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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 489
Gots: 85 | FT: 8
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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photekut, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -29.4%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: purple to light blue colored beer with a whitish colored head. You can see small chunks of the fruit in this beer. That makes me happy.

Smell: lots of funk, vinegar, and some berry notes.

Taste: Very funky and acidic upfront, but as you sip it the funky taste blends in with all the other flavors. Then the beer starts to get a fruity taste to it. The blackberries are there, no doubt. Its a tasty sour beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lively beer. Light bodied beer with moderate levels of carbonation. Vinegar and acidic notes all over the place.

Overall: Trying more and more sours lately. Upland is really awesome! I enjoy this sour beer because its a great blend of sour funkiness and fruity flavors. I have tried this beer on 2 seperate occasions and continue to enjoy it. Upland does a top notch job on this beer style for sure!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Duff27, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks again to my Upland guy Rempo. Bottled 10/11/2010, Batch 42-09.

2.5 A: Uplands lambics usually aren't that visually appealing, but this one is easily the worst. Opaque plum color. This was a category one gusher, so little was lost (and fortunately little was gained with regard to my clothes). Anyway, the initial three fingers of frothy head quickly fell to half a finger. Blackberry particules were abundant on the glass and in this last half finger of head. To be more descriptive, it looks like blackberry puree is hovering over the beer itself.

4.0 S: Ahh, blackberry. Unsurprisingly, this is full of it. Tart, but little in terms of real sourness. Only a touch of tangy lactic acid and nearly no acetic. The funk is a bit more apparent though. Hay and horsey, with a touch of wild apple. Pleasant, but a little less robust than I'd like.

4.0 T: Taste is much of what I would expect based on the nose. Lots of blackberry - moderately tart, but not acetic. Mild lactic fruitiness. Horse blanket and wild apple are abundant. Oak finally appears and just a touch of vanilla. Mild tannic astringency on finish.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation level is fine, but I'd prefer a bit more spritz to it. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth for what it is.

4.0 D: Another solid addition to the lambic lineup. Good overall, but it doesn't stand out in any area. Interesting note: I change some of the scores after my second glass. For whatever reason, the second glass was much better.

DavoleBomb, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of biga7346
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass at sour tasting

A - Deep, shimmering purplish, lots of sediment even when poured through a sifter, purple hue to ruby red. Looks unattenuated, grainy.

N - Aromatic funk, spoiled milk, blue cheese, grape bunches, muscat grapes blanketed with tropical, sugary fruits like pineapple, blackberries and maybe rotten bannana. Some phenol, mediciny, astringent hangs faintfully in the background.

T/M - Very wine like, big notes of grape skin, grape juice, nice and spritzy, more bright tropical fruits, tart blackberries and raspberries. Mouthfeel is carbonated but oily and compliments a long, puckering finish.

D - I always enjoy winey, spritzy lambics and saisons, this was great but I doubt I could drink a lot of it.

biga7346, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

678th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

App- I've seen a pink beer, a green beer, a yellow beer. Now it's purples turn. A nice darker purple with some highlights throughout. A nice small cap of foam on top. Little cling, little lace.

Smell- Its spritzy, bright, lactic and fruit forward. A nice smelling beer. A change of pace with the blackberries.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and its very vibrant, subdued, balanced and nicely tart. Not over the top like having a lambic be sweet tarts in beer. Nice change of pace as mentioned above to try something new with a fruit I havent had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and almost thin bodied. A bit of a high carb with lots of dancing bubbles.

Drink- Another beer I was very glad to try at CF#6. This was nice new taste and well balanced between sweet and tart. I would love to try more of the varieties.

FosterJM, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled 10/4/10. Batch 42-90.

(A)- Pours a deep and rich colored plum purple color. Produced a nice cap of pink foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An awesome combination of funky lactic oak and juicy acidic blackberry fruit.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice burst of acidic ripe blackberry fruit. Bits of a funky lactic aspect. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A great balance too; not overly acidic or sour, yet showcases the blackberry fruit very well at the same time. Mildly funky and oaky.

(D)- Easily my favorite of the Uplands I have had thus far. Sour, yet a nice fruit profile too. This bottle did not last long at all!

sweemzander, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (batch 42-09, bottled 10/11/10) into a Darkness snifter. Paired with the fruit.

Beer pours a .5 finger, powdery pink-purple hard with moderate retention. Color is a cloudy, deep purple. Patchy lace with good cling. Stunning color pushes this one above average.

Nose is sweet blackberry with a slightly plastic and rubber background. Brett and wet hay funk mildly present. Appetizing and appropriate but not overly aromatic.

Opens sweet blackberry, tart middle. Puckering fruit. Brett, band-aid, and hay towards the end. Dry finish with a tart aftertaste. Fruit prominent throughout. Very simple but robust.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Dry going down with a tart finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard.

