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Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry LambicBlackberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 497
Gots: 94 | 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 drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 beernads
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drewone
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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 orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -37.1%
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 mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 billab914
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.96/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +1.9%
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 Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.