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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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94
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 475
Gots: 60 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamesS on 10-14-2007)
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
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
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nanobrew

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%

11-14-2011 16:08:22 | More by nanobrew
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largadeer

California

3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml from bakerslp. Thanks.

Appearance: Hazy raspberry red in color, short lived head, crackles to a ring leaving minor stickage.

Smell: Acetic aroma with a pleasant undercurrent of berries. Low funkiness. Smells more like a Flanders red ale to me due to the high level of acetobacter.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up front berry flavor, light on the sourness but not sweet either. Balsamic vinegar flavors are pretty prevalent, and I could see the acetic acid doing some bad things to the stomach if large quantities of this were consumed. Fairly simple and straightforward on the whole, very light on the funk and a bit too heavy on the acetic acid. The finish is semi-dry, leaving a trace of berry-like sweetness on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 08:53:40 | More by largadeer
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle and it was a gusher.

Pours a dark purple with lots of chunks of blackberry in it, a small white and purple head. Nose is super bland and tame.

Taste is all berries and tart but its well balanced and very drinkable. Mouhfewl is really creamy and mellow. With a crisp fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:01:37 | More by kingcrowing
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grownfool

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-27-2012 00:53:35 | More by grownfool
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-28-2014 14:53:03 | More by montrealbcr89
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-13-2012 23:08:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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jheiss

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

12-18-2011 20:16:05 | More by jheiss
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

12-15-2012 21:33:38 | More by Riggsy
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-01-2014 15:41:31 | More by jjheinrichs
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slaintemhor

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never tried an American made blackberry lambic until this one. The colour was an amber-orange with little head. The aroma was highly acetic with some general berry fragrance. On the palate, there was a burst of bubbles, a quick shot of blackberry, then vinegar. The finish was rather quick.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 05:41:22 | More by slaintemhor
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tpd975

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for picking this one up for me.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color. The first pour of the tasting was clear but the rest quickly turned cloudy from sediment. Light bubbly fizz, with no lace.

S: Lots of sour in the aroma. Seedy dark fruit, with hints of crushed sweet tarts.

T: Both tart and sour in this one. Not alot of fruit. Hints of dark berries but mostly just sweet tarts.

M: Light and Fizzy... almost refreshing. No carbonation issues here.

D: Not really. Have not been real impressed with the Upland sours. They need to bring more fruit to the bottle on the next go around.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 19:43:58 | More by tpd975
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris split this bottle with me on day one of our epic tasting. Thanks, dogg

A: Clear reddish copper with a choppy white head that recedes to nothingness rather quickly. Steady stream of carbonation, though.

S: Acetic and blackberries. Not very much lambic-like in that there's almost no funk, no earthiness, no barnyard. There is a little bit way in the back but this is predominantly acetic.

T: Opens up with a strong acetic character and sharp acidity before the fruit flavor kicks in, giving the palate an extra dimension. Dries up on the finish, leaving almost no flavor

M: Enjoyably light in body with great carbonation but the acidity and the lack of flavor on the finish does hurt this a bit

D: Enjoyable in small amounts, the acidity is a bit more than I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 15:42:20 | More by DefenCorps
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 10/11/10

The pour is a rich deep cloudy crimson purple. A lavender purple head forms on the top and sticks around a long time. Minimal lacing. This beer is just looks great and enticing.

The aroma has some funky earthy brett notes, the fruit comes through then in medium intensity with a sharp acidity. A minimal diasetyl aroma.

The first thing that I taste is the sharp acidity that then transitions into a very earthy dirty brett funk. The fruit is medium low in taste but lends a bit of persieved sweetness in the middle. It finishes with a sharp acid bite.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness in the middle and really drys out for the finish. Carbonation is a bit strong, prickly even. I'd prefer it with a tad less carbonation, it just adds to the acidity.

Overall this is a decent beer and middle of the road in terms of upland lambics. I find Upland lambics very hit or miss but applaud the experimentation of the different fruits.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:38:46 | More by weatherdog
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cetherid

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

Murky dark purple color with a fizzy, light pinkish head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of yummy "floaties" in this beer that come to the head and cling to the glass. Shaking the glass around I can bring the head back up, but then it will start to die down.

S.

