Sour Reserve | Upland Brewing Company

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Sour ReserveSour Reserve

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1484th Review on BA
Bottle to FW 6oz Snifer
750ml C/C

Batch 2
Shared with JealousChalice,KevanB & Schmoopsbeer

App- A more clear yellow with a slight haze behind it. No bubbles behind it. More of a peachy hazy color. Was a bit saddened by lack of carb on this one.

Smell- With very few aromatics making this beer come together I thought the notes I did get were pleasant and on par with the rest of the Wild Ales ive had. More vinegar, oak, lactic acid and fruits.

Taste- It's good, but I felt I opened it too young. But alas the problem with only having one bottle. Its very strong on the oak front and lacks a certain balance. Has a lot of vinegar behind it and packs a strong lactic punch.

Mouth- A lighter body with a low carbonation. Really lacks a bit of bubbles to make it something better. A bit of oak and lactic on the residual flavors.

Drink- It was good, but needed to be a few steps up for what I believe this bottle is considered. I would like another bottle to sit on for a couple years.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled on 3-16-12.

A- Pours a very hazy orange-gold color. Small head that retains well and laces ok. Really a brilliant color.

S- Tart and fruity on the nose. Some acid heavy grapefruit and almost peach fruit flavors.

T- Tart and acidic on the tongue. Very fruity, and fairly sweet to balance the sour. Good blend of fruits and acidic. Acidic flavors linger on the tongue at the end.

M- Relatively low levels of carbonation. Somewhat light weight is refreshing, yet still fairly creamy on the palate.

Overall, a very good sour. I can't put my finger on the exact flavor profiles, but they balance very nicely. A very good sour, with another in the cellar to age.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared during the Upland Sour Tasting where all of the fruit lambics were present as well as a massive group of BAs to share it all! Batch 1! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured bright orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, peach, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, orange peel, orange, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was the last beer of the evening and we definitely saved the best for last in my opinion. Loads of complexity to be found here while still being refreshing and intriguing. It was completely different from the fruit lambics by them, so don’t go into this one expecting them to be similar. Just a heads up. Definitely worth seeking out whether it be Batch 1 or 2.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batches 1 & 2 back-to-back for comparison into Narke tulip. I'm reviewing batch #2 because I liked it better then batch #1.

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow, slight white head, wisps.

S - A mix of random fruity notes, oak, an lactic acid blended together to create something good! Lots of citrus in there with the funk and a good amount of tart fruity sweetness.

T - Citrus tartness, apricot, funk, oak, light berry. A little more sour then the nose and less fruit, but still very pleasant. Any alcohol is basically non-detectable. Finish is all tart lactic acid and oak.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

O - Really well-done and very enjoyable. I felt batch #2 was more balanced with better fruit & tart notes while batch #1 was muddled a bit. I would drink this again, no doubt.

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Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. I am so grateful to try this, since I accidentally clicked the "back" button when finalizing my order for this.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a small, fleeting, wispy head. Nice aroma consisting of wild yeast, citrus, grass, wheat. Acetic and lactic feel on the palate with low carbonation. Pretty good flavor. Definitely smells and tastes like an Upland beer. Very good, but not world class. Definitely one of the better gueuze examples to emerge from the U.S.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
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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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a tulip. This is batch number one, which is a blend of lambics from 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Very slightly hazy pale tangerine. A thin, wispy head of off-white appears for a minute after the pour, but fizzles away quickly.

The souring bacteria seems tame here. I get lots of vinous green oak, a little white and red grapes, some burnt sugar and just a bit of sulfuric funk. Maybe a tiny touch of balsamic as well.

The flavor steps up the tartness in a big way. First noticeable is a blend of lemon, green apple, vinegar and oak. The swallow brings the sour, acidic stuff along with that same sulfury funk, red apple, white grape. Maybe some vanilla emerges as it warms. Each sip gets more sour.

Medium-light body, just a little watery. Carbonation is light and prickly, breaking the beer into silky fizz. Every sip delivers more ass-puckering sourness. By the bottom of the glass, it’s almost like drinking vinegar.

Tasty, though the enamel-ripping sourness could be toned down a bit. It’s nice to smack your taste buds into submission every now and then, though.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky dark yellow with a moderate white head fading away quickly.

Aroma has a bit of a blue cheese funk with lactic acid and some wet hay.

Flavor is a lot more sour than the aroma would let on. A distinct lactic sharpness with sour apple, pear and peaches. A little bit of the hay from the aroma carries over and it finishes very sour and dry with a lot of oakiness.

Light and refreshing with medium carbonation.

