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Wild Ale
Ranked #38
Ranked #413
4.41 | pDev: 8.39%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Notes: A barrel fermented beer using fresh peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The Fantasia is firmly tart and hugely aromatic with a character not unlike Belgian fruit lambics. Minimum one year on oak before an extended bottle conditioning prior to release.

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Released in 750ml bottles (96 cases) - January 2012
Released in 750ml bottles (85 cases) - January 2013
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the Firestone Walker Fest Pre Party 2017.

Hits that most common golden color. 1/2" white head. Good nose full of oak and peaches. Simple and elegant.

Taste is a firm fleshy peach but without acidity or gripping sourness. The amount of oak that comes into the taste buds seems like the perfect amount. Good light airy body to it, refreshing, carbonation right where you want it to keep it this lively but so full of wood and peach. Its a lot like a sour peche n brett. But it seems like there are additional citrus notes on it, less than the peach. Nice they made this light enough alcohol wise that you can drink it anywhere without the help of anyone, but its so good you'll wanna share it with your tight group.

There are really two drawbacks here, and they're basically the ones that are frequent in craft beer: Too difficult to find, too expensive once you do. There's not a lot of peach sours out there, so sometimes you gotta take the plunge.

Jul 27, 2020
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml at 6%. Likely from 2018

A: Pale gold, translucent with no head
S: White wine, sour peach, oak, grape, apricot, some earthy funk, musty
T: Balanced sour, peach, oak, white grape, funky wild yeast, nice sweetness to balance
M: Light body with light carbonation
O: In line with some Allagash wild ales

Jan 29, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#8000: Fantasia pours out as a hazy orange colored beer with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly. The smell of the beer is very nice, lots of tart ripe funky peaches on the nose, very enticing aroma. The taste is getting better as it warms, the flavors seemed a little off at first but now they're opening up into a juicy sour peach. The mouthfeel is very easy going, thinner with a subtle carbonation. No lingering sweetness in the finish. Overall it's a fine beer no real complaints, happy to have saved it for this moment.

Jul 02, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing beverage. Everything is perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of sour and peach in the aroma and flavor, balanced by a light feel with no harshness anywhere. Very little oak, zero head, low carbonation...all the focus is on the smell and taste. This is a must try. Cheers!

Apr 25, 2016
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Nachojon from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Upright. What a fucking pleasure to relax in the taproom and walk around with this beaut. Beautiful apricot, nice aroma. The peaches here aren't as prevalent as I would expect but they are used well, just making this beer very deep in flavor. The level of sour is great and man this beer is delcious and man I wish I had a bottle and mannn..

Mar 24, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour at The Monk's Kettle. Wow...this beer pops with smooth fresh peach aroma...crisp, sweet, smooth, tangy. Clear light golden pale body with a tiny white head. Flavor has nice nuanced peach with lactic acid, mild funk but a delicately complex flavor. Crisp finish and not too much biting acidity. An amazingly delicious beer!

Jan 24, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unripe tart peach, hint of lemon, pear, restrained sweetness, tartness and only a hint of sourness. Some funk. Extremely well balanced. Semi dry. Interesting and delicious brew. Was expecting a bigger punch of flavor though.

Dec 21, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks man. Really cool label art.

This one pours a hazed golden dark yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells super wonderful, tons of tart, juicy and beautiful peaches, some oak, and vanilla.

This is really just purely delicious. There is a ton of oak here, more than most American Wilds I've had, which is a nice, spicy and vanilla-tinged counterpoint to the big explosion of sour peach here. The peaches are definitely a little sweet and jammy, but mostly prickly and tart.

This is super, super drinkable, my pour disappeared so quickly. The mouthfeel is juicy and tart, with a moderate level of carbonation.

One of the best sours I've ever had, super nice.

Jul 19, 2015
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johnjohnbeer from Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible. Stands up to the best Peach sours I have had so far. There is no hint of peach with this beer like other. It taste like a ripe sweet/tart peach. Insane.

Apr 15, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On at 16 tons taphouse last night. To no great surprise, there was quite the turn out to sample this beer.

Pour into a teku glass, the beer has the color of peach fruit, with very good head retention and adequate lacing. The nose would make any cantillon fan grin. There is considerable barnyard funk, peaches, vanilla and noticeable sour. The flavor profile is more of the same, though for me, the sour component was almost too much (as I'm not a big sour guy). The fruit component is very bright and forward in this beer. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but with great flavor and intensity. Considering the abv., it's impressive how much flavor this beer delivers. Alcohol is all but unnoticeable in this impressive beer.