A little funk to the nose, however seems like its more tart fruit than sour. Definitely a presence of dark berries and perhaps a little oak. The blackberries seem like they could be a little more ripe IMO. Definitely a nice aroma but the nose doesn't really explode out of the glass.

T.

Sour/lactic qualities are there, more so than in the nose but still quite tart dominant. Blackberries taste fairly sweet, though not a Lindeman's sweetness. I think a bottle aged for a year would do it very well.

M.

Medium bodied, great carbonation. Slightly prickly once it hits the mouth and finishing off a little dry.

O.

Would be better if it was a little more bretty and had that barnyard funk to it. Currently tart fruit dominant in both the nose and taste. Might be drinking a tad too sweet right now but a little age would do it good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:11:06 | More by cetherid
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, it bubbled through the cork when I pried off the cap. nice orange-red-pinkish color. Nice fruity, funky, sour smell, butter? The flavor is quite interesting, some fruitiness a hint of sour but barely and a strange buttery flavor. Carbonation is fine and this is easy to drink but this isn't as good as the strawberry or cherry upland lambics.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 05:04:49 | More by ArrogantB
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the release. Split with the fiancé.

A - Slight gusher. Pours dark purple Barney-color, light pink head, thick collar, and thin cap.

S - Not much a nose, really. Slight sour/tart notes, a touch of fruit, and some lacto.

T - Tastes slightly sour/tart but could really use more "umph". Nice fruity blackberries, lactic tartness, slight funk, oak, with a tart fruity finish.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid refreshing lambic but needs more sour/tart notes. Very easy to drink but nothing Earth-shattering about this beer. Decent, but not the best work they've done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 16:16:15 | More by Sean9689
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Floydster

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle acquired in a trade with sprinkle, thanks for the opportunity, 2008 vintage, split with a friend last night, poured into my Rubicon snifter

A-Color is a mix between bright pink and orange, there is also some purple tint to it, 1 3/4 inch creamy white head that lasts forever, great retention, awesome lacing
S-Blackberries although I did not smell them until later on, vinegar, oak, mild vanilla, sour aromas, little bit of funk but not much, gets more fruity as it warms and I swirl the glass
T-The amount of berry in the taste was a lot stronger than I thought it would be, the fruit that is usually quite subtle and just kind of there really enhances the tartiness in this brew, the fruit character is ripe and mixes well with the sugar, starts off tart, some berries in the middle, more tart in the finish, almost vinegary when it was served chilled, actually liked it more when it warmed though and the blackberry became both sweet and sour and full in the aftertaste, can only imagine how much better this will get with age but it is also really good now
M-Tarty, fruity, somewhat dry, and crisp mouthfeel, tons of carbonation that makes it more along the lines of sparkling wine, medium bodied, taste lingers nicely because of the tart
D-Could have drank this bottle and then another one probably, not sure of the ABV but it seems low, light on the stomach, so easy to drink, went well with our cheese and crackers, smmoth and inviting

This was the first of the Upland lambics I have tried, it was pretty darn good and quite tart already for being so young, I originally expected a much sweeter and fruitier beer but was pleasantly surprised, first blackberry lambic I can remember having too, hope to drink again in upcoming years, recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 17:29:39 | More by Floydster
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-13-2012 14:06:17 | More by Skye1024
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-12-2012 03:44:32 | More by acurtis
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Ultraman9000

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-06-2012 09:10:26 | More by Ultraman9000
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-13-2013 02:57:56 | More by CityofBals
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-19-2014 15:42:52 | More by baybum
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
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
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form the 750 into a RR tulip, this is the latest batch. Gushed out as soon as I popped the cork...

Pours a deep purple with a quickly dissipating head. Small ring of white, some what purple tinted foam around the top of the beer. Lots of floaties in suspension in the liquid.

Aroma of tannins with some acidic quality to it. Oak and stale vanilla, with no real fruit quality to speak of.

The taste is where this beer shines. Awesome tart, natural blackberry flavors explode in your mouth and mesh well with that base lambic flavor that's a bit tannin forward. A little dry with no real funk to speak of, but that's about the only complaint I have here.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation for the style. A little drying but still retains a bit of juicyness, most likely from the blackberry addition.

Overall, a good attempt at a traditional lambic but I feel like it was lacking in aroma and funk. But still, a good beer. I say drink it fresh because the fruit flavors are just going to fade, which are the focus of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:58:52 | More by auroracrisis
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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.