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Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 290
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-12-2012 23:33:28 | More by Archemedies
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-25-2013 02:27:41 | More by illidurit
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-08-2014 19:49:50 | More by DantheMan75
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-11-2012 09:22:41 | More by CelticAleMan
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littlebeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-09-2013 03:53:11 | More by littlebeer
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a ruby reddish color, brown hue, cream-colored head.

S - The booze is there right from the start, yet doesn't totally overtake the rest of the beer. A nice level of tartness, oak, dark fruits, and cherries work well with the bourbon. This beer improved as it warmed.

T - Similar to the nose, bourbon and tart cherries with some oak. The booze smooths out as it warms, and everything seems to work well together. This drinks like a Double Red Poppy.

M - Medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I'm a fan of this beer. I think some age will do this one some good and smooth the booze out further, which would be nice. Looking forward to trying this again in 6 months or so. If you like Red Poppy and want some more alcohol in there, this beer is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:41:49 | More by Sean9689
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-15-2014 18:42:56 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-08-2012 02:55:51 | More by bsuedekum
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-27-2014 20:56:43 | More by dfhhead25
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DougVanHoy

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-04-2012 02:05:32 | More by DougVanHoy
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-02-2013 18:26:55 | More by ChugginOil
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-13-2013 19:46:48 | More by djre4orm
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-07-2012 04:17:53 | More by marine1975
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-22-2013 02:25:20 | More by ThePorterSorter
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-12-2012 19:09:34 | More by bertram
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-10-2012 00:05:06 | More by gueuzegossage
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with dvelcich, thanks! Split with two other BAs.

Looks alright, good clarity, good head etc. Vinegar, fruit typical to Flanders style beers with the acetic sourness that comes with it. However, what makes it stand out is the good use of whiskey barrels... there are layers of chocolate/vanilla that go beyond oak.

And I suppose the strength. Also, the feel is more creamy than the sharp, crisp feel of Flanders style beers from Belgium.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 12:21:34 | More by tewaris
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-16-2012 00:31:46 | More by Pencible
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-21-2012 17:43:44 | More by egrace84
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddled ruby-mahogany brown, decent tan head and lacing

Smell: Dark fruits, berries, cherry, vanilla, oak.

Taste: acidic, but not overly slow, lots of dark fruits, cherries, oak and vanilla. Flanders red on steroids, although the bourbon is very light.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with light carbonation

Overall: good upland offering, they keep getting better and better.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:25:10 | More by craytonic
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-07-2012 01:16:48 | More by imperialking
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A - Deep, crimson brown with light carbonation trailing upwards. Has a nice creamy white head that sits on top throughout

S - A nice Flanders nose with cherry, oak, lemon, and grass trailing upwards. There is a slight sweetness that comes up with the cherry that makes it smell like cherry pie

T - Definitely a sweeter Flanders as there is a sweet cherry and sugary flavor shows up first. As it goes on, there is balsamic vinegar, oak, and lemon zest. It definitely has a nice tartness to it that makes it a well balanced sour. The finish is definitely rich cherry pie.

MF - Lots of carbonation that makes it has a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish has a slight astringency to it.

O - This Flanders resides on the sweeter side but has enough tartness to allow it to be called a sour. The cherry is definitely the prominent flavor with the oak and lemon adding a level of complexity. Very approachable and would be a nice introduction into sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:06:59 | More by jeonseh
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Duff27

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One inch tan head on a deep red body. Very nice head retention with some lacing.  

Sour nose with a hint of sweet cherries.

Medium sourness comparitavely speking With just enough cherries to keep it fruity. Would guess at 7%abv

Nice mouthfeel, medium. Very carbonated.

Very tasty flemish red, although I'm not picking up a lot if barrel notes. Worth a try. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 16:00:14 | More by Duff27
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Whatsarezaf for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody and slight vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I am not getting any hints of bourbon in the aroma or taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 05:59:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean on Christmas Eve. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent dark ruby-brown body.

S - A mixture of brown malts, sharp wet oak, lactic acidity, mild bourbon, and some light cherry vinegar mixed in for good measure.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of lactic acidity and oak, cherry skins, red fruits, a touch of brown malts, and a bit of vinegar. The combination of the latter is mildly evocative of BBQ sauce.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, fairly smooth texture, with a dry and oaky finish. There's a hint of residual stickiness, and perhaps a touch of alcohol warming. Still, it's not one where you'd guess 10.5%.

D - This is much better than the bottle I tried at FoBAB a year back. I also liked this a bit better than the Green Flash effort, which was also a Flanders-type beer aged in bourbon barrels. Really sneaky with the booze, which is dangerous as this goes down quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 18:55:35 | More by MasterSki
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.