Even someone who doesn't enjoy sours (like me) can enjoy this beer. It's a bit more tart than Peche n brett, but brightness of the fruit in this beer is very, very impressive. I can understand why this beer is so popular.

Mar 04, 2015
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage.

Looks like peach purée.
Smells like peach purée.
Tastes likes peach purée.
Feels like peach purée.
Overall impression is that this is alcoholic peach purée.

In the same category of awesomeness as Fou, West Ashley and Peche n Brett. Worthy of the hype and glad I got to finally try it.

Jan 30, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for acquiring this and splitting it. Batch 3 we think.

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at Med pace, light lacing notes, very clear honey yellow orange color.

Nose brings tons of peach, fresh peach and candy peach thing, as well as a bit of apricot, blended with nice Brett funk, cheesy like Brett almost horsehair funk.

Taste brings more peach galore, big fresh juicy peach and fresh apricot, little skin, juicy fresh peach juice and fresh, etc. Light funk, little Brett funk and acidity, musty funky cheese thing. Finish is meh, weird bitterness and cheesy mushroomy earthy funk. Finish lingers with rind and earthy funk, lots of peach skin and apricot lingering.

Mouth is med bod, other carb, juicy.

Overall nice, but not phenomenal, good peach and juicy fruit, bitter notes, interesting but ok earthy mushroom cheesy funk, eh.

Jan 18, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden straw with and thin head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of cheese funk, peach jam, peach syrup, stone fruit. Musty, though I think that clashes with the peach some.

T - Taste is more cheesy funk, the peach is bright with loads of jam, sweet juicy flesh, light stone fruit, the funk dissipates more with drinking. The peach candy is very nice but over powered by the funk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, quite tart.

O - Overall this beer was nicely carbonated with good peach notes. The funk slightly detracts though.

Serving type: Bottle

Jan 17, 2015
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to cavemanlawyer for hooking me up.

Wonderful golden body with small white rim of head. Aroma is peach, peach jam, pulp, peach preserves. The taste is right in line with the nose, peachy and slight tartness not overly sour. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall a 4.5. Just a femnamenal beer. I could use a touch more carbonation and sourness. Would absolutely trade for again.

Jul 20, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which doesn't have much retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy, pale amber to straw color that shows some golden and lemon hints in the light. Leaves no lacing behind.

Nose- Fairly subtle- I wonder if the peaches may have already faded. There is a smooth and rounded peach aroma but it isn't as strong as I would have expected. Acetic acid, vinegar, and a slight tartness. Some straw and a tiny amount of funk. Swirling shows a brighter peach note.

Taste- Shows peach right on the front which seems a little green. There also seems to be a bit of saltiness which I didn't expect but works well as the middle shows minor notes of straw and funk which proceed into a rounder and fleshier peach finish. I am surprised by the tame nature of the acetic acid. It's there but it does not induce puckering and I should be able to drink this pretty easily. That's probably not what a hardcore sour fan would want to hear but I'm quite alright with it. Not as complex as many sours but still maintains good presence with a wonderful sublimity which comes from the excellent balance and integration. This beer doesn't hit you over the head but it is to be enjoyed for its refined character. The nice dry finish with vibrant fruit makes this seem like a good candidate for a white wine drinker. I don't know where the saltiness comes from but it enriches this beer more than any other note and works well with the slight notes of straw and funk. Almost reminds me of the sea to a certain extent. A really good to great beer but closer to really good. Some spice, think coriander and white pepper. Some citrus notes of orange and lemon as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with some carbonation that has a little bit of effervescence and a little bit of a tingle. Dry finish really ties the flavor profile together.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible for a sour and one that I would offer up to a novice if it weren't so expensive. Pretty easy drinking. I might not buy this again to drink but I'm sure I will buy more next year for trades.

Overall- Really good to great beer but closer to really good. Not as much presence as many of the beers in its style but still very enjoyable. I don't think it lives up to the hype that creates lines but I do understand the appreciation for this beer. Definitely worth a try and I would give it another go if I saw it on tap. But I would not pay 20 bucks for a bottle for myself.

Mar 16, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size white head with ok retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light fruit notes with some tart notes that are easily discernible. Taste is a mix between some light apricot notes with some tart notes with a light funky finish. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. I must admit that my expectation were quite high but this seems to lack the complexity I was anticipating.

