Sour Reserve
Upland Brewing Company

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #14
Ranked #518
4.39 | pDev: 9.11%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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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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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Here we have Blend No. 4, a blend of new and old sour beers (“old” meaning several years of age). The broadness of flavors and the complexities behind each one are all beautiful. We had hoped for a bit of carbonation here, but regardless, this is a real treat.

STYLE: American Wild Ale
ABV: 0.0%

LOOK: Hazed peach hue, no head or lacing

SMELL: Funk, peppercorn, musty cellar, horse blanket, mint, tart, earthy, vinous, wood tannin

TASTE: Still, slick, moderate-sized body, deep tartness throughout, pungent, prevalent wood, wine-like, barnyard, musty, pineapple skin, mild broth, faint spice, lemon oil, finishes dry, lingering tartness

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amen to southhouse brew! The best gueuze I've ever had! When Caleb gets a sour right its right. I love all of the Uplands that I've had. Ive had them side by side with the russian rivers,cascades, cantillons,and drie fonteinens. Upland is world class! This is for batch # 2 and #3

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4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of tasting this gem of limited production at a buddy's tasting. it had a difficult task of standing out against some other phenomenal beers that evening including hunah, 20yr elijah, choclate rain, duck duck gooze and others. it did so with force. it is very taste forward with lots of tart aroma to boot. only downfall to this amazing beer is that its finish is short relative to other sours and the great taste quickly dissipates. I would recommend that if you can find one buy one hell buy ten it wont disappoint

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 3 poured from bottle into teku

A: Nice carbonation, head dissipates to leave a nice dense head-ring of about 1/4 inch. Beautiful orange color. Had yeast protein floaties but I don't mind.

S: Amazing. Lots of sour acidic notes; lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and well as vinegar.

T: This was the standout from a stellar tasting lineup. The flavors are so well balanced; there's tons of acidity but the malt is there to counter, it's dry but not overdone, There's a full creaminess to it, probably lacto, that's a very welcome too. There wine wine barrel characteristics come through nicely too; some sour grape musk, slight tannins, and smooth oakiness.

M: Light and crisp yet full and creamy like a really well done gueuze should be.

O: Best american sour I've had, and certainly the best example of an American gueuze out there. Batch 3 is better than batch two and is a damn near perfect beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is yellow / amber and hazy thin wispy white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is earthy and sulfury with a nice bite to it, a little funky, a little acetic, a little lactic.

Beer is light in body, not as sour as expected, flat a little on the palate, mlid earthiness, sulfur, decent finihs, a fine beer but not a great gueuze.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 399 ratings