Style: American Wild Ale
Almanac Beer Co Valley of the Heart’s Delight
What the brewers say
“Brewed with foraged apricots. Aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture. The yeasts create a mild acidic bite as well as pull oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big, juicy apricot and peach sweetness up front with just enough lactic tartness to support. Moderate toasty sweet malt, light caramel sweetness, light smoky phenol with black pepper.”
Flavor: “Bold tart kick in the front with lemon and acidic tartness. The apricots come through and provide some sweetness but sit behind the lactic character in this beer. High carbonation level helps to finish this beer nicely. Tastes more like cooked apricot (apricot pie maybe) than fresh fruit.”
Overall: “Incredible fruit character up front, like biting into an apricot, followed by a very nice, supportive tartness and funk that add to the complexity beautifully. Finish is balanced between fruit sweetness and tartness, making it a beer you want to immediately come back to for more. The Brett character is extremely well suited to the apricot, with other fruit notes contributed such as peach and pineapple.”
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