The fruit is very prominent in this Upland offering and although simple, it packs a big, flavorful punch. A solid and very unique take on the lambic style.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blackberry, slight sour, and slight tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, blackberry, bitter blackberry seeds, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite good to say the least. The flavor really only had one flaw in that the blackberry seed flavor was very apparent throughout and left a bitter taste on your palate after each sip. While it wasn't bad, it was still not pleasurable. Definitely worth trying given the chance.

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Damico
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of berry funk with a hint of crust that smells delicious. The appearance is rich pinot wine color with a white head and tons of berry sediment floating on top. Flavors of sour funk berry lambic on a bubbly smooth body with tart smoothness to end.

Damico, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark color, black/purple, bit of a pink head that faded to a tight ring, not a ton of stick left on the sides.

S - Some lactic sourness and rich and deep blackberry taste. Tart, smells very nice.

T - I really like this one quite a bit. It's tart and sweet, but a very deep blackberry taste comes in on the end. Not world class, but exceptionally enjoyable.

M - Bit of a dry finish, decent carbonation, medium-light bodied.

O - I actually liked this one a bit, blackberry flavor is good, and it's pleasant and easy to drink. Wouldn't mind another bottle or two.

AgentZero, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
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.

Sean9689, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of cetherid
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.

cetherid, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
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.

auroracrisis, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Port wine in color with a 2 finger pink head that has great retention and lacing. This one was a gusher out of the bottle

S: There’s a little bit of blackberry on the nose and a tiny bit of yeasty funk, but not all that much of either. A little bit of acidy too rounds out an underwhelming smell.

T: There’s a lot of sour blackberry in this beer, as you would expect. I think the guy’s at upland hit the nail on the head with the integration of the blackberry. The amount of sour is not quite to the level of being mouth-puckering but is definitely prominent.

M: Nice, light, and crisp. Perhaps bordering on being overcarbonated.

O: Excellent flavor with great incorporation of the blackberries.

glazeman, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep purple, merlot like color with plentiful pink foam. I put it in the freezer for a while and didn't have the explode problems that a lot of people report having. It's a little chunky towards the end - lots of blackberry sediment.

Smells good - a bit acetic with decent berry aroma. like a lot f sours, it reminds me of vitamin C.

Taste is great. Quite tart - you can definitely feel it in your glands. Blackberry is present as well. No funk to speak of. Berries and sourness only, but still excellent.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Very good offering from uplands.

readbaron, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of henway
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a plum shade of purple with a pink head that disappears quickly, leaving very little lacing behind. The aroma brings a delightful funk and a almost reminiscent of blackberry pie. Taste is not what I expected compared to other Upland Lambics I've had. Its got a perfectly balanced fresh not ripe enough blackberry tartness. Not overly tart, slight sweetness. Just like a sour blackberry pie in liquid form. Mouth feel and finish are refreshing, light watery syrup.

henway, May 31, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 92-90 10/11/10

Bottle exploded when opened, lost a good amount to the ground. Enough left for 4 sample pours with family on memorial day. Pretty huge bummer to lose about half the bottle, at least I opened it indoors. Beer was a pinkish purpleish reddish. Lots of head at first with almost berry look to it. Stinks like berry fruitpunch. Taste is much of the same but lots of tart to it, almost too much. Carbonation isn't overboard, but iy is a bit tart in the mouth. Thick and filling. Pretty annoyed anbout the guyser when I opened the bottle. Didn't blow me away, it is a good brew, probably would've like it a lot more if more than half didn't go to waste.

cosmicevan, May 30, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark purple blue color with a nice big head on it

S- Has a nice blackberrie and vinegar smell to it

T- Has a nice sweet blackberrie taste upfront and then followed by a vinegary middle and finish's with a blackberrie tartness

M-Medium bodied with Great carbonation

D-Overall this was way more enjoyable than my first upland lambic. Managed to not spill 3/4 of this one down the drain. Has a nice blackberrie flavor to it but not to overpowering and not too sour. Really liked the little pieces of blackberry that were in the glass too.

zrab11, May 27, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 27, 2011
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.

mdfb79, May 26, 2011
Photo of BZero007
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the NOVA BA tasting #1, big thanks to the BA who brought it out for us!

Gushed from a 750 ml bottle in to a Boulevard brewing tasting glass. A light bubbly head formed pretty quickly and was gone just as quick. The aroma was interesting on this particular lambic as it was not bursting with to much funk. The funk was there mixed with the blackberry's which were in the background. I have been on a Lambic tasting spree and have to say I have thourghly enjoyed taste of the Cherry and Blackberry form this brewery. The acidic bite and flavor was there but extremly minimal for me as the funk and blackberry were in the front row. The blackbery and sourness were dull and mixed very well. The body of this brew did not destroy my mouth which I appreciated being at a tasting. I had early decided not to go through with a BA muleing for me on this release but will in the future.

BZero007, May 13, 2011
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.

billab914, May 13, 2011
Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.