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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JamesS on 10-14-2007)
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Photo of Stevedore


3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 8/2013 release, batch 8-10. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Pours a hazy copper-brown body, less than one finger white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film, no collar. No lacing.

Smell- Blackberry tartness and a ton of lactic yogurt scent. And smells stomach-churningly sour, though not as sour as the Kiwi Lambic. Promising, but not overly so. Not a lot of funk.

Flavour- This is stomach-ulcer-level sour. 8, maybe 9/10 in terms of vinegar sourness here. No funk to be found, a nice blackberry tartness that doesn't come close to cutting the acid here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy and nicely carbonated feel on this. Very dry and sour, with an acidic & dry finish. My intestines are disintegrating despite the use of Tums immediately after drinking this beer.

Overall- It's good, but not great. And its only good if you like sourness to overpower the fruit and funk that should be present in spades in any lambic. This is the last Upland sour I'm going after, and I really can't recommend trying more than a few- Sour Reserve is the only one I'd recommend going for, really.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:20:34 | More by Stevedore
Photo of jlindros


4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally get to try this thanks to Tom P for sharing.

Light fizzy purple head, dark murky sediment maroon color

Nose light light sour tart fruit, big blackberry, little seed and skin, little tart cherry like too

Taste light tart fruit, big blackberry and juicy blackberry like pure blackberry, little stem tannin, tart acidic bite, nice sour and blackberry, not super funky.

Mouth med to a little lighter bod, nice carb, tart little flemmy and acidic.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:00:50 | More by jlindros
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Upland Blackberry Lambic from a bomber (thanks BShine) at the 2014 RBWG in Asheville.

Sour funky blueberry/blackberry.
Vinegar (which I can't abide) but mostly gone in the taste.

Too wild and unbalanced. Uses Belgian yeast but doesn't match typical Belgian quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 04:45:30 | More by chinchill
Photo of dar482

New York

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a bright reddish pink.

The aroma is hugely lactic and sour of berries, lemon juice. A bit of funk.

The flavor at first is almost undrinkable. Literally like biting into a lemon or an under ripe berry. Imagine that initial flavor of a berry Warhead candy. Including me, other people’s faces twisted from the tartness. Moving on, there’s a tinge of sweetness and the berry flavors come out more. Bright effervescent mouthfeel.

Great flavors, but the tartness is overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:45:28 | More by dar482
Photo of PHBoiler


3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Really lovely pink/magenta color with lots of white head/bubbles. The smell jumped out of the bottle immediately. It was a yogurt/funk mix that was pretty overpowering. The taste was described as sour patch kid meets shock tart. Not a lactic sour like the nose led you to believe. It is an intense puckering sour that isn't for folks who get indigestion. The mouthfeel was very effervescent and quite nice. Overall, I want more fruit flavor for the price point and the hunt. The extreme tartness mellowed a bit as the day went on, but it just wasn't a top notch sour for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 16:22:31 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of EliotRosewater


4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pinkish red with orangeish hue. Looks like fruit punch. Minimal head and lacing.

S - tangy lactic sourness upfront. Barnyard and hay funkiness. Some sour/unripe berries.

T - the fruit seems to be tempered nicely with the sourness. Almost like eating a bowl of tart Greek yogurt with up ripened berries. The blackberry flavor is apparent, but more of generic berry flavor. More funkiness.

M - very nice aftertaste. Somewhere between sweet and dry with a nice residual fruitiness. Nice carbonation.

O - this is the perfect level of sourness/tartness for my tastes. Not nearly as sour as the kiwi but just enough. The blackberry isn't overly distinguishable but it's clear that this is a fruited sour. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 05:01:45 | More by EliotRosewater
Photo of homebrew311


4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish clear with white ring of head. Smell is straight vinegar and acid with notes of berry mixed in. Pungent notes of earth and berry are present along side the sourness. The taste is enamel removing sour with dashes of berry which seem to add to the overall acidic notes. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with and effervescent feel. Overall, this is one fine sour. It lacks the restraint and the delicate showing that VSB so excellently does, but it does deliver in the face puckering sour department.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:39:16 | More by homebrew311
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South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky pink peach color, decent off white head, great retention a lacing compared to the strawberry and kiwi variants.

S - vinigar, sweet tart flavors, reminiscent of blackberry. Best nose of the three.

T - tons of sour vinegar but still lots of sweet blackberries. Fantastic

M - medium/light bodied, fairly drinkable on carb. Fairly smooth

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:51:44 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jegross2


4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2010 vintage of Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Score: 91

Brewed 04/02/09 and bottled 10/11/10. Served in an Upland snifter glass (proper glasware!) and enjoyed on 07/03/13.

