Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 750ml bottle. Initially clear, each successive pour of the dark, rusty, reddish-cherrywood body is significantly more cloudy. A thin beige head quickly recedes, fading away almost completely within a minute or so. Tiny lace spots are strewn about the glass. The nose is tart, but not overly so, showing a sort of minty, Fantôme-esque yeast profile and soft wisps of lactic acidity, all over a base of lightly sweet brown grain malts and dark, figgy fruit. Soured, wet oak and tart, bright grape notes suggest rosé wine. Flavors follow suit, very much like a tart saison from southern Belgium or northern France. A dark malt base lends fruity notes of soured figs, currants, and red grapes, all with just a hint of sugar caramelization. Yeast is minty and slightly lemony, serving as a perfect pair for the oakiness of the barrel, which is more vanilla heavy than the nose suggests. Hints of mulling spices and leafy tea lend further complimentary depth. The palate is lightly carbonated, showing a very vinous sort of dryness, somewhat tannic and a little papery, all with moderate substance and bit of alcoholic warmth. Overall, a very fine, tart, dark saison of sorts. Fantôme meets Oregon.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the better sours I’ve had, nice soured funky aroma, great taste. There is a lot going on and it’s hard to keep track and place it all, I actually gave up and just enjoyed it. The most sour of the upright sours I’ve had.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I drank the shit out of this for 3 dollars a glass at the brewery. This should probably be listed as a Sour Ale and not a Saison. Anyways. Pours dark red/amber with a puffy off white head. Wonderfully inviting aroma of soft sour cherries, very strong oak, wet wood and tannins, vanilla and funk. The barrel presence is strong, just about strong enough that if it were any more if would be overkill. Taste is pretty damn sour. Fruity and dry with a nice lactic acidity on the tail end. Upright is making some of the best beer in Portland right now. They’re supposedly bottling this so everyone should jump on it.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just had this on tap in the Upright tasting room.... WOW. This is one of the better beers I’ve had in Portland and just might beat all of the Cascade sours (which is really saying a lot.) Sour, funky aroma.... really pronounced oakiness. Really smooth flavor with just the right amount of sourness. Straight up incredible beer..... get it while you can.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry with a pleasant light sourness. Some funky character, but not a great deal. Thoroughly quaffable.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured reddish/amber with a thin, off-white head. Acidic, lactic, candied-sweet aroma. Lots of candied-sweet fruit tones, with an added tartness. The yeast notes played nicely with malts with an added oak quality before the nice tart, dry finish.