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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 403
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 498
Gots: 103 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JamesS on 10-14-2007

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 403
Photo of drseamus
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy red and very carbonated.

S: Good funky sour aroma. It is definitely filled with blackberries.

T: Great sour funk initially but falls short of where I think it should be. That said, it is great.

M: I would like it to be a bit funkier but it is good. Not quite enough gland ass-kicking.

D: Damn good. Could be more sour for sure but a great start.

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Photo of hrking
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one with all the others last night and this was one of the better ones. Lots of flavor and a very nice pleasant oak presence. The after taste was a treat leaving a very pleasant almost barn yard effect on the palette. Blueberry flavor and the oak barrel blended nicely to give this beer great flavor and exceptionally pleasant treat ..If you're after the Upland Lambic this one is one worth seeking out. I'm going to age one of these in the celler and try it again in a year or 2..MMMHHH I guraentee ya it's going to only get better as the Brett does it's thing!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottled 5/15/14 from trade, poured on 11/30/14. Pours beautiful deep reddish purple with a pink fizzy head in my Cantillon glass. Awesome aroma of big lush blackberry, lots of vinegar and funk, oak, sour. Flavor is big fruity blackberries, sharp sourness, some vinegar notes, oak, dry but not super dry, definite jamminess here. Light to medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, juicy berries yet dry finish. Whoah. This is really excellent. Have heard it is overly sour but I'm not getting that at all. This is just right and on par with some of the best sours I've had, including fruited Cantillon.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the latest release.

Dark purple with a decent amount of lavender head. Full on black berries. Good amount of tart lactic sour. Flavor is delicious. Sweet and sour black berries. Just a touch of funk. Lively carbonation. I absolutely loved this beer. It was a turning point for the Upland lambic series in my eyes. One of there best efforts.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I think this might be the last one in the lineup for me, I had held onto this one till the end as I heard it was easily the best of the bunch. Served chilled down to cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/27/2009.
The pour was brilliant. Nice light pink in color, like the inside of a plum with a big, fizzy, light head on top that hung around forever, finally some signs of life! Lots of carbonation was evident throughout the session with a nice and hazy appearance to it overall. Rich blackberry like aroma, fruity for a change with not soo much riding on the sour and tart side of it. Light sweetness as it warmed and the fruit flavor was just ridiculously rich and bright. Biting sour notes come across the tongue almost instantly, refreshing, clean and crisp as the subtle and strikingly sweet flavor of berries then roll out across the palate and really give a miraculous show. Smooth, seductive and easily session able, this was one enjoyable Lambics.
Overall I am floored. After being underwhelmed by the entire series here, this one was a sure winner. Finally some semblance of the fruit flavor was left, and it was brilliant. I think I really enjoy the style more fresh as the Cantillon I had last week would be evidence of. If I were to recommend anything from the series this one is it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of fvernon
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How this isnt higher rate is beyond me. Incredible nose, really great fruit flavor that is still strong after months of aging, wonderful extreme tartness. This is like blackberry atrial rubicite

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a simply beautiful copper/red color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells mostly Brett with the funk eating and eliminating almost all of the blackberries. First sip is all Brett that perfectly compliments what is left of the sweetness. This is what sours are all about. It puckers the lips to perfection and feels simply wonderful on the tongue. Tartness rules!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With unseasonably high temps for November reaching up into the 70ºs we decided to break out a precious bottle to celebrate.

Upon pulling the cap, around the the cork there was bubbling from below, and audible spewing of foam...A good sign of carbonation i've only seen before with vintage Cantillon. It poured a lovely orangey tone, muddied up by a slight red or purplish tint. Very traditional fruit lambic appearance, with tiny floating fruit particles and streams of carbonation. I poured two glasses, and noted that the glass that sat for a good 20+ minutes retained a full foamy head that entire time. (The head on my glass got destroyed by the oils in the cheeses i'd been devouring alongside).

Tart acidic notes in the nose, mild vinegar, woody dryness also. Any fruit notes seemed indistinct, and harder to pinpoint, but still subtly present.

