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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 478
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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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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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mdm46410

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a clear, red-tinged orange hue with a one-finger thin head of off-white foam that slightly lasted. A small amount of slippery lacing was left around the glass. The aroma included sweetened berries, wet hay, oak, and a faint sourness. The flavor was also lightly sour, and fruity sweet. Just enough acidity to cut through the sweetness. A hint of oak and clean wheat are also present. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had moderate carbonation. Crisp and aggressive on the tongue. This was by far the best carbonation out of all the Upland lambics I have tried. All in all, another solid beer. Not the funkiest, or most interesting lambic, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:17:41 | More by mdm46410
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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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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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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 20:31:25 | More by Georgiabeer
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sleazo

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_The 750ml bottle started hissing as soon as the cap was removed but before the cork was taken out. The liquid itself is a very cloudy reddish brown and it supports a pink hued bubbly head. Retention and lacing are both strong.

S_The aroma is fairly tart with a mixture of lemon and red wine vingear. There is a nice background note of generic berry which I would not place as blackberry if I didn't know it.

T_A milder than expected liquid greets the palate at first sip. A nice mixture of sweet and sour. Initally sour with lemon and vinegar flavours it rounds out as mildly sweet as the blackberry comes into the picture. The aftertaste leaves hints of vanilla, light oak and some trace minerals.

M_Velvety liquid with a mild soft carbonation.

D_An interesting take on the style. Fairly well balanced in its sour and sweet tones it also manages to be fairly nuanced as well. It lacks the funk of some of the great Belgian examples though which I would like. The overall prodcut however is quite tasty and is perhaps a different animal all together

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:12:38 | More by sleazo
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Bottle sample at Crown #19 tasting.

Poured hazy reddish blue color with an average fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Good tart blueberry & woody aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate sour&sweet fruity flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration.

Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 13:44:00 | More by tmoneyba
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Overlord

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJedi for the trade!

Pours a light reddish brown. Uber long lasting white foam head/crust. Smells like vinegar, faintly of berries (this isn't an uber-berried beer by any means), and oak, and ... I don't know, earth?

Taste is pretty much right on point. Berries come through slightly stronger in flavor, but this is mostly a tart, vinegary, earthy, oaky beer. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Mouthfeel is lively and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 10:06:00 | More by Overlord
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared thanks to Ughsmash!

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish / amber color with an averaged sized, pinkish tinged, head. Aromas of blackberries, some funkiness, wood, other berries, and musty. Tastes of blackberries, vanilla, funk, wood, and musty. Light tart finish. This one grew on me the more I drank it.

Notes from and tasted on 7/21/08

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 14:56:48 | More by hopdog
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Crosling

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best appearance on these lambics. Bright orange color and the heads of these lambics never take on any of the color from the fruit. Sour blackberry aromaFlavor has a nice balance of mostly sweet, but also sour elements. Pie-like, with notes of vanilla, cream, as well as some fairly authentic blackberry notes. Really nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 04:39:13 | More by Crosling
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grimreeser

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 04:06:40 | More by grimreeser
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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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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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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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younger35

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:35:22 | More by younger35
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hrking

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 12:13:47 | More by hrking
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JamesS

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as colorful as most lambics I've tried, this still has a nice copper belgian ale appearance, with a nice hit of carbonation. Smells good, like a nice belgian ale, but again, not as fruity as I expected. Nice taste, a great mix of ale with a nice hit of blackberry, with a bit of cask aging. Goes down nice and smooth, with a bit of pop from the carbonation. This seems more like a blackberry wine in a lot of aspects, such as taste and smell, but is worth it if you can find it. An excellent lambic that felt like a cross between a fruit champagne and ale (in a good sense). It's only out for a short time, so get it while you can, but be prepared for the rubbery cork to be a bit of a pain.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:38:42 | More by JamesS
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