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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (2370) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle corked and capped from queenholly poured into a tulip. Dark red with small/medium with small/medium beige head. Aroma is tart cherries, medium body, well/medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dark candy sugar, tart, some subdued cherries, some vinegar, and some bourbon. I prefer most of the other Uplands selections I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Ugh. Bourbon and upland. Brown sugar, leather, grape juice and painful acetic acid. The bourbon is offensive on this "epic" flander. Pickles buttered popcorn. No go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle; Pour is murky brown, with a hint of amber into this snifter - The head is fine bubbled khaki, with two fingered head that retains fairly well here. The nose is deep cellar, caramel and brown sugar, moving to feint earthen oak presence. Itís a touch jarring, frankly. Thankfully, the flavor profile is more appealing by my estimation. It is initial light tart, with some acetic presence, moving to dark cherry notes, moving to oak tannins. Some lactic notes come through, with lingering spice and caramel toffee notes. Bourbon presence is meek at best - but I suppose thatís alright - Anyway - itís a nice attempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Sour. Tart cheries and a hint of oak. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1878) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2014
750mL bottle pours a murky dark brown with a small sparse bubbly khaki head. Fairly large oak and bourbon presence in aroma, sour lactic, raisin and caramel. The flavors of the sweet oaky bourbon work really well with the tart and sourness, caramel and brown sugar with light corn in the finish. Pretty interesting stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle from a recent tasting. Thanks for splitting. Listed as Gilgamesh. A: Brown coloration with a creme colored head. Lacing. N: Acetone, vinegar, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of cocoa and maybe coffee, leather, and tobacco, as befits a blacker sour. T: Tart. Somewhat sweet. M: Medium body, medium carbonation, no alcohol. O: This works pretty well for a dark sour - which I tend to find have too many factitious sides. This one works pretty well, emphasizing the tart over the bittersweet elements.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle during upland share. Dark brune pour with tan bubbles. Very tart fruit aromas. Regular sour red tones, sour tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
750 ml bottle
A vintage bottle from the original release ("Gilgamesh") finally was shared with some friends during a sour tasting. A top notch sour proves that Upland still has their "A" game. A special occasion beer is best shared with people who enjoy great beer thanks to a high price tag. Even so you should have an excellent time.

Aroma / Appearance - A cherry red base shimmers at it absorbs about half the light. A wispy beige head sits thinly above like overcast skies. Vinegar, musty books, cherry candy left open in a bag for a month, and a strong tartness all add complex aged notes.

Flavor / Palate - Musty books and chocolate coat the tongue with a rich layer of complexity. The finish of acidity brings a stark vinegary touch. In the spirit of other Upland sours it shines from start to finish. If youíve got a friend with a bottle convince them to bring it to the next tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Hazed brown pour with light off white head and lace. Aroma is sour bretty funk. Flavor is light sweet chocolate and a fairly intense dry bretty funk finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. pretty funky

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11244) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle as Gilgamesh. RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of sour vinegar, peach vinegar, funk and oak. Medium body.

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