Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale
Upright Brewing Company

Belmont Station 14th Anniversary AleBelmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale
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American Wild Ale
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Belmont Station 14th Anniversary AleBelmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale
Notes: A blend of four Upright brews, including three aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels, two with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and one with apricot puree.
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Photo of the_beerist
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this since its release at Puckerfest and looking forward to trying it after a few years.

Golden orange, nice carbonation, good head retention and lacing that will hand around forever.

Smell is sour lacto peach with some juniper pine.

Taste mellows a bit from the nose in a good way. Great blend of peach, gin and tart lactic acid. Not too puckering. Dry finish from the brett.

Overtime the sour has taken over the dominant gin I remember. It is still delicious four years later but it has changed a bit, not in a bad way, adds to the uniqueness of the beer.

Cool seeing Don Younger on the bottle. Keep it up Belmont/Upright.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!

Pours a murky saturated orange, frothy halo of white lace around the edges with good surface coverage.

Fruity and acidic aroma, juicy grapefruit and passionfruit, didn't get apricot specifically though.

Bright and tart flavor, sour grapefruit and lemon notes, passionfruit impression again. Full bodied, savory, with ample carbonation, juicy. Overall really enjoyable, thanks again to Eric for sharing this one! 4.25/4.25/4.25

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Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange with a small white head

S - Sweet peach balanced with sour lactic acid

T - Sweet peach up front and then tart lactic acid. In the finish, lots of tart lactic acid and sweetness that comes through to make this a well balanced peach sour. Not much funk.

M - Tart carbonation, lots of fizz. Dry finish

O - Really good balance between the peach and the tartness. Really a solid beer

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Photo of brystmar
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Wy on his bday!

Yellow body with white head. Sulfuric aroma; pungent yeast imparts intense clove and fruit esters. Can't say I enjoy this aroma, though I don't dislike it either.

Citrus fruit, funky yeast, huge ester presence again. Lots of lacto, mild acetic tingle. A bit too much carbonation; good body though. A strange brew for sure, and I happen to like this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous soul shared this at Flossmoor Station. Served in a plastic cup.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and wispy, near-complete cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Murky peach-colored body.

S - This smells a lot like Upright Special Herbs - you can immediately tell that they used the same Ransom Old Tom gin barrels (or even blended Special Herbs into this beer). Lots of zesty botanicals, fresh citrus, funky tropical brett, stone fruits, mild lactic acidity, and a touch of oak.

T - The taste is quite similar - quite refreshing and zesty with all the fruity elements. Lactic sourness and oak show up late and ride out the finish. Again, quite a bit like Special Herbs, but perhaps not quite as gin-forward.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, dry finish, medium-light body, and no hard alcohol presence. Didn't realize this was only 4.75%!

D - My impression based on taste and aroma alone was this was a blend of Special Herbs and some sort of Saison. Apparently I wasn't too far off the mark. Not sure it was quite as good as Special Herbs, but the lower alcohol and blending made it a bit easier to drink in large volumes.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a slightly golden hazey with off white head. The nose is lemony and spicy, lots of an herb like spice. The flavor has a fair bit of lemon up front with some strange coriander spice type deal. Overyly acidic of citrus and spice. The feel is juicy and wet, a bit syrupy and lighter on the carb side.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a murky yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky aromas with some lemon-like fruits. Taste is of sour and tart citrus fruits (especially lemon) and a subtle gin flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really nice flavors.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden apricot color. Produced a nice cap of white froth and lace.

(S)- A dry spicy, almost earthy funk. Bits of Brett and juniper berry for sure. Lots of oak, spice, and funk.

(T)- A nice combo of mild tart fruits, dry oak and spice. Finishes with some funk(Brett) and very subtle bits of the gin(Juniper).

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Good barrel characters and interesting dynamics with the gin.

(D)- An interesting try on a wild ale with using gin, but it definitely works in this quite well. Very unique.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to the ever generous black13 for this bottle, way cool Michael. Shared with brian23456 and my girlfriend. 750ml bottles poured into snifters:

A - Pours a nice hazy hay color with light golden tones. Nice carbonation and egg shell white head. Lacing is nice that sticks to the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes with lemon and orange tones and touches of herbal gin. Nice bit of funk and barnyard horse blanket.

T - A nice light sour and funk flavor that is not over the top palate destroying. Those citrus notes of lemon and orange come back with a nice apricot flavors with nice pine and light gin, which is great because I don't like gin all too much. Really great herbal notes.

M - Nice tart and a little bit drying to the mouth but at the same time refreshing, which is fantastic. Good carbonation but doesn't just explode in your mouth.

