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Fantasia - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 642
Gots: 79 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-16-2012

A barrel fermented beer using fresh peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The Fantasia is firmly tart and hugely aromatic with a character not unlike Belgian fruit lambics. Minimum one year on oak before an extended bottle conditioning prior to release.

More on the process:  http://uprightbrewingblog.blogspot ... -love.html 

Released in 750ml bottles (96 cases) - January 2012
Released in 750ml bottles (85 cases) - January 2013
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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 83
Photo of johnjohnbeer
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible. Stands up to the best Peach sours I have had so far. There is no hint of peach with this beer like other. It taste like a ripe sweet/tart peach. Insane.

Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On at 16 tons taphouse last night. To no great surprise, there was quite the turn out to sample this beer.

Pour into a teku glass, the beer has the color of peach fruit, with very good head retention and adequate lacing. The nose would make any cantillon fan grin. There is considerable barnyard funk, peaches, vanilla and noticeable sour. The flavor profile is more of the same, though for me, the sour component was almost too much (as I'm not a big sour guy). The fruit component is very bright and forward in this beer. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but with great flavor and intensity. Considering the abv., it's impressive how much flavor this beer delivers. Alcohol is all but unnoticeable in this impressive beer.

Even someone who doesn't enjoy sours (like me) can enjoy this beer. It's a bit more tart than Peche n brett, but brightness of the fruit in this beer is very, very impressive. I can understand why this beer is so popular.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage.

Looks like peach purée.
Smells like peach purée.
Tastes likes peach purée.
Feels like peach purée.
Overall impression is that this is alcoholic peach purée.

In the same category of awesomeness as Fou, West Ashley and Peche n Brett. Worthy of the hype and glad I got to finally try it.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good peach flavor but a bit undercarbed and somewhat vinegary. OK but was expecting more.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for acquiring this and splitting it. Batch 3 we think.

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at Med pace, light lacing notes, very clear honey yellow orange color.

Nose brings tons of peach, fresh peach and candy peach thing, as well as a bit of apricot, blended with nice Brett funk, cheesy like Brett almost horsehair funk.

Taste brings more peach galore, big fresh juicy peach and fresh apricot, little skin, juicy fresh peach juice and fresh, etc. Light funk, little Brett funk and acidity, musty funky cheese thing. Finish is meh, weird bitterness and cheesy mushroomy earthy funk. Finish lingers with rind and earthy funk, lots of peach skin and apricot lingering.

Mouth is med bod, other carb, juicy.

Overall nice, but not phenomenal, good peach and juicy fruit, bitter notes, interesting but ok earthy mushroom cheesy funk, eh.

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden straw with and thin head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of cheese funk, peach jam, peach syrup, stone fruit. Musty, though I think that clashes with the peach some.

T - Taste is more cheesy funk, the peach is bright with loads of jam, sweet juicy flesh, light stone fruit, the funk dissipates more with drinking. The peach candy is very nice but over powered by the funk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, quite tart.

O - Overall this beer was nicely carbonated with good peach notes. The funk slightly detracts though.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of Sarge3130
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to cavemanlawyer for hooking me up.

Wonderful golden body with small white rim of head. Aroma is peach, peach jam, pulp, peach preserves. The taste is right in line with the nose, peachy and slight tartness not overly sour. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall a 4.5. Just a femnamenal beer. I could use a touch more carbonation and sourness. Would absolutely trade for again.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which doesn't have much retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy, pale amber to straw color that shows some golden and lemon hints in the light. Leaves no lacing behind.

Nose- Fairly subtle- I wonder if the peaches may have already faded. There is a smooth and rounded peach aroma but it isn't as strong as I would have expected. Acetic acid, vinegar, and a slight tartness. Some straw and a tiny amount of funk. Swirling shows a brighter peach note.

