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

RATINGS: 204   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.

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SHIG (5322) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2018
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with white head. Funky danky aroma. Taste is sour apricot funky.

kerenmk (5397) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Lior’s. Thanks Tom. Batch 2. Clear gold. Slightly funky, bread roll and apricot aroma, very sour taste of unripe apricot and acidic. Full body, acidic finish, no fizz.

rayaron (2185) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Lior’s place. Thanks Tom. Hazy golden with white head. The aroma has lots of apricot, lacto, some spiciness, a bit oxidised. Very sour flavor with lots of apricot, some spiciness, acidic, some orange. Medium-bodied. Nice.

zvsn (2483) - ISRAEL - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting, thanks Tom. Hazy yellow orange. Aroma is funky,barnyard, Brett, citrus, berries. Flavors - sour, lactic, berries, lemon, apricots. Light bodied, dry and fizzy. Very good.

kryon (4050) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2017
Pours hazy golden with low white head Aromas tart and funky of apricot, green apples, hints of gooseberries, Taste has notes of apricot, over ripe green apples, light citrusy notes, light notes of vanilla

jc1762 (1695) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2017
Taproom draft into a shot-glass showing moderately translucent dark orange with white lacing. Sediments definitely fall out after the aging. The nose shows subdued apricot. The palate is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Drinks like a tart white wine with oak in the background and light apricot on the mid-palate. Very tart. Still has further complexity from aging but will also likely become more tart.

stevoj (6040) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Medium golden, tiny bubbly head, slightly hazy. Tart, sweet nose. Fruity, apricots prominent. Taste is tart, nice soft, lingering pucker. Stone fruit sweetness. Tart, bitter and sweet. Nicely done.

koleminer20 (4374) - 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.

ebone1988 (2343) - 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.

wetherel (1905) - 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.

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