Malefactor (Gilgamesh) - Upland Brewing Company
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4.89/5 rDev +14.5%
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
03-02-2013 01:13:57 | More by brentk56
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
A-Deep ruby, cloudy, two finger off white head and well carbonated.
S-Funk, leather, cherries oak.
T-Nice and sour, cherries, oak, leather and plums.
M-Lighter and not as much carbonation as I was expecting.
O-The best Upland sour I've had so far. Perfectly balanced, a tad more carbonation would make this a lot better. Although they might have to change the name due to some lawyer-y stuff.
02-28-2013 21:19:53 | More by rlee1390
4.21/5 rDev -1.4%
The ale was sampled at Winterfest 2013 in Indianapolis on 1/26/2013. Props to Upland for bringing several lambics and this beer.
The ale was poured into a sampler glass and was a darkish ruby red in appearance. It produced a head that was off-white in appearance. The initial taste was sour but not overly vinegary. Some Flanders ales make me feel like I am drinking a bottle of Worchester sauce. The acidity did not take away from the taste. Tart berry notes balance the acidity nicely. As the ale moved toward the aftertaste, one detects a hint of woodiness from barrel aging. Tart to the finish, the mouthfeel gave it a little staying power and even allowed for a mild warming sensation.
01-28-2013 01:12:11 | More by JohnnyHopps
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
4.08/5 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%
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
Malefactor (Gilgamesh) from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.