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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Strawberry LambicStrawberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 224
Gots: 73 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: merlin48 on 10-29-2007

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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by shleepy:
Photo of shleepy
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank yesterday, but writing from notes. Served from 750 bottle into wine glasses.

A: Hazy, golden. Small head (but after a somewhat explosive opening). Lots of sediment and/or pulp.

S: Funk and strawberry jam. Phosphorous.

T: Strawberries aren't too noticeable, actually. It does taste fruity, but almost like sour apricots or something like that. Lots of sourness and funk.

M: Very acidic. Otherwise, medium to light body.

O: It's a decent beer, but I'd love to see how a Belgian Lambic brewery would make a strawberry lambic. I think they would do a better job.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy orange with a small bubbly white head that disappears instantly.

S: Funky brett, slightly acidic with notes of strawberry-like fruity notes. The strawberries are actually quite hard to detect.

T: Taste is quite strange. It's somewhat tart and acidic with decent fruity notes. Lots of funky notes of horse blanket, brett and barnyard that doesn't blend very well with the tart fruit notes. Some notes of malts, oak barrel and vanilla. The strawberries are noticeable, but hard to distinguish. The finish is dry and mildly bitter with notes of oak and fresh herbs and grass.

M: Medium body, very sparkling and lively carbonation. Bone dry finish.

D: A good beer, very interesting but a bit tangy. Perhaps it's a little too bretty. It's clean yet murky at the same time. Hard to get a grip on.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewery produced 300 gallons using top fermentation with wild yeast. Conditioned in American white oak casks. Secondary fermentation using whole fruit from Huber Orchards in Starlight, Indiana. This 750 ml corked and capped bottle came from The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana. This brew disembarks from the bottle a slightly hazed golden colored body with a small white head. Active carbonation is apparent in the goblet. A few flecks of spotty lace are left behind. Aroma is sour and acidic with some funky must and strong oak wood tones. Light medium body with a crisp carbonation. Taste is tart and sour, somewhat acidic. Musty oak tones throughout, but the wood is more assertive as it warms. Just a hint of tart strawberries. No added sugars here. Very well done for the style. Rivals many of the better Belgian fruit lambics.

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
1.73/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I haven't reviewed in years but feel it is my duty to warn fellow BAs about this beer. I also need to mention that I have had previous vintages that were superb, to say the 2010 vintage was a letdown is an understatement.

2010 vintage. 750 ml bottle. Batch 42-09.

First off, I lost half the bottle to my sink, gushed a good 3 inches out of the bottle. 2 things come to mind, infection or the bits of fruit creating nucleation points. Color is nice, slight pinkish hue.

Smells like someone bottled farts. Strawberries are a distant second.

If farts can be tasted, that's what I got out of it. Sour acidity, some fruit.

Body is watery, thin. Disappointed.

Drinkability suffers because of the smell/taste.

This used to be one of my favorite upland lambics. I will probably be scorned for this review, accused of not recognizing funk or "barnyard" aroma. Trust me, this can not have been the desired result. It tastes like a poorly executed sour homebrew. If this was the desired result upland, please never release this again. Thanks.

Edit, a friend said that I was a bit harsh, that perhaps I got a bad bottle. I hope I did. If I ever have this again and its not as bad, I will edit my review.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first from this brewery, thanks Jon for bringing. It was a great changeup in a series of barleywines. In a word, nice. Fruity cloudy colour with significant white head and lace. The nose is decidely strawberry. Easy drinking, medium mouthfeel. Balanced, with oak and a bit of wild yeast notes.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA Verecund for this one. Poured from a capped and corked bottle into a Darkness sniffer. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a frothy ring of white that dissapates down to a layer of bubbles hugging the side of the glass. Beer is a semi cloudy bright orange. Lacing is not existent.

S: Nose is moderately aromatic. Oaky presence with a slight layer of Brett and strawberry tartness in the back. Twinge of booze. Tartness is rather sharp overall but pleasant.

T: Opens slightly Bretty. Cobwebs and bandaid. Oaky presence right after the initial funk with a strawberry tartness that settles in towards the middle. Dries out a bit towards the end with a Brett and heavy fruit finish. Aftertaste is more of the same. Very simple overall but spot on in terms of style and flavor emphasis.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a slight presence of bubbles. Tart, puckering, and mildly dry going down with a crisp finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very appropriate and refreshing.

