Fantasia - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 647
Gots: 79 | FT: 12
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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Reviews by hopsbreath:
Photo of hopsbreath
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Upright tonight for the release. Twelve ounce glasses were a pretty good deal at $4 each. Bottles (750ml) were $20 out the door.

A: Murky and pulpy peach colored beer for the lack of a better descriptor. Good half finger of white head, big bubbles, good glass ring. 4.5/5

S: Nice botanicals in the nose, vinous and fruity, flowery and fragrant, nice lactic. 4/5

T: Sour and a touch of tannin on the finish, the peach comes through nicely. Don't age this too long or you'll lose that nice peach character. Right now, it makes it very special. 4.5/5

M: Scrubbing and refreshing. Nice and clean finish. No residual sugars left in this bad boy. Always a strong point in Upright beers, and no exception here. 4.5/5

O: Always a pleasure to visit the Upright tasting room and sample their beer. They're a little hit and miss and this one is a hit. Good job guys. 4.5/5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sarge3130
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

**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 ironchefmiyagi13
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

edit: not sure if the second bottle i has was aged to perfection or a different release, but its way way more impressive than the first, and the first was breathtaking. bumping up a whole bunch of scores on this one to reflect its magic. there are no other beers like this in the market, so so so so so so good!

Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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 ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlaywer!

A hazed dark peach color without a lot of visible carbonation. Only a thin off-white ring of small bubbles crowns the top of the beer, leaving the glass nearly clean on the way down, with just a touch of a shiny sheen.

Lovely aroma: huge amounts of authentic, juicy, summertime peaches, along with a mild sour character, and a hint of a grassy funk. This is genuinely fruit-forward, and the fruit smells superb. It's not exactly complex, but the fruit is such an absolute star there's nothing to complain about.

This is fairly close to drinking peach juice, which is in fact, delicious. Again, the authentic, juicy, ripe flavors of peach storm the palate, along with an incredible peach finish that lasts and lasts. There isn't a lot of other complexities going on, with only a very mild earthy funk character and a low to moderate level of sourness. Good, easy drinking, perfect for hot weather, but not overly interesting.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation. I think this is the one aspect where the beer could be markedly improved. Juice-like. Below average.

Very good, but this one left me just a touch disappointed. I think more carbonation could have really aided this otherwise stupendous beer.

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -10%
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 mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paul for sharing this one at the mini Peach sour tasting.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange (probably because my pour was from closer to the bottom of the bottle), with a bubbly white head on top, about 1 finger in height. Quick reduction to a ring around the top.

S: Light peaches and apricot upfront with a touch of tartness. Plenty of funk mixed in on the aroma, light vanilla and faint oak. Not as tart as I was hoping.

T: Similar to the aroma, nice peachy flavor mixed with funk. Slightly acidic with a bit of lemon. Slightly floral as well. The oak comes through a little bit with more barnyard funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Quite good, but compared to PnB, just wasn't as good as I was hoping. I think a bit more sour/tartness would really do it wonders.

Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a champagne flute. Body is a lightly cloudy golden color with plenty of carbonation, topped by a touch of creamy white head. Tart aroma of lactic sourness, with a bit of sweetness from the peaches and a mild floral note from the hops.
Palate is a wonderfully complex blend of tart, sour lactic notes and sweet, fruity peach. A mild hop presence adds some bitterness. Body is well-carbonated, crisp, and dry, with a puckery finish. This is a fantastic beer, one of the best sour ales I've had from the US, Belgium, or anywhere.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.49/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle decanted and served in a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a filmy white head with poor retention. Beer is slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Oily legs with very sparse, spotty lace with little stick. Not the greatest for the style.

Nose is tart white peach with some band-aid must and cobwebs. Only mildly aromatic. Fruity but funkiness is pretty muted.

Opens white peach tartness. Spicy sour through the middle with hints of lemon rind and peppercorn. Hay and cobwebs. More sour peach pulp and skin towards the end. Mildly tart finish. Fruity aftertaste. Decent but nothing that really stands out. Fruit characteristics very muted.

Light bodied with moderate retention. Oily, thin and crisp in the mouth and goes down accented. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Perhaps this was different months ago but at this points, its fading rather fast. Fruit characteristics are still present... but just barely. Still a decent beer but not worth the asking price. Pretty run-of-the-mill in appearance, nose, flavor and body.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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 Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Small white head and very slight retention.

Smell - Lemon sour. Wheat malts. Not such an intense sour. A lot of acidic byproducts. Bretty and the peach is faint.

Taste - Peaches are much more prominent here. The sourness is light, but citrusy. Bready malts and a hint of acetic acid. Like other Uprights, the sourness is as prominent as the malts.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sourness. Maybe a little thick and heavy, but well carbonated.

Overall - Really good. Upright doesn't make the cleanest sours, but the flavors come out complex and nice.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 750. A big thanks to Dunt for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a beautiful…peachy…color into a tulip with over a finger of nice fluffy white head.

Smell – Wow. Fantastic peach aromas, lactic sourness, oak, barnyard funk.

Taste – Fresh peaches, slight wet hay and must, tartness, acidic flavors, a bit of sweetness, and lemon.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice carbonation (Dunt said that the first time he had this there was less carbonation and that this one was better), finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A really good sour. Such great flavors that meld together in an absolutely enjoyable way.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for sharing this one!

Poured into a snifter glass, the beer is a bright golden orange with a wispy skim around the edges. Not much visible carbonation, but a nice saturated color.

Concentrated fruity peach aroma, slightly funky and acetic. Authentic fruit, fuzzy ripe peach notes.

