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Sour Reserve - Upland Brewing Company

Sour ReserveSour Reserve

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186 Ratings
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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 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:18:32 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:28:51 | More by Thorpe429
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:29:25 | More by MasterSki
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
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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
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 17:07:06 | More by mdfb79
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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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:43:16 | More by largadeer
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 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
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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 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 claspada

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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,

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:44:41 | More by claspada
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
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:45:21 | More by yourefragile
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 20:20:20 | More by Phelps
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
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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 12:14:50 | More by aasher
Photo of AleWatcher


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:19:41 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of jmarsh123


4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 14:37:21 | More by jmarsh123
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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.