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Fantasia | Upright Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 493
Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/25/2012 and 6/2/2012

Thanks for sharing, Tim (first bottle), and thanks to Luke for this most recent bottle.

A: Vibrant yellow orange with a white head. Nice color.

S: Fresh peaches, sweet, sugary, and tart. Oak and light vanilla. Firm vinegar presence with a little acetone. Lactic and lightly tart. Nice fruit profile but the acetic notes are a pretty heavy.

T: Piquant peach flesh and skin. Excellent fruit profile, though just a touch simple. Lactic and tart. Weighed down by acetic acid that makes the beer a chore for me to drink as I make my way through the glass. Vinegar waxes as the beer warms and opens up, which is not a good thing. Acetone is present throughout.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation. 

Overall: Solid. Nice fruit aroma but falls into the vinegar trap like many American sours. Too much acetic acid and acetone. Not one I would revisit. 

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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 largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, David.

Hazy peach flesh colored body topped by a tall white head. The nose has quite a bit of ripe, juicy peach, but also a lot of acetone. There's a mild lacto presence, a bit of funk and oak, yogurt. Smells a bit sweet. The palate is similar; peach comes through fairly well, though it isn't as vibrant as I was expecting. Acetone really mars my enjoyment of the beer - this tastes strongly of nailpolish throughout. Sourness is mild and largely lactic with a touch of vinegar, and there's a bit of pale malt sweetness that works fairly well with the peach flavor. This is decent but it failed to meet my expectations.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a champagne flute. Body is a lightly cloudy golden color with plenty of carbonation, topped by a touch of creamy white head. Tart aroma of lactic sourness, with a bit of sweetness from the peaches and a mild floral note from the hops.
Palate is a wonderfully complex blend of tart, sour lactic notes and sweet, fruity peach. A mild hop presence adds some bitterness. Body is well-carbonated, crisp, and dry, with a puckery finish. This is a fantastic beer, one of the best sour ales I've had from the US, Belgium, or anywhere.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into glass
served chilled
Big thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking this up

Color: A vibrant golden/orange with a thin white head that recedes quickly. No lacing or head retention to speak of.

Nose: Peaches! More and more peaches! Light oak rises from the glass as it warm, a soft sweetness is paired with an inviting sourness. I also get some light white wine textures.

Palate: Very drinkable. The abv is well masked throughout the beer making the peach profile in this beer shine. The beer is sour/tart, but not to point were it makes your mouth pucker. Very fruit forward with waves of oak and vinous qualities, but these are just sort of floating in the background.

Finish: Simple, fruity, and mildly dry. Great peach flavor all the way through, but the complexity lacks on the back end of this beer. Still a quality sour with a lot of excellent textures and body

Rating: 93/100

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Photo of shleepy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750 bottle into snifter glasses. Writing based on ~3-week old notes.

A: Cloudy light copper. Low medium head.

S: Spicy (cumin?), lots of fruit - peach is probably most prominent. Bubble-gum.

T: Sourness balanced by fruit. Peaches, apricots, citrus. Yum.

M: Light-medium body; very drinkable; some acidity, but not to the point of "stinging."

O: Great stuff. So much peachiness!

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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 claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pour is bright golden orange with a thin white ring. The nose is excellent, dry oak combines with a light dusty Brett and well integrated peach. Taste is much of the same with a light lactic cream note and hints of vanilla mid to back palate. The peach is bright and strong, the body is light with a pleasant soft carbonation. There is a light sourness to accompany a fairly dry finish. Very good stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruit along with some funky aromas. Taste is of sour and tart tropical and peach flavors with some funk as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp moutfeel. Overall, this is a good sour but I think it tastes much better than it smells.

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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 MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by kbutler1, thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Slightly hazy golden orange colored with a bubbly head and medium retention. Could be hazy because the bottles get shaken quite a bit at tastings but also because this has whole peaches in it. In my opinion, the peaches only added to what would have been the base beer: funk and lemon dominate this beer, but it was never sharp. Very soft and mellow oak, nothing was tannic about it. No hints of acetic sourness, only lactic.

Very light on the palate and crisp in finish. A very pleasant sour beer.

4, 4, 4, 4.5, 4

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to LoPo87 for this bottle.

A: Poured a cloudy orangey golden color; it actually resembles the skin of a peach.

S: Lots of funk in the nose; fresh pressed peach juice; and a nice amount of oak that rounds it all out.

T: Immense flavor from the peaches up front; by the middle of the mouth, funky brett characteristics begin to emerge; out the back, there is a huge rush of tartness that lingers, while the peaches begin to resurface.

M: Light to medium carbonation. This beer is deceptive. Its soft on the mouth, yet it packs a mean tart punch once it settles in.

O: This is truly fantastic. The flavor that the peaches brings a sharp and unique quality to this beer that I am having a hard time defining. Alas, if only I had more of this. This is truly a treat.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured like liquid grapefruit with a small fiizy white head.

