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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 489
Gots: 86 | FT: 7
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 Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Rhettroactive, May 13, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter. Bottled 10/11/10 Batch 42-09

A: first non-gusher of the Upland lambics that I have had. Pours a creamy purple. Little foam, but the foam that is there is a purplish-white. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Some barnyard funk, with blackberries, and a hint of vanilla. Not as aromatic as I would like.

T: funk right off bat, with mix of sour and sweet blackberries. Probably the most tart Upland lambic I have had to date. vanilla and oak round this beer out.

M/D: Not crazy carbonated like some of them, Very smooth and very drinkable. This is personally my favorite in the Lambic series, I think they are moving in the right direction with every batch. This is the first one that I am willing to buy multiple bottles of in the same batch.

cpmichael, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Verecund
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Batch 42-90, bottled on 10/2010. Opened on April 19, 2011.

Pours a neat palatinate purple with an almost artificial magenta hued head. The head settles to only the tiniest bit of film atop the glass.

Sweetened blackberry juice, a little bit of oak, and what can only be described as that Bloomington funk (hard to pinpoint, but it's earthy with a touch of mushroom; some band-aid).

Fantastic balance of blackberry tartness and sweetness, with a pleasant tannic finish. The dirty funk shows up less than in the nose, but presents itself on the mid- to late-palate. Some acetic and lactic acidity. Really showcases the tartness of the blackberry.

Medium bodied, sweet mid-palate with a growing dryness and tannic note on the finish. Nice tart, sweet, and acidific feel, in that order. The feel is perfectly "blackberry" in nature and reminds me of picking them in my friend's backyard growing up.

Pretty darn good if you like blackberries. It really feels wild in a way suitable for berry-based American wilds - from the tart/sweet blackberry to the earthy, dirty funk. A nice showing.

Verecund, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of craytonic
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

2011 Batch

Appearance: A bit muddy and murky, very purple body with a touch of amber, large purple head. Was a bit of a gusher.

Smell: Fresh blackberries, sugar, oak, balsamic vinegar

Taste: Fresh tart blackberries, oak, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, light funk. The typical upland yeast that drives me crazy is almost covered up in this one

Mouthfeel: Medium body, appropriately aggressive carbonation

Overall: This is probably the best upland I have tried, either blackberry is their best offering or they are improving with each batch - it could be some of both.

craytonic, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -5%

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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.


JohnGalt1, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

womencantsail, May 23, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%


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.

HopHead84, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A 750ml bottle. Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing. Uncapped and poured into my snifter. The lambic appears a hazed deep crimson amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of tart blackberries, a bit acidic, oak, some funk, light vinegar, musty, hay. Decent medium body with adequate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Pretty nice.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of slaintemhor
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

slaintemhor, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

upland blackberry

don't remember who traded this to me. (hrking? sprinkle?) if you know for sure, please feel free to tell me and i will edit.

750ml brown bottle. no date. tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

semi-clear on first pours, much hazier upon the second and after. pomegranate juice color, slightly orangey, rubyish w hint of brown. 1.5-finger off-white head, fizzy, stays around for about 30 seconds, then quickly reduces to wispy thin layer, somewhat replenished by my duvel tulip's laser etching. a couple thin rings of lace. the dregs in the bottle are a nearly PITCH BLACK SLUDGE, however - POUR CAREFULLY!

aroma: footy funk and farmhouse mustiness, with fresh and (almost over)ripe blackberry, plus fruity cider vinegar, woody oak and hay.

taste: sharp acidity upfront, accentuated by crisp carbonation. fruity w blackberry, raspberry, and... sour asian plum? funky foot and barn notes w oak and hay. touch of leafy hop? faint bitterness as complement to acidity, which itself backs off quickly in the middle to a gentler sourness, then faintly lingers into a semi-dry finish w tart fruit hint.

light to medium body, but very sharp w acidity and almost overactive carbonation - almost bracing, but w crisp refreshing quality as well.

some of the characteristics are a bit ambiguous and muddled, but it's still relatively complex overall, and the best attempt at a sour that i've tried from upland.

NOTE: the scores for aroma and taste should both be about 4.20, but i felt this was the best way to balance them.

tai4ji2x, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

750ml bottle poured into Caracole tulip glass

A - Pours a translucent ruby amber color with a smallish 1/2 inch pinkish-white head. Lacing is very nice as it leaves a plethora of arches on the glass as it falls.

S - Very tart cider-like scent with slight hints of blackberry (not nearly as strong as I expected). Some mild horse blanket scent, but the tartness dominates.