Tart fruity flavors, upfront peach notes with a creamy feel and a light layer of funkiness intertwining with the fruit. Crisp and lactic like greek yogurt. The tartness is never overwhelming, it's well integrated and compliments the peach flavors nicely. A very solid fruited wild ale, on par or better than Upland's Peach Lambic (first batch anyway).

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, into a Cascade globe.

Appearance. pours a nice glowing peach-gold with a little haze and a thin white head.

Smell. Plenty of that nice classic lambic funk, fresh sweet peaches, some nice old oak and even a bit of vanilla. Yum!

Taste. Wow! Just a ton of bright peaches. More peach skin than flesh probably due to the accompanying light tannic woodiness, but enough sweetness to give it a really fresh fruit taste. Very light and soft funkiness goes very well with the fruit. Medium-low level of sourness. Really awesome tasting.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. Really digging this one. The big fruit flavour along with the incredibly nice levels of funk, wood, light sweetness and lower acidity make this delicious and easy drinking.

On a side note, I'm absolutely thrilled of the fact that my two year old decided to fill his diaper in a diabolical way as I was half way through this review. Glad to have had a few sips before that filled the room. Ahh, the joy of having kids...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
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 johnjohnbeer
4.86/5  rDev +11%
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 jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to islandboi2084 for the bottle.

Pours a murky light orange with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of fresh peaches with some underlying lacto. Just a hint of sour.

Peaches are strong at the front of the palate. As it warms more lactic acid sourness comes out with a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with medium carbonation levels for the style.

Very solid stateside lambic example. The flavors really came out once it warmed a bit. Not overly complex, but pleasant nonetheless. Only moderately sour now, but you can tell it's there and will probably pick up some extreme sourness when cellared.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Deschutes snifter at cellar temp.

Pours a cloudy peach color. Hazy cloudy amber color pour with light white lacing typical of Upright. Wish I could add a few points for the unique label and wax job.

Smells of oak, peach and a little funk. Whets the palate, a little musty and old dried apricot.

Taste is multiple layers of fruit and sour. Initial hit is sour followed by velvety peach. I first encountered this on tap at the release and I think the bottle version had more peach essence that I didn't pick up on draft. This is light peach complimented with moderate horseblanket funk.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. It is like licking the outside of a peach. Fuzzy and soft.

One of the best Upright offerings to date. I recently enjoyed batch 1 and batch 2 Four Play and I would actually rate this over both. Subtle and dry, pairs well with food or fine on its own. Label art could make this a collector's item if you're into that. Overall a great achievement by Alex and the Upright team.

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, David.

Hazy peach flesh colored body topped by a tall white head. The nose has quite a bit of ripe, juicy peach, but also a lot of acetone. There's a mild lacto presence, a bit of funk and oak, yogurt. Smells a bit sweet. The palate is similar; peach comes through fairly well, though it isn't as vibrant as I was expecting. Acetone really mars my enjoyment of the beer - this tastes strongly of nailpolish throughout. Sourness is mild and largely lactic with a touch of vinegar, and there's a bit of pale malt sweetness that works fairly well with the peach flavor. This is decent but it failed to meet my expectations.

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

Bottle courtesy of LoPo87 in a recent swap.

Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange color with a smallish fluffy, foamy white head with good retention and decent lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a tremendous peach presence; immediately behind that is a sour tart/lactic presence and a light bit of grainy pilsner malt. Not the most complex aroma but really solid mix of fresh fruit and Bretty sourness.

The tastes begin with fresh peach flesh/juice and the lactic sourness, Not that earthy, "wild" or funky per-say but with that said, it's still absolutely delicious. Not that sour at this point or complex flavor-wise just a really super delicious American Wild Ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. A lot of flavor and fruity sourness for such a low ABV beer. The finish has a nice level of acidity to balance the sweet peach flavors.

Overall, a very impressive offering from Upright, wish I had another one to cellar for a year or two, but I just couldn't help myself on this warm day (the girl on the bottle was mocking me when I opened the fridge for the last month). I have not had a bad beer from Upright, granted I have had only the elite but I can't say a bad thing about this beer or Upright in general. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out; I understand why it has been so hard to acquire this solid West Coast Wild Ale.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden body; small head that drops to nothing. Similar to lambic.

Big bretty and lactic nose. Light peach and lemon. Bready malt aroma in the background. Really bright and enticing.

Creamy peach flavor. Light lemony sourness. A lot less sour than expected. Almost seems diluted. That makes this refreshing for sure. Peach flavor isn't over the top either. The taste sort of reminds me of peach cobbler. Sweet Tarts on the finish. Feels more sour in my stomach than it is.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle 750Ml
traded for Beat

A: Copper color. Cloudy. Not much of a head.

S: Peaches. Fruity bubble gum. Lactic acid.

T: Fresh peaches. Balaced sourness. Dry clean finish with a slight sweetness.

M: Creamy texture. Low carbonation.

O: High fidelity to peach.

Photo of islandboi8204
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, pour cloudy and hazy golden color with a little head. Not much lacing.

Smells really inviting, like wet peach fuzz. Some funk, mustiness, wood, tart and fruity aroma to compliment it as well.

Tastes like peaches, followed with a little tartness to balance the sweet fruit. Not the most complex, but as the sourness fades, the earthiness and oak come through. Really delicious.

Great mouthfeel to compliment the taste. Wonderful carbonation, has a nice creaminess to it and not overly drying. Medium body and very refreshing, this would be great on a hot day.

This is a great beer from Upright, I really enjoyed the fresh peach fruitiness, it will be interesting to see how this changes over time. I look forward to my other bottles again this summer.

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.