Feb 14, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is a delicious beer, not as sour as a lambic, and a little more body to it, but in that same flavor family. the pour is pale as they come, washed out straw color with a tall inch of white creamy head. the peaches aren't as prevalent in the nose as they are in the taste, but what is in the aroma is a very cool wild yeast, a heavy oak profile sweet and mellow, and a blossoming fruity element, although not specifically peach. the taste tarts out a little pucker but softens quickly into a peachy sweetness supported by pale malt and a very dry yeasty finish with a faint hint of white pepper or some other delicate spice used tastefully in moderation. the peaches are not dominant, but accentuate the beer well. fuller bodied and rounder for such a light offering, expansive, and fuzzy on the tongue almost like the outside of the peaches themselves. not very well carbonated, but it really doesn't demand that, the peaches make the feel unique and delicate, while being full enough to hold up all the flavors. i would use maybe touch more peach in nose and taste here, but the subtlety is noted and appreciated. excellent beer, the best I've had from upright by quite a margin.

edit: not sure if the second bottle i has was aged to perfection or a different release, but its way way more impressive than the first, and the first was breathtaking. bumping up a whole bunch of scores on this one to reflect its magic. there are no other beers like this in the market, so so so so so so good!

Feb 05, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, batch 2. Thank you, Brian.

The first pour is mostly clear, orange in color with a choppy white head that falls off to a disk rather quickly. The nose has a beautiful peach character. Fresh, ripe, juicy, fleshy and fragrant, the peach expression here is just astounding. The Brett character is moderate as well, with a blend of clove phenols, a moderate barnyard note and a sharpness that complements the peach skin note very well. As it warms, there's a little bit of a vanilla sugar note, along with some musk.

The palate opens crisp and clean, light and airy, with a blend of peach fruitiness (strong in character but with finesse), a light and appropriate sourness (mostly lactic with a touch of Brett-derived acids). The peach character is really excellently expressed, bursting with ripe fruitiness without devolving into a jammy, syrupy beer. Drying on the finish with a blend of earthy, grassy hay, Brett, and, of course, peach, this is excellent. I also get a touch of vanilla and oak tannins on the finish. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is just wonderful. Highly recommended.

**Edit 01 June 2014**
Thank you, Brian. 2014 vintage.

The peach expression on the nose is just remarkable. Bright, fleshy, fruity and clean without a pulpy/fibrous note, this is wonderful. Also, this new batch is brighter on the funk note with a more citrusy/preserved lemon character. A touch of Brett, earthy and musty is also present. The palate is a blend of ripe peaches, sour lemons, earth and must. Moderately vinous with dry white wine, mildly mineraly on the palate as well. Excellent stuff.

**08 March 2015**
Bottle, batch 4 (2015 release)

Beautifully bright and peachy, clean, refreshing and yet sufficiently funky to include earth and grape must. A second yeasty pour only enhances the depth this beer has. Moderately lactic, moderately earthy, quite peachy. The blending across different vintages lends this beer a depth in its youth that previous vintages haven't had. A sublime, refined beverage. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 14 Jan 2017**
Batch 5 (2016 vintage), on tap at the source.

This batch send to be a little different from the others. A little bit more pedio sourness, a less explosive peach character, though still wonderfully rich and layered, a little bit more of a semi ripe white grape and mineral white wine nose. The description sheet mentions impressions of tomato leaves, and while I'd typically laugh at something like that, there IS a definite nightshade note here, especially on the mid palate. On tap, the carbonation is lower, enhancing the tannins, the white wine and slight pedio like slickness. While not my favorite, this is quite excellent and a worthy addition to the Fantasia vintage lineup. The sourness makes me think this should be enjoyed sooner rather than later. 4.25/4.25/4

**Edit 30 Nov 2018**
2018 vintage on tap at the source.
So much peach that there's even a little vanilla present. Slight almond extract as well. Minimal skin tannins. Fantastic vintage. Beautiful fruit character. Exceptional balance. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 24 Dec 2019**
Bottle, 2019 vintage.
The peaches this year seem a little more on the semi ripe side, allowing the focus to be on the bright, snappy lactic acid paired with fuzzy peaches. Mild green grape. Delicious.

**edit 05 Sept 2020**
My second crowler of this year's release. Still sharp, still bright and still sour. The base funk is coming along nicely. Solid stuff, though weaker than the 2015 I had 2 weeks back. 4.25

Sep 07, 2013
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cavedave from New York

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to oregonskibum for yet another gem from the PNW I have been privileged to enjoy thanks to his generosity and taste,

A cloudy, dark straw pour is topped briefly by a finger of white foam that relaxes to a nice skim and big bubbled ring. Nice.

