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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

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-16-2012

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Photo of Shmeal
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from my blog.

Appearance: Cloudy peach with a tiny bit of pink. Not much head to speak of but forms a small ring at the edges after a while. No lacing

Aroma: Smells like a bucketload of peaches with some tartness and funk thrown in. Since I’ve already tried this beer on tap, I’m very excited to see what the bottled-version has to offer.

Taste: Wow. This beer is quite sour for having so much peaches in it. However, as soon as the sourness fades, sweet peaches come to the front, with some funky earthiness towards the end. I got very little peach when I tried this beer on tap, but it’s definitely here in bottled form. I liked the beer on tap immensely, but this beer definitely better out of the bottle. No question.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels extremely smooth, creamy even. Perfect mouthfeel to go with the taste.

Drinkability: I bought a case but am splitting it with a Beer Advocate buddy. I’m kind of regretting it now though. I want it all to myself!

Notes: best beer I’ve had from Upright for sure. I love their beers, but this beer is a completely different animal. I can’t wait for it to be released again next year!

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Photo of johnjohnbeer
4.86/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of boralyl
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with a friend, poured into a tulip glass.

A - The first pour is relatively clear and produces a soft white head which leaves minimal lacing. The beer has a golden orange hue to it.

S - Lactic sourness and ripe peaches combined with a little funkiness. Really good aroma.

M - Light to medium in body with nice carbonation resulting in a somewhat dry yet creamy feel.

T - The taste has a huge peach flavor throughout. Mixed in with the peaches is a medium sourness that pairs so well with the fruit. Even more peach flavor in the finish.

This is an absolutely excellent beer, I was very impressed with this one.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Tom, poured into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Pour: Semi hazy bright orange, with a finger of head that quickly dissipates to bubbles around the edge. Some lacing.

Smell: Incredible. Huge lactic funk up from, lots of pears, lemons, citrus, and peaches. Lots of oak and a white wine presence.

Taste: Equally awesome. A really nice lactic sourness up front, that quickly gives way to bright citrus, pear, lemons, and peaches. Lots of funk. A definite oak at the finish, with some white wine, lactic tartness, and funk.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously drinkable. Tartness is just right for me. Great smooth carbonation.

Overall: One of the best fruited wilds I've had. Better than Peche N Brett if you ask me.

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Deschutes snifter at cellar temp.

Pours a cloudy peach color. Hazy cloudy amber color pour with light white lacing typical of Upright. Wish I could add a few points for the unique label and wax job.

Smells of oak, peach and a little funk. Whets the palate, a little musty and old dried apricot.

Taste is multiple layers of fruit and sour. Initial hit is sour followed by velvety peach. I first encountered this on tap at the release and I think the bottle version had more peach essence that I didn't pick up on draft. This is light peach complimented with moderate horseblanket funk.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. It is like licking the outside of a peach. Fuzzy and soft.

One of the best Upright offerings to date. I recently enjoyed batch 1 and batch 2 Four Play and I would actually rate this over both. Subtle and dry, pairs well with food or fine on its own. Label art could make this a collector's item if you're into that. Overall a great achievement by Alex and the Upright team.

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Photo of cavedave
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of tcampbel1
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip at cellar temp.

A: Hazy orange and pink. Looks like a peach. Slight white fizzy head that quickly disappears.

S: Tart fruit aroma with a hint of citus. Mild funk, but the sweetness relly shines here.

T: A pop of fresh peach followed by some tartness. As it warms some, the acid picks up. Very light oaky funkness.

M: Very refreshing. Medium carbonation. A creaminess that is soft on the palete.

O: This is one of the best offerings from Upright in some time. The balance that Alex had with this is spot on. Just wish I had picked up more.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.56/5  rDev +6%
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 starrdogg
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to oregonskibum for this one. It was in my possession for a couple of hours before I cracked it open.

Beer pours a bright, hazy orange/yellow with a small white head. The smell is incredible, fresh peaches blend perfectly with lactic sourness and have my mouth watering. The flavor is a minor letdown from the incredible aroma, but not by much. The fresh peach flavor stands out front and center, while the tartness really takes a back seat, lurking more in the background than meshing perfectly with the peach. Still, the peach flavor is so good that I can't complain. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Honestly, this beer could have been an all-time great if it was just a little more sour, and I'm interested to see if some time can get it there. Right now, it's still fantastic with a great fresh peach flavor and a nice subtly sour backbone.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into Russian River 'tion glass on 4/3/12.

A: Pours a clear bright golden orange with quickly dissipating white head. White collar hangs around until the end.

S: Light lactic notes with sweet ripe peaches. Some earthyness and brett funk complement the fruitiness quite well. Overall the aroma is very good but would like it more if it was slightly more robust.

T: Lots of fresh peaches from the instant it touches your tongue all the way through the finish. Residual sweetness is balanced perfectly with lemon and moderate lactic acidity. Light earthiness and malt flavors but the peaches are what this beer is really all about. Long lingering flavor of tart peaches. Takes a lot of self control to put the glass down to type this.

M: Very smooth for a sour with medium body and moderate carbonation, finishes semi-dry. Excellent.

O: Loaded with flavor and ridiculoudly easy drinking. I could easily down a whole bottle in a matter of minutes, but would much rather sit and sip. The peach flavor is awesome and showcased really well in this beer. Not as tart or funky as a true lambic but as a result I feel the peach flavor really shines. This will make an absoultely fantastic outdoor summer beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to islandboi2084 for the bottle.

