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Fantasia | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

More on the process: http://uprightbrewingblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/fantasia-blend-love.html

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

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Reviews by 1noa:
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one along. Fantasia pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color topped off with a foamy white head that fizzles almost like the foam on a soda as it settles down to nothing but a ring. Lots of carbonation on this one, it seems, as a swirl of the glass produces a loud fizzling noise.

The aroma is a nice mixture of lightly sweet fruits with some funk in the under-body. As far as the fruit goes, I'm picking up some green apples, lemon zest, and peach. The peach starts of small, but becomes the most prominent fruit as the beer starts to warm up just a bit. Some light funk aromas from the yeast join with a faint oak and wet wood combination. There's a bit of acidic tartness on the nose, but not much, and certainly not enough to make me believe this one will be puckering - I guess we'll see.

Fantasia has a very light tartness and sour quality to it - just enough to kind of tingle the senses, but not enough to alienate someone who's easing their way into the world of sours (something Beatification might do). It's very "smooth" on the palate and easy to vibe with, but still provides a reasonably nice sour character for the long-time sour fanatics.

The peach and green apple flavors seem to "pop" the most - especially the peach. The slight tartness turns into a lasting sweetness; ripe peaches, juicy green apples, and pears. The finish combines with a bit of funky yeast and that same wet wood and oak presence that was picked up in the aroma. Medium bodied, smooth and soft, highly carbonated with an almost dry finish.

Very tasty beer, although it may be slightly overrated. Though having this almost back to back with a Beat Batch 05 probably wasn't fair to Fantasia. Nevertheless, still a great beer and a very good one to introduce people to the world of wild ales and sours, though it's not necessarily an easy one to get, especially in the Midwest.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlaywer!

A hazed dark peach color without a lot of visible carbonation. Only a thin off-white ring of small bubbles crowns the top of the beer, leaving the glass nearly clean on the way down, with just a touch of a shiny sheen.

Lovely aroma: huge amounts of authentic, juicy, summertime peaches, along with a mild sour character, and a hint of a grassy funk. This is genuinely fruit-forward, and the fruit smells superb. It's not exactly complex, but the fruit is such an absolute star there's nothing to complain about.

This is fairly close to drinking peach juice, which is in fact, delicious. Again, the authentic, juicy, ripe flavors of peach storm the palate, along with an incredible peach finish that lasts and lasts. There isn't a lot of other complexities going on, with only a very mild earthy funk character and a low to moderate level of sourness. Good, easy drinking, perfect for hot weather, but not overly interesting.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation. I think this is the one aspect where the beer could be markedly improved. Juice-like. Below average.

Very good, but this one left me just a touch disappointed. I think more carbonation could have really aided this otherwise stupendous beer.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -10%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 511 ratings