Taste- Shows peach right on the front which seems a little green. There also seems to be a bit of saltiness which I didn't expect but works well as the middle shows minor notes of straw and funk which proceed into a rounder and fleshier peach finish. I am surprised by the tame nature of the acetic acid. It's there but it does not induce puckering and I should be able to drink this pretty easily. That's probably not what a hardcore sour fan would want to hear but I'm quite alright with it. Not as complex as many sours but still maintains good presence with a wonderful sublimity which comes from the excellent balance and integration. This beer doesn't hit you over the head but it is to be enjoyed for its refined character. The nice dry finish with vibrant fruit makes this seem like a good candidate for a white wine drinker. I don't know where the saltiness comes from but it enriches this beer more than any other note and works well with the slight notes of straw and funk. Almost reminds me of the sea to a certain extent. A really good to great beer but closer to really good. Some spice, think coriander and white pepper. Some citrus notes of orange and lemon as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with some carbonation that has a little bit of effervescence and a little bit of a tingle. Dry finish really ties the flavor profile together.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible for a sour and one that I would offer up to a novice if it weren't so expensive. Pretty easy drinking. I might not buy this again to drink but I'm sure I will buy more next year for trades.

Overall- Really good to great beer but closer to really good. Not as much presence as many of the beers in its style but still very enjoyable. I don't think it lives up to the hype that creates lines but I do understand the appreciation for this beer. Definitely worth a try and I would give it another go if I saw it on tap. But I would not pay 20 bucks for a bottle for myself.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size white head with ok retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light fruit notes with some tart notes that are easily discernible. Taste is a mix between some light apricot notes with some tart notes with a light funky finish. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. I must admit that my expectation were quite high but this seems to lack the complexity I was anticipating.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a delicious beer, not as sour as a lambic, and a little more body to it, but in that same flavor family. the pour is pale as they come, washed out straw color with a tall inch of white creamy head. the peaches aren't as prevalent in the nose as they are in the taste, but what is in the aroma is a very cool wild yeast, a heavy oak profile sweet and mellow, and a blossoming fruity element, although not specifically peach. the taste tarts out a little pucker but softens quickly into a peachy sweetness supported by pale malt and a very dry yeasty finish with a faint hint of white pepper or some other delicate spice used tastefully in moderation. the peaches are not dominant, but accentuate the beer well. fuller bodied and rounder for such a light offering, expansive, and fuzzy on the tongue almost like the outside of the peaches themselves. not very well carbonated, but it really doesn't demand that, the peaches make the feel unique and delicate, while being full enough to hold up all the flavors. i would use maybe touch more peach in nose and taste here, but the subtlety is noted and appreciated. excellent beer, the best I've had from upright by quite a margin.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, batch 2. Thank you, Brian.

The first pour is mostly clear, orange in color with a choppy white head that falls off to a disk rather quickly. The nose has a beautiful peach character. Fresh, ripe, juicy, fleshy and fragrant, the peach expression here is just astounding. The Brett character is moderate as well, with a blend of clove phenols, a moderate barnyard note and a sharpness that complements the peach skin note very well. As it warms, there's a little bit of a vanilla sugar note, along with some musk.

The palate opens crisp and clean, light and airy, with a blend of peach fruitiness (strong in character but with finesse), a light and appropriate sourness (mostly lactic with a touch of Brett-derived acids). The peach character is really excellently expressed, bursting with ripe fruitiness without devolving into a jammy, syrupy beer. Drying on the finish with a blend of earthy, grassy hay, Brett, and, of course, peach, this is excellent. I also get a touch of vanilla and oak tannins on the finish. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is just wonderful. Highly recommended.

**Edit 01 June 2014**
Thank you, Brian. 2014 vintage.

The peach expression on the nose is just remarkable. Bright, fleshy, fruity and clean without a pulpy/fibrous note, this is wonderful. Also, this new batch is brighter on the funk note with a more citrusy/preserved lemon character. A touch of Brett, earthy and musty is also present. The palate is a blend of ripe peaches, sour lemons, earth and must. Moderately vinous with dry white wine, mildly mineraly on the palate as well. Excellent stuff.
4.25/4.25/4.25

**08 March 2015**
Bottle, batch 4 (2015 release)

Beautifully bright and peachy, clean, refreshing and yet sufficiently funky to include earth and grape must. A second yeasty pour only enhances the depth this beer has. Moderately lactic, moderately earthy, quite peachy. The blending across different vintages lends this beer a depth in its youth that previous vintages haven't had. A sublime, refined beverage. 4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of cavedave
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to oregonskibum for yet another gem from the PNW I have been privileged to enjoy thanks to his generosity and taste,

A cloudy, dark straw pour is topped briefly by a finger of white foam that relaxes to a nice skim and big bubbled ring. Nice.