Puckering tartness, with a dry finish that had a mild sour fruit essence. Oak was moderate, giving a dry tannic feel to it. The blackberry was hard to identify, but it did have that mellow fruit component without much sweetness. Approaches a fairly traditional lambic feel overall, though I would've appreciated more funk in the nose and taste, and that may develop in time, who knows. Well carbonated, and ready to drink now.

Paired with a cheese plate of Morbier, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam triple-cream, and Jasper Hill's Constant Bliss. The Lambic went best with the buttery triple cream, and the raw cow's milk Constant Bliss, cutting through the light saltiness and creamy texture.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is a pretty shade of purple with a small, pink head that disappears hastily, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The aroma brings a light funk and a gigantic helping of blackberry pie. Whoa! The taste follows suit. Tart blackberry pie, right here folks. Fantastic. The tartness is understated, and not dominating. No huge pucker in the finish. The beer is much more tart than sweet, however, with blackberries stealing the show.

I seem to like Upland fruit lambics more than the norm. I do not compare them to the amazing lambic breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, but rather appreciate Upland's beers as delicious American fruit lambics modeled after the traditional Belgian greats mentioned above.

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Photo of younger35
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received one of each of the Upland Lambics from the ever generous TheodorHerzl. This will be the first one of these I'll try for the next couple months. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. Make sure to have a wine opener as well, the rubber cork is a pain.

Appearance- Pours a light bluish pinkish orange with a beautiful two finger head that is white and creamy and airy. It never really recedes leaving a thick cap and collar with LOADS of lacing. Great looking beer.
Smell- Not as funky as some other Lambics I've smelled but there is still a bit of horse hair and must. The blackberries are prevalent but if I didn't know this was a blackberry I'd just guess any ol' berry. Some slight vanilla tones from the barrels but not as woody as I was expecting (for me this is good). Really vinegary as well, really got my mouth watering.
Taste- Whew! The Brett has done its job on this one! Very dry and acidic with a vinegary twang that dominates. Nothing in balance here. The sourness is surprisingly not too much though, it's what I've been wanting. The fruit is kind of just an afterthought at first but once it warms the blackberries open up a bit. Slightly tart under all that sour I don't really know where the Brett begins and the blackberries end. The aftertaste is my favorite part though. The sour slowly fades to a soft vanillin oakiness that lingers for days! Aftertaste reminds me of Red Poppy.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with aggressive carbonation that adds that fantastically dry Champaign kick.
Drinkability- I've been super excited to try these for about the last couple months and I wasn't let down in the least! The first couple drinks are pretty intense but as you acclimate yourself it's terribly drinkable. Cool to know that such great Belgian Style sours are being created right here in the heart of America (take that Cali!). Big thanks again to Matt for his generosity!

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Photo of biga7346
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass at sour tasting

A - Deep, shimmering purplish, lots of sediment even when poured through a sifter, purple hue to ruby red. Looks unattenuated, grainy.

N - Aromatic funk, spoiled milk, blue cheese, grape bunches, muscat grapes blanketed with tropical, sugary fruits like pineapple, blackberries and maybe rotten bannana. Some phenol, mediciny, astringent hangs faintfully in the background.

T/M - Very wine like, big notes of grape skin, grape juice, nice and spritzy, more bright tropical fruits, tart blackberries and raspberries. Mouthfeel is carbonated but oily and compliments a long, puckering finish.

D - I always enjoy winey, spritzy lambics and saisons, this was great but I doubt I could drink a lot of it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drseamus for sharing this.

A: Hazy copper color with some white head.

S: Really nice funky nose. Tons of lacto and brett. A little bit of horse thrown in for good measure. Really nice.

T: A nice sharp tartness. I now always compared tartness to Russian River beers. This fell short of that but was very tart. The blackberries are there and added a nice real fruit taste. Nothing worse than fake fruit in a lambic.

M: Light body. Prickly carbonation.

D: All day. I think this is my first real American lambic. I must say I was impressed by this beer. Hopefully more will be made. The one thing I do not get is how this bottle costs the same as those imported from Europe. Great beer though.

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Photo of grimreeser
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight is a special night, so why not try a special beer. Pours a cloudy light pinkish red with a thin off- white head. Aroma of tart blackberries, a touch of wood, and a bit of funk. Begins sweet, finishes tart. Acidic. A very nice example of a fruit lambic. Thanks Josh.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky burgundy color, a blue-cast red, with greater clarity early in the pour. The head is white at the top but casts pink near the bottom. It fades away quickly.