D: This one is almost on par with Upland's Raspberry Lambic which has been one of my favorites. Not really a tradition lambic but more of an AWA and a very good one at that. Simple overall but very enjoyable. Worth seeking out!

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for handing this one off to me in our most recent massive in-person trade! Thanks Al! This one was shared during the big Upland sour tasting amongst a large group of BAs! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a hazy orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, funk, tart, and diaper (NOW THAT’S SOME FUNK!). The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, funk, sour, tart, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Upon smelling this one and picking up on a note of diaper with others in the group agreeing I knew this brew was going to bring the funk. Sure enough, it was rather funky with a nice sweetness from the strawberry to balance it out. A really well put together brew that I would love to drink everyday if possible.

Photo of alleykatking
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split this 750ml caged and corked bottle with Lukafer. This thing put out a 12 foot gushing fountain once it was opened. Thanks a lot Upland!

A- Pours a hazy dirty orange color. No head on this bad boy. No lacing at all on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty lifeless to me after it shot out like a fountain. Buzzkill!

S- This one was very vinegary smelling in the front of the aroma. I mean it actually tingled my nose! There was a faint hint of strawberry when my nose was stuck to the glass. I let the glass get away from my nose and this strawberry seemed to get stronger but not by much. More of a fresh strawberry aroma and not so much processed. There was some light bready malt in the very back but this got covered quickly by that damn vinegar like aroma which just started to get annoying after a little while and I'm one who really likes lambics!

T- Very acidic vinegar taste in the front of this with a hint of musty strawberry. The middle of this has the vinegar sourness die down and lets the strawberry come out a little more along with some more of the bready malt backbone. This is starting to taste nicer until the vinegar comes through one last time blanketing the strawberry almost completely. The ending on this beer has a little sugary like sweetness that I found not really out of place but it didn't quite fit fully.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking as a whole with this beer. There was a vinegar like flavor with hints of strawberry left on the palate. Aftertaste is medium sourness and sugary light strawberry. There is medium drying on the palate. Flavors were blended to the best they could I suppose. Clean might be the most clear word here but no real off flavors that I could tell.

D- This beer was good but like the Peach Lambic was just a vinegar bomb. I didn't mind it but it started to take its toll on my palate mid beer. Upland I think messed up the newest release of this beer and I kind of feel ripped off for the $20 plus tax that this beer cost me to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Radiomg: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color beer with a small bubbly head with almost no retention and no lacing. Aroma of light strawberries with some oak and some funky barnyard notes - this is quite close to the real thing. Taste is also a quite complex mix between some tart notes with oak and some sour strawberries with some funky barnyard notes with a lactic acid finish. Full body with very limited filtration and minimal carbonation. A bit acidic for my taste but very well done nonetheless.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle opens and apple cider tan foam starts to slowly crawl out of the top of the bottle. Pours into the glass with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving a skim with some yeasty chunks. Body is very murky orange and once again resembles fresh apple cider. Nose has a nice bit of sweet tartness, green apple and pixy sticks. With first sip I realize quickly that this beer was better fresher. The sour feel is a bit muted and the yeast is big and thick and carries with it a bit of a medicinal feel. There may be some oxidization going on here. Definitely a musty mouthfeel. Drinkability on this one is relatively poor. This bottle is not the norm.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one as part of an amazing trade with Bobby91w a long while back. This is the first batch... Shared with the Boise peeps a weekend or so back.

Pours sorta muddy orange with a thin white head.

Nose shows descent brett funk muddled with fresh strawberry essence.... ehhh... pretty good...

Flavor shows some depth.... brett with hints of oak and maybe vanilla ... the strawberry is lite yet adds alot of complexity... more sour than I remember the first bottle I cracked shortly after the trade.... tart... needs more carbonation for the lite/medium body.

This is the 2nd bottle of the Strawberry that I opened over the years and this is significantly better in my mind's palate... yet, there is still quite a bit of room for improvement... but this is a big step in the right direction.

Big Props to Bobby for the trade and his Service.... Stay safe.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

Photo of jmarsh123
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split the 750 bottle with the lady.

Well I guess I should say I split half of a 750 bottle because that's about how much was left after it spewed all over the place upon opening. Pours hazy orange with no head or lacing.

