Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-31-2012 18:55:35 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev -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.
02-17-2012 21:22:08 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-14-2013 03:59:29 | More by oline73
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
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-12-2012 01:28:10 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.5/5 rDev -18%
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.
04-12-2012 00:27:42 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt.
The beer is brown to ruby hued with an off white head that leaves sparse lacing in its wake. The aroma offers fruit, particularly cherries, oak, and a healthy dose of booze. Powerful flavor, with a strong showing from both the booze and fruit. Plenty of tartness and a bold acetic finish. Impressive. This exceeded my expectations. Would be very happy to try this one again. Recommended.
02-28-2012 01:22:20 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
750ml corked and caged poured into tulip with Mattsander and alpineclimber, bottle sent out by Masterski and Sean9689 cheers fellows
A glows a ruby red when held to the light, some sediment and just a few slow bubbles feeding a short lived tan finger of foam that leaves lace where it existed
S vanilla hits me first, a little booze, faint cigar smoke and toffee, the barrels strong and it works very well, some overripe fruits as it warms, complex and very enjoyable nose
T much like the smell but it has a strange spice I can’t quite place but I like it, the bourbon notes are nice with a touch of sweetness and a little sour at the same time. Lots going on with everything I smell but there’s a little less vanilla in the mouth
M slightly sour with the burnt brown sugar lingering on the finish, medium-full with very faint heat, it could use a few more bubbles but its far from flat
O very interesting stuff that I could drink myself stupid with, the barrel works well for it and it has mellowed out nicely at this point
I can’t think of anything to compare this one to but I’m loving it, very interesting brew that’s worth seeking out
10-15-2012 02:03:11 | More by wordemupg
4.1/5 rDev -4%
750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to brystmar
Pours a hazy auburn/amber color with a reddish glow. Crop of beige head retains nicely, dissipating into webbed lacing on the glass.
Funky and sour in the nose, plenty of cherry and fruit tones. Acidic hints with a glow of bourbon and toasted oak. Red wine with yeasty funk.
Snap of lactic sourness up front with splashes of juicy cherries coupled with dark fruit. Hints of red wine and grape skin, oaky tannins with a slightly earthy warmth. Hints of bourbon and vanilla, raisin and grapes. Finishes sour and dry with lingering acidic bite.
Medium body, upper level carbonation, somehow juicy and dry on the tongue with a lasting finish. I'm a fan of aging sour ales in bourbon barrels, and Upland really nailed this one. I'd definitely be interested in finding another bottle.
12-26-2012 13:40:29 | More by xnicknj
3.61/5 rDev -15.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Malefactor bottle.
Appearance - Reddish orange and hazy. Thin collar.
Smell - Vinegary acidity. Some bourbon. Deep caramel.
Taste - Great malt flavor behind a strong vinegar sourness. Bourbon and oak. Cherry fruitiness.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Quite sour.
Overall - This is a palate wrecker of a sour. It's good but it's strong.
10-08-2013 01:09:31 | More by Alieniloquium
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.