Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 223
Gots: 73 | FT: 10
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: merlin48 on 10-29-2007

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Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the Upland Sour Wild Funk fest and it was out-funking-standing! Loved it!

Photo of PHBoiler
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy pink/reddish blonde with some offwhite head. The body looks just like a strawberry. Beautiful hue. This beer smells like fresh picked strawberries. The nose jumps out of the glass with some tartness but loads of fruit. The "$6 of strawberries per bottle" pays off. This beer tastes like fresh picked strawberries that are slightly unripe. Great tartness is completely in balance with the fruit and they play well together. Worthy of a second glass at an event with other great sours. Highly recommend this beer. I can't speak to the other batches, but the current batch is fantastic.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opens with a bang. Delayed foam over about 3 seconds after de-corking.

A- Pours completely hazy and mild orange to peach in color. An initially large head calms down and forms a thin layer of lace on the top of the beer. No lacing.

S- Holy sour. Big, somewhat fruity, acidic sour scents here. Just a bit of strawberry profile. Pretty sour all the way through with some yeast at the very end.

T- Tart, sour, juicy, and fruity all in one beer. Starts very sour, more like a gueuze with the level of sour. Moves toward a tart strawberry flavor before the full juiciness of the berries kicks in. Really displays the fruit at the end and after the drink finishes. Feels and tastes like pure strawberry juice on the tongue after the drink ends.

M- Just like a lambic should be; highly carbonated, somewhat heavy with the larger grain bill, and easy to drink except for the level of sour. I could drink this all night, even with the intense fruity sourness.

Overall, a somewhat unusual fruit for a lambic, but it works. Frankly, the natural sour qualities of the strawberry make its flavor somewhat difficult to pick out of the lambic, but once you do, it's delicious!

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice copper orange with a thin head around the edge of the glass.

S: Big brett nose with a light strawberry smell.

T: Big Brettyness going on with just a hint of Strawberry on the back end.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation.

D: Very easy drinker. Light strawberry flavor which makes this a lot easier to drink.

Photo of egajdzis
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden red color with a medium sized, pinkish white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, light vanilla, and strawberries. Taste was wild yeast, sour, light vanilla, wood, and a pleasant berry finish. Thanks for sharing John!

Photo of siege06nd
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from bertram. Thank you, sir! Poured into a Lost Abbey teku...

A. Pours a bright, murky orange with touches of ruby and pink. Lots of bubbles and a finger of head that quickly settles to a half finger. Carb continues to rise up from the bottom of the glass and keeps the cap of head consistent through the session. Solid lacing.

S. Bright, ripe strawberry, grape skin, barnyard funk, hay, red wine vinegar.

T. Sweet and tart strawberry, white grapes, vinegar. Very juicy and equal parts sweet and tart. Bright and acidic, lots of pucker. Excellent.

M. Moderate carb with strong fruit presence. Vinous, tannic, tart, and fruity.

O. An excellent lambic and an impressive strawberry fruit beer. This fruit tends to fail in beer more than it succeeds, making this brew even more impressive. What I most like about this one is that it combines sweet, refreshing notes of strawberry with very tart, acidic, funky notes typical of the lambic style. Upland can chalk up another success in its lambic series.

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle shared courtesy of axilla.

Slight gusher. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Some floaters.

Aromas of strawberries, yeast, funkiness, wood, and earthy. Tastes of strawberries, funkiness, berries, green apples, and light wood. Light sour and tart finish. I love strawberries and they were present but not overpowering in this one.

Notes from and taste on 2/8/08

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ahalloin at a recent tasting. Thanks Tony!

This beer appears a hazy shade of yellow, with a little head that fades after a few moments, leaving no lacing. The aroma is just awesome. Delicious strawberry scents amid a great funky, straw, wild yeast smell. The taste follows suit. This is another well-crafted, piquant offering from Upland. The carbonation level is well done, and the overall feel of the beer is really nice. The finish is pleasant, with a lingering tart strawberry aftertaste. I'll be on the lookout for this beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of younger35
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my third of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching The Fiesta Bowl (Texas vs. Ohio State).

Appearance- Pours a really hazy light peachish yellow with a half finger foamy white head that recedes very quickly. The cap is non-existent the collar is fairly thin and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell- Definite quite fruity in the nose with loads of berry and lactic sour. I'm not sure I'd directly guess it was Strawberry I smelled but I'd be close. Very light funk from the Brett in background but not overly so. The fruit and lactic sour tartness are fairly fresh and inviting. The oak is definitely present as well adding a nice woody vanilla aspect.
Taste- Starts very puckering and acrid with a slightly tart burst of berry. Like the nose I'm not sure I'd guess strawberry but it's definitely berry. Fairly lactic and very quenching the oak does a fairly good job of cutting the vinegar acidity a bit. A bit of light funkiness but nothing crazy, could honestly use a bit more. Finishes very dry with a light vanilla woodiness and slight fruitiness that lingers.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light with some fairly aggressive carbonation with the tiniest little prickly bubbles. Fairly dry and quenching.
Drinkability- Pretty damned good! The fruitiness is apparent and full of delicious berry goodness. These Upland Lambics may not be 100% true to form but they are very approachable and really very tasty. Really nice stuff. Thanks again Matt!

