Almanac Valley of the Heart's Delight (Batch 3)

 
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This sour beer is inspired by the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural roots, back when it was a fertile basin filled with fruit orchards known as The Valley of the Heart’s Delight. We collaborated with the local non-profit organization Garden to Table to source foraged apricots, dates, and mulberries for this wine barrel-aged sour blonde ale. Fruit purchase proceeds support urban farming education in San Jose.

Batch 3: Apricots, Dates, Mulberries (released December 2015)

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4.3
ansalon (4163) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2017
Pours hazy golden with a low white head. Aromas of apricot, green apples, farmhouse, citrus, oak. Taste is very fruity and sour with farmhouse and grassy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and very dry. Very very good!

4.2
kryon (3883) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2017
Pours hazy golden with low white head
Aromas has lovely notes of apricot, peach, vanilla, green grapes, funky farmhouse, citrus
Taste has notes of apricot, vanilla, grapes, ripe apples, sweet fruits, oak, farmhouse

4.2
jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Pours a cloudy golden yellow from the bottle little to no head or lace. Aroma of musty oak funk, hint of sweet citrus, and lactic acidity. Taste follows, almost like an unblended lambic, pretty awesome. Wow, this is damn good.

3.8
anstei (2670) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pours foggy pale yellow. Aroma: Soft malts, light Brett, apricot indeed, barrel. Light, tart and sour, great balance, low but crisp carbonation, still pleasant apricot and wine barrel. Refreshing, spritzy, nice.

4
onceblind (10701) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Hazy golden with a fast-dissipating head. Big white wine tart sour aroma with fresh grass and berries and wild yeast funk and some sour apricot. Tart sour flavor that’s white wine-esque and oaked and has some fun berry flavors with wild yeast tropicalness and a lingering dry tropical tart wine tone. A little basic but well done.

4
marcus (10752) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle from La Riviera Liquors. Pours hazy gold with almost no head and a powerful fruity aroma. There is a very sour mixed fruit flavor with a puckeringly tart finish. Very nice.

3.9
bhensonb (15852) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours translucent gold. Aroma of lightly sour apricots and some other fruit. Flavor is moderately sour apricot and darkish fruit notes. Dry. Sourish. Astringent. Quite nice.

3.2
BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Draught at Plan 9 Alehouse. Pours cloudy pale orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma lactic apricot and berries with cracker malt, dates and tropical fruit esters. Flavor is lactic apricots and berries with cracker malt, dates, earthy yeast and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
Lothore (647) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden hue with a fizzy two finger head that fades quickly. Smells funky, light stone fruit notes. Taste is super tart, tight and focused leaving residual lemony notes. The extreme tartness overpowers things a little but this beer is still delicious. I think I may have sat on this a little too long and the sourness has increased and the fruit notes have died off (based on other reviews). Medium bodied with ample carbonation. I love sour beer but this may be a little too much without anything to counterbalance. Maybe it’s my fault for sitting on it too long. Still an enjoyable brew that I really liked but doesn’t match up to my first batch 1 and 2 experiences.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12998) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 2, 2016
A moderately sour and acidic sour blonde with wine and oak, apricot and Berry aroma and flavor. Not sure I’d be able to pick out the dates if I wasn’t looking for em. Good stuff.


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