Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

381 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 494
Gots: 108 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Photo of Rifugium
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.

Photo of MasterSki
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!

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of chinchill
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.

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 760ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a deep purple color with a thin, pinkish white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows more of the tart, sour flavors to it with a little bit of an acidic bite. The blackberries are a little more reserved compared to the cherry version we just opened, but they are still pretty good. A moderate amount of funky flavors come out and mix with the fruity blackberries. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste starts out with some of the sharper, acidic and sour flavors. Midway I start to get a little of the blackberries coming out along with some of the more funky notes. Again the blackberries were more reserved compared to the cherry version, but were still noticeable.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, but I didn't like it as much as the cherry version. It did show some nice, subtle fruit character while also having some bold sour and tart flavors to it though. Pretty nice beer overall.

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

I believe I got these in trade with Travisd13, but I may be wrong- I lost my notes on this one. In any case, I love lambics and for that matter blackberries and I'm very interested in trying this. Pours a reddish brown, maybe even with a splash of purple somewhere in the depths, or is that my imagination? Capped and corked bottle opens with a pop and there is plenty off carbonation but no spewing and the head is slight. Somewhat murky with sediment, and there is a lot of yeasty gunk in the bottom of the bottle. Smells nicly sour with just the barest hint of sweetness, a bit of briney creaminesss, and some acidic blackberry aromas. No real funk, but clean, tart, and nice. The taste has more blackberry up front and a lingering sourness, and more of that creamy salinity that adds a savor to the whole package, but still no real funk. It drops away a bit after the initial hit of sour and becomes more tart and fizzy than sour. The blacberry is restrained, but more noticeable than in the aroma. Quite fizzy and fairly soft in the mouth but with a nice lingering tartness. I like this quite a bit, but I'd like to see it again in a few years and see what it's done.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/30/2010

Thanks Javier! The beer is hazy peach orange. The nose displays a prominent level of oak with a subtle buttery quality and moderate lactic notes. Blackberry flesh and lightly tart skins are easily distinguishable. Tannins are light.

The flavor opens lightly tart with blackberry skins and a strong wood quality. It's lactic and tannic with a low acidity and a nice fruit presence. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly tannic. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

WARNING: Like the other Upland brews we popped, this was a big-time gusher. We lost almost half the bottle into the sink, so please plan accordingly when you open this one!

A: Really attractive blueberry/pomegranate in color. A big head on this one, as I was able to catch some of the run-off after the epic gushfest. A sea of dark floaties make their way around the glass.

S: Fantastic - vinegar and blackberry jam overwhelm the nose. It's funky yet fresh. It finds great balance. I could smell this one all night.

T: Freshly picked blackberries on the fore, with mouth watering funk and lactic acid on the mid. The finish is rather tart, and makes the mouth pucker. Tasty stuff.

M: It's odd, as I found the mouthfeel on this one signifigantly better then on their cherry lambic. It's got a bit more substance and weight to it, and the oily nature of this beer isn't overwhelming.

O: Upland's Blackberry Lambic is winner - in fact I preferred it slightly to their Cherry Lambic. This is a delicious beer, and one I really hope to return to again. I would certainly recommend seeking this one out, as I plan on doing so myself.

*It should be noted that the BA who brought this to our tasting session contacted Upland's and told them of the two gushing bottles we opened on the 7th. After hearing our story, Upland's kindly offered to replace the bottles.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

3.5/4.5/4.5/3.5/4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- slight blue hued head on a brown beer. Good head retention and lacing.

S- vinegar but not overpowering, slight fruit.

T- Blackberry first, extreme tartness (partly sour) next and finishes sweet.

M- thin mouthfeel but a swish of the mouth gives way to expanding carbonation.

D/O- very nice. Great introduction to Upland Lambics. Would loveto try the other variations to compare. Thanks Brian!

Photo of claspada
4.27/5  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.

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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.