S - Barnyard and sourness. A sour acetone note is present but mild.

T - Bright sour fruit, a strong initial sourness fades slowly into straight juiciness, like biting into a fresh blackberry that is a bit under-ripe.

M - Very sour, with a bit of puckering. Bright carbonation.

O - The best U.S. lambic I've had, with great fruit and present but not overwhelming funkiness, and sourness that is robust without being punishing.

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Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks photekut for his kindness sending me this great brew.
Large capped and corked bottle, opened last night, a loud pop when opening.

Pouring into a small Lambic glass, this somewhat hazy beer is light orange, bubbly with a nice purplish head that holds very well.
The aroma is quite tart, and berry notes are just faint. Oakiness, mild fruitiness, acidic notes. Funky notes eventually come to the front as it warms.
Quite light and easy/refreshing to drink, it shows a remarkable fruity sourness, mild berry flavors that are not pungent and blend well, acidity, some oaky notes in the background. The funkiness is quite obvious, and I believe this to be related to a bit more aging compared to other reviews.
I was quite surprised by this one, a very pleasant, well done brew if not totally convincing for a lambic. The blackberries, which I was affraid would turn this into a sweet juice like beer, only provide a mild touch that blends very well.
I think this is quite good right now, and is well worth it.
Might improve as it clearly has compared to other reviews.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1st batch received from Bobby91w a long while ago and shared with the Boise peeps at a recent tasting... Cool trade Bobby!!

Pours a deep hazed orange with a nice reddish hue... thin white head.. not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is way better than we were expecting... Lemony and pretty damn funky with berry fruitiness if you concentrate... lactic funk is dominating...

Blackberries are so very subtle... and you have to try to really enjoy the goodness.. fermented out berry fruitiness and a good base of lambic funk... the tartness combines great with tannic berry seeds...

Light side of medium for sure... a bit spritzy and still with a surprising body..

Overall, I dig everything about this brew, but for a blackberry brew, I would like to see more fruit essence.

Cool trade with Bobby91w.. Nice amigo.. hit me up again once you get out of the warzone.


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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

678th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

App- I've seen a pink beer, a green beer, a yellow beer. Now it's purples turn. A nice darker purple with some highlights throughout. A nice small cap of foam on top. Little cling, little lace.

Smell- Its spritzy, bright, lactic and fruit forward. A nice smelling beer. A change of pace with the blackberries.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and its very vibrant, subdued, balanced and nicely tart. Not over the top like having a lambic be sweet tarts in beer. Nice change of pace as mentioned above to try something new with a fruit I havent had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and almost thin bodied. A bit of a high carb with lots of dancing bubbles.

Drink- Another beer I was very glad to try at CF#6. This was nice new taste and well balanced between sweet and tart. I would love to try more of the varieties.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

The color is dark red with smoothie type look, low..practically no head after settling. The smell is strong with fruity ester and light berry aroma with wild yeast ester giving a sour lemon-type scent with funky and fruity mix. The feel is tangy with medium sour level with light citrus and juicy berry with medium amont of carbonation w/ semi-dry and slightly juicy funky finish.

The taste of this wild ale is acidic at first with juicy and tangy fruit flavor of the berry with a mild spice-like flavor and woody almost balsamic taste of acidity and woody tannin with a very dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall I think this is a wonderful american wild ale with blackberry...not extremely sour and very drinkable with a lot of fruit flavor.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: purple to light blue colored beer with a whitish colored head. You can see small chunks of the fruit in this beer. That makes me happy.

Smell: lots of funk, vinegar, and some berry notes.

Taste: Very funky and acidic upfront, but as you sip it the funky taste blends in with all the other flavors. Then the beer starts to get a fruity taste to it. The blackberries are there, no doubt. Its a tasty sour beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lively beer. Light bodied beer with moderate levels of carbonation. Vinegar and acidic notes all over the place.

Overall: Trying more and more sours lately. Upland is really awesome! I enjoy this sour beer because its a great blend of sour funkiness and fruity flavors. I have tried this beer on 2 seperate occasions and continue to enjoy it. Upland does a top notch job on this beer style for sure!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.