Citrus and earth, yeasty, fruity tart, light hormonal, neutral sweet, and lightest hint of grain in the sweet to make an aroma that beckons my lips like honey bees to clover.

To me, the keys to a wild ale's greatness are the sour to accompany the brett, and the flavors of the brett, This has sour that is marvelously not vinegary, perfectly tart to wake the taste buds to the other flavors that accompany. Here those flavors are amazing. Citrus that is neither too lemony nor sour, grain sweet that is just there enough to highlight, earthiness that doesn't get down into the dirt, and a light, hint of hormonal funk that doesn't overpower. Lightest peach notes, and even lighter oaky hints come out more as it warms. In short, this is the finest wild ale I have tasted, and not to give this a 5 for taste would be criminal. I don't think American Wilds can hit it closer to perfection than this.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and light, coating while staying clean and bright, with a finish that is excellent.

One off the finest Wild Ales, perhaps the best. Refreshing and stunningly delicious. Get this if you can, it will not disappoint.

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange with a haze. Small white head to it

S - Sweet juicy peaches. Light tartness and lactic acid

T - Peach up front, sour tartness and a light funk that gives it some blue cheese /farmhouse

M - Light carbonation and lighter body. Slight funkiness that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid peach beer but not as much as I'd like. Lighter sour presence as well. Would have liked to have a bit more peach and tartness

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2nd batch, Thanks @suncrust, split

Bright body, soapy head retention - decent amount of brett, tart, peach, lactic and a touch funky. Light-bodied with a slightly dry finish - very drinkable and very good. Would definitely be interested in snagging some bottles in the future though its seems the release-hype may be a bit excessive

Photo of davey101
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. 750ml white waxed bottle into a HF over sized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy...well its a peach colored body. An initial fingers worth of soapy foam with large bubbles forms but settles into some edging pretty quickly. Decent lacing with minimal retention. The peach color though, man does it look good. Swirling the dregs for the final pour gives it an amazing fruit smoothie look.

S - Super funky brettanomyces and lactic acid followed by over ripe peach juice. There is a subtle, almost spicy vanilla thing that I get on the very end that I would imagine is coming from the barrels.

T - That distinct brett funk followed by a wave of lactic acid twang. This goes head to head with sweet peach juice and a touch of oak. Lightly sour with a long lasting juiciness. This is a very drinkable beer and something that is perfect for the warmer months. Mouth feel is crisp and lively while maintaining a medium body.

O - This beer is excellent. Truly one of the best American Wilds I have had the privilege of trying. I wish I had it a bit fresher as the peaches are sort of playing second fiddle to the critters, but god damn is this a tasty beer!

Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a hazy bright yellow, solid layer of white head.

Smells of lots of sweet peach, then lactic tartness, hints of funk.

Similar in taste--lots of sweet peach, dry and moderately sour, touch of brett.

Good carbonation and drinkability, nice refreshing sour.

Great beer, probably slightly overrated but still plenty good.

8.7/10

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice, easy drinking beer. Thanks to starrdogg for bringing this over to taste.

The look is great, it has a super hazy golden look, almost like a peach juice with a bit of head and some floating bubbles. Very nice.

The smell and taste resemble each other in a big way, tons of fresh peaches and nice oak touches, a very composed saison like malt and feel. Some nice yeast notes and even more beautiful fruit notes. Just a really easy drinkable nice beer, but not really tart like you'd expect a 'wild' to be.

Another very nice beer.

Photo of jaasen64
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the 2013 release poured into a Lawson's tulip. Another bottle graciously shared by JD (shawdeuce22) at his birthday tasting.

A- Pours a translucent golden with decent carbonation and a thin white head that forms that has nice retention.

S- Fresh peaches, peach skin, some subtle brett, fairly aromatic.

T- Peach juice, fuzzy peach skin, some subtle brett funk that balances nicely with the peaches, finishes with a very light sour peach presence.

M- Has a light feel to it but is fairly full bodied, slightly dry, refreshing, extremely drinkable. Feel fits perfectly with the fuzzy peach presence.

O- This was a fantastic peach wild ale and it is hard to decide if I like this better the Peche n' Brett or Persica, the later which we drank right before this. Persica definitely had more of a funk presence, probably because it had longer for the brett to come out. I really liked the fuzzy peach skin presence and drinkability on Fantasia though. I could easily drink this all the time and wish it were easily available to me.

Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Fantasia, shared amongst a few friends.

Upon pouring into a small tulip glass, the appearance is bright orange with a small white head. Its` nose contains barn funk, peach, brett. Taking this back for a sip and I taste more of those peaches, tartness, it does make your mouth pucker a bit. It tastes very good, very glad that my friend brought this out. Mouthfeel is medium level, nice carbonation, finishes very crisp. Some tartness lingers afterwards. A very good sour style beer from Upright, would recommend trying to grab a bottle.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2012, most recent release. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy honey/orange color with a 2 finger white head. No lacing.

S- Vinegar, some funk, and sour peaches.

T- pale malts, citrus/peach, light vinegar, and funkiness.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. very easy drinking with a dry finish.

O- 5/10 sourness. Nice easy drinking sour.

Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy peach colored body. Fluffy head on this small pour. Cap and collar. Splotchy lacing.

Sour tart lemongrass funk aroma.

Unmistakable peach flavor. Less tart than the nose alluded to.

High side of carbonation but appropriate. Medium mouthfeel.

Would be a great beer on a hot day, in relatively small doses. Smell and peach flavor takes the cake. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Photo of WillCarrera
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, white head with a bit of lacing.

S- Huge peach aroma, the fruity, juicy aromas are huge and delicious. Also has some lactic funkiness and fruity yeast.

T- Similar to the aroma, loads of fresh peaches, has a nice lactic sourness that balances the fruit, mild oak and some yeasty funk.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry, tannic finish.

O- A really tasty peach beer, the peach flavors are really awesome, while the tartness is moderate but also very nice. Definitely a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one along. Fantasia pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color topped off with a foamy white head that fizzles almost like the foam on a soda as it settles down to nothing but a ring. Lots of carbonation on this one, it seems, as a swirl of the glass produces a loud fizzling noise.

The aroma is a nice mixture of lightly sweet fruits with some funk in the under-body. As far as the fruit goes, I'm picking up some green apples, lemon zest, and peach. The peach starts of small, but becomes the most prominent fruit as the beer starts to warm up just a bit. Some light funk aromas from the yeast join with a faint oak and wet wood combination. There's a bit of acidic tartness on the nose, but not much, and certainly not enough to make me believe this one will be puckering - I guess we'll see.

Fantasia has a very light tartness and sour quality to it - just enough to kind of tingle the senses, but not enough to alienate someone who's easing their way into the world of sours (something Beatification might do). It's very "smooth" on the palate and easy to vibe with, but still provides a reasonably nice sour character for the long-time sour fanatics.

The peach and green apple flavors seem to "pop" the most - especially the peach. The slight tartness turns into a lasting sweetness; ripe peaches, juicy green apples, and pears. The finish combines with a bit of funky yeast and that same wet wood and oak presence that was picked up in the aroma. Medium bodied, smooth and soft, highly carbonated with an almost dry finish.

Very tasty beer, although it may be slightly overrated. Though having this almost back to back with a Beat Batch 05 probably wasn't fair to Fantasia. Nevertheless, still a great beer and a very good one to introduce people to the world of wild ales and sours, though it's not necessarily an easy one to get, especially in the Midwest.

Photo of Doodler
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Bill (forgetfu) along with my Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic.for contrast. Poured a hazy golden color and had a small fluffy head. Nose is like peach yogurt with a slight amount of funk. Taste is sweeter than expected, with loads of peaches, vanilla and some woodiness, This is a nice brew with a medium finish and good carbonation. Great tart flavors...try some....it's good stuff

Photo of cfrances33
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Tom, poured into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Pour: Semi hazy bright orange, with a finger of head that quickly dissipates to bubbles around the edge. Some lacing.

Smell: Incredible. Huge lactic funk up from, lots of pears, lemons, citrus, and peaches. Lots of oak and a white wine presence.

Taste: Equally awesome. A really nice lactic sourness up front, that quickly gives way to bright citrus, pear, lemons, and peaches. Lots of funk. A definite oak at the finish, with some white wine, lactic tartness, and funk.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously drinkable. Tartness is just right for me. Great smooth carbonation.

Overall: One of the best fruited wilds I've had. Better than Peche N Brett if you ask me.

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.