Fantasia - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 443
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 646
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruit along with some funky aromas. Taste is of sour and tart tropical and peach flavors with some funk as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp moutfeel. Overall, this is a good sour but I think it tastes much better than it smells. (432 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to boralyl for getting this bottle out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice peachy color with a foamy white head with good retention and a ring or two of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a tremendous peach presence that is just absolutely killer. Behind that is a light bit of pilsner malt along with a fairly-strong lactic presence.

The flavor hits the peach and lactic combination quite well, but lacks enough earthy and wild depth to really take it over the top. With that said, I'm still quite impressed, especially flowing into the feel, which has a nice level of acidity to make the peach flavor.

Overall, a very impressive offering from Upright. With this, I'm very excited to try some future offerings coming out of this place. (778 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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! (1,497 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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). (647 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a white head. An amazing fruit aroma. Tons of peaches on the nose which give a nice sweetness along with the tartness of the beer. Oak, grass, and lemon provide a nice funk and sourness. The peaches are just as vibrant on the palate. Intense fruit flavor with background notes of oak, lemon, lemon peel, and grass. A hint of vanilla from the oak as the beer warms. Really outstanding stuff. (429 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (882 characters)

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

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Hazed golden body.

S - Smells like peach cobbler. I'm surprised by how intense the sweet peach flavor is - there's a fairly low level of lactic sourness and funk here, which give this a sour peach candy and yogurt kind of vibe. There seems to be a good deal of residual sugar, and the malt bill reminded me a little of the Ghoulschip I had immediately prior.

T - The taste is quite similar, some nice sour and tart peach flavors among the sweet cobbler-esque malt and oaky vanilla. Somewhat candy-like, with moderate residual sweetness.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, mildly juicy, with a slightly dry and tannic finish.

D - Enjoyable peach beer, but perhaps needs some time for the microbes to gobble up some of the remaining sugars. A far cry from something like Yellow Bus or Fou' Foune, as the acidity here is quite restrained. Still, I easily finished my glass and would gladly drink this again. I also appreciate the lower ABV, as too many American wilds are creeping out of the easy-drinking range. (1,156 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429/starrdogg for sharing this one; not sure whose bottle it was. This beer wasn't on my radar but I loved it. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow-orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour peaches, tart fruity malts, sweet peaches and peach juice, light tropical fruit, light earthy notes, oak. Nose is loaded with peaches, both sweet and sour. Really fanastic nose.

t - Tastes of sour peaches, sweet peaches, swete and tart fruity malts, tropical fruits, earthy notes, floral hops. Again, very nice here. Not quite as sour as the nose and a little sweeter, but I really like it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink, awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer, and probably the best thing I've had from Upright so far (and I've yet to have a bad beer form them so far). Load of sweet and sour peaches, I really hope I can get some more of this. As a side note we had a 2011 Fou Foune right after this and while it wasn't quite as funky or sour as that, it really held it's own and was certainly the second best peach beer I've had. (1,204 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served side by side at a recent tasting with a bunch of other stone fruit beers, a very good beer.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head, small bubbles. No lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, grainy, and peach-y.

Beer is medium in body, pretty sweet, nice mild funk and fruit, the lactic wins the acidity race here. the finish is a little tart in a good way, a really nice beer here. I'd have it again, it is not quite a lambic in the levels of sourness or complexity but for a stone fruit sour it is pretty nice. (534 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kbutler1 for sharing!

Pours a white head that fades to nothing. Color is a hazed bright peach orange.

Aroma: sour and mouth watering. Lots of fresh peach flavors. Has an acidity to it reminding me of lost abbey. Lemon citrus. Oak and tannins. Very fruity and sour.

Taste: peaches with some creaminess. Very sour and tart. Lots of acidic and lemon citrus. Oaky with a little spice. Fruity. Mouth puckering. A little vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: tart and refreshing. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really tasty beer. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I could drink a lot of this. (643 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks Murren/Wissler for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. I've wanted to try this brew since learning about it and now that I had a chance to try it, I'd love to get another bottle to drink sometime later.

Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear amber orange color for the most part with some haze keeping it from being perfectly clear. The closer you get to the bottom, the more clouded it becomes. A white cap appears across the top and leaves some spotty lace as it recedes. A swirl revives a white finger back to the surface.

The smell is straight juicy apricot. Very bright and almost jam-like with how fresh and bold the apricot smell is. This is exactly what I look for in a fruited wild ale. Very nicely done. Picking it apart, there is a bit of sulfur quality that mixes witg funky and earthy yogurt. Towards the back are the first grainy indications that are mildly barn-like with a straw or hay quality.

The taste is surprisingly sharp and acidic. However, the flavor still holds a creamy inclusion of yeast and solid fresh apricot jam flavor. Even though this brew is acidic, it has a minor sweetness about the apricot that tingles your cheeks almost like a sour warhead candy. The contrast of perceived fruity sweetness verse acidity is very enjoyable. As it warms up, some sulfuric notes come out as well as a yogurt sort of cheesy funk.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is acidic yet juicy and enjoyable with quite a tangy quality about it. About the only beer I can fairly compare this to is Fou'Foune since the topic was brought up while we were tasting this. It has a much more rich apricot flavor but lacks a bit of the overall complexity that Fou'Foune delivers. Regardless, this is a fantastic beer. Just another reason for me to really enjoy this brewery and want to try more of their offerings. (1,878 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued with a small white head. Loving the aroma - peaches, stone fruit, musty, yeast, funk. Teeming with delicious flavor. Light bodied and effortless to drink. A mild tartness in the finish. Superb. I definitely recommend this one. (306 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -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. (632 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a bright golden orange color with visible carbonation and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with lots of barnyard bug character balanced by strong tropical and light fruit notes.  Some toasted oak and a very prominent peach skin character.  I'm even picking up the pit of the fruit.  

Medium bodied with a nice tart funkiness that isn't harsh or acetic. Lots of oak and funky bugs along with a strong peach presence.  Nicely balanced and easy to drink with the juicy peach flavor countering the barrel and funk.  Again, the skin of the fruit, and even the pit, are noticeable to the palate.  Very refreshing and easy to drink. (759 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
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.  (880 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured like liquid grapefruit with a small fiizy white head.

S: Tangy and tart fruits with peach, a light lemon zest, some funk and oak spirals

T: The peach is very nice upfront with some tartness, sugar, funky and oak spirals, old wood w/ a light Earthiness in the background. A tad acidic and stinging

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with great taste, some funk remaining on the palate with a crisp finish

O: Very good beer and the peach twist was new and amazing. Well played. (489 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (378 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright orangish yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head that left very little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW... peaches were very noticeable upfront in the aroma with a bit of brett barnyard funk, lemony citrus acidic character with good oakiness and a little vinegar coming through as well.

T: peaches greatness was more dominant on the palate alongside sour acidic lemony twang, nice oaky wood accents, bretty barnyard funk that added good dimension to it with a touch of vanilla and subtle vinegar notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a fruity, funky, oaky, lemony citrus,sour and mild dry finish.

O: definitely exceptional all the way around, glad I got to try it and from what I hear is the peach fruit was more potent fresh. Hmmmm (843 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2011 First release
Opened 1.2.13

A - Pours a clear, bright orange with a small light tan, fizzy head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Strong peaches. Very nice. Some nice tartness follows as well.

T - Tart peaches, slight funk and wood. So delicious and addicting.

D - Low carbonation with a light body.

O - Very nice peach flavors with a legite mild funk. So tasty! (385 characters)

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