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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 478
Gots: 69 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American lambic, and a new classic.SilverX's bottle. Grape coloured body with a great foamy pinkish head. Tart, a little acidic, funky. Great drinkability, aboe average mouthfeel as lots of real blackberry sediment in here, seeds in my glass. A power shake, lunch, a great bottle to share.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:15:03 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-04-2013 16:56:54 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-12-2012 00:47:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kstrickler for opening up a bottle of this at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon event. With this pour, I completed the Upland Lambic series. Served in my SAVOR snifter.

The pour is absolutely beautiful with a great bright, deep purple color. Really gorgeous. Pink-hued head is light and bubbly, sticking around for a bit. The nose brings forward plenty of blackberry character along with a little bit of funk and light acidity. The taste is along the same lines and reminds me of the Blueberry Lambic in that regard. It's currently really fruit-forward, but I don't like the berry flavor as much in this one. On the other hand, it does have some funk and acidity. There is really a lot of fruit in this right now and I think it has the makings of a really nice beer, it just needs some time to develop. Body is light with good carbonation. A solid brew and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 12:50:59 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-06-2013 02:30:30 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:44:15 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Anwar for this one. Shared at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary yesterday.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy orange/red/pink color with a fluffy off-white foam on top.

S: A nice tart aroma with plenty of oak and lactic acidity. Notes of lemon and blackberry/fruit skins, though not a ton of blackberry fruit notes.

T: Like the nose, the blackberry fruit flavor is not terribly intense. However, there is a bit of berry character to it and some nice tannic fruit skin qualities. A lemon acidity and some further dryness due to the oak.

M: The body is on the lighter end of medium with a really tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly puckering finish.

D: A really easy to drink sour beer and quite nice all around. I wish I could have had this one fresher to get the full effect of the fruit, but still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 19:29:32 | More by womencantsail
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a slightly hazed, amber-purple body with a small-sized, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Aroma of sourish, tart blackberries sprinkled with table sugar, woody, spicy oak barrels, and a few small wafts of pungent lactic acid.

Taste: Hasty taste of sweet sugars yield to tart, lightly fruity blackberries and lesser hints of damp hay and mustiness. Fairly restrained lactic sourness throughout. A touch of mustiness at this point, but it's certainly no filthy, dilapidated barnyard. Easygoing, smooth oak barrel character with a touch of vanilla butter. Final taste of lightly tart berries on the smooth, damned near creamy, but still dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Okay, okay, so maybe it's not the most authentic, true-to-style fruit lambic out there, but, come on, it's very tasty, very drinkable, and really, who wouldn't take this over a Chapeau lambic any day of the week?

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:29:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 22:39:53 | More by spycow
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emerge077

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 this 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 particles and streams of carbonation. I poured two glasses, and noted that the glass that sat for a good 20+ minutes retained a full finger of foamy head that entire time. (The head on my glass got destroyed by the oils in the cheeses I had 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. 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 15:41:14 | More by emerge077
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-20-2013 21:18:51 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-08-2013 19:59:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave for sharing a bottle of this brew for New Beer Sunday.

A - Opaque, beautiful looking coloration, with elements of brown, orange, and red. One finger of quick-dissolving foam with nice residual lacing.

S - Funk, sour fruits (apple/cherry), wood (oak) - the blackberry flavor is very understated in the aroma. Really intense smell in general - leaps out of the glass.

T - There's more tangy blackberry flavor in the taste, particularly at the back of the palate. Great balance of sweetness, funk, and sour fruit.

M - Crisp, dry, tingly carbonation. Watery & light. When we got to the bottle it became much gritter (yeast? sediment? fruit!?) which was kind of unusual.

D - It was easy for us to polish off a 750ml bottle of this one. Not too carbonated, sour, or strong (no real alcohol taste at all) which contributed to its session nature.

This was a nice treat - good to see the US producing quality lambics (even if they're challenging to procure). I totally want to try out the other flavors now!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 14:48:16 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is reddish in color and hazy. Forms a white head that really thin and leaves lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is sour with a slight berry component.

Drinkability is moderate and mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is throughout the mouth carrying the sour to tart. Overall the beer is OK, I'd be interested in trying other lambics from the this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 18:36:16 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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mdfb79

New York

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

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for opening this one up; one of the Upland lambics I haven't had yet. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark purple color with an inch of light purple head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart blackberries, blackberry pie, sweet fruit, and vinegar.

t - Tastes of blackberry pie straight up. Tart blackberries and dark fruits dominate the taste. Really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light tartness in the taste.

o - Overall one of the better Upland lambics I've had so far. Like the overs not overly sour, but still very enjoyable. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:54:45 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled October 2008
I popped the cap and had a sinking feeling after not hearing even a hint of a hiss, luckily I am a dumb-ass an there is a cork in the beer too. The beer is definitely carbonated as it pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, large bubbled, dirty, pale purple stained, off-white colored head. The head doesn't completely disappear as I was expecting, it settles in, quickly, to about an 1/8 inch layer of froth. The beer is a ruddy, opaque color that shows some orange around the edges; when held up to the light it shows a touch of clarity and shows a bright, light red color. The aroma is quite tart, but picks up a restrained, sour berry note to it as well as spicy oak aromas and a woody-tannic note that smells of both oak and berry flesh / seeds. The fruitiness comes off as quite floral and there is a slight medicinal edge to the nose that seems to accentuates the floral character as well. Phenolic notes really interweave with the woody oak notes and some tannic berry character to provide a sharpness to the aroma that is interesting and I can't quite figure out if I really like it or if it is a bit distracting. A substantial, subtle (if that makes any sense) fruitiness struggles to be noticed under the sharp notes, but does peek through from time to time.

Light bodied and refreshing in combination with a solid, fruity sourness. The beer picks up a soft oak character towards the middle and finish that also tends to boost the body a bit with some tannic, creamy feeling, texture. Also lingering on in the long finish is a solid, ripe berry flavor that really clings to the tongue, but in a soft, almost subtle manner (you almost have to think about it to notice it). While most of the sourness is contributed by lactic acid, there is enough fruit derived sourness to add a bit of complexity and keep the beer from being simplistic in its tartness. While sour, this is not as bracing as most traditional examples of Lambic. This has a bit more oak character than is traditional too, but I am quite pleased to experience that it is still on the soft side; flavors of buttery oak can be noticed at times (especially after a burp), and there is a light spicy oak note as well as some tannic, palate coating woodiness that contributes to the overall palate presence of this beer.

This has a substantial berry presence, once I start to think about it; blackberries are a fairly subtle fruit, especially after fermentation, but they definitely play a well defined role here, from the nice berry fruitiness, to the boost in tartness. The blackberry notes really have a nice, rip, juiciness to it that isn't really sweet, but somehow seems to project enough fruit character to make one think of sweetness while drinking this. This is especially true as the beer warms up, in fact it seems to actually have a touch of residual sugar left even.

This is much better than I anticipated, though it is not really a Lambic in character; it has a much softer sourness and does not have the complexity & funkiness of a well made Lambic (in fact that is the glaring flaw here, it really needs some Brett character to be a great example of a Lambic). This is definitely quite tasty and drinkable and the fruit expression is almost perfect right now; any more and it could get cloying, les and it wouldn't have the requisite fruit levels.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 21:35:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-08-2013 09:51:41 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

05-30-2012 22:06:04 | More by imperialking
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-04-2014 08:35:40 | More by zestar
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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.