Fantasia | Upright Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
496
Reviews:
87
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
625
Gots:
77
For Trade:
14
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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.

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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.

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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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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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