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Sour Reserve - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
BLEND 1: Batch Years Blended 2006 (our original batch of lambics), 2008, 2010
BLEND 2: Batch Years Blended All 2008

(Beer added by: aasher on 10-22-2011)
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Photo of Stevedore


4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml of Blend #3, opened up by Doug right after K13. Poured into a snifter today, 1/24/2014.

App- hazy dark yellow-gold body, 1 finger white head, ok retention, no lacing. I was the second person to pour and the first person's pour had a much clearer pour. Clearly there's a good bit of sediment floating around in here.

Smell- straight up acidity and sourness, oak, non-descript fruit aromas, a little bit of Upland funk

Flavour- 8/10 sour quotient, quite acidic. Malts, stonefruit, dry oak tannins. But most of all, vinegary sour.

Mouthfeel- Nice full bodied, well carbonated, on the verge of creaminess, goes down very well.

Overall- Very enjoyable beer that is extremely sour, but adds just enough more on top of the acidity that it's not just a sour bomb, but is fairly complex. Enjoyed the stonefruit flavours and the dry oak finish on this beer. Upland is the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 09:06:11 | More by Stevedore
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

Blend 3.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is super sour with malt, fruit, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and vinegar flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer with an awesome set of aromas and flavors coming from this blend of barrels.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:37:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.33/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 3.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Really acidic. Nostril flaring acids. Acetic.

Taste - Really strong sourness. Acetic. Some pale malts. Dominated by sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Extremely sour.

Overall - I can't taste much beyond the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:00:39 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of jeremiahoden


5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amen to southhouse brew! The best gueuze I've ever had! When Caleb gets a sour right its right. I love all of the Uplands that I've had. Ive had them side by side with the russian rivers,cascades, cantillons,and drie fonteinens. Upland is world class! This is for batch # 2 and #3

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 08:20:59 | More by jeremiahoden
Photo of TMoney2591


4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Batch 3. This seems like a nice enough capstone for the evening, eh? It pours a cloudy sunset straw-amber topped by a half-finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, light vinegar, light funk, and orange juice. The taste brings in more of the same, with some hefty sourness and a few veins of slightly-sweeter red wine vinegar every now and again. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine sour, one that brings the tartness with a vengeance. Not a bad beer to finish the day off with.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:46:10 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Florida9


4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Cloudy yellow. Smallish head. Very little retention. No lacing. Aroma is quite sour. Green apples, lactic acid, sour tarts, slight vinegar note. Taste is similar. Quite sour. Actually very sour. There is a green apple sweetness in the mix that reminds me of one of those extreme sour candies. Mild pale malts. Lighter body. Minimal bitterness, if any at all. Decent carbonation.
A very sour beer. If you're into such beers, you'll enjoy it. If not, this is an intensely sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:14:57 | More by Florida9
Photo of mjohnson17


4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 3 poured from bottle into teku

A: Nice carbonation, head dissipates to leave a nice dense head-ring of about 1/4 inch. Beautiful orange color. Had yeast protein floaties but I don't mind.

S: Amazing. Lots of sour acidic notes; lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and well as vinegar.

T: This was the standout from a stellar tasting lineup. The flavors are so well balanced; there's tons of acidity but the malt is there to counter, it's dry but not overdone, There's a full creaminess to it, probably lacto, that's a very welcome too. There wine wine barrel characteristics come through nicely too; some sour grape musk, slight tannins, and smooth oakiness.

M: Light and crisp yet full and creamy like a really well done gueuze should be.

O: Best american sour I've had, and certainly the best example of an American gueuze out there. Batch 3 is better than batch two and is a damn near perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:44:14 | More by mjohnson17
Photo of southhousebrew


5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blend #2 & #3 (several tastings, bottle)

This is, by far, the best Gueuze I've ever had. Foreign or domestic.

The acidity level and associated flavors, the wide and unique range of yeast/bacteria driven flavors and aromas, the level of fine carbonation. Its. All. Perfect.

Its a privilege to live so close to a brewery producing such a great product.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 12:59:16 | More by southhousebrew
Photo of belgianb


4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, but more like pressed apple juice - think Bellini - cloudy with a small but pretty head at first - some lacing, but lost quickly

Smell - overwhelming vinegar and rotting citrus, mostly grapefruit, some vanilla around the edges, but all gone musty - like a teenager's hamper or an old wet band-aid -

Taste - vinegar and citrus with some pleasant red wine notes from the oak barrels - tart throughout - sharp and then a swoosh - like dipping your glass into a summer's compost bin - creamier than last year's reserve, which is slightly disappointing -

Mouthfeel - smooth up front with a nice burn in the back - sits like weak acid on the tongue, but the pain fades too quickly - the burn is not harsh in the back end - more like a scrape - it doesn't overwhelm the taste -

Overall - one of the most complete and rewarding sours out there - more refined, more soulful than anything else on the market - not quite as life-changing as last year's reserve, however - you want to drink this cold and fresh, because it doesn't sit will in the hand -changeable, mercurial, which is not always a bad thing - we're still saying it's really good, even as we feel a little let-down -

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:01:55 | More by belgianb
Photo of cpetrone84


3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 2. Pour is glowing orange, light haze, and tight white head. Nose is orange citrus and tangerine, juicy wine and barrel, light musk and cheese and seemingly acetic. Taste is juicy, oily, orange citrus and tangerine, wine barrel and oak, light cheese moving to acetic acid. Burn in finish, not horrible but increasing, semi dry, assertive carbonation and a bit heavy on the body.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:48:08 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GuisseppeFranco for this one. Batch 1 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Had at a tasting 5/19/2013. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is a cloudy peach. No lace, thin legs, and no head. Not much to look at.

