Fantasia - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 617
Gots: 70 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-16-2012)
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3.1/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/25/2012 and 6/2/2012

Thanks for sharing, Tim (first bottle), and thanks to Luke for this most recent bottle.

A: Vibrant yellow orange with a white head. Nice color.

S: Fresh peaches, sweet, sugary, and tart. Oak and light vanilla. Firm vinegar presence with a little acetone. Lactic and lightly tart. Nice fruit profile but the acetic notes are a pretty heavy.

T: Piquant peach flesh and skin. Excellent fruit profile, though just a touch simple. Lactic and tart. Weighed down by acetic acid that makes the beer a chore for me to drink as I make my way through the glass. Vinegar waxes as the beer warms and opens up, which is not a good thing. Acetone is present throughout.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation. 

Overall: Solid. Nice fruit aroma but falls into the vinegar trap like many American sours. Too much acetic acid and acetone. Not one I would revisit. 

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to ramnuts for this one. Much appreciated, Frank!

From notes -- consumed late July.

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow body with burnt orange highlights, off-white head.

S: This probably had more peach when it was younger, but it seems to be fading a bit now. Vinegar is most prominent, with lesser presence of lactic sourness and nail polish.

T: The flavor holds more peach than the nose promised. Its fruity vibrancy plays well off lactic sourness. But there is a noticeable acetic acid character that I don't like. Modest funk. Thankfully, the nail polish character of the nose is not found at all here.

M: As noted above, the acetic acid character takes the beer down a notch, but I don't think it ruined the beer. It was pretty tasty on the whole. I feel it would have been hidden better by the fruit if I hadn't sat on it for a while.

O: The nose and taste don't seem in harmony. I liked the beer, but it only reaffirmed my long-standing experience: drink fruited wild ales fresh.

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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from brewery last year.

A: Cloudy dark yellow. No head. No legs.

N: Peach, acetone, and a little wood. A fair amount of vinegar. Lemon sourness.

T: Fading peach, lemon, and a touch of vinegar. Fairly tart. This is about average. Might be on the downslope, too.

M: Light and well carbonated.

O: Pretty good, but it’s not nearly as good as something like Peche N Brett. Never tasted a lot of peach in this, though it’s less sour than I remember.

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3.72/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for popping this one open. Upright never comes my way, so I was stoked to see this. Poured into a Whole Foods Wine Glass.

Fantasia look very orange, the color is a deep orange color with some trace yellowish spots towards the light. By the time it got to me, there was no cap or foam to be seen. Smell is outright peach scent bursting through. Some funk lingers throughout, brett notes, lacto, and vinegar, the only downfall to this beer. The vinegar, acetone is there it's apparent and cant be missed. If you look past that, a great fresh peach flavor with some saison yeast characteristics, earth with some brett tones, the lacto is felt on the tounge. This is medium bodied, probably lighter. A nice sour tone with funk backing. The acetone really kills it though, whatever. Don't think I could do a whole bottle to the dome, this one is meant for sharing.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Khumbard for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to an airy ring that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Sweet fruit with peach flesh coming through and then some soft pear. Mild red berry with some tartness and light pale malt. Not much in the form of sourness going on in the nose.

T: The taste wasn't as substantial as the nose for me. Some light peach flesh and red apple skins, a mild tartness and the slightest hint of lacto sourness. Definitely some sweet malts in the finish, but there really wasn't anything for it to cut through.

M: Light bodied with a clean and sweet finish. Nice prickly carbonation as well.

O: Definitely missed a lot of the lacto qualities in this one. It lost a lot of points as it didn't quite fit the bill I was hoping for. The nose gave it promise, but the taste fell a little flat. It was still an easy drinking beer that tastes good, though. Recommend.

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3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.