Sour Reserve | Upland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
BLEND 1: Batch Years Blended 2006 (our original batch of lambics), 2008, 2010
BLEND 2: Batch Years Blended All 2008

Added by aasher on 10-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
373
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
525
Gots:
84
For Trade:
8
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

Blend 3.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is super sour with malt, fruit, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and vinegar flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer with an awesome set of aromas and flavors coming from this blend of barrels.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks to Dan for sharing!
Review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Clear dark gold, high clarity, no foam to speak of. Looks a bit still.

Sour aroma of cider vinegar. Tastes fairly acetic, follows the aroma with some bright citrus and tempered sweetness even. White grape minerality, maybe some iron notes in the background. Lower carbonation. Bright, clean, and quenching. Overall pretty good, would liked to see more complexity, but it was enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another whale tick provided by Andrew. Thanks, dude.

Pretty bad appearance, pouring an extremely turbid and opaque straw color with a head that fizzles away quickly. A lot of lacto on the nose, along with some nice tropical fruit character. Faint acetone and aceto. Palate is good but somewhat stomach churning, heavy on the lactic sourness. Pineapple and lemon fruitiness lends some depth. Fair bit of oak hits the palate up front, but doesn't linger into the finish. The finish is quite brief actually, very lactic and somewhat yogurt-y. The acidity is felt going down, which makes it somewhat of a chore to drink after a while, though it's a pretty decent beer in small quantities. Reminds me a bit of Duck Duck Gooze, but it's a step down from that beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.97/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a deep golden color with a short white head that fizzes out quickly and doesn't leave anything behind. The nose carries some strong lactic notes with just a touch of stone fruits in the background. Flavor is similar with more fruit coming out as it warms. Light body with heavy lactic acid through the finish. Very dry. Gets better as it warms, but the focus is too much on acidity without the underlying funk, earthiness, and complexity.

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3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice creamy head, legs, hazy hazy color.

Nose big sour blond funk, Brett lambic funk and a rubber, big waft of acetone, tart fruity.

Taste brings great characters but also bad characters, more alcohol like acetone, lots of fruit, lambic funk Brett, rubber as well, eh.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb, acidic.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for the share!
Batch #3.

Yellow-straw color with a slight haze, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, feeding a wispy white head at the top; minimal lacing. In the nose, lacto-lemon, apple skin, hints of sulfur and crackery malts. Pretty darn sour on the palate, lacto, lemon and apple acidity, moderate notes of sulfur, yogurt, cobwebs, some acetic puckeriness, oak, dried leaves, and distant crackery malts in the background. Medium body, dry and acidic mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Interesting to call this a gueuze, but I guess the brewing/blending process makes it that. Regardless, a solid and enjoyable sour overall. I'd like to try it with a few years on it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sour Reserve from Upland Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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