Nose is sweet, pulpy with some light tartness, a touch of mango and a bit of acidity. Aromatic and pretty appetizing.

Opens tart lemon, hay, and wood. Sour mango and apricot notes at the middle. Gueuz-y. Finishes some vinegar and lemon with a well balanced malt presence. Aftertaste of tart tropical fruit. Pretty simple overall but well balanced and the flavors work well together.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy and bubbly in the mouth and silky and filmy going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate.

A very solid beer all the way around and pretty in-line with the rest of Upland's wild offerings. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 15:14:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of jeonseh


4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2; Bottle shared with NWI tasting group

A - Light golden with orange hue. Small white head full of carbonation. Small amount of carbonation trailing upwards

S - Lots of white vinegar tartness. Slight oak and lemon as well. Overall, you can tell that this is going to be a tart and sour beer

T - Really tart and sour beer. Get sweet-tarts, lactic acid, and lemon initially. There is a light blue cheese funk to it but this one is definitely more on the tart side. Light oak comes through in the finish as well

M - Lots of carbonation but the beer manages to have a nice pillowy softness to it that makes this light in the mouth

T - This is a Gueuze that leans more to the tart side than the funky side. This is definitely one of the tarter beers that I've ever had. It's a mouth puckerer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:53:24 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Etan


3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, blend 2, into a Cantillon tulip. Some gushing but not too bad. Review #400.

A: Pours a murky yet bright clementine body with a decent white head.

S: Very oaky. Pineapple brett, lactic, slight mushroom, quite earthy, a bit of acetic character.

T: Taste is quite fruity, with some bright lemon twang. Lactic, drying oak, wet hay, lots of vinegary acetic acid.

M: Light-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: This definitely surpasses most American wilds in terms of complexity, but unfortunately the vinegary acetic character is getting a bit too strong (at least in this bottle). I will definitely seek out future blends if this is any indication of the program's potential, but right now there are some glitches to work out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:10:55 | More by Etan
Photo of russwbeck


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to my Indiana University friend who picked this up for me!

A: The beer pours a semi-clear yellow pour that hints towards brown at the very center. Only a film of bubbly, white head builds up and recedes quickly. The level of bubbles in the beer initially is high, but slows down pretty quickly. Relatively tame appearance. 3.5

S: The aroma is wheaty, with a nice musty funk to it. Tart raspberries, lemon, and grass provide a really nice balance here that really invites you to take a drink. 4

T: First words out of my mouth after the first taste were, "wow this is outstanding," and my thoughts never wavered from there. The beer is aggressively sour with a really nice backbone of fruit (seems like raspberries to me). It's sour up front, but some sweetness and fruit takes the middle over. The finish is very tart, so much that my mouth salivates for more the second I finish the last drops. Hints of oak and red wine come out as the beer finishes. Oak, grapes, and hints of booze. 4.5

MF: Pretty light body with the perfect amount of carbonation. The balance of this beer really lend to its drinkability. It's bright, crisp, and finishes perfectly. 5

O: Considering I enjoyed this on Zwanze Day and I'm considering it the best sour beer I've had today, that's really saying a lot. I cannot say enough how delicious this beer was. I almost wish I didn't share it with everybody...almost. 5

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:11:20 | More by russwbeck
Photo of rlee1390


4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright orange, some carbonation, not much, but some lacing is left.

S-Fruit, oak, funk, more funk.

T-Funk, sour, oranges, other fruits, oak, grapes/wine, well balanced as well.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, easy drinking.

O-A wonderful sour. Great sour notes, balance is perfect. Not a shock this won a gold medal at GABF.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 16:43:35 | More by rlee1390
Photo of brystmar


4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Happy birthday Sarah!

Not a gusher, hooray! Bold, cloudy orange body sprouts bubbles up top briefly before fading down into the liquid. Strong funk and soured fruit aromas billow forth, catching my senses by surprise. Earthy with bitter yeast balanced against a grainy (mildly wheaty?), fruity base. Intensely sour, just how I like it. Puckering at the start; bitter yeast catches up at the end to finish dry and mildly bitter.