Citrus and earth, yeasty, fruity tart, light hormonal, neutral sweet, and lightest hint of grain in the sweet to make an aroma that beckons my lips like honey bees to clover.

To me, the keys to a wild ale's greatness are the sour to accompany the brett, and the flavors of the brett, This has sour that is marvelously not vinegary, perfectly tart to wake the taste buds to the other flavors that accompany. Here those flavors are amazing. Citrus that is neither too lemony nor sour, grain sweet that is just there enough to highlight, earthiness that doesn't get down into the dirt, and a light, hint of hormonal funk that doesn't overpower. Lightest peach notes, and even lighter oaky hints come out more as it warms. In short, this is the finest wild ale I have tasted, and not to give this a 5 for taste would be criminal. I don't think American Wilds can hit it closer to perfection than this.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and light, coating while staying clean and bright, with a finish that is excellent.

One off the finest Wild Ales, perhaps the best. Refreshing and stunningly delicious. Get this if you can, it will not disappoint.

Aug 11, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange with a haze. Small white head to it

S - Sweet juicy peaches. Light tartness and lactic acid

T - Peach up front, sour tartness and a light funk that gives it some blue cheese /farmhouse

M - Light carbonation and lighter body. Slight funkiness that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid peach beer but not as much as I'd like. Lighter sour presence as well. Would have liked to have a bit more peach and tartness

Jul 18, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2nd batch, Thanks @suncrust, split

Bright body, soapy head retention - decent amount of brett, tart, peach, lactic and a touch funky. Light-bodied with a slightly dry finish - very drinkable and very good. Would definitely be interested in snagging some bottles in the future though its seems the release-hype may be a bit excessive

Jun 18, 2013
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davey101 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. 750ml white waxed bottle into a HF over sized wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy...well its a peach colored body. An initial fingers worth of soapy foam with large bubbles forms but settles into some edging pretty quickly. Decent lacing with minimal retention. The peach color though, man does it look good. Swirling the dregs for the final pour gives it an amazing fruit smoothie look.

S - Super funky brettanomyces and lactic acid followed by over ripe peach juice. There is a subtle, almost spicy vanilla thing that I get on the very end that I would imagine is coming from the barrels.

T - That distinct brett funk followed by a wave of lactic acid twang. This goes head to head with sweet peach juice and a touch of oak. Lightly sour with a long lasting juiciness. This is a very drinkable beer and something that is perfect for the warmer months. Mouth feel is crisp and lively while maintaining a medium body.

O - This beer is excellent. Truly one of the best American Wilds I have had the privilege of trying. I wish I had it a bit fresher as the peaches are sort of playing second fiddle to the critters, but god damn is this a tasty beer!

May 14, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a hazy bright yellow, solid layer of white head.

Smells of lots of sweet peach, then lactic tartness, hints of funk.

Similar in taste--lots of sweet peach, dry and moderately sour, touch of brett.

Good carbonation and drinkability, nice refreshing sour.

Great beer, probably slightly overrated but still plenty good.


May 12, 2013
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice, easy drinking beer. Thanks to starrdogg for bringing this over to taste.

The look is great, it has a super hazy golden look, almost like a peach juice with a bit of head and some floating bubbles. Very nice.

The smell and taste resemble each other in a big way, tons of fresh peaches and nice oak touches, a very composed saison like malt and feel. Some nice yeast notes and even more beautiful fruit notes. Just a really easy drinkable nice beer, but not really tart like you'd expect a 'wild' to be.

Another very nice beer.

Apr 13, 2013
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the 2013 release poured into a Lawson's tulip. Another bottle graciously shared by JD (shawdeuce22) at his birthday tasting.

A- Pours a translucent golden with decent carbonation and a thin white head that forms that has nice retention.

S- Fresh peaches, peach skin, some subtle brett, fairly aromatic.

T- Peach juice, fuzzy peach skin, some subtle brett funk that balances nicely with the peaches, finishes with a very light sour peach presence.

M- Has a light feel to it but is fairly full bodied, slightly dry, refreshing, extremely drinkable. Feel fits perfectly with the fuzzy peach presence.

O- This was a fantastic peach wild ale and it is hard to decide if I like this better the Peche n' Brett or Persica, the later which we drank right before this. Persica definitely had more of a funk presence, probably because it had longer for the brett to come out. I really liked the fuzzy peach skin presence and drinkability on Fantasia though. I could easily drink this all the time and wish it were easily available to me.

Mar 24, 2013
Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 517 ratings