S: Tangy and tart fruits with peach, a light lemon zest, some funk and oak spirals

T: The peach is very nice upfront with some tartness, sugar, funky and oak spirals, old wood w/ a light Earthiness in the background. A tad acidic and stinging

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with great taste, some funk remaining on the palate with a crisp finish

O: Very good beer and the peach twist was new and amazing. Well played.

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

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued with a small white head. Loving the aroma - peaches, stone fruit, musty, yeast, funk. Teeming with delicious flavor. Light bodied and effortless to drink. A mild tartness in the finish. Superb. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Peg's...thanks to Dave!

A - Pours yellow/orange, mirky, white head, thin collar.

S - Peaches, creamy notes, yogurt, some funk, citrus. Mostly peach-forward and the tartness is nice...impressive.

T - Peaches, citrus peel, funk, tartness, grassy notes. I think I prefer the nose, but still, very solid. The peaches are again very nice and the tartness is just about where I like my wilds. Finish is dry fruity tartness.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid offering from Upright, who seem to really be hit or miss for me. I would definitely have this again and would probably end up seeking out a bottle. Glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantasia: a musical composition with a free form and an improvisatory style which may be based on earlier works. The beer, however, is a barrel fermented sour ale brewed with fresh peaches. Shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip.

Slightly cloudy, the color of peach slices. No head arises after the pour, but there is a thick white ring around the sides.

Beneath a soft layer of white vinegar, bretty funk and lemon juice, caramelized peaches arise. Nice and sugary, it almost smells like those gummy peach rings.

And it tastes EXACTLY like those gummy peach rings. Big peach flavor is enhanced by lemon, caramel, vinegar and funk. The balance of sweet and tart is pretty perfect.

The medium body carries just a bit of electric carbonation and holds together well as I swish it around. Tartness is soft, well-balanced by the big peachy sweetness.

A well-balanced, tasty lambic. The peaches enhance the underlying tartness, rather than overpowering it. Movin’ to the country, gonna eat me a lot of peaches.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served side by side at a recent tasting with a bunch of other stone fruit beers, a very good beer.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head, small bubbles. No lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, grainy, and peach-y.

Beer is medium in body, pretty sweet, nice mild funk and fruit, the lactic wins the acidity race here. the finish is a little tart in a good way, a really nice beer here. I'd have it again, it is not quite a lambic in the levels of sourness or complexity but for a stone fruit sour it is pretty nice.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks Murren/Wissler for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. I've wanted to try this brew since learning about it and now that I had a chance to try it, I'd love to get another bottle to drink sometime later.

Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear amber orange color for the most part with some haze keeping it from being perfectly clear. The closer you get to the bottom, the more clouded it becomes. A white cap appears across the top and leaves some spotty lace as it recedes. A swirl revives a white finger back to the surface.

The smell is straight juicy apricot. Very bright and almost jam-like with how fresh and bold the apricot smell is. This is exactly what I look for in a fruited wild ale. Very nicely done. Picking it apart, there is a bit of sulfur quality that mixes witg funky and earthy yogurt. Towards the back are the first grainy indications that are mildly barn-like with a straw or hay quality.

The taste is surprisingly sharp and acidic. However, the flavor still holds a creamy inclusion of yeast and solid fresh apricot jam flavor. Even though this brew is acidic, it has a minor sweetness about the apricot that tingles your cheeks almost like a sour warhead candy. The contrast of perceived fruity sweetness verse acidity is very enjoyable. As it warms up, some sulfuric notes come out as well as a yogurt sort of cheesy funk.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is acidic yet juicy and enjoyable with quite a tangy quality about it. About the only beer I can fairly compare this to is Fou'Foune since the topic was brought up while we were tasting this. It has a much more rich apricot flavor but lacks a bit of the overall complexity that Fou'Foune delivers. Regardless, this is a fantastic beer. Just another reason for me to really enjoy this brewery and want to try more of their offerings.

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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 Thorpe429
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to boralyl for getting this bottle out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice peachy color with a foamy white head with good retention and a ring or two of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a tremendous peach presence that is just absolutely killer. Behind that is a light bit of pilsner malt along with a fairly-strong lactic presence.

The flavor hits the peach and lactic combination quite well, but lacks enough earthy and wild depth to really take it over the top. With that said, I'm still quite impressed, especially flowing into the feel, which has a nice level of acidity to make the peach flavor.

Overall, a very impressive offering from Upright. With this, I'm very excited to try some future offerings coming out of this place.

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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 emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for sharing this one!

Poured into a snifter glass, the beer is a bright golden orange with a wispy skim around the edges. Not much visible carbonation, but a nice saturated color.

Concentrated fruity peach aroma, slightly funky and acetic. Authentic fruit, fuzzy ripe peach notes.

Tart fruity flavors, upfront peach notes with a creamy feel and a light layer of funkiness intertwining with the fruit. Crisp and lactic like greek yogurt. The tartness is never overwhelming, it's well integrated and compliments the peach flavors nicely. A very solid fruited wild ale, on par or better than Upland's Peach Lambic (first batch anyway).

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
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