Photo of ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage (thx northyorksammy!) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Upland's Strawberry Lambic is a murky auburn with a quickly fizzling white head. Huge pile of dregs on the last pour, even with plenty left in the bottle.

Smell is as advertised, strawberries and lambic. For some reason I didn't think this would smell like a real lambic, but it definitely does, in a good way.

Taste is also strait forward and satisfying fruit lambic. Nice minerality from the sourness without being to barnyard, mostly lacto, enhanced by the natural acidity of the berries, which still retain some fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry, acid coats the teeth, medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty high for lovers of true fruit lambics. An impressive effort by Upland, better then I expected, I really came to appreciate it as I enjoyed my way through the bottle. A shame this is not more widely available, at least here.

Photo of MacQ32
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very hazy golden yellow brown with minimal cream/yellow head. Minimal retention and nearly no lacing

S - smells blizzard. This won't sound good but its appealing: lots of sour funk and then a totally unidentifiable almost sweet/spoiled cream and the insides of those strawberry hard candies your grandma had.

T - absolutely fantastic. Tons of vingary tart sour flavors followed by decent strawberry sweetness.

M - medium bodied, relatively drinkable for how fantastically tart/sour it is. Decent carb

Photo of Ken_P
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a peachy red-orange, lots of bubbles but no real head to speak of. White ring of foam around the glass dissipates quickly.

Smell is a whole lot a funk. More strawberry in the nose as it warms. A bit of salt and watermelon on the nose. You can tell this is going to be sour.

Taste is all sour. Like face melting/teeth grinding sour. As my palate adjusts or maybe as it warms, I can taste a lot of strawberry mid sip. Finish is like white vinegar.

Feels fairly carbonated but the sour is pretty distracting. I can feel the acid hit the back of my throat when I swallow.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I wish it was a bit less sour so that the strawberry was at the forefront. I would like to try this fresh to see if it's the age that has made this beer so sour.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled August 2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky golden bodied beer with an ever so slight tinge of red. Lots of chunks of strawberries and a bunch of yeast/sediment in this beer. Thin white cap that drops down to absolutely no head.

Smell: Its smells like fresh and juicy strawberries. Mild sourness in the nose.

Taste: Its got a nice pucker upfront thats right at moderately sour. Big and juicy strawberry flavors that start to emerge almost closer to the end of each of your sips. A general fruitiness about this sour beer thats really nice. Definately a fruit forward sour.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Crisp and semidry finish. Really drinkable sour beer.

Overall: This Upland does not get much love(probably due to last batch of strawberry lambic aging poorly), but its by far the best strawberry sour that I have drank. Its really hard to make a sour carry that strawberry flavor really well, but Upland has this one dialed in very well with this new batch of Strawberry Lambic. It really exceeded my expectations, the new batch of Strawberry Lambic will be getting some well deserved attention. My advice on this sour is not to age it at all. This beer is a drink it fresh if you got a bottle of sour beer; I dont see this sour improving with age.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle cellared since 2010 or 2011 and shared with a good friend who was home for the holidays.

A- I sent my husband (who hates sours) out to pour this while I was in the living room. I heard a very loud popping noise, an even louder scream, and a seemingly endless gushing sound with splattering puddles on the floor. I came rushing out the kitchen to see his panic, and I grabbed some glasses and we were able to salvage about 75% of the contents from the bottle to 2 flute shaped glasses. But yes, my kitchen floor, and my husband were covered in the aroma of sour beer.

Once the gushing very light pinkish foamy head settled-nothing was left-no lacing in the glass, no collar, just a very hazy greyish pink body with big cloudiness and a little bit of residue floating throughout.

S- Nose is very good and characteristic of a good fruit lambic. Big notes of acidic sourness, white vinegar, and a lot of strawberry. Nose is quite aggressive.

T- Very tart acidic sourness, tart strawberry, and a mild malt and sweet strawberry backbone. The finish is tart, yet smooth with a slightly bready sweetness coming through to balance out the aggressive sour strawberry.

F- Medium to high carbonation, a medium weight body. Consistency is a nice balance between bready yeast and acidity.

O- Overall this is an excellent lambic. The sour strawberry is aggressive and is the main character of this brew. It is nicely balanced with a hint of vinegar, acidic sourness, and bready yeast. This is my second upland sour, and after years of reading that upland sours are overrated, I did not know what to expect. I think this brew competes with the best of them. I would now love to seek out and try more upland sours. The blueberry was kind of a disappointment but this one is great!

Photo of afausser
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of Bankhead at the summer Cville beer tasting event.

Appearance: Pours a peachy color, looks pulpy. A bit on the orange side. another glowing beