pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy brownish yellow with a loose thin white head. Subtle sour wheaty with very small peach. Low carbonation, a little more substance than is usual for the style. Very subtle peachy, less subtle, though still very subdued lambic tartness. A bit herbal, of all things. Small alcohol. Lingering wheat. Really full, almost creamy for the style. I know this isn’t a traditional lambic in any way, it is still delightful and interesting. I’m surprised by the low rating, and I’m not even a big fan of peach!
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 into snifter (thanks to Roger of Rich Oís for being the man!). Murky pour with bizarre pastel color. Though the other didnít like it (or the other upland lambics) very much, I though this was highly drinkable and very comfortably palatable, even for people new to lambics. However, it lacks the traditional feel of a true lambic.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 26, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Rich O’s: poured hazy orange with no head. Little peach aroma, almost nonexistent. Very very light funk. Flavor is sour but finishes watery with no real peach flavor to speak of. Why this is highly rated I have no clue. It has potential but Upland needs to go back to the drawing board and start this over. The worst of the 3 Upland lambics I had.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mild sour flavor lots of sweet peach flavor...like lindmans but way better!
dalekliz (809) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to wetherel! Pours a hazy peachy-orange with no head. Sour aroma, of peach and lemons, a bit herbal. Taste is clean, crisp, starts with sour lemon and funk, then big peach flavors come in, sweet and juicy. Lingering peach sweet-sourness. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A careful pour produces no real head and yet still shows no bubbles trying to rise through this beer. The beer is a hazy, gold-tinged, light amber hue that does show a nice orange tint to it when held up to the light. Up front the aroma smells of fruit, through the middle is smells tart and the finish has a toasty oak note to it that accentuates a fruitiness with some coconut-like notes. Interesting, the more I smell this the more confused I get about what is oak and what is fruit; I do know that there is a significant coconut aroma to this beer. There is also some spicy oak like notes that seem to accentuate an almost Bourbon like alcohol warming. Other than light sourness in the nose, the aroma is very sparse on any funky notes that one would find in a traditional Lambic. As the beer warms a touch of aromatic peach skin character starts to become noticeable towards the finish; almost more flower-like than fruit like, but it does seem to finally take on some peach-derived aromas. The oak definitely seems to be the major contributor to the nose, and it is nicely done, but I would have love to have seen more peach character and some barnyard funk.
Only lightly tart, quite mellow actually though it does have a touch of lactic sourness. The coconut note is quite noticeable in the flavor as well. Maybe a tickle of carbonation is here but by almost any measure this is a flat beer. Some carbonation would certainly have provided a lot of nice texture to this beer, it does not quite come off as watery though and does have a touch of heft to it. Peach flavors are not overtly apparent here, the coconut note certainly is wrapped up in and accentuates a fruitiness here. This has a definite nuttiness to it (that most often leans towards coconut) that makes me wonder if some of it might be influenced by the peach character. This is quite dry , with no perceived sweetness.
Definitely a bit of a disappointment, this is not bad though, it just could be so much more. The lack of sourness, much less bracing acidity, one expects in a Lambic is a glaring hole, and there isn’t even any barnyard funkiness to up the complexity here. The lack of carbonation hurts a bit more, but would not really have been an issue if the other Lambic characteristics had been captured. Actually because of the lack of sourness and funk, the carbonation issue becomes all that much more of a problem.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from StFun. Thanks! Some peack aroma. Some buttery oakiness. Mild sourness. Another insanely easy to drink beer. Cloudy yellow color.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Crown #19.
Poured a cloudy orange color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing.
Moderate to heavy peach, herbs and yeasty aroma.
Medium body with a sticky texture.
Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10th rating of this beer. 750ml bottle Wetherel brought to my Halloween tasting 09. Had right after the Raspberry Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and tart with a lot of really cool peach. Taste is full of peach, slightly tart, very nice, and sweet. Slightly sweeter and not as good as the raspberry but very nice overall.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured cloudy golden in color with a thin layer of bubbles which dissipated quickly. Aroma of peaches, oak, earthy, grains. Tastes of oak, peaches, light brett, earthy, grass or hay. Not very tart. Tastes a little too fresh for me. 1st batch uplands get quite lively and tart with time. I really hope this one does as well. My least favorite of the bunch.