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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4606) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - shared with Mette - Special thanks to Derek - drinking while getting ready for Alinea !!! Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Nice vinegar aroma, roasted notes, caramel, fruity, mellow sourness, nice wooden notes, coconut notes, light lactic, nice refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
newcigarz (43) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle shared by landhoney at Coffee District. Pours a brownish/red with small off-white head. Smell is sour and acidic. Very pleasing taste with a nice balance of tart and sweet. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2804) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle shared by Seth. Clear brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sour fruit aromas. Sweet with sour apple notes. Mild tartness and acidity. A very nice sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Batch 9-11. Poor is a hazy copper red with Thick sediment and small off white head. aroma is dominated by a musty funk which I hope was not planned. Taste is redeeming with a nicely balanced sweet/tart flavor with an oak and vanilla background, mildly puckering in the finish. Enjoyed this but hard to get over the musty aroma and chunks of sediment present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle shared amongst friends. This was definitely worth the trade I made for it. Not even in my fridge for more then 5 hrs before I decided to crack it open. I was happy that it wasn’t a sweet sour mess like Duchess, or too vinagary. Solid sour!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pours deep clear red with a small medium brown head. Nose lends a mild balance of lactic and acetic acidity along with dark caramel malts, vanilla, almost some roasts, cinnamon, and some sweetness. The first taste drops in a good amount of lemon and acetic tartness but is quickly downplayed with dark vanilla and spicy caramel malts like a dessert. Carbonation is more in tune than their other sours and is creamy and medium heavy bodied. Given that this isn’t my favorite style of sour ale it is a little sweet for me. The spices and vanilla character is pleasant but still has a fair bit of tartness in there, just not puckering like some others. i suppose it has to be a little sweet with 10.5 ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1186) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle via the release. Pours a deep red/brown color with minimal head. Aroma is Christmas to a certain extent. All spice, cinnamon, anise and some dark fruit. Taste hits on all of these spices and more. Big mouth feel which is nice but not overly sour, could be more so. This one was very nice in a change of pace way for a sour tasting. Would love to open the remaining bottles over Christmas Eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Thanks James! Semi hazy copper pour with good offwhite head. Lightly tart faint raspberry nose. Great balanced tart sweet wine quality. Does not seem backsweetened like some of the other upland beers do. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4156) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle, thanks to pantanap shared @ 7venth Sun.Pours gazy light brown with a small beigish head. Aroma is sourish barrel bourbon a bit sweet fruity berry tart yet dryish too. Flavor is sour sweetish much like aroma wuth a slight vinegar and cherry touch. Finishes sourish  sweetish with some red berries notes.

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