Upright Sole Composition: Apricot Seven
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9279) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle at my house. Pours apricot gold with white head. Nose/taste of freshly peeled apricots, tart fruit, oak, light funky acid and wild yeast. Lovely well balanced acidity. Medium body. Well crafted sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
750mL at Woodshop 7. Pours a low haze peach juice with large head formation. Nose is sweet peach, honey, sugar, sea salt, mild fresh brine and nectar fruit skins. Taste is bitter peach skin, peach juice, lemon pulp, and big peach cobbler dessert. Palate is clean, dry, fruity. Soft. Another winner from Upright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6704) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle 24/120 courtesy of James at a tasting at his place. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Bright dusty dried apricots on the nose, soft funky acid and tartness. Apricot and soft musk, toast and sweet acid. A touch of acid and nutty acetone. Smooth and delicious. Apricot on here is tasty. Very, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Light tart aroma with fruity apricot and white grapes. The flavor has tart and fruity sweet apricot, funky yeast, white grapes and a quick tart and dry finish. Great balance of sweetness and tartness and a very tasty addition of apricots. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2013
In short: A rustic, oaky, dry and apricots-fruity ale. Highly drinkable and complex. Lovely.
How: Bottle 750ml. One sent to me by julian and another one by mcberko, thanks guys. This rating for the bottle sent from julian, an ealier (first?) release, one year of age?, bottle #91 of 120.
The look: Cloudy shining peach color body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: Nose has a bright wild yeast character, dry freshly cut oak, apricots. Taste is very clean for the style. Nice fresh fruits (obviously apricots upfront but also mangos, goseberries, peaches, and even some bananas). Dry oak. Very nice bright and clean wild yeast (pedio-ish I think). Strong rustic sensation. Very high attenuation. Low sourness sensation, this is definitely more a wild-rustic ale than a sour ale. Fun foamy and very lively mouthfeel. Not many so-called sour ale I can describe as sessionnable but this is one I could drink gallons of, I went down my 750ml bottle like it was a session Saison. I think there would be a lot more divorces if all beers were that good and if internet browsers did not have a clear history button.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Pours a richly deeper orange gold hue. Firm haze, frothy offwhite head dies to a ring and laces small. Aromas are bretty pineapple, doughy malts, sour apricots. Lactic acid preaches lemons, yogurty presence, touches of oak, gentle white wine element. A fairly vibrant nose, a touch yeast, wine barrel element. Initial is medium bodied, a touch more girthy than expected with fruity esters, pineapple, firm brett. Gentle oak, some sour apricots. Yeast and yogurt, touces of lemon. A mellow girthy malt kick sticks around, weighing the palate down a bit. Richer fruits, firm kicks of sourness, lactic and apricots are quite apparent. Lemons, crab apples are gentle. Some bready doughy malts, touch of sourdough. Gentle spice. Finish is a bit crisp, lingering brett, pineapple and some cobwebs. Gentle yogurt really grows. An enjoyable beer that seems a bit held back by a touch heavier malt profile. Solid. Nose and appearance are winners, flavors and palate are solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Really nice up front apricot with some underneath musty dusty hay and lightly herbal notes. Soft funky notes, a touch of barrel notes as well. Pours hazy orange, thin head and lace. Apricot up front and throughout, herbal notes underneath, a touch of bitterness, a touch funky and dry. Lingering tangy apricot. Nice carovonation. Lingering tangy funky. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4984) - 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.

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