Appearance: This bottle was an absolutely volcanic gusher, and we lost nearly a quarter of the bottle. Blackberry color with tons of floaty fruit chunks. I enjoy pulpy juice, so why not pulpy beer? Thin layer of persistent head. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Jammy blackberries, lactoey yogurt, hint of fruity yeast. Not very complex. 4/5

Taste: More blackberry flavor and substantially less lactoey yogurt on the palate. Averagely tart; nowhere near as tart as either Kiwi Lambic or Raspberry Lambic. Jammy flavors and Belgian-y qualities (fruitness and yeast, primarily) towards the finish. What tartness there is is best described as "zesty" and layers. As this brew warms up, more yogurt flavor comes through. I was honestly hoping for more tartness and more blackberry, but this is still tasty. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, average tartness. Good carbonation for style/profile. 4/5

Overall: Having had Kiwi Lambic and Raspberry Lambic previously, I found Blackberry Lambic massively disappointing in relative terms, but tasty in absolute terms. I wish there was much more tartness and less lactoey yogurt. The Belgian style base was much more prominent than I was expecting

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:14:10 | More by jegross2
Photo of xnicknj


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Cascade snifter

Uh oh - it's a gusher! Not too bad though, as I opened this with 3 other people so I was able to avoid losing much by quickly pouring into tasters. Frothy, purple pour with haziness and a creamy head. Slowly fades out into a collar of film with little lacing.

The familiar Upland biting sourness shines right through, highlighted by blackberry and acidic fruit sweetness. Funky yeast, wet straw and toasted oak.

Strong sour presence right on the tip of your tongue, tempered by jammy berries with the blackberry riding the front of the wave. Funky yeast with straw and red wine. There's an acidity present perhaps from the fruit, as the sourness works its way to the back of your gums. Finishes dry and tart.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Another fruit lambic hit from Upland - I've yet to find one I didn't enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 12:50:19 | More by xnicknj
Photo of ehammond1

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

(Aged for 1+ year)

A pretty dark pink, ruby, and violet. Very small ring of near-white bubbles atop. Head fades quickly and leaves the glass clean on the way down. Appropriate, and a very pretty color.

Really nice combination of funk and lactic sour character in the aroma. There's not a lot of earth or runk in the aroma, but the fruit and sour character are expressive and appealing enough where it's not really missed. There's a bit of oak, but the star is the fruit. Juicy, smashed blackberry/skin is nice.

As with the aroma, this is a wonderful combination of delicious, vibrant, expressive fruit, oak, and sharp lactic sour character. Clean, discernible flavors. Perhaps my favorite of the Upland Lambic series. This is delicious.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Fantastic. One of my absolute favorite American sours. Terrific.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:36:51 | More by ehammond1
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

Pours a datk copper color with a nice hazy amber hues.

Aroma of tart fruits start things off with some nice vinegar undertones as well. Slightly sweet berries are present. There is some nice yeasty esters in the nose as well. Slightly chalky.

Flavor starts off with some nice tartness. Slightly vinegary and acidic but equally balanced by some nice fruit tartness. Berries and fruit sweetness is slightly perceived as well. The tartness is nice and dry and there is a nice oaky note to it. The tartness is tempered slightly by some nice fruity yeast esters that give it a slight phenolic flavor as well as some nice chalky notes. Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Light and refreshing with good crisp and sharp carbonation.

Finally got to try one of the highly regarded Upland lambics. Definitely worth seeking out. This was an older vintage (2006) and there was still so much more development that could occur. Great lambic.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 14:35:19 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Rifugium


3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle, courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks!

Decanted into a #properglassware Upland goblet/tulip. Bubbles rose to the mouth of the bottle and some of the beer started to seep out, but I'd hardly call this a gusher. Poured a dark purplish-brown color, lively carbonation, with about an inch of rocky off-white head, loaded with chunky bits of blackberry. All right! Sour fruits in the nose, blackberry, apple, a little acetic and lactic. The first thing that jumped out at me was the carbonation. It seemed way too high, and almost made this more soda-like than beer-like. Blackberry was the main player in the flavor department, as would be guessed, tart and tangy, though not overly puckering, lactic, drying. One-dimensional, but what else would you expect from this particular beer? Not a complaint, just an observation. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy, and I feel it lost a bit by being too carbonated, but overall that was just a minor setback. It was a nice beer, and quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:36:09 | More by Rifugium
Photo of rlee1390


4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Highly carbonated, Ruby/purple in the glass. Pink while pouring.