O - What a fantastic brew. Light and crisp, but just full of nice flavors that is simple and a delight to drink. Will be seeking out another bottle of this, altough given its limited availability, I don't think I'll be able to get another one. A must try however. Thanks again Michael!

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle thanks to urwithdave.

A: Hazy yellow color. The pour dropped a big threee finger head that hung around for a while and left some spotty lace.

A: Intersting aroma. Notes of sour, earthy hops, and almost a medicinal quality, mabye from the Gin.

T: Quite interesting. I've never had a beer aged in Gin barrels, so I don't have anything to compare this to. But, the notes of the horseblanket funk plays quite well with the Gin.

M: Clean and crisp. Light body and good levels of carbonation.

O: Really nice brew. I am a fan of originality in beer, and this one hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station On 4.24.13

A - Served a cloudy light orange with a fizzy small off-white head that forms a small ring around the edges.

S - Tart, sweet citrus and very candy-like.

T - Tart lemony and sweet tarts. Very nice balance of tart and sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - This one is still awesome, actually better than it was at the release.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a semi-hazy light apricot color with a good off-white head and really nice lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of gin and oak plus some lactic sourness and stone fruits. The flavor has gin in the background throughout. Very well integrated with the base and bacteria. Great light sourness to it with some stone fruits and a touch of oak. Light body and crisp carbonation. Slight pucker to the finish and quite dry. Another absolutely excellent beer from Upright.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this to our whale tasting.

Appearance: Quite a hazy light golden color with a thin white film and a collar around the edges.

Smell: My first whiff of this was atrocious, like moldy death. When it calms down, it has a strong juniper aroma with gin and herbal characteristics as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with some light to medium malts, then there are a lot of juniper notes, some herbal spiciness, and the lemon zest sour closes it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied that is lightened by the herbal spiciness. Light crisp carbonation and a firm acidity throughout.

Overall: The best thing I can say about this beer is that it is kind of weird. The juniper does not really do it for me.

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear yellow with a frothy white head that holds a decent retention.

The aroma is funky upfront, followed closely by gin notes from the barrel aging.

The taste still has some funky nots upfront, but noticeably less than the aroma. This is followed up by a blend of gin notes, and tart lemon citric notes.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp finish and prickly carbonation.

Another well done gin barrel-aged sour from Upright. It's been awhile sense I've had anything from them and this definitely has reminded me why I am such a fan of theirs.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Luke!

A: The pour is a cloudy yellow color with a really tall white head.

S: A very funky nose. The gin really comes through strong as there is a very strong herbal/juniper character. A bit of a floral aroma as well as some cracker malts, citrus, and a light, lemony tartness.

T: Moderate tartness in the form of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of herbal gin flavor with a touch of lime and miscellaneous citrus zest. A nice funk note as well as strong, tannic oak.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: The gin barrel treatment is really interesting, but Upright seems to be doing it well.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks to Andrew for opening this at Woodshop Classix.

A: Hazy blond with a small white head that doesn't deign to linger.

S: Heavy floral notes with spruce, juniper, and orange. Oak is evident, accompanying booze, grapefruit, and grain. Apricot wafts from the glass.

T: Wheat and grain with oak and lightly tart lemon. Lactic with tangerine, spruce, and light leather notes. Finishes grainy with evident gin and juniper, as well as a light acetic note. No alcohol is apparent.

M: Medium in body with an upper moderate to lower high level of carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable sour. There's a lot going on here.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple pints (honest pints) of this on tap at Belmont Station during Puckerfest over the span of a couple days. Bottles to go? Yes indeed. Review done on one of those bottles. Split with TulipSnifter in my Parra and Myers Duvel tulips.

A: Pale slightly hazy apricot body with a big fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves lots of clumpy lacing as it recedes. Great looking beer. 5/5

S: Gin, gin, gin, tartness. Botanicals galore makes for a very unique beer. 4/5

T: Again with the gin up front and the unique juniper from the Old Tom style. I’ve got wood… From the barrel’s, get your mind out of the gutter. An honest sourness hits the pucker spots at the back of the cheeks. Floral, mineral, and citrus sums things up. 4/5

M: Thin, crisp, clean. 4/5

O: A good beer to be sure. Upright delivers another one with its anniversary offering for Belmont. Of note, the Upright 1st Anniversary beer was also on tap at Puckerfest. That was also a sour aged in gin barrels. The gin had dropped off dramatically on that one and was no longer interesting. If that is the direction this trends, I would not recommend extended aging. 4/5

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried at Belmont Station on my last day in Portland.

Hazy golden colour with a small, white head. Head retention isn't bad for a sour.