Sweet tart aroma. Loads of funk, blue cheese and serious must. Mild fruit aroma, but wouldn't pick it out as strawberry.

Very tart. More of a lemon presence as the strawberries aren't very assertive on the palate. Very sour and finishes very dry and puckering.

Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side with obviously more than ample carbonation.

Aside from only getting to drink half the bottle, a decent sour although far from Upland's best offering.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very big, warm and open thanks to my kind friends who helped me with the hookup on these Upland beers. I have long wanted to try them and the first of the bunch I go for is the strawberry as I hear it is the one I need to go after. Served chilled and poured into a tulip, this one was consumed on 03/30/2009.

The pour was very nice, classic for the style with a very hazy light orange color. Still at first but then some light carbonation bubbling up to the surface as it warms up to the room. Slight head of white comes up over the top and settles down effortlessly, leaving a bare naked top. The aroma was acidic, lots of apple vinagar funk notes all over this. Light touches of strawberry, but very light as this has evolved into a sour beast. The flavor carries this across as well. What was once a mighty sour and strawberry oak is now a funky tart sour beer. No complaints, though a little more complexity would have been welcomed. Smooth and delicate as it crosses the palate, some light notes of strawberry are still to be found inside. The light drying notes as it fades away offer one last shot at the sour bite as it fades off into the sunset.

Overall a very nice sour beer, though I would have liked to try the flavor a little fresher. This was still a more then capable beer that I would never turn down.

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber-blond, not as much strawberry color as I would have expected. The head rises to an inch and a half and then dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: Somewhat ambiguously fruity with a mild bretty funk beneath. Acetobacter lends a balsamic vinegar-like character.

Taste & mouthfeel: More strawberry-like than the nose suggests. Pleasant berry flavors meet a pretty strong undercurrent of acetic acid. The light body, strong carbonation and dryness make for a very drinkable beer all the same. The finish presents some oaky tannins, though they're on the mild side, and the slightest hint of fruity sweetness. Pretty decent stuff.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy reddish pink, not much carbonation or head.

S-Strawberries, oak, grass, some tart notes.

T-Starts with lots of strawberries, perfect balance for them. Nice oak and grass. Lastly a mild sour/tart note.

M-Medium to light and not much carbonation.

O-Just a tad bit more tart/sour notes would have greatly improved the beer. The strawberries where great but it did have the sour punch to round everything out.

Photo of mendvicdog
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Blind BIF Beer #3

Smells like rotten medicinal fruits farts. Poor smell.

Thick opaque appearance.

Decent tartness taste, much better than the smell. Still tastes old though.

Oline73 guessed this one correctly.

I would like to try a newer bottle now for comparison.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragged this one back with me from Indiana. Pumped to give it a try.

Pours a honey mustard color. A bit odd and unlike the golden straw-like color of other (though admittedly few) lambics I have had. Head disappears very quickly.

Smell is pure barnyard fun. Acidic, earthy and really funky. Not really picking up the strawberries.

Taste, like the nose, is funky. It is a bit sour, quite acidic with some citrus flavors. Not as 'dry' as others I have had. The strawberries are very faint. Not sure I would have noticed had I not known they were there.

Carbonation is a touch light.

Strange review for me, as overall, I enjoyed this beer much more than the elements of my review would indicate. Perhaps I am not extremely familiar with the style and need to have more of a benchmark. However, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Sour but not overly so. Not overly complex, but supremely enjoyable. Very much worth seeking out.

Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours murky reddish orange with a large white head.

S. Dry strawberry, mild brett, lactic sweetness.

T. Moderately sour, plenty of strawberry, very lactic, wheat.

M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. Nice but simple.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head with small streaks of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of strawberries, wheat, horsey funk, and sweat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart lemons, and berries standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, prickly, with hay, and barnyard funk standing out to the dry finish.

Photo of Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a champagne flute. 750 mL brown bottle, caged and corked. Dated 9-23-10, batch 42-09. This beer gushed like I’ve never seen a beer erupt before! It had been gently resting in the refrigerator before discharging a dark foamy mess on the counter when opened. After capturing the remaining beer in a flute it retained its modest head. The body was a cloudy golden color.

The smell was acidic, strawberry, and vinegary, very promising. Wood, but with unpleasant hints of plastic, which became stronger as it warmed.

