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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Blended Sour Ale aged in oak wine barrels.

We began our sour ale project in 2006 with only four oak barrels previously used to store red wine. The number has grown over the years, along with the amount of sour ale we’ve brewed. Each barrel develops unique characteristics as it ferments independently, and just as Belgian brewers have been doing for centuries, we sought out our favorite barrels, ranging in age from one to three years old, for blending. By blending the sour ale from these barrels together in various amounts, we created in this bottle a live harmony of tartness, fruitiness and layers of flavor that can never be replicated. We hope you enjoy it with friends, whenever and wherever.

Currently, this entry holds all BLENDS

BLEND 1: Batch Years Blended - 2006 (Original Batch), 2008, 2010 - Bottled 12/13/2010
BLEND 2: Batch Years Blended - Two Different 2008 Batches - Bottled 3/16/2012
BLEND 3: Batch Years Blended - 2008 and 2009 - Bottled 3/25/2013
BLEND 4: Batch Years Blended - 2008, 2010, and 2013 - Bottled 8/28/2013
BLEND 5: Batch Years Blended - 2010 and 2013 - Bottled 4/30/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1370) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour on this is a foggy gold with no head and no lace. It’s almost like pouring a light syrup. The aroma is way sour. I don’t know that I’ve smelled one this intense before. There is a little citrus, some nice funk, and a little wine that shows through on the back end. It’s to the point where there is so much sour happening, it’s almost sweet. Should be interesting. The flavor is pretty disappointing. There is a lacto-induced sourness to start and some of the aiding flavors just fade away. The bright citrus is reserved, it’s not as sour as the nose would lead on either. The mouth feel is light and crisp, but the lack of carbonation makes it come off a little syrupy. The aftertaste is lingeringly funky and sour with a decent amount of citrus, but it is not what I was hoping for. Upland needs the fruit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle poured at GABF 2015 with Andrew, Mel and Frank. Pours a hazy golden body with thick, creamy white lacing. Aroma is bright sour fruit. Mouthfeel is light and soft with notes of tart fruit and mild vinegar in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
750 ml bottle Blend 1. Pours a cloudy dark orange color and topped by a small head of off white foam that settles quickly to a thin film and leaves some steaks of lace around the glass. The aroma is of sour citrus, lemon peel, lime, barnyard funk, vinous oak, and lactic sourness. The flavor follows and is really nice and sour with notes of citrus fruit, lemon peel and lime, acetic sourness, and vinous oak. There is a nice lactic sourness as well that keeps things from getting too acetic. Medium bodied with puckering sourness and ample carbonation that leads to a dry, sour citrus finish. I was really surprised by this. Really nice sour beer and hope to try the other blends some day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5325) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Great Taste of the Midwest, 2015. I am not sure what year this is. Great beer, appearance, palate, aroma and flavor are all correct, and it is hard to get much closer to a Belgian lambic than this; in fact it could pass for real lambic. Very sour, yeast in the aroma, dry and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tderoeck (6880) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2015
25/VII/15 - 75cl bottle @ Trillium tasting, home - BB: n/a (2015-998) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy orange beer, small creamy aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates immediately, non adhesive. Aroma: funky, spicy, hint of cinnamon, chlorine, bit chemical, some unripe apricots. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sour start, some apple cider vinegar, sourish, lemon juice. Aftertaste: bitter touch, woody, some tannins, very sour, lemon juice, vinegar. My enamel is crumbling down...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Tdereock via Adamjackson. Orangée, col fin blanc. Arôme de brett, lacto, belle note d’agrumes avec un léger rétro rustique et boisé. Palais est aigre mais plaisant par rapport à d’autres bières de Upland. Agrumes, brett avec un léger côté abricot. Fini est sec, légèrement épicé avec une pointe boisée de chêne. Retrouve un profil assez américain, principalement avec cet usage de brett. Reste très correcte et une bonne bière d’entrée dans les bières Upland qui réservent souvent des surprises très vinaigrées. Blend 5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck & AdamChandler! Drank a good amount from a 750 ml. bottle. Sour Blend nr. 5. Hazy orange, little white head. Nose is puckering sour, lime & lemon acidy, strong acidity, light barnyard, more sourness & acidity,… Strongly sour but nowhere near as unbearable as I was lead to believe that it would be. Strong, puckering basic sourness, no real complexity but enjoyable for me. Taste is basic puckering lemon acidity, USA sour, hay, faint barnyard but overall puckering lemon acidity & some vinegar, oak & more tartness,… Body is puckering USA acidity, some vinegar, lower carb. Drinks quite well despite the strong acidity of it all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (4982) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
From a bottle at the Funk Asheville Festival 2015. Version #6. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Flavors of tart yellow cherries. Touch of sweetness in the finish. My favorite of the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4632) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to chebyshev, shared with Luk. Clear pale gold pour with generous white foam. Aroma is quite acetic, funky, lots of oak, light white wine notes, wet hay, nice profile but with a strong american sour acetic component. Taste is tart and acidic, lemony, acetic flavors, light oak notes soften the touch on the palate. Palate is med-light bodied with good carbonation, nice dryness. Overall quite easy drinking, very approachable sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2449) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Light hazy yellow pour with a white head. Massive sour nose with an underlying funk. Tart, but not bracingly so. Soft finish with some lingering acidity. Slightly funky.

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