Blackberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 493
Gots: 84 | FT: 7
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: JamesS on 10-14-2007)
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Photo of xnicknj
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Cascade snifter

Uh oh - it's a gusher! Not too bad though, as I opened this with 3 other people so I was able to avoid losing much by quickly pouring into tasters. Frothy, purple pour with haziness and a creamy head. Slowly fades out into a collar of film with little lacing.

The familiar Upland biting sourness shines right through, highlighted by blackberry and acidic fruit sweetness. Funky yeast, wet straw and toasted oak.

Strong sour presence right on the tip of your tongue, tempered by jammy berries with the blackberry riding the front of the wave. Funky yeast with straw and red wine. There's an acidity present perhaps from the fruit, as the sourness works its way to the back of your gums. Finishes dry and tart.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Another fruit lambic hit from Upland - I've yet to find one I didn't enjoy.

Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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 aasher
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.