Sour Reserve - Upland Brewing Company

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Sour ReserveSour Reserve

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

328 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 563
Gots: 77 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 10-22-2011

BLEND 1: Batch Years Blended 2006 (our original batch of lambics), 2008, 2010
BLEND 2: Batch Years Blended All 2008
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Photo of weatherdog
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to Jay for cracking this open for a pre-tasting tasting.

It pours as one would expect, fairly cloudy pale yellow, tiny white head and minimal lacing.

The aroma is as perfect as I could imagine. It has this pretty huge acidic lemon bite, earthy, dirty and some serious brett funk.

The taste was very similar, huge acidity, that then gets earthy and barnyard. There is also an odd sweetness in the taste that I've never had in other gueuze or gueuze style beers. I can only conjecture that this is some of the unconsumed sugars. If that's true then I can see this beer aging spectacularly. The taste had less lemon than the aroma and it was replaced with some more apple and flavors the reminded me of their newest persimmon lambic. The funk was very present but not overpowering or bordering on cheesy as I've tasted in other similar beers.

Mouthfeel was just fine to me, I did not find it overly slick and the carbonation level was on the lower side but acceptable.

Overall this beer just impressed me greatly. It falls just behind Beatification in terms of American made Gueuze style beers. If the most recent fruit lambic release, and now the sour reserve release is any indication on how the sour program is progressing at Upland I'm very excited to see what is next.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Here we have Blend No. 4, a blend of new and old sour beers (“old” meaning several years of age). The broadness of flavors and the complexities behind each one are all beautiful. We had hoped for a bit of carbonation here, but regardless, this is a real treat.

STYLE: American Wild Ale
ABV: 0.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Hazed peach hue, no head or lacing

SMELL: Funk, peppercorn, musty cellar, horse blanket, mint, tart, earthy, vinous, wood tannin

TASTE: Still, slick, moderate-sized body, deep tartness throughout, pungent, prevalent wood, wine-like, barnyard, musty, pineapple skin, mild broth, faint spice, lemon oil, finishes dry, lingering tartness

Photo of jeonseh
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of brandoneast
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3 quite sour with hints of unripe pear, Granny Smith apple and tangy goat cheese. Hmm now that I think of it, all those things would have been nice in an omelette and could have been a tasty pairing with this batch 3.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of TrueRates
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi deep golden color. Aromas are very complex with a cheesy, barnyard, acidic quality to it. Really incredible. Taste is bretty fruit with some kiwi, soured apples, persimmon and highly acidic. Very, very sour but not over the top. Finish is long lasting and complex.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky dark yellow with a moderate white head fading away quickly.

Aroma has a bit of a blue cheese funk with lactic acid and some wet hay.

Flavor is a lot more sour than the aroma would let on. A distinct lactic sharpness with sour apple, pear and peaches. A little bit of the hay from the aroma carries over and it finishes very sour and dry with a lot of oakiness.

Light and refreshing with medium carbonation.

Caleb nailed this one. I wish I had more than 1 bottle. Very pleasant sourness without being over the top and hands down the winner of our sour tasting.

Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another whale tick provided by Andrew. Thanks, dude.

Pretty bad appearance, pouring an extremely turbid and opaque straw color with a head that fizzles away quickly. A lot of lacto on the nose, along with some nice tropical fruit character. Faint acetone and aceto. Palate is good but somewhat stomach churning, heavy on the lactic sourness. Pineapple and lemon fruitiness lends some depth. Fair bit of oak hits the palate up front, but doesn't linger into the finish. The finish is quite brief actually, very lactic and somewhat yogurt-y. The acidity is felt going down, which makes it somewhat of a chore to drink after a while, though it's a pretty decent beer in small quantities. Reminds me a bit of Duck Duck Gooze, but it's a step down from that beer.

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Enochase04
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 - 4.5
#2 - 4.5
#3 - 3.75 was a little flat
#4 - 4.0
#5 - 4.25

Photo of camil1mj
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my tasting group. Opened slowly and carefully, as I was prepared for a gusher like some of the other Uplands. To my surprise, it was just fine. No gushing or foaming. Served slightly chilled in my Darkness snifter.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow. White fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Lots of citrus and sour funkiness.

