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Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 62
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of four Upright brews, including three aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels, two with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and one with apricot puree.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-25-2011)
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
Photo of hopsbreath
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple pints (honest pints) of this on tap at Belmont Station during Puckerfest over the span of a couple days. Bottles to go? Yes indeed. Review done on one of those bottles. Split with TulipSnifter in my Parra and Myers Duvel tulips.

A: Pale slightly hazy apricot body with a big fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves lots of clumpy lacing as it recedes. Great looking beer. 5/5

S: Gin, gin, gin, tartness. Botanicals galore makes for a very unique beer. 4/5

T: Again with the gin up front and the unique juniper from the Old Tom style. I’ve got wood… From the barrel’s, get your mind out of the gutter. An honest sourness hits the pucker spots at the back of the cheeks. Floral, mineral, and citrus sums things up. 4/5

M: Thin, crisp, clean. 4/5

O: A good beer to be sure. Upright delivers another one with its anniversary offering for Belmont. Of note, the Upright 1st Anniversary beer was also on tap at Puckerfest. That was also a sour aged in gin barrels. The gin had dropped off dramatically on that one and was no longer interesting. If that is the direction this trends, I would not recommend extended aging. 4/5

hopsbreath, Aug 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!

Pours a murky saturated orange, frothy halo of white lace around the edges with good surface coverage.

Fruity and acidic aroma, juicy grapefruit and passionfruit, didn't get apricot specifically though.

Bright and tart flavor, sour grapefruit and lemon notes, passionfruit impression again. Full bodied, savory, with ample carbonation, juicy. Overall really enjoyable, thanks again to Eric for sharing this one! 4.25/4.25/4.25

emerge077, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange with a small white head

S - Sweet peach balanced with sour lactic acid

T - Sweet peach up front and then tart lactic acid. In the finish, lots of tart lactic acid and sweetness that comes through to make this a well balanced peach sour. Not much funk.

M - Tart carbonation, lots of fizz. Dry finish

O - Really good balance between the peach and the tartness. Really a solid beer

jeonseh, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

mdaschaf, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Immortale25, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

WeisGuy, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

DarthKostrizer, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -4.1%

bstyle, May 09, 2013
Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -4.1%

pperez38, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of digita7693
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

digita7693, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a semi-hazy light apricot color with a good off-white head and really nice lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of gin and oak plus some lactic sourness and stone fruits. The flavor has gin in the background throughout. Very well integrated with the base and bacteria. Great light sourness to it with some stone fruits and a touch of oak. Light body and crisp carbonation. Slight pucker to the finish and quite dry. Another absolutely excellent beer from Upright.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JMRSN, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear yellow with a frothy white head that holds a decent retention.

The aroma is funky upfront, followed closely by gin notes from the barrel aging.

The taste still has some funky nots upfront, but noticeably less than the aroma. This is followed up by a blend of gin notes, and tart lemon citric notes.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp finish and prickly carbonation.

Another well done gin barrel-aged sour from Upright. It's been awhile sense I've had anything from them and this definitely has reminded me why I am such a fan of theirs.

vkv822, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AngusOg, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden apricot color. Produced a nice cap of white froth and lace.

(S)- A dry spicy, almost earthy funk. Bits of Brett and juniper berry for sure. Lots of oak, spice, and funk.

(T)- A nice combo of mild tart fruits, dry oak and spice. Finishes with some funk(Brett) and very subtle bits of the gin(Juniper).

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Good barrel characters and interesting dynamics with the gin.

(D)- An interesting try on a wild ale with using gin, but it definitely works in this quite well. Very unique.

sweemzander, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Luke!

A: The pour is a cloudy yellow color with a really tall white head.

S: A very funky nose. The gin really comes through strong as there is a very strong herbal/juniper character. A bit of a floral aroma as well as some cracker malts, citrus, and a light, lemony tartness.

T: Moderate tartness in the form of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of herbal gin flavor with a touch of lime and miscellaneous citrus zest. A nice funk note as well as strong, tannic oak.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: The gin barrel treatment is really interesting, but Upright seems to be doing it well.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of oregonskibum
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Belmont Station on release night. This review from a 750ml bottle a couple weeks later.

A: Pours with a quickly forming, white, dense head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thick coating of lace on the side of the glass. COlor is a golden yellow with hints of orange.

S: The gin aging comes through with lots of botanicals, a hint of juniper. There's a hint of the sourness that lays beneath, but just a hint. Also some faint citrus notes. No hops present.

T: Here's where it gets interesting. The botanical, floral flavors evident in the smell blend with sour fruitiness. Lemon, citrus flavors are still there, giving the beer a bright sharpness. Not mouth-puckering sour, but definitely sour. A dry finish with lingering sourness that gradually if replaced by some floral, gin-like notes that started the tasting. I'm finding this quite enjoyable. Maybe not quite as good as Special Herbs, but a solid gin-aged beer for sure.

M: Dry, medium to light body with ample carbonation. Hard to say what is 'in style' for this type of beer, but it works.

D/O: Nice. I'm continuing to enjoy the rash of gin-aged beers showing up locally and this is no disappointment. And with the alcohol at less than 5%, I can see enjoying this bottle for the rest of the evening.

oregonskibum, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose I get some serious sour aromas, though there's not too much funk going on. There's also some hints of juniper as well, though at least for me, I don't think it's overdone or overwhelming. On the palate I get considerable lemon and lime, along with some pretty noticeable vinegar and light gin flavor. The sour component is pretty tittilating, and I get almost an electric zippiness in the finish. One thing this beer doesn't lack is plenty of flavor. The beer comes across as pretty acidic, and frankly it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, lemon sour finish.

This beer would bring a smile to the face of any sour lover. At least for me, however, it was just a bit much.

John_M, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

nmann08, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of FullObs
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

FullObs, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station On 4.24.13

A - Served a cloudy light orange with a fizzy small off-white head that forms a small ring around the edges.

S - Tart, sweet citrus and very candy-like.

T - Tart lemony and sweet tarts. Very nice balance of tart and sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - This one is still awesome, actually better than it was at the release.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Wy on his bday!

Yellow body with white head. Sulfuric aroma; pungent yeast imparts intense clove and fruit esters. Can't say I enjoy this aroma, though I don't dislike it either.

Citrus fruit, funky yeast, huge ester presence again. Lots of lacto, mild acetic tingle. A bit too much carbonation; good body though. A strange brew for sure, and I happen to like this one.

brystmar, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to the ever generous black13 for this bottle, way cool Michael. Shared with brian23456 and my girlfriend. 750ml bottles poured into snifters:

A - Pours a nice hazy hay color with light golden tones. Nice carbonation and egg shell white head. Lacing is nice that sticks to the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes with lemon and orange tones and touches of herbal gin. Nice bit of funk and barnyard horse blanket.

T - A nice light sour and funk flavor that is not over the top palate destroying. Those citrus notes of lemon and orange come back with a nice apricot flavors with nice pine and light gin, which is great because I don't like gin all too much. Really great herbal notes.

M - Nice tart and a little bit drying to the mouth but at the same time refreshing, which is fantastic. Good carbonation but doesn't just explode in your mouth.

O - What a fantastic brew. Light and crisp, but just full of nice flavors that is simple and a delight to drink. Will be seeking out another bottle of this, altough given its limited availability, I don't think I'll be able to get another one. A must try however. Thanks again Michael!

joshuaseresse, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of penniwisdom
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

penniwisdom, May 27, 2012
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Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.