Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle, 2014 release, poured into a Cantillon degustation glass.
The beer pours a medium burgundy color, hues or bright reds, hazy and opaque with a nice finger of white head that has moderate retention and yields no lace. Lots of berries on the nose, raspberry, cherry, lightly tart, oaky, brown sugar, light spice, pie filling comes to mind, light malty base. The berries translate well on the tongue, tart cherry and raspberry, very seedy with some wine like red grain and tannins, subtle funkiness, soft oak, pie filling and spices with a bit of brown sugar while the base saison plays a small role, although its darker flavor wise than expected. The mouthfeel is zippy, nice lively feel, creamy at times towards the finish while coating the mouth very well.
Verdict: A nice fruited sour/saison beer. The berries are expressed very well, the base fades out and gives way to the tartness/sourness and the fruit, but that doesn't detract from how enjoyable the beer is. Very pleasant balance and it steers clear of biting sourness, definitely a successful and delicious beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 02:40:58 | More by kevanb
4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Rouge-tinted orange gold. Bone white hazy foam.
S - Green apple and nectarine with a lemon sourness which attacks the nose.
T - Tart pucker up front followed by sour fruited wood. Some oak but I'd like more. Highly comparable to Cascade's offerings (which I find to be good yet lacking depth and interest), although with a vague - rather than specific - fruitiness.
M - I didn't make any notes on the mouthfeel which means it was unobtrusive. I remember it being quite sticky and with medium body and carbonation.
O - A pleasant sour but not mind-blowing. Simply did not have the complexity, depth, and oak character which I was expecting. Sourness rendered it fairly one-dimensional, although it was a little funkier than some of the most simplistic wild ales I've had.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 07:24:40 | More by abeeronthebeach
Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.