Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: A hazy brownish red that pours with about 1/4" of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing with decent head retention.
S: Cherries, vanilla, oak, with just a hint of alcohol.
T: Initial taste is sour cherry, quickly followed by some fruity sweetness and some vanilla/oak tones from the bourbon barrel. The booze is pretty subdued, just a hint of bourbon.
M: Medium to heavy body with light carbonation.
O: An excellent example of the style. Blows away Marron Acidifie for sure and I'd venture to say I like it better than Oerbier Riserva!
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2012 00:14:25 | More by mrand01
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Acquired via trade
Dark crimson and ruby with a moderately sized light khaki colored head with great retention (for the style and the relatively high ABV), that leaves streaks of messy, dotted stick down the glass. Very pretty.
Incredible and complex aroma; this remains true to style while also remaining unique and interesting--quite the accomplishment. The oak character, sour fruit (cherry?), and more big sour, acidic notes combine together strongly, with also just a bit of an earthy vanilla character.
The flavor follows a similar road as the aroma, with sour cherry and oak playing the dominant roles, along with strong acidic sour character and an earthy vanilla. The lingering oak/vanilla/cherry/mild bourbon finish is what separates this beer from others in its style. Balanced but explosive. Drinkable but extreme.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Wonderful. Incredibly drinkable. Alcohol presence is non-existent.
Perhaps my favorite American-brewed Flanders Red. This stuff was out of sight!
I've opened three bottles of this (one roughly 6 months ago, another 3 months ago, and another last night). Each bottle has gotten progressively better (and more sour). This one still might not even be at its peak yet. Exciting stuff!
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 21:56:21 | More by ehammond1
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.