Pours a murky light orange with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of fresh peaches with some underlying lacto. Just a hint of sour.

Peaches are strong at the front of the palate. As it warms more lactic acid sourness comes out with a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with medium carbonation levels for the style.

Very solid stateside lambic example. The flavors really came out once it warmed a bit. Not overly complex, but pleasant nonetheless. Only moderately sour now, but you can tell it's there and will probably pick up some extreme sourness when cellared.

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Photo of davey101
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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

bottle 750Ml
traded for Beat

A: Copper color. Cloudy. Not much of a head.

S: Peaches. Fruity bubble gum. Lactic acid.

T: Fresh peaches. Balaced sourness. Dry clean finish with a slight sweetness.

M: Creamy texture. Low carbonation.

O: High fidelity to peach.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, pour cloudy and hazy golden color with a little head. Not much lacing.

Smells really inviting, like wet peach fuzz. Some funk, mustiness, wood, tart and fruity aroma to compliment it as well.

Tastes like peaches, followed with a little tartness to balance the sweet fruit. Not the most complex, but as the sourness fades, the earthiness and oak come through. Really delicious.

Great mouthfeel to compliment the taste. Wonderful carbonation, has a nice creaminess to it and not overly drying. Medium body and very refreshing, this would be great on a hot day.

This is a great beer from Upright, I really enjoyed the fresh peach fruitiness, it will be interesting to see how this changes over time. I look forward to my other bottles again this summer.

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

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

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Some subtle white froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice dry acidic fruit and oak profile. The peach is subtle, but definitely there. Subtle funk too.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A really nice dry acidic oak and peach flavor with subtle funk.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Great fruit and acidic oak characters. Sour and mildly funky, but a great overall feel.

(D)- A great take on the style. Good oak and acidity with fruit. Very well done Upright.

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

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to josh for providing this gem.

a - gorgeous yellow orange with spotty lacing. think to no head.

s - fruit medley. some sour eggs with some orange peel. sweet tarts in the background. some barnyard and soft hints of peach.

t - tropicl fruit medley. peach. kiwi. sweet. lacto. really nice blend.

m - easy drinker. smooth. crisp.

o - overall, really impressive. easy drinker with nice peach flavor. this is a beer i could drink all day long.

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

From 03/03/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429/starrdogg for sharing this one; not sure whose bottle it was. This beer wasn't on my radar but I loved it. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow-orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour peaches, tart fruity malts, sweet peaches and peach juice, light tropical fruit, light earthy notes, oak. Nose is loaded with peaches, both sweet and sour. Really fanastic nose.

t - Tastes of sour peaches, sweet peaches, swete and tart fruity malts, tropical fruits, earthy notes, floral hops. Again, very nice here. Not quite as sour as the nose and a little sweeter, but I really like it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink, awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer, and probably the best thing I've had from Upright so far (and I've yet to have a bad beer form them so far). Load of sweet and sour peaches, I really hope I can get some more of this. As a side note we had a 2011 Fou Foune right after this and while it wasn't quite as funky or sour as that, it really held it's own and was certainly the second best peach beer I've had.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for send this beer my way! Hollis you are crazy and thanks for this awesome bottle of beer!

reviewed from notes taken 11/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow / orange bodied beer with a finger of head that drops to a ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Fresh peach, wheat, lemons, and oak.

Taste: Sweet and juicy peaches. Wheat malt, oak barrels, a hint of earthiness. Little bit of lemon tartness on the back end mixing with more peaches into the aftertaste. Yeah the beer is simple, but the balance of the beer is near flawless. The peaches translated over into the beers flavor profile very well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. delicate and eppiverscent. easy drinking. semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic fruit forward sour! I prefer Fantasia over Cantillion Fou Foune because I am not a huge fan of super funky sours. I rather have a fruit forward or really tart sour. This beer is really tasty! I am not a huge fan of peaches, but this beer could get me to like them if they tasted like this beer!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 750. A big thanks to Dunt for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a beautiful…peachy…color into a tulip with over a finger of nice fluffy white head.

Smell – Wow. Fantastic peach aromas, lactic sourness, oak, barnyard funk.

Taste – Fresh peaches, slight wet hay and must, tartness, acidic flavors, a bit of sweetness, and lemon.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice carbonation (Dunt said that the first time he had this there was less carbonation and that this one was better), finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A really good sour. Such great flavors that meld together in an absolutely enjoyable way.

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, into a Cascade globe.

Appearance. pours a nice glowing peach-gold with a little haze and a thin white head.

Smell. Plenty of that nice classic lambic funk, fresh sweet peaches, some nice old oak and even a bit of vanilla. Yum!

Taste. Wow! Just a ton of bright peaches. More peach skin than flesh probably due to the accompanying light tannic woodiness, but enough sweetness to give it a really fresh fruit taste. Very light and soft funkiness goes very well with the fruit. Medium-low level of sourness. Really awesome tasting.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. Really digging this one. The big fruit flavour along with the incredibly nice levels of funk, wood, light sweetness and lower acidity make this delicious and easy drinking.

On a side note, I'm absolutely thrilled of the fact that my two year old decided to fill his diaper in a diabolical way as I was half way through this review. Glad to have had a few sips before that filled the room. Ahh, the joy of having kids...

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