valpoaj (705) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby Amber pour - minimal head - looks nice in the glass. Aroma is yeasty, sour, hint of cherry and other fruits...somewhat malty - but not particularly bold. Flavor is very well done - a very ’soft’ version of a Flanders, and not nearly as ’brash’ (and that carries neither a good nor bad tone) as many other Upland sours I’ve had in the past. The sour flavor is offset nicely with the tart cherry, brown sugar notes, and finishes very smoothly. Palate is appropriate for the style with some off and on lively carbonation. This is a very nice sour for those who are still on the fence about sours...bold and in-your-face this is not, but it is delicious!
bubblehouse (1136) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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DuffMan (8802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from b3shine-- thanks Beau! Murky medium brown, copper highlights, with a lively lasting off white head. Cider vinegar, sour cherries, oak, brown sugar. Moderate acetic sourness, not as bracing as some of Uplands fruit lambics. A terrific sour brown!
Tmoney99 (12991) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a clear ruby brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour yeast and dark candy aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer for style.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy, dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.
Sweet vinous aroma with earthy oak, vanilla, roasted malts and vinous dark fruit notes. Strong red wine barrel with toasted oak, red wine, dark grape and cherry. Underneath, there’s some roasted dark malt, vinous fruits, musty brett and subtle acetic acid.
Medium bodied with tart, acidic sournesss along with toasted oak and vinous dark fruit flavors. Tart with dry, musty brett and lactic funk followed by caramel malt, toffee, cherry, grape and currants. Light and easy to drink which is surprising considering the complexity. A very solid dark sour from Upland.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, batch 1. Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color that is topped by a small layer of tan colored foam that quickly fades to a thin film and leaves steaks of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of sour dark fruits, caramel sweetness, some Bretty funks, tannins, and wet oak. There is also some acetic sourness and vinegar as well. The flavor follows with more sour dark fruits with plums, berries, and dark cherries being prominent and followed by some oak tannins, acetic funk, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and puckering on the mouthfeel that leads to a dry, tart, and fruity finish. Solid sour ale that shows a wide range of flavors.
chinchill (3779) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large shared bottle.
Pours very dark brown with a minimal head. Nearly black in the glass.
Very tart ... even smells tart.
High ABV according to the flavor, but this is not evident in the medium body.
Very flavorful. Near puckering tart.
JorisPPattyn (9056) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small greige-reddish head over deep garnet beer, well-carbonated. Mint, lavender, chlorophyl chewing gum. Sourish, faint vegetables, mango. Finish is mint again. Very carbonated, body gets hidden by the CO² & sour character. If they didn’t print the blurb, one would be afraid to ask what they did, here. The mint is weird, but in the end, the beer presents some charm.
drowland (7714) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/21/15. Bottle during RBWG 2015, and older vintage I’m told. Murky caramel pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Funky aroma, tart acetic acid, balsamic, caramel, toasted caramel. Doughy flavor, caramel, but also light funk, oak, acetic acid. Interesting, not bad.
Art (2848) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with an off white head. Aromas of vinegar, acetic acid, some cocoa powder. Taste is sour with an underlying roasty flavor. Really surprised me. Thought this would suck but didn’t.