Been about 6 months since I tried b1, which I remember being even better than this. Regardless, this batch of Sour Reserve is a fantastic American sour worthy of any/all hype it receives. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:00:01 | More by brystmar
Photo of BentLegBrewer


4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of tasting this gem of limited production at a buddy's tasting. it had a difficult task of standing out against some other phenomenal beers that evening including hunah, 20yr elijah, choclate rain, duck duck gooze and others. it did so with force. it is very taste forward with lots of tart aroma to boot. only downfall to this amazing beer is that its finish is short relative to other sours and the great taste quickly dissipates. I would recommend that if you can find one buy one hell buy ten it wont disappoint

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 17:53:27 | More by BentLegBrewer
Photo of woosterbill


4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, blend #1, into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this rare gem.

A: Slightly hazy amber body under a fine off-white head that settles into a ring. Ok, but unremarkable.

S: Quite bright and fruity, with lemon, white wine grape, and cantaloupe. A hint of grassiness but not really funk. Really nice.

T: Tart lacto up front, with grape skin and lemon dominating the mid-palate. Tropical fruit and melon on the clean finish. Some lingering, puckering sourness. Deliciousness.

M: Light-bodied and spritzy. Nice carbonation, but a little thin.

O: Excellent American sour. It didn't quite have the funky depths of a top-tier Belgian Geuze, but it was absolutely delicious in its own delightfully fruity way. RIght up there with an Allagash Coolship or RR wild.


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 11:12:53 | More by woosterbill
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1484th Review on BA
Bottle to FW 6oz Snifer
750ml C/C

Batch 2
Shared with JealousChalice,KevanB & Schmoopsbeer

App- A more clear yellow with a slight haze behind it. No bubbles behind it. More of a peachy hazy color. Was a bit saddened by lack of carb on this one.

Smell- With very few aromatics making this beer come together I thought the notes I did get were pleasant and on par with the rest of the Wild Ales ive had. More vinegar, oak, lactic acid and fruits.

Taste- It's good, but I felt I opened it too young. But alas the problem with only having one bottle. Its very strong on the oak front and lacks a certain balance. Has a lot of vinegar behind it and packs a strong lactic punch.

Mouth- A lighter body with a low carbonation. Really lacks a bit of bubbles to make it something better. A bit of oak and lactic on the residual flavors.

Drink- It was good, but needed to be a few steps up for what I believe this bottle is considered. I would like another bottle to sit on for a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:16:45 | More by FosterJM
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled on 3-16-12.

A- Pours a very hazy orange-gold color. Small head that retains well and laces ok. Really a brilliant color.

S- Tart and fruity on the nose. Some acid heavy grapefruit and almost peach fruit flavors.

T- Tart and acidic on the tongue. Very fruity, and fairly sweet to balance the sour. Good blend of fruits and acidic. Acidic flavors linger on the tongue at the end.

M- Relatively low levels of carbonation. Somewhat light weight is refreshing, yet still fairly creamy on the palate.

Overall, a very good sour. I can't put my finger on the exact flavor profiles, but they balance very nicely. A very good sour, with another in the cellar to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:18:06 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared during the Upland Sour Tasting where all of the fruit lambics were present as well as a massive group of BAs to share it all! Batch 1! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured bright orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, peach, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, orange peel, orange, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was the last beer of the evening and we definitely saved the best for last in my opinion. Loads of complexity to be found here while still being refreshing and intriguing. It was completely different from the fruit lambics by them, so don’t go into this one expecting them to be similar. Just a heads up. Definitely worth seeking out whether it be Batch 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 10:39:24 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Sean9689


4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batches 1 & 2 back-to-back for comparison into Narke tulip. I'm reviewing batch #2 because I liked it better then batch #1.

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow, slight white head, wisps.

S - A mix of random fruity notes, oak, an lactic acid blended together to create something good! Lots of citrus in there with the funk and a good amount of tart fruity sweetness.

T - Citrus tartness, apricot, funk, oak, light berry. A little more sour then the nose and less fruit, but still very pleasant. Any alcohol is basically non-detectable. Finish is all tart lactic acid and oak.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

O - Really well-done and very enjoyable. I felt batch #2 was more balanced with better fruit & tart notes while batch #1 was muddled a bit. I would drink this again, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 15:00:04 | More by Sean9689
Photo of emerge077


4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks to Dan for sharing!
Review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Clear dark gold, high clarity, no foam to speak of. Looks a bit still.

Sour aroma of cider vinegar. Tastes fairly acetic, follows the aroma with some bright citrus and tempered sweetness even. White grape minerality, maybe some iron notes in the background. Lower carbonation. Bright, clean, and quenching. Overall pretty good, would liked to see more complexity, but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:20:17 | More by emerge077
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is yellow / amber and hazy thin wispy white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is earthy and sulfury with a nice bite to it, a little funky, a little acetic, a little lactic.

Beer is light in body, not as sour as expected, flat a little on the palate, mlid earthiness, sulfur, decent finihs, a fine beer but not a great gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:33:50 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. I am so grateful to try this, since I accidentally clicked the "back" button when finalizing my order for this.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a small, fleeting, wispy head. Nice aroma consisting of wild yeast, citrus, grass, wheat. Acetic and lactic feel on the palate with low carbonation. Pretty good flavor. Definitely smells and tastes like an Upland beer. Very good, but not world class. Definitely one of the better gueuze examples to emerge from the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:05:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.