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Upright Sole Composition: Apricot Seven
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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The Apricot Seven is a blend of two oak barrels soured from Artisanal Wine Cellars. Both were treated identically, being filled with a batch of Seven in early January 2011 along with Oregon apricot puree and a bit of brettanomyces. After eleven months, the two were blended and have been sneaking out here and there in draft form, while this ten case release was saved until now. At this point the beer has a significant earthy and fruity quality with distinct tartness rooted in both apricot and brettanomyces fermentation byproducts. Perfectly suited for fans of funky and sour ales, this one is just fine now but can be cellared for several years for more pronounced wine-like flavor to emerge.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9727) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day. Not sure who brought this but it was quite tasty, so thank you very much! Pours a hazy yellow/orange appearance with a white head. Big juicy apricot, funky pineapple bretty vanilla aroma. A bit oaky, moderately tart, fruity yeasty, apricot/peachy, tropical fruity, funky bretty flavor. Fuck yeah.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Listed as "three barrel blend". So much carbonation. Fruit plays second fiddle to the yeast, yielding to even the carb. Citrus jumps out before being pummeled by bitter yeast. The other guys liked this way more than I did.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4006) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle, shared by Ucusty at Beer Study. Pours a cloudy orange golden with a sudsy white head. Nose is sweeter peach and apricot at first, some tart fruits. Flavor is more balanced with the barrel coming through quite a bit like most from Upright. Fruit is balanced nicely with the tart vinegary sourness. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
750ml bottle pours a hazy, bright orange with some cloudy, white head. Nice, fruity nose, loads of juicy apricot, yeasty. Flavor is the same, juicy, sweet, fruity. Medium bodied, dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
hazy peach body, oily wisps. Nose immediately of diacetyl.. but it partially blows off! Underneath is bretty foot, stronger peach, light grass and grain. Flavor is good, soft peach, lightly bitter Chardonnay and grass, woody accents. Soft carbonation fizzles wonderfully. Nice, if not as complex as other offerings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Nice fruity nose, lots of sweet citrus, light floral notes and funky cheese. Lightly sweet and tart, light citrus, a touch of honey, dusty treat. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Slightly hazy orange yellow pour. Musty light apricot aroma. Some oak tangerine and wine notes. Flavor is dry and oaky. Light apricot flavor. Bready buttered popcorn notes. Light tartness with a bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Tap @ Grain and Gristle... Poured hazy, golden orange with a white head. This is the stuff dreams are made of. Nice floral tones, perfume-y apricot with dried yeast, wood, funk, and tartness. LIke a more complex Cascade Apricot Ale. I could drink this stuff all day. Refined, refreshing, a very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (8308) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
On tap at the Grain & Gristle, pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of loads of funk, apricots, sour fruits and oak barrels – very complex. Flavour is quite funky and wild, with loads of sour, funky apricots, a little barnyard character and more funky apricots. There is a light acidity with moderate oaky sourness . The oak barrels and apricot are executed to perfection. Excellent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Draft at 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. Pours a hazy golden color, funk and apricots dominant in nose. Little head, slight lacing. Barrels are just barely there, medium body, finish is overly sweet, albeit short. Not a bad beer, just below Upright’s usual standards.


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