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Sour Reserve - Upland Brewing Company

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Sour ReserveSour Reserve

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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 505
Gots: 70 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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 Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -33%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 18, 2012
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.

cpetrone84, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Roze
3.25/5  rDev -27%

Roze, Jun 30, 2014
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  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.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

krl2112, May 17, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this gem.

Pours a turbid golden orange color with no head. Lacto and light citrus on the nose, minimal funk and grass. More sweet and fruity than sour or funky, but pleasantly acidic. Oak is present from the start and fades through the finish. Medium thick and high carbonation produces a full body. Straddling rating this much lower as a gauze and a little higher as a pleasant American Wild; regardless an enjoyable surprise compared to most of their fruit lambics.

yourefragile, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Mbrown44
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Mbrown44, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Danimal25
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Danimal25, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

tom10101, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of facesnorth
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%

facesnorth, Sep 15, 2014
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.

Etan, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 27, 2011
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.

FosterJM, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky, cloudy peach orange with a spritzy white head, some lacing

Smell: Moderately/lightly sour with a touch of funk and some lactic notes. A bit of brett.

Taste: Moderately sour with a touch of green apple, peach and banana (definitely banana and definitely odd). Maybe an odd cheddar component, some other british farmhouse type cheeses.

Body: Medium body, slightly under carbonated

Overall: Decent beer, there is something about Upland's house yeast strain that rubs me the wrong way. Some elements are "good" (4.0) and others are slightly less than good. With it being in the Gueuze category I feel a bit generous, rated to style against many Belgians it might not break 3.

craytonic, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a tulip. This is batch number one, which is a blend of lambics from 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Very slightly hazy pale tangerine. A thin, wispy head of off-white appears for a minute after the pour, but fizzles away quickly.

The souring bacteria seems tame here. I get lots of vinous green oak, a little white and red grapes, some burnt sugar and just a bit of sulfuric funk. Maybe a tiny touch of balsamic as well.

The flavor steps up the tartness in a big way. First noticeable is a blend of lemon, green apple, vinegar and oak. The swallow brings the sour, acidic stuff along with that same sulfury funk, red apple, white grape. Maybe some vanilla emerges as it warms. Each sip gets more sour.

Medium-light body, just a little watery. Carbonation is light and prickly, breaking the beer into silky fizz. Every sip delivers more ass-puckering sourness. By the bottom of the glass, it’s almost like drinking vinegar.

Tasty, though the enamel-ripping sourness could be toned down a bit. It’s nice to smack your taste buds into submission every now and then, though.

Phelps, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim (jale) for sharing this one. Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a few stray wisps, a collar of bubbles, and some spotty lace. Transparent golden body with good clarity to it.

S - A hefty amount of lactic acidity, yogurt, tropical brett, light apple skins, cider vinegar, mild vinous barrel notes, and a hint of sulfur. Pretty mellow stuff, and reminiscent of Uplands fruit lambics in character.

T - Taste has more in the way of tartness and acidity Some stone fruits, sour peach, and mild wet oak. More balanced and less yogurt-heavy than the aroma.

M - Pleasantly zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry, with mild stomach-provoking acidity. No alcohol, although I wasn't expecting any from this style of beer.

D - As a gueuze it's pretty mediocire, but as a American Wild Ale it's pretty solid. Too rare for what it delivers, but easy and enjoyable to drink. Hopefully they make more next time.

MasterSki, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev -10.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of EliotRosewater
4/5  rDev -10.1%

EliotRosewater, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -10.1%

WeisGuy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JebediahScooter
4/5  rDev -10.1%

JebediahScooter, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Rifugium, May 18, 2014
Photo of Savearth
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.