedicated sour head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipates to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is oaky, fruity, tart cherry, vinous, quite nice actually. Flavor is like a subdued version of the aroma, dry and light tart, not much funk going on, oak and vinous notes dominate, not a lot of cherry coming through. Not getting the diacetyl flavors of the first reviewer. I find this to be pleasant and drinkable, quite subdued in character with an oaky fruitiness dominating over the lactic and Brett notes. I expect this will develop complexity as it ages, but right now it is pleasant and drinkable. Lightish body, minimal carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle (seems partially bottle conditioned, at the very least unfiltered and bottled with a highish cell count). Pours with a mildly hazed peach hued body with a small white head that is quick to fade. Aromas are floral, stone fruit, wet wood, seltzer water (mineral + carbonic bite), cherry skins, a bit of underripe plum. Oak vanillins. Flavors show a young brett character (cheerio), toasted malt, mild tartness, tannins, vanillin, very subtle cherry character. Oak lactones, lots of wood. Pretty subdued, but not bad overall. Oddly similar barrel presence to the other beer brewed in San Jose with a similar name. Medium acidity, very tannic finish, somewhat watery, moderate carbonation. Not bad overall.
After reading the other review, I must say, I get zero VDKs and I am pretty sensitive to diacetyl. Just a young brett character and a stronger than Iíd prefer amount of wood.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
ineedbeer (736) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Aroma is interesting with a candy/Jolly Rancher character. Light cherry notes, faint malt and light acidity. A touch of stone fruit and tropical fruit. A bit medicinal and similar to a Ludenís Wild Cherry throat lozenge. Pours a cloudy orange with a touch of pink and a small, thin white head that quickly disappears. No lacing and no legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with faint acidity. Holy diacetyl Batman! I canít believe Steve would release this crap. Light cherry character with faint malt notes. This is straight diacetyl and really disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, the flavor of this beer is dominated by butters popcorn. Aroma is not as bad, but the flavor is really bad. Really faint cherry and wine barrel character. A disappointing beer from a brewer that I used to respect. EDIT: After reading the other reviews it sounds like there may be some bottle variation. Lots of reviews on Untappd also mention a strong diacetyl presence.


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