S-Blackberries, oak, funk, vinegar, grass.

T-Fruity blackberries, mild tartness, tad bit of oak. Nicely balanced. Not overly sweet like some fruited lambics.

M-Light very bubbly, dry in the finish.

O-More tart than sour, the blackberries are perfect; they provide great flavor without making the beer too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:11:03 | More by rlee1390
Photo of scottfrie


4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/11/2010. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

Gusher bottle bomb.
A: Pours a murky dark purple color with a fair amount of chunks with a thin light pink film of a head.
S: Tart smelling with light hints of blackberry and citrus.
T: Citrus rind, lemon, and blackberry. Fresh blackberry fruit in the aftertaste with citrus rind and orange zest up front. Lemon comes back in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, chewy mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation, low acid bite, clean and delicious.
O: A tough flavor to impart but this was delicious. Probably best not to age this one as long as I think it would have been much better when the fruit was brighter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:43:53 | More by scottfrie
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lambic was sampled at Winterfest 2013 in Indianapolis on 1/26/2013. Props to Upland for bringing several lambics.

Poured into the sampler glass from the bottle, the beer was a ruby reddish hue with a nice tinted white head. The aroma smelled of sour fruits with a variety of berry notes observable. In the initial taste, one notes this is incredibly sour. While I was able to enjoy it, I almost thought it was too sour. As it moves to the aftertaste, it becomes progressively more tart and acidic. I had difficulty appreciating blackberries, since I believe them to be sweeter than they are here. The aftertaste further displays quite a bit of natural seedy blackberry flavor. It is easy to tell his is made with real berries.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:27:27 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of stakem


3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for supplying this brew during a recent tasting. The first couple of pours are clear ruby almost orange but very light in color. As you get closer to the bottom things start getting dicy and more clouded. Visusally it displays very mild carbonation with a few bubbles collecting atop.

The aroma is cheesy funk with citrus and fruity berry inclusion. A bit footy almost like what is found in pilsner grain but more bacterial. Not a bad smelling brew, if anything maybe just a little muted.

The flavor starts off fruity and tart and moves to more acidic character fairly quickly. Notes of sour cherry come forth more so than the expected blackberry. Funky stinky cheese and earth come out with more sips. The aftertaste displays quite a bit of natural seedy berry flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation that visually seems missing but is felt tingly enough in the mouth to keep it lively feeling. This is a fairly easy drinking brew with seemingly no alcohol impact. However, the acidic nature started to get to me and I could not see myself drinking a significant amount of this by myself. This is one to be shared, much appreciation for the share Heath, glad to get to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 15:41:28 | More by stakem
Photo of jmarsh123


4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark purple with some reddish hue with a small layer of pink foam and some lacing.

Tart berry and vinegar are the predominant smells. Maybe a bit of bretty funk too. Smells more sour than most Upland lambics.

Taste is also a little more sour than I'm used to from the fruit lambics. Very tart blackberries that tastes almost jammy along with some vinegar and bretty funk. Very tart and puckering.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. This one didn't gush on me at all. Very dry tart finish.

Definitely one of the better fruited lambics. I put it only behind Kiwi. Slightly better when fresh. Although a lot of that jammy goodness was still here, vinegar has started to take over a bit more now. I loved the sourness in the flavor although drinkability is a bit low. I was reaching for the tums after splitting a bottle as my stomach was not agreeing with my taste buds about the deliciousness of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 14:39:00 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of thecheapies


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upland Blackberry Lambic, bottled 03/18/12. Batch #71-09. Serving this beer in Duchesse goblets.

Pours a hazed mulberry color with a cusp of white sparkling foam. It became a ring almost instantly. The color is pretty.

Smells of real blackberries and blackberry skins. Has a semi-soft cheese-like funk to it, like a berry-laden Stilon. It's woody, but the oak is rather mild compared to other fruit lambics' barrel presence. Sourness is present, but subdued, in the nose. Great vinous character, to note.

Blackberry, black currant, funky cheese, light pepper, horse blanket, and a hint of lime. Great opening salvo of fruit tartness followed by a funky and cheesy middle that carries into the finish with an amplification of spicy sourness. Not bursting with complexity, just... good.

The burn from the sourness is light on the throat, and picks up in the stomach. Mouthfeel, however, is good. Light and refreshing with a great knock-on-the-door of sourness. Spritzy carbonation is almost spicy. With this appealing feel, this is becoming a rather rounded-out great beer.