The taste was powerfully sour. Lip puckering sour, wonderful! Fresh strawberries and oak. There was a Sweet-Tarts candy like character in this one. However, there were enough grainy malts to give it a solid core. A nice, bone-dry finish to this one. The mouthfeel was effervescent, with a medium heft to the body. I enjoyed it despite some off notes in the aroma.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Rempo for this.

3.5 A: Opaque dark orange color with a touch of brown in there. Two fingers of frothy white head that has below average retention and no lacing.

4.0 S: There's no doubt about which variety this is. The nose is jam packed with strawberry. Tart with hints of lactic acid tanginess, but not really sour. Some funky barnyard notes.

4.0 T: More funkiness than sourness, the brett seems to be the biggest contributor to this. The strawberry isn't as intense as in the nose, but still considerable. Horse blanket, tangy peachy lactic acid, oak, and some tannic astringency.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is spritzy and there's a bit too much of it. Not very creamy, but quite smooth.

4.0 D: This is pretty tame right now, but it has a good aroma and taste to it. I wish I waited six months longer to open this. I think this will be a much better beer then. In any case, it scratched the sour itch that I caught tonight.

Photo of mdm46410
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a cloudy, bright orange with some gold highlights and a bubbly head of foam that quickly faded into a ring. The aroma included strong oak and tart strawberries. The flavor was a bit on the sweet side. It was made up of macerated strawberries, oak, and some mild funky notes. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and refreshing. Lightly carbonated. I would have prefered a little more funky sourness, but this was still pretty nice.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gushed, popped like champagne. The strangest thing was that ALL of the sediment poured out onto the counter instead of staying with the beer, at the bottom. It did unfortunately get all over my pants. I made sure to cover the bottle until it settled itself (just like the '09 Juliet). It eventually poured a murky, dark orange in color with a one finger head that laced the glass. It smells of both sweet and tart strawberries. I like it and I'm almost impressed that it doesn't drink like I've heard it to. Perhaps, like the peach that I know was different from bottle to bottle, that this drinks like a solid independent sour. It's actually pretty good. It has ALOT of barnyard funk and a good amount of both sweet and sour strawberry. I'm surprised I like it so much. So did the puppy, who licked it off the floor. This drinks rather dry and tart, appealingly so. It is rather acidic but it's good in the manner it presents itself. Good beer. If only there were more than 450 bottles of it. It is overly carbonated but Upland did email us about this. I like it. It doesn't deserve the negative rep that I've heard so far. Save it and try it! If you can.

Photo of kfsv034
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost a quarter of the bottle to over carb.

A - pours a strawberry straw color with a foamy head that wilted quickly.

S - Brett, Nail polish, hint of strawberry, some fusel alcohol and an off funk smell.

T - Bandaide brett, with some mild strawberry flavors. Really not much going on. Some what disapointing.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Easy drinking

Photo of schwaeh
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/23/10 dated 750ml bottle poured into 2 tulips, a snifter, a large bowl, and a measuring cup(cork broke in half too). I was prepared for this task! I let it sit upright for about 3 weeks at room temp, then into the fridge for 3 hours, followed by the freezer for about an hour to minimize explosiveness.

A: Once the gross foam dissipated, leaving the brownish-orange yeast and cork chunks all over the sides of the glass, this started looking pretty good. The color is a bright hazy orange with more foam than you could ever ask for.

S: Smells very funky. Brett, old wet barrels, strawberry, citrus. Just lots of oddball barnyard & bacteria scents.

T: Again this lambic errs on the side of funk. The flavor is nicely tart though, which increases at is warms. The skins and juice of strawberry are slightly noticeable but only barely recognizable almost a year after bottling. Good amounts of brett, hay, juicy citrus, wet wood, bugs, etc. The citrus presence is very nice in this, it almost seems like there is some other fruits in this(noticeable ones). This is lightly acidic-not one to rip your enamel off.

M: The carbonation is very zesty in the mouth, just as expected- much like alka-seltzer. Moderate body. Not really puckering or acidic to the point of hurting your teeth.

O: I'm glad I got to try this fella after looking at it so many times before. This doesn't really seem in the same league as the established Belgian lambic blenders, but for an American effort, this is nice work. It was almost a 3 person job to pop the cork and pour this but in the end, its worth it. I don't feel they cut any corners in making this beer, I just wish the fruit were a little more prominent.

Thanks Baron

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.