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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 weve 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5135) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. From my notes. In sample glass hazy gold. White head. Nose of sour ripe stone fruit and cirrus. Medium body. Flavor is quite sour with tastes like lemon, apricots, ,and grapes all fermented. Quite tasty and overall an excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6367) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of earth must, funk, brett, wood, bacteria. Taste of wood, bacteria, bretts, basement, and a sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle shared at Struise shop Brugge. Cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma has a lot of dusty cellar funk, cobweb, lactic, light leathery notes and citrus. Flavour is light heavy acidic. Light medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3575) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle corked and capped. Clear light orange with medium white head. Aroma is light tart, medium body, well carbonated, thick small-bubble lacing. Taste is nice tart citrus, oak, and some white wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3272) - 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. Its almost like pouring a light syrup. The aroma is way sour. I dont know that Ive smelled one this intense before. There is a little citrus, some nice funk, and a little wine that shows through on the back end. Its to the point where there is so much sour happening, its 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, its 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (8049) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1386) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6046) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tderoeck (9193) - 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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9908) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Tdereock via Adamjackson. Orange, col fin blanc. Arme de brett, lacto, belle note dagrumes avec un lger rtro rustique et bois. Palais est aigre mais plaisant par rapport dautres bires de Upland. Agrumes, brett avec un lger ct abricot. Fini est sec, lgrement pic avec une pointe boise de chne. Retrouve un profil assez amricain, principalement avec cet usage de brett. Reste trs correcte et une bonne bire dentre dans les bires Upland qui rservent souvent des surprises trs vinaigres. Blend 5.


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