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Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 291
Gots: 89 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A stronger version of a Flanders Red Ale aged in previously beer-stored bourbon barrels for some light oak/bourbon character.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 02-05-2012)
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nataku00

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown with some hints of amber and scarlet. Initial finger of tan color loose head dissipates quickly to a thin collar leaving minimal lacing. Well carbonated with tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fruit vinegar, sour acetic acid, cherries and plums. Some brown sugar and toasted malt. Fairly mild nose.

Taking a sip, fruit vinegar, sweet and sour plums, cherries, a bit of tannin. Sweeter brown sugar and dark caramel mid tongue. Finish is dry with a bit of lighter sourness lingering.

Light to medium body with a soft carbonation that tickles the tongue. An interesting take on the style, with the alcohol very well hidden. Flavors aren't too bold though.

08-06-2012 04:00:34 | More by nataku00
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MrHirschybar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-18-2012 11:13:33 | More by MrHirschybar
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-02-2012 03:45:57 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ridglens

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-18-2013 20:20:09 | More by ridglens
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-16-2013 14:04:51 | More by sweemzander
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BSuter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-04-2014 15:20:25 | More by BSuter
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-01-2014 07:22:10 | More by thebigredone
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-16-2014 02:45:53 | More by chippo33
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-03-2014 13:51:51 | More by Gotti311
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klipper

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-08-2013 01:14:48 | More by klipper
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-30-2012 20:16:36 | More by BeerHunter76
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-29-2012 13:35:27 | More by thewimperoo
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-04-2014 08:33:57 | More by zestar
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-16-2013 02:34:22 | More by Pecan
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-23-2013 02:55:21 | More by billab914
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-01-2014 15:29:37 | More by jjheinrichs
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

10-28-2013 18:21:30 | More by tom10101
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harrymel

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Figured it was time to pop the cork.

This was a bitch to open - required the lobster claw cracker to pull the cork - but it cam with a loud pop. Pours a brown ale with cherry hues and a good broken sheet of light cream foam. Smells of sweet balsamics, some brown sugar and some oak. There is the vinegar tone, indicating the tart quality, but the nose lacks depth for me. Flavor has a nice tartness, cherries, oak, hint of bourbon, slightly bitter, and a hint of sweetness. I like the balance in this one. Medium bodied with lower carb and a dry finish. Nice beer, the nose does not match the flavor, but it is a nice beer.

09-27-2012 06:53:45 | More by harrymel
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codysjb

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-19-2012 16:18:10 | More by codysjb
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some tart cherries and oak notes. The flavor is similar, with some lightly tart cherries, oak, leather and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-18-2012 04:57:54 | More by Mora2000
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-19-2012 06:28:09 | More by acurtis
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roostor07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-28-2013 14:11:36 | More by roostor07
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-12-2012 03:32:01 | More by WeisGuy
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-07-2012 02:36:35 | More by cleonile2000
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle courtesy of mrand01

Pours a slightly hazy with a bright copper/reddish-orange glow. The head is slightly off white and creamy in appearance coupled with nice lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with a malty breadiness followed by an earthy dankness, light sour cherries and a very light scent of oak barrel. Some bourbon and vanilla/toffee emerge more as it warms.

The tastes begin pleasant upfront with clean lactic acidity and some light Brett yeast flavors. Midway though more tannic vinous notes emerge coupled with more oakiness than I experienced in the nose. Just like the nose bourbon and vanilla emerge more as it warms. The finish rounds out with sour cherry, light sweet caramel and a stone fruit flavor and funkiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. I would have liked a little more maybe to help the flavors pop. Finish is slightly chewy and dry.

Overall this was a very well rounded beer and a nice take on the style but didn't wow me like others of the style. I don't feel the bourbon added enough flavor here to be called a Bourbon Barrel aged Flanders red. Maybe not enough contact time or the base beer was too big or the bugs are still slowly eating away at the sweet bourbony flavors, who knows. Good but not exactly what I was hoping for.

02-21-2012 18:46:43 | More by claspada
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.