Caleb nailed this one. I wish I had more than 1 bottle. Very pleasant sourness without being over the top and hands down the winner of our sour tasting.

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mrand01 at a recent bottle share.

Pours a murky gold color with a small white head that settles to a few stray wisps, light bubbles and some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with hefty amount of lactic acid, sour yogurt, tropical fruit and funky brett. As it warms I get some more light apple skins, cider vinegar, mild vinous barrel notes and a hint of wet hay. Smells like a key lime pie with lemon and lime and a dollop of whip cream on top.

The tastes begin with more tartness than I expected given the aroma, also more acidity. I get stone fruits, sour peach and mild wet oak. More balanced and less lactic than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with zesty carbonation. Nice and dry in the finish, pretty sour, but not the most sour beer I have ever had.

Overall, as a gueuze it's pretty mediocre, but as a American Wild Ale it's very solid. Really enjoyed this Batch 2 over the Batch 1 I had earlier in the year. Flavor profile is much more lively and open,

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Photo of camil1mj
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my tasting group. Opened slowly and carefully, as I was prepared for a gusher like some of the other Uplands. To my surprise, it was just fine. No gushing or foaming. Served slightly chilled in my Darkness snifter.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow. White fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Lots of citrus and sour funkiness.

T: Lots of great sours flavors coming together: lemon, apple, vinegar. Very tart and refreshing.

M: Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Too bad it was one of only 300 bottles. I will make sure to get this again if the release another batch in the future. I am optimistic, as the label states it is batch 1.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim (jale) for sharing this one. Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a few stray wisps, a collar of bubbles, and some spotty lace. Transparent golden body with good clarity to it.

S - A hefty amount of lactic acidity, yogurt, tropical brett, light apple skins, cider vinegar, mild vinous barrel notes, and a hint of sulfur. Pretty mellow stuff, and reminiscent of Uplands fruit lambics in character.

T - Taste has more in the way of tartness and acidity Some stone fruits, sour peach, and mild wet oak. More balanced and less yogurt-heavy than the aroma.

M - Pleasantly zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry, with mild stomach-provoking acidity. No alcohol, although I wasn't expecting any from this style of beer.

D - As a gueuze it's pretty mediocire, but as a American Wild Ale it's pretty solid. Too rare for what it delivers, but easy and enjoyable to drink. Hopefully they make more next time.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this gem.

Pours a turbid golden orange color with no head. Lacto and light citrus on the nose, minimal funk and grass. More sweet and fruity than sour or funky, but pleasantly acidic. Oak is present from the start and fades through the finish. Medium thick and high carbonation produces a full body. Straddling rating this much lower as a gauze and a little higher as a pleasant American Wild; regardless an enjoyable surprise compared to most of their fruit lambics.

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Photo of Verecund
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour Reserve Blend #1. Many thanks to Rempo and a second anonymous BA who gave me the opportunity to try this. Opened on December 3, 2011.

Interesting color of glowing sinopia - ruby, earthy orangish-brown. Not much in the way of head. A half finger of froth settles to a circle of bubbles in the center of the glass.

Clean lactic acid, kiwi, not-yet-ripe apricot, tart green apple, and miscellaneous tropical fruit on the nose. Nice tart fruitiness. There's also a layer of Hoosier funk (think cheese), vinegar, and oak.

Holy lactic acid. Lots of citrus and green apple; very tart and acidic. Pineapple brett, but not a whole lot of funk otherwise. Just a clean acidity with light fruity accents.

Pretty tasty, overall, especially viewed as an American sour (and not a gueuze). I'm a sucker for acidic, unfruited sours, so this is a treat. I had a small problem finishing off the last ounce or two of my 12 ounce pour due to the acidity, which is the only reason this is not a 4.5 in taste or overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one my way, Mark.

The pour is a murky orange-ish color with a finger of white head. Smells intensely lactic and lemony. Quite a bit of lemon peel and green apple, maybe a little bit of funk (hay and grass). A few notes of oak, too. The flavor is similarly heavy on the lemon tartness and lactic acidity. Minimal funk notes, maybe a touch of vinegar. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Better than many of the other Upland lambic releases.

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Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is AMAZING. I want some more, somebody trade me! Thanks to Chris for sharing this at Matt's (starrdogg) tasting.

A: Nice hazy orange color with no head at all, almost looks like flat crush soda after the initial head dies. Pretty, golden color on the edges.

S: Wow, super fresh and funky aroma, tons of yeasty straw and bretty notes. Some lighter fruit and champagne as well. Really nice level overall of tartness and dry fruit.