T: Lots of great sours flavors coming together: lemon, apple, vinegar. Very tart and refreshing.

M: Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Too bad it was one of only 300 bottles. I will make sure to get this again if the release another batch in the future. I am optimistic, as the label states it is batch 1.

Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mrand01 at a recent bottle share.

Pours a murky gold color with a small white head that settles to a few stray wisps, light bubbles and some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with hefty amount of lactic acid, sour yogurt, tropical fruit and funky brett. As it warms I get some more light apple skins, cider vinegar, mild vinous barrel notes and a hint of wet hay. Smells like a key lime pie with lemon and lime and a dollop of whip cream on top.

The tastes begin with more tartness than I expected given the aroma, also more acidity. I get stone fruits, sour peach and mild wet oak. More balanced and less lactic than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with zesty carbonation. Nice and dry in the finish, pretty sour, but not the most sour beer I have ever had.

Overall, as a gueuze it's pretty mediocre, but as a American Wild Ale it's very solid. Really enjoyed this Batch 2 over the Batch 1 I had earlier in the year. Flavor profile is much more lively and open,

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave (backfat) for opening this one so I didn't have to open mine haha. This beer pours an interesting and cloudy gold in color with a white lacing around my glass. It smells of a concoction of Uplands lambics and is heavy on Persimmon and Kiwi especially, which is fine, their two best in my opinion. It is very fruit forward before going into a nice and clean lactic sour. The flavor is fruit forward too and again heavy on Persimmon and Kiwi with some slight butter, ala California Chardonnay. It drinks light and effervescent (sp?) and is pretty clean with a light and subtly dry finish. Overall I'd say its Upland's finest, behind their Persimmon lambic.

Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #5. A big thanks to M-girard for sharing this with me.

Photo of bcp5296d
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sour reserve 5. Vinegar vinegar vinegar. Tasted like their apricot without fruit.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.97/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a deep golden color with a short white head that fizzes out quickly and doesn't leave anything behind. The nose carries some strong lactic notes with just a touch of stone fruits in the background. Flavor is similar with more fruit coming out as it warms. Light body with heavy lactic acid through the finish. Very dry. Gets better as it warms, but the focus is too much on acidity without the underlying funk, earthiness, and complexity.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for the share!
Batch #3.

Yellow-straw color with a slight haze, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, feeding a wispy white head at the top; minimal lacing. In the nose, lacto-lemon, apple skin, hints of sulfur and crackery malts. Pretty darn sour on the palate, lacto, lemon and apple acidity, moderate notes of sulfur, yogurt, cobwebs, some acetic puckeriness, oak, dried leaves, and distant crackery malts in the background. Medium body, dry and acidic mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Interesting to call this a gueuze, but I guess the brewing/blending process makes it that. Regardless, a solid and enjoyable sour overall. I'd like to try it with a few years on it.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared at darkness day by aasher and/or backfat
reviewed from notes

like a light hazy orangey color. Wispy cloud of bubbles skim across the surface in a glorious Rorschach design that makes me see the eye of a hurricane. Some spots of lacing. Decent legs, like a nice white wine on the legs-- but this is very well carbed.

nose is sour green apple, little hay, some oak... I get some persimmon and kiwi flavors here as well. This is absolutely intense in its sourness. Just lots and lots and lots of sour. Me likey.

Well carbonated, but still offers a touch a syrupy oiliness.

Overall-- this might supplant the persimmon as my top Upland sour beer. Very nicely done.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one my way, Mark.

The pour is a murky orange-ish color with a finger of white head. Smells intensely lactic and lemony. Quite a bit of lemon peel and green apple, maybe a little bit of funk (hay and grass). A few notes of oak, too. The flavor is similarly heavy on the lemon tartness and lactic acidity. Minimal funk notes, maybe a touch of vinegar. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Better than many of the other Upland lambic releases.

Photo of southhousebrew
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.