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Sour Reserve - Upland Brewing Company

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 536
Gots: 75 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -32.9%
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 nmann08
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
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 SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -22.7%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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 TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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 mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Huge thank to BigSexy410 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sour fruits, especially cherries, raspberries, and some kiwi, brett, lactic notes, and some light funk. Very sour and bretty, really enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, berries and dark fruits, kiwi, brett, light wood. Again, super tart and fruity, and really great. Little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer. I've had all of Upland's lambics and their Dantalion wild ale and this is by far the best sour they've done. Tons of brett and sour fruits in the nose and taste, and I felt like I could have taken down the whole 750ml bottle myself (and would want to). Very glad I have a bottle of this and will surely be looking forward to their next Reserve release.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.