Sour Reserve
Upland Brewing Company

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From:
Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #69
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
97
Ranked #727
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.92%
Ratings:
403
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2021
Added:
Oct 22, 2011
Wants:
  522
Gots:
  88
SCORE
97
World-Class
Sour ReserveSour Reserve
Notes: BLEND 1: Batch Years Blended 2006 (our original batch of lambics), 2008, 2010
BLEND 2: Batch Years Blended All 2008

Sour Reserve is a tart, dry, and refreshing blond sour ale, with multiple layers of flavor by selecting premium barrels of aged Basis. Expect flavors of peach, cherry, wine, cider with rich aromas of lactic sourness and multiple fruity notes. Effervescent carbonation creates an inviting and experiential sour beer session.
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4.47 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 21, 2021
 
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Oct 23, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Pours clear golden, with a short white head that fades quick, leaving just a wisp on the edge of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Pungent hit of acid, funk, minerality, and fresh dark soil.

T - Layers on layers of flavor, with acidity out front, a complicated melange of fruit, lots of wildness, and wood and barrel. The result is lush and rewarding.

M - The acidic bite produces a moderate prickly feel on the tongue, moderate weight, and a close that leaves a lingering trace long after the flavors fade.

O - This has been a beer with a huge reputation locally, a real get. It is worthy of the kind words, an example of a difficult style done well and delivering not just a solid rendition, but also a pleasurable experience.

May 23, 2020
 
4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Mar 02, 2020
 
4.3 by metter98 from New York on Feb 11, 2020
 
4.15 by Wasted_Youth from Indiana on Jan 20, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Blend 6 (2015)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy apricot nectar color with a one finger head that fades to a film; splashy lacing

Smell: Quite the funk fest, with oak, green apple, lime and vinous white wine tones

Taste: Acetic from the outset, with green apple burgeoning into lime; funky and vinous, through the middle with a tart finish that brings a hint of vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; major pucker factor

Overall: A spectacular brew with a lot of subtle fruit among the sour elements

Thanks, JHE73, for the opportunity

Jan 19, 2020
 
4.19 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 22, 2019
 
3.99 by hopkrid from Florida on Sep 06, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 4/2017, batch K-17. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, plum, raspberry, gooseberry, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, peppercorn, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, plum, raspberry, gooseberry, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, peppercorn, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness, Brett/wine tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, plum, raspberry, gooseberry, passion fruit, papaya, mango, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, peppercorn, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish, Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tang/sourness, yeast/oak spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, grainy, acidic, tangy, tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an incredible gueuze style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the moderately sour/tart/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazingly well rounded classic barnyard Brett/Bacteria complexity, great oak presence, and solid pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Feb 04, 2019
 
4.23 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 27, 2018
 
4.5 by BeerBucks from New York on Oct 14, 2018
 
4.28 by cp45 from New Jersey on Oct 01, 2018
 
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Aug 19, 2018
 
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Aug 19, 2018
 
4.03 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 11, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

2018. Blend 8. A little too tart - I bet some age would do this well.

Aug 06, 2018
 
4.06 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 28, 2018
 
4.27 by FlussigkeitMut from Indiana on Jun 03, 2018
 
4.07 by Mikexw from New York on Apr 25, 2018
 
4.38 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2018
 
4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Jan 22, 2018
 
2.99 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Dec 30, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Cloudy gold, white collar, lazy bubble lacing. Sour fruits in the nose include peach, apple, pear, apricot, cherry, pineapple, and lemon to varying degrees depending on warmth. Oak, vinegar, slight white wine, and decent funk balance. Taste is more or less a clone, more of a sour fruit nod than the funk or barrel character. Feel really does well to have all the elements you want: funk, oak, sour notes, esters, and wild nature. Imagine age will even make better. Perhaps not the most traditional but a very good gueuze

Nov 13, 2017
 
4.27 by ystazi from Illinois on Nov 11, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Poured from cork and cage bottle (bottled April 2017) into tulip glass. It pours a cloudy honey color with a half finger of foamy, bright white head and a thin layer of lacing. It's highly effervescent. The nose features sour lemon, oak, chardonnay wine, sea salt, and spices. It's as tart as can be with lemon, apple, oak, leather, and earthy notes. Each taste is unique and bold but they blend really well. It's tangy and finishes nicely crisp. Light in body with lively carbonation and a moderate 6% ABV, it's easy to drink a second pour. Overall, this is as fine a Gueuze as I've had; it's very well-crafted with bold flavors and a pleasing mouth feel. I understand why it's so highly rated and sought after.

Nov 04, 2017
 
4.24 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2017
 
4.5 by mwvman from Indiana on Oct 10, 2017
 
4.2 by jaydoc from Kansas on Sep 16, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by FFFjunkie from Illinois

Look is a hazy golden straw and poured with a finger of bubbly white head.

Aroma is acidity, wine barrel and a faint hint of green apple and funk.

Taste tart green apple, wine barrel and maybe some dark fruit and funk on the back end.

Feel is crisp and dry. Acidity lingers a bit. Carb is on the higher side.

Overall a very nice sour. Good acidity and the green apple comes through very well with the wine barrel.

Sep 01, 2017
 
4.04 by Warren2621 from Indiana on Jul 28, 2017
 
4 by knicks19947 from New York on Jul 24, 2017
 
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jul 16, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Transporting the tastebuds straight to Brussels, the Upland brewers bring a new and exotic taste to Indiana by reaching back into brewing history. A balance of fruit, spice, sour and earth align for a complex and refreshing session.

Pale gold and foggy to the eye, the beer's trickle of lace is a mere prelude to a tangy scent of weathered citrus, saddle leather, sea air and wine must waft onto the senses with a pungent and earthy perfume. Its taste is shy with sweetness while a smooth wheat and vegemite creaminess gently rolls onto the tongue.

As any malt influence dissipates rapidly, its the funk and fauna of yeast and bacteria that steal the show on the middle palate. Notions of sea brine and white wine wrap around the citrusy taste of lime, lemon and grapefruit peels. The oaken decay of cellar funk, dried attic woods and cured leather play into the dehydrated fruit flavor of pineapple and gooseberry. Sour throughout, the acute acidity is a refreshing clean cider and vinegar accompaniment.

Dry, crisp and cracker-like, this Batch 1 has fully matured to a powder-fine finish with a mature sourness, refined earth and mouthwatering margarita-like saltiness. Beautifully briny and rife with damp burlap, the finish is fast, clean and gentle with echoes of oak rolling calmly behind.

May 24, 2017
 
3.81 by IrishColonial from Texas on Mar 13, 2017
 
4.25 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Feb 18, 2017
 
4.29 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 03, 2016
 
4.5 by delgotit99 from Indiana on Nov 04, 2016
 
4.25 by Jhfinn from New York on Oct 15, 2016
 
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2016
Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 403 ratings