T: Super tart and very nice grapey/berry notes. I feel like there are flavors that remind me of their other lambics like the blueberry, it's acidic and i love it. Oak carries the flavors to a new level, and other straw and cherry flavors come into it. Huge after taste.

M: I love the thickness and body of this beer. Nice amount of tart and thickness.

Overall a excellent brew, really well done.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to Jay for cracking this open for a pre-tasting tasting.

It pours as one would expect, fairly cloudy pale yellow, tiny white head and minimal lacing.

The aroma is as perfect as I could imagine. It has this pretty huge acidic lemon bite, earthy, dirty and some serious brett funk.

The taste was very similar, huge acidity, that then gets earthy and barnyard. There is also an odd sweetness in the taste that I've never had in other gueuze or gueuze style beers. I can only conjecture that this is some of the unconsumed sugars. If that's true then I can see this beer aging spectacularly. The taste had less lemon than the aroma and it was replaced with some more apple and flavors the reminded me of their newest persimmon lambic. The funk was very present but not overpowering or bordering on cheesy as I've tasted in other similar beers.

Mouthfeel was just fine to me, I did not find it overly slick and the carbonation level was on the lower side but acceptable.

Overall this beer just impressed me greatly. It falls just behind Beatification in terms of American made Gueuze style beers. If the most recent fruit lambic release, and now the sour reserve release is any indication on how the sour program is progressing at Upland I'm very excited to see what is next.

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Photo of craytonic
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky, cloudy peach orange with a spritzy white head, some lacing

Smell: Moderately/lightly sour with a touch of funk and some lactic notes. A bit of brett.

Taste: Moderately sour with a touch of green apple, peach and banana (definitely banana and definitely odd). Maybe an odd cheddar component, some other british farmhouse type cheeses.

Body: Medium body, slightly under carbonated

Overall: Decent beer, there is something about Upland's house yeast strain that rubs me the wrong way. Some elements are "good" (4.0) and others are slightly less than good. With it being in the Gueuze category I feel a bit generous, rated to style against many Belgians it might not break 3.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi deep golden color. Aromas are very complex with a cheesy, barnyard, acidic quality to it. Really incredible. Taste is bretty fruit with some kiwi, soured apples, persimmon and highly acidic. Very, very sour but not over the top. Finish is long lasting and complex.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared at darkness day by aasher and/or backfat
reviewed from notes

like a light hazy orangey color. Wispy cloud of bubbles skim across the surface in a glorious Rorschach design that makes me see the eye of a hurricane. Some spots of lacing. Decent legs, like a nice white wine on the legs-- but this is very well carbed.

nose is sour green apple, little hay, some oak... I get some persimmon and kiwi flavors here as well. This is absolutely intense in its sourness. Just lots and lots and lots of sour. Me likey.

Well carbonated, but still offers a touch a syrupy oiliness.

Overall-- this might supplant the persimmon as my top Upland sour beer. Very nicely done.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Huge thank to BigSexy410 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sour fruits, especially cherries, raspberries, and some kiwi, brett, lactic notes, and some light funk. Very sour and bretty, really enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, berries and dark fruits, kiwi, brett, light wood. Again, super tart and fruity, and really great. Little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer. I've had all of Upland's lambics and their Dantalion wild ale and this is by far the best sour they've done. Tons of brett and sour fruits in the nose and taste, and I felt like I could have taken down the whole 750ml bottle myself (and would want to). Very glad I have a bottle of this and will surely be looking forward to their next Reserve release.

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Photo of backfat
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to ma boy backfat (me) for busting open this gem :) I was really looking forward to opening to rarity. The pour is a clouded yellowish golden cider. Smell is sharp and cheesy. Bright fruits, bretty funk, and lovely apple characteristics all dominant the nose. Taste follows the nose with lots of acidic granny smith apples and delicious musty funk. Dry and great beer as suspected. This tastes old, spritzy, and fantastic. Hopefully the bottle variation isn't as nuts as their other releases. This is my favorite upland release so far and right up there with certain batches of kiwi, persimmon, blackberry, and raspberry.

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Photo of aasher
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dave (backfat) for opening this one so I didn't have to open mine haha. This beer pours an interesting and cloudy gold in color with a white lacing around my glass. It smells of a concoction of Uplands lambics and is heavy on Persimmon and Kiwi especially, which is fine, their two best in my opinion. It is very fruit forward before going into a nice and clean lactic sour. The flavor is fruit forward too and again heavy on Persimmon and Kiwi with some slight butter, ala California Chardonnay. It drinks light and effervescent (sp?) and is pretty clean with a light and subtly dry finish. Overall I'd say its Upland's finest, behind their Persimmon lambic.

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