T - Begins with a very tart, mouth-puckering flavor that is slightly sweet. A bit of blackberry goodness comes through mid-palate, but its definitely not the focus here. A slight cider/vinegar flavor appears near the finish, but its not a distraction. Finish is still tart with no bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation that feels higher because of the tartness. Mouth puckering in a very nice way, with some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish.

D - Not as complex or even fruity as I expected, but its not a bad lambic. I certainly didn't want anything lindeman's-esque, but some more blackberry flavor and aroma would have been nice. Hopefully Upland will keep improving this one over the next couple years till they really nail it. ABV seems low and very manageable, although the tartness can be a bit much after more than a glass of this beer.

gmcfarre, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle received in trade thanks!

Appearance: Somewhere btw coer, pink, red, and orange lies the color of the body! Murky body with little to no head or lacing.

Smell: Nice sharp acidic note over lots of horseblanket musty goodness.

Taste: Tart up front, opening up to reveal the blackberry, then a wave of acidic sharpness takes over and leaves behind a great finish!

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied and fairly effervescent.

Drinkability: Low abv and quite tasty, but acidic and tart so it depends on how much you like lambics. If you do, seek this one out!

koopa, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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?

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to bobby91w and sprinkle for saving me this bottle for purchase at Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN.

Presentation: Poured from corked and capped 750ml wine style bottle into 2 Duvel tulips.

A: This beer pours an opaque dark pink color with a nice 1 finger head that goes away quickly. No lacing on the glass to really speak of or bubbles. Color is beautiful though. Like a dark pink grapefruit or strawberry juice.

S: Absolutely awesome. Initially some funk like a wet blanket that subcedes as it warms. Sour vinegar notes, some fruit juices and tartness which is highly desireable for the style. One of the better smelling lambics I've had the pleasure to smell.

T: Taste is strikingly dissimilar from the nose in certain ways, and very similar in others. There is no funk really to speak of here, but sour strawberry is the predominant flavor. I don't detect blackberry as the label would suggest, but there is a LOT of tartness here which is awesome. Well balanced with the sweetness, some vinegar that isn't acidic, and deliciousness all around.

M: A little undercarbonated as I drink it more, but it's nice at first. Lacking some creaminess that would go well with this style. A little bit thin on the weight of the beer too, but I can't knock it down too much. It's good for the style overall.

D: Due to the tartness it is a sipper for me, but I think my wife would rate it a 5.0. She downed her glass in about 15 minutes which was half the 750ml bottle. I like letting it sit around and wait to pick up the nuances as it warms and I'm rewarded by doing so. This is really nice as it warms up.

A fantastic lambic style beer that doesn't seem to resemble blackberries in the least to me. Strawberry is what I'd believe if you told me. Since I love strawberries this is great. If you're looking for sweetness forget this beer. If you like sour then this is amazing. Reminds me of sour patch kids, balanced with a vinegar sour and sweetness, but no flavor overpowers any other except maybe the sour. Highly recommended for any beer or wine drinker or someone you're looking to convert to sours.

thirdeye11, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

mikesgroove, May 28, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

tpd975, May 01, 2009
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Just the smell of the cork previews the lovely tartness to come. Three fingers of biscuity light tan head sits on a murky apple cider brown body that is cloudy from the yeast sediment. Nose is tart and sharply acidic almost making you pucker. The wet yeast is there with apple skin and white vinegar. The vinegar comes through slightly at first on the front of the tongue. A layer of barnyard funk lays on the mouth like a blanket. The sour feel is nice, consistent and well balanced throughout, but you really hunt for the fruit to come through. Yeasty on the finish with a bit of thickness that comes through. Well done lambic and nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

drseamus, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

ATLbeerDog, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to my buddy Michael (SPLITGRIN) for trading me this bottle.

I shared this bottle at La Bella Pizza tonight along with Joey and Danny.

No "pop" when we removed the cork but the beer was a nice, transparent, light copper color with some rose edges. About an inch of foam amassed and presented very good retention.

The first aroma I got was of leathery funk (brett). When I got my glass I took a deep breath and got some cheese, acidity, lemons, and seltzer water. After that is was pretty much all ripe blackberries, green apples, and some herbal qualities. Very nice aroma.

First sip reminded me of sweet-tart candies, fruity pez, chalky, blackberries, and a slight vinegar finish. Then I tasted some acidic strawberries, soft berry and flowery flavors in the back. Slightly tart but not sour. Didn't get much barrel flavor but would like to revisit that as I might have overlooked that.

I think that the best aspect of this beer was the mouth-feel, very good carbonation level, really soft carbonation. Semi-dry finish with some sweetness in the middle.

I'd say this beer is a very decent, American made, representation of the style, and I can see this one aging well for some time.

seaoflament, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

aerozeppl, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

brdc, Jan 24, 2009
Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.