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Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 290
Gots: 89 | FT: 6
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-04-2013 16:58:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-16-2012 17:59:30 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to craytonic for sharing this bottle at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Why doesn't Upland make a specialty glass? For shame.

Pours a nice brown-amber color with good red highlights. A nice off-white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose carries a really nice bit of dark and stone fruits plus some berries. Really a good dosing of fruit in a nice melody. Light bid of malt there as well. There's a fair amount of acidity there as well.

The flavor comes through and really pops. A standard flanders red with a good bit of the bourbon barrel and a heavy fruit component. I was a bit skeptical upon hearing what this one was, but I really enjoyed it. The fruit really stood out to me.

Medium body with a slight bit of booze, but not nearly that 10.5% that is listed. Good acidity coming through after a medium body that created a nice malt base. Perhaps my favorite Upland sour to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:08:25 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy auburn color with a very impressive head that leaves a pattern of lace remindful of the Matisse cutouts

Smell: Oaked tart cherries with layers of caramel

Taste: The caramel layer arrives first and buttresses the tart fruit flavors; an explosion of tart cherry, green apple and honeydew in the middle; after the swallow, the oak barrel adds subtle complexity with a hint of Bourbon and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty darn close to perfection; right up there with the best beers I have ever tasted

Thanks, duels, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:13:57 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-08-2012 06:03:24 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mark!

Pours a rather dark red/amber color without much in the way of head formation (or carbonation). A bit more bourbon and vanilla than expected. Some definite acetic qualities with some red wine vinegar and dark fruits. A little caramel sweetness, too. Like the nose, sweet toffee/caramel and barrel notes (bourbon and vanilla). The sourness picks up as it warms and the vinegar is able to come through.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:47:49 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-29-2012 21:20:19 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-12-2012 03:31:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-30-2012 16:39:12 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-01-2013 05:43:33 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-17-2012 04:13:30 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-18-2013 18:37:12 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Craytonic, served from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little acetic but not overly so, mild oak and bourbon, power of suggestion on the bourbon possibly.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly sweet and liquor on the front portion of the palate nad the finish is lactic, succinic, and acetic with a little brightness there. Nice beer overall, hard for me to put this in the "Flanders Red" box with the forward palate but a good beer none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:22:08 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:57:54 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber color with a nice layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting some dark sour funk with a sweet malt component. Other notes remind me of red berries, brown sugar, and vinegar.

Taste: There is a vinegar sourness with a strong sweet component to balance it out. There are some mild tart berry notes along with some brown sugar. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a treat to try. It was sweeter than I usually like my sours, but it seemed to work well here.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:59:29 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/08/12 notes. Split this one on Easter with my brother, poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium nut brown color with two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of soured fruits, dark fruits, bourbon, roasted malts, acedic, tannis, light wine, oak, and light vinegar. Very nice nose, an awesome mix of sour fruits and bourbon.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, fruity malts, funk, vinegar, acedic, oak, bourbon, and light wine. Taste is sourer then the nose, and less bourbon. Again, very great; better then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, acidic body. Pretty nice.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. The nose has a very nice mix of bourbon and sour dark fruits, whilt eh taste is funkier and sourer, which I love. One of the better Upland sours so far and pretty interesting, glad I have another bottle of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:28:10 | More by mdfb79
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-08-2013 09:52:11 | More by beernads
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-09-2014 03:15:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-22-2012 16:52:32 | More by orangesol
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a khaki head. Color is a caramel amber.

Aroma: Sour cherries, caramel, and candied sugar. brown sugar. Funky and fruity.

Taste: Sour cherries again. Medicinal with a bit of band-aid flavor. Caramel and bready malts. Candied sugar. Light vinegar.

Mouthfeel Tart and bland. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a decent flanders, but nothing too crazy. Enjoyable, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:27:42 | More by mothman
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Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.