Even though it's not as flavorfully complex as many of the standard Belgian examples, Upland still does better than a stand-up job with this beer. Excellent representation of the fruit and the funk, and with a commanding tartness that never goes over-the-top. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:18:49 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jeonseh


4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip. Part of NWI tasting group New Years Day.

A - Total gusher that gushed for a good 90 seconds. It was the color of a blackberry and it was hazy. It actually had the consistency and look of orange juice with the color of a blackberry. Small layer of foam on the side of the glass

S - Tart blackberries, oak, balsamic vinegar, lemon peel and a slight Brett funk make up the nose

T - Tart white and balsamic vinegar, lemon and slight oak. The finish is very dry and tart to the point that makes you almost want to pucker up and get a drink of water. Overall, the blackberries don't really stand out much or make much of a presence as the vinegar takes over.

MF - Light and effervescent with lots of carbonation. Finish is dry from the lemon tartness and a light oak presence remains on the tongue

O - Solid lambic that is more tart and vinegary than fruity. This is a good one but nothing great. However, definitely worth a try if you can get ahold of one. I do wish it was a bit fruiter instead of so much overpowering vinegar since it's a fruit lambic

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 20:02:27 | More by jeonseh
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Pink red with a pink bubbly head. No head retention. Aggressively bubbly, the bottle opened with a big pop. 4.5

Blackberry aroma. Musty. Tart. Sweet and fruit dominated 4.5

On the taste the blackberry steps back, and the sour kicks up. The blackberries are still noted, but the beer is not as fruity as I thought or wanted it to be. The tartness, however, plays well with the tastes. 4

Above average carbonation. Deliciously drinkable. Medium body. Mouth wateringly dry finish.4.5

Not my favorite Upland Lambic, but certainly a beer I loved. They knock it out of the park each time, but I'd take peach or raspberry over this. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:25:40 | More by russwbeck
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB snifter.

A: Deep red to dark purple with a small white head and a bit of visible carbonation. This is pretty to look at.

S: Sour, lactic bite, some vinegar, tannin/leather, and of course blackberry aroma - maybe with a bit of rotten undertone.

T: Immediate hit of tart, pucker-your-mouth blackberry (like the fruit tastes when it's just a bit underripe), lactic tang, sourness. This is sour, with an almost stomach-turning acidity; however, this does change for the better when it warms a little. The finish is a dry blackberry flavor.

M: Light but sticky mouthfeel, with decent carbonation. Whatever alcohol present is well-hidden.

O: I like this, but this is definitely a sipper and not a beginner's sour beer. As it warms, the acidity diminishes somewhat which allows the sweetness to come through. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:14:31 | More by macrosmatic
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New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/11/2010. Slight gusher, glad I had a glass ready.

Pours a hazy dark pinkish-purple color with a white, pink tinted spritzy, fizzy head.

Aromas of rustic blackberries mixed with some, acidic and funky, musty notes that emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet/fruity, yet earthy dark blackberry with ever-growing amounts of sour tart flavors. Oak, earthy funk and acidic flavors also join the party and continue to grow and begin to overpower the dark fruity berry sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a medium-thin body with medium to high champagne-esque carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and acidic.

Overall a very good lambic but by no means the best from Upland or anywhere close to the best Berry fruited one. Upland seems to do a much better job with their lighter fruited lambics than the darker berried ones from my experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 15:23:05 | More by claspada
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the spring 2012 release, poured into a chalice. Took some effort to get out the cork; the carbonation was quite nice though - no worries here for the gushers of Upland's lambics of yore.

Poured a light and clear purple with a lavender head that is replenished by a constant fizz for a couple of minutes. Aromas of, of course, blackberries - but also tart lemon, tangerine, cherry, unripe blueberry, leather, and dry grass. I had to just sit there for a few minutes and admire the color and aroma. The initial sips brought on more blackberry, cherry, sugar, some barn funk, oak, and hay in both flavor and as my nose opened.

This batch is light, effervescent, and all-around excellent. Very glad I have a second bottle stashed away. Well worth the cost and I can't wait for Upland to have the devoted sour space up and running soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 19:46:08 | More by fvernon
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Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark blue color lambic with a large off-blue color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of strong blackberry notes with some light funky notes and some tart notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some tart blackberry notes with some notes funky barnyard notes and a sour finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. This one is well balance with great notes of blackberry. This is one brewery that I never know what to expect but in this particular case it is a real winner. Easy to drink with huge amount of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 18:30:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.