Lightly tart aroma with some herbal juniper notes. Nice, especially if you like gin.

Nice, fruity tartness with some light peach and cherry notes. Well balanced.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really quite solid beer with good flavour and a nice tartness. Good balance as expected from Upright.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with and provided by milwaukeeclassic. The man has to be in the running for most bombers via checked baggage in the modern era. Thanks, Duane!

Drank in the summer evening, backlit by Christmas lights, while listening the eclectic sounds of the bike path and the isthmus doing their collective thing.

Sunny yellow with highlights of light orange and a healthy layer of thin white snow.

Smells of funky angel food cake, orange rind, blended apricot, and light airy white frosting.

Here is where the sour asserts itself, because the nose tells no tales. Dustiness upfront transitions with slip and slide rapidity into a tart and tasty spinster. Twinge of apricot puree rides happily into the spruce laden gin finish that gets molested by a swath of Brett. Bottle informs us that this is a blend of four beers and the conglomeration of wonderful tastes seems to back this up.

Tart and snappy, this is really very enjoyable. Plus, the sub 5 percent tag makes this easy to enjoy while not crushing you under a monstrous abv. Very nice beer...thanks again douchous!

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Belmont Station on release night. This review from a 750ml bottle a couple weeks later.

A: Pours with a quickly forming, white, dense head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thick coating of lace on the side of the glass. COlor is a golden yellow with hints of orange.

S: The gin aging comes through with lots of botanicals, a hint of juniper. There's a hint of the sourness that lays beneath, but just a hint. Also some faint citrus notes. No hops present.

T: Here's where it gets interesting. The botanical, floral flavors evident in the smell blend with sour fruitiness. Lemon, citrus flavors are still there, giving the beer a bright sharpness. Not mouth-puckering sour, but definitely sour. A dry finish with lingering sourness that gradually if replaced by some floral, gin-like notes that started the tasting. I'm finding this quite enjoyable. Maybe not quite as good as Special Herbs, but a solid gin-aged beer for sure.

M: Dry, medium to light body with ample carbonation. Hard to say what is 'in style' for this type of beer, but it works.

D/O: Nice. I'm continuing to enjoy the rash of gin-aged beers showing up locally and this is no disappointment. And with the alcohol at less than 5%, I can see enjoying this bottle for the rest of the evening.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station, $2.50 for 4 oz. taster, 7.27.11.

Hazy straw yellow body, no visible carbonation, minimal white head due to full pour. Astringent, dry nose, some lemony notes, minimal hops, a bit floral. Pucker up, brother, this is one sour American Wild, much more sour than tart, but the tartness comes through in the finish, really funky, dry hay, barnyard notes. Mouthfeel is pretty light, ultra dry finish. A sipper to be sure, but a beer that will certainly please the palates of the most jaded sour beer afficionado. Not sure I could do much of this is one sitting re drinkability, but a nice way to end a prolonged tasting with uber BA John Michaelsen. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of sarro
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"14th is a blend of several different batches of Upright’s farmhouse style wheat beer, the Four. Here’s the scoop: 8% fresh Four 12% Four aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels 22% Four aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels with brettanomyces claussenii and lactobacillus 58% Four aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels with brettanomyces claussenii and lactobacillus with apricot puree 50% of the brett/lacto aged beer is with Upright’s usual French saison yeast, the other half is primarily fermented with yeast propagated from a De Ranke bottle. And it’s only 4.75% ABV so its a wonderfully complex dinner beer!"

Had 2 glasses (one courtesy of Chris, thanks!) of this during Puckerfest at Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a solid golden orange with a small, very white head.

Nose is a bit sweet and I get notes of grass, evident gin/juniper, along with some sticky sour apricot and peach in the background.

Taste is a long, mouth watering sour with slight fruit accompaniment and a dry finish. Reminds me a lot of Festina Peche, but with great barrel aged characteristics. Very Berliner-weiss like in taste and body.

ABV is listed at 4.75% and drinks like it, although a couple glasses are easy to polish off in a hot summer day and will quickly catch up to you. Still, I could easily finish a 750 by myself and I'm hardly a big drinker.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose I get some serious sour aromas, though there's not too much funk going on. There's also some hints of juniper as well, though at least for me, I don't think it's overdone or overwhelming. On the palate I get considerable lemon and lime, along with some pretty noticeable vinegar and light gin flavor. The sour component is pretty tittilating, and I get almost an electric zippiness in the finish. One thing this beer doesn't lack is plenty of flavor. The beer comes across as pretty acidic, and frankly it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, lemon sour finish.

This beer would bring a smile to the face of any sour lover. At least for me, however, it was just a bit much.

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Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 60 ratings