Upland Sour Reserve Ale

Brewed by Upland Brewing Company
Bloomington, Indiana USA
5.5% Lambic Style - Gueuze | 119 Ratings |
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

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
light medium heavy

Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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