Fantasia
Upright Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #36
ABV:
5.75%
Score:
97
Ranked #417
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
517
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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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.

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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exl_90 from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 31, 2015
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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.
4.25/4.25/4.25

**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

**edit 18 Jan 2021**
2020 vintage, bottle.

Bright, fresh peaches, less sour than the 2019 vintage with an earthy, mildly mushroomy funk. A deep but delicate vinous note with green grape. The palate has more of a lemony tartness than previous vintages, with a moderate lactic note too. Wonderfully funky with an earthy spice, light leather. Drying, lactic, snappy finish. Brilliant. 4.5

Sep 07, 2013
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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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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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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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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

May 20, 2013
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rodkin from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 17, 2013
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markgugs from New Jersey

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

Apr 20, 2014
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leftoverburrito from Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jun 08, 2014
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treznor from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Oct 13, 2014
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iL0VEbeer from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Feb 10, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Hazed golden body.

S - Smells like peach cobbler. I'm surprised by how intense the sweet peach flavor is - there's a fairly low level of lactic sourness and funk here, which give this a sour peach candy and yogurt kind of vibe. There seems to be a good deal of residual sugar, and the malt bill reminded me a little of the Ghoulschip I had immediately prior.

T - The taste is quite similar, some nice sour and tart peach flavors among the sweet cobbler-esque malt and oaky vanilla. Somewhat candy-like, with moderate residual sweetness.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, mildly juicy, with a slightly dry and tannic finish.

D - Enjoyable peach beer, but perhaps needs some time for the microbes to gobble up some of the remaining sugars. A far cry from something like Yellow Bus or Fou' Foune, as the acidity here is quite restrained. Still, I easily finished my glass and would gladly drink this again. I also appreciate the lower ABV, as too many American wilds are creeping out of the easy-drinking range.

Apr 06, 2012
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jfstilling from South Carolina

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

Apr 29, 2015
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t0rin0 from California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 04, 2013
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yeaprolly from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 26, 2015
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shelby415 from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Jul 17, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Feb 09, 2014
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DaSolomon from New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Apr 26, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Fantasia, shared amongst a few friends.

Upon pouring into a small tulip glass, the appearance is bright orange with a small white head. Its` nose contains barn funk, peach, brett. Taking this back for a sip and I taste more of those peaches, tartness, it does make your mouth pucker a bit. It tastes very good, very glad that my friend brought this out. Mouthfeel is medium level, nice carbonation, finishes very crisp. Some tartness lingers afterwards. A very good sour style beer from Upright, would recommend trying to grab a bottle.

Mar 16, 2013
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unclejazz from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Aug 11, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kbutler1 for sharing!

Pours a white head that fades to nothing. Color is a hazed bright peach orange.

Aroma: sour and mouth watering. Lots of fresh peach flavors. Has an acidity to it reminding me of lost abbey. Lemon citrus. Oak and tannins. Very fruity and sour.

Taste: peaches with some creaminess. Very sour and tart. Lots of acidic and lemon citrus. Oaky with a little spice. Fruity. Mouth puckering. A little vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: tart and refreshing. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really tasty beer. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I could drink a lot of this.

Feb 04, 2012
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LaChupacabra from California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Mar 03, 2014
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claspada from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of LoPo87 in a recent swap.

Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange color with a smallish fluffy, foamy white head with good retention and decent lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a tremendous peach presence; immediately behind that is a sour tart/lactic presence and a light bit of grainy pilsner malt. Not the most complex aroma but really solid mix of fresh fruit and Bretty sourness.

The tastes begin with fresh peach flesh/juice and the lactic sourness, Not that earthy, "wild" or funky per-say but with that said, it's still absolutely delicious. Not that sour at this point or complex flavor-wise just a really super delicious American Wild Ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. A lot of flavor and fruity sourness for such a low ABV beer. The finish has a nice level of acidity to balance the sweet peach flavors.

Overall, a very impressive offering from Upright, wish I had another one to cellar for a year or two, but I just couldn't help myself on this warm day (the girl on the bottle was mocking me when I opened the fridge for the last month). I have not had a bad beer from Upright, granted I have had only the elite but I can't say a bad thing about this beer or Upright in general. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out; I understand why it has been so hard to acquire this solid West Coast Wild Ale.

Apr 14, 2012
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montrealbcr89 from Canada (QC)

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Jun 02, 2013
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sliverX from S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Aug 08, 2012
Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 517 ratings