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Darksynth - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 124
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 22 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-29-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Darksynth is 50% New Belgium Oscar (ale aged in wine barrels), 40% Dantalion, and 10% raspberry lambic.
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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 124
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome blend, i didnt even know this beer existed. for having only 10% raspberry beer blended in, it really tastes a lot like raspberries, tart and sweet and ripe and really authentic. the other main observation here for me is how sour it is, i mean, enamel peeling sour, so intense. it sort of looks and smells like a flanders red type, with the vinegar sourness and a dried fruitiness somewhere in the malt profile. lots of acid to this, citrus, lemons specifically in with the raspberries, and just a touch of chocolate malt type dryness. i love the funk, i love the musty wood on it, and overall this is really pretty excellent. i have not had any of the base beers blended to create this one, so its hard to say what each contributes, but the fruit is very forward and its a very complex drink. the surprise of the evening for me, in a session filled with a lot of world class beer. a real treat, pretty rare i assume, but grab one if you see it, delicious and some of the better work from new belgium in awhile.

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Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sonny for sharing this. Tampa visit review dump, full notes on IPad during consumption.

Bad bottle share review 1.

A- Mahogany brown pour to a snifter with a small frothy light tan head. Fair retention down to a medium ring. Legs throughout but the beer seems slick and lace is rare.

S- Raspberries and sourness. Lemon juice, funky must, vinous grapes, raisins and some toasted browned grains. Berry vinegar at times.

T- Insanely sour at times between a lactic explosion and plenty of acetic at the end. Notes of fresh raspberries, floral, battery acid lemon juice, vinaigrette and sour vinous grapes. Feels like a true Oud Bruin with more lactic.

MF- Dried out leading to a somewhat light feeling body. Carbonation is rather high revealing a foamy and oily creamy texture. Finishes hurting my mouth with insane sours.

Man this is ridiculously sour with a barrage of lemons and raspberry fruit flavors. Vinegar and dark grain flavors make it feel like and Oud Bruin.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -33%

Pour is dark clear caramel with a tan head. Nose is very similar to light. Lots of raspberry in the nose, hint of acetic acid, funk is faint. Taste is sweet, raspberry and a bit acetic in the finish. Very tart, light malt underneath. High carb and light body.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby body. Small off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Raspberry. Kinda vinegary. Oak and deep caramel.

Taste - Pretty sour. Lots of oak. Dark malts come through with a bit of roastiness. Intense sour cherry and raspberry. Sourness overwhelms in the end.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Well carbonated and medium body.

Overall - Upland sours are always intensely sour and this is no different. The flavors are strong enough to stand up, though.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany to copper color with cherry highlights around the edges and an off-white creamy topping.

The smell is cherry and raspberry tartness, slightly lactic and almost acedic smelling before it fades off to some mineral and metallic character.

The taste includes some metallic mineral flavoring begore getting funky with tart unripe raspberry flavoring and a borderline crippling acidity. The aftertaste is quite fruity with a blend of raspberry and cherry.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very sour to the point of being acedic which hindered the drinkability for me. But otherwise im appreciative of the chance to try this.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown in the glass, one finger white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Funk, caramel, brown ale-like base. Oak, grass, some dark fruits.

T-Starts with mild funk. Nice oak then a brown ale base. Ends with nice dark fruits.

M-Medium in body, nice carbonation.

O-A good collaboration, though I thought the LightSynth was a tad better.

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Photo of WTKeene
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a corked and caged bottle courtesy of Abbbp into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Dark crimson/brown, with a beige head and moderate lacing. Head stays behind as a thick creamy crown.

Smell: Syrupy raspberries, balsamic vinegar, more vinegar.

Taste: Wow, this is too much for this big fan of sour, fruited beers. Super vinegary, and incredibly syrupy raspberry as well. Could only take a few sips before I had to drainpour. So sour it actually hurts. Yeah, I can't take this one.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, decently carbed. Lingers a while.

Overall: A huge disappointment. I don't drain pour beers easily, but this one was just way too sour for us. And the fruit was too syrupy. A swing and a miss by Upland/New Belgium. It seemed to me that I was drinking raspberry balsamic vinaigrette that had been pushed through a SodaStream. Just not a pleasant experience really.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into upland snifter. Pours a deep red with minimal clarity. Some brownish head forms and retains relatively well considering the style. The nose starts with tart cherries and red grapes. Heavy oak comes in and brings on some tannic notes. Mellow hints of candied sweetness come through, heavy lactobacillus, and a hint of raspberries. The nose is very similar to La Folie which isn't surprising considering the same base beer makes up a hefty percentage of this blend. Taste is incredibly tart. I feel that the new belgium influence tames down the battery acid tartness that some Upland brews exhibit which brings it to a nice happy balance of tartness. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is an incredible beer. Tons of layers of complexity, plenty of tartness for the sourhead, and a nice feature of fruit and oak underneath.

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Photo of Resuin
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes from earlier tonight.

Appearance: Pours a brown with a slight orange hue. Leaves a finger of off white head. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen.

Smell: Jammy raspberry, slight funk, red wine, oak, vinegar, slight acidity. The raspberry really shines.

Taste: More sour than the aroma - tart jammy raspberry, cherry, lime, red wine, oak, dry tart finish. Maybe 5/10 on my sour scale. Nice balance between sweet and tart berries.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a medium, creamy body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Fantastic raspberry aroma with a slightly more sour flavor that works really well with the berry and oak. Delicious.

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Darksynth from Upland Brewing Company
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