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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Previously known as Gilgamesh. Continuing our adventure into the realm of sour ale brewing, we designed a recipe to create an Upland version of a traditional Flanders Red. Melding flaked maize into a turbid mash and adding Belgian candi sugar during a long kettle boil, we prepared this ale for epic proportions. We then incorporated wild yeasts and other acetic and lactic acid producing microorganisms for a year-long oak fermentation in bourbon barrels, which had previously been utilized to age beer. The journey was worth the hardships.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12242) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, cranberry, red plum, herbs, mustiness, and wood. Flavor of red plum, raspberries, herbs, caramel, and earth with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) clearish deep amber/red with lasting offwhite head. Nose of bourbon, tart cranberry, lightly mossy, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, caramel, lightly tart, currant, cranberry, medium body that’s very carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4415) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
Clear, off white head, brown colored, sligh cloudiness. The taste is tart, acidic, wood, fruits, and dry. The smell is lighter, tart, wood, and ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4201) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
Red amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is of berries, funk, wood. Taste is tart, wood, caramel, plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
Appearance: Pours dark beet red with a white ring and a few swirls. Visible rising bubbles.

Aroma: Sour red fruit, soaked oak barrel, alcohol, funk.

Taste: Sour grape, wood, bourbon barrel. A little red wine vinegar. While there was apparent booze barrel character, the alcohol of the beer was well hidden for 10.5%.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very carbonated.

Overall: One of the best executed sours I’ve had from Upland, even though I haven’t tried them all. The cross between the red sour ale and the bourbon barrel scared me at first, but worked really well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
Reddish pour, nice off white head. Aroma is really interesting! Bourbon, vinegar, oak, dark fruit, funk. Flavor is a really tasty blend of sour, light sweet, bourbon and fruit esthers. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (13201) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a rather dark red/amber color without much in the way of head formation (or carbonation). A bit more bourbon and vanilla than expected. Some definite acetic qualities with some red wine vinegar and dark fruits. A little caramel sweetness, too. Like the nose, sweet toffee/caramel and barrel notes (bourbon and vanilla). The sourness picks up as it warms and the vinegar is able to come through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Nose is nice - smells like a flanders red - balsamic vinegar with a touch of bourbon. Hazy dark amber with white foam. Taste is pretty good - nice balance of tart and sweet vanilla. Subtle, balanced and tasty. Palate is medium bodied and softy carbed. Glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle provided by me, poured into my Portsmouth tulip. A hazy honey brown in color, half fingers worth of light yellow head. Nose isn’t that great, some lactic sourness, cherry, and slightly metallic. Flavor is an upgrade, nice cherry sourness and vinegar. The ending is a little off-putting flavor wise. Smooth, spritzy mouthfeel, long finish, good acidity. Decent Flanders, nothing special. Not sure if this is worth the price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4750) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
750 mL bottle graciously shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a hazy red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, some sugar, some vinegar, oak, cherry, and slight chocolate. Flavor is similarly deep: malt, chocolate, slight vanilla/ bourbon, candi sugar, and tart fruit. An interesting and varied blend of sweet and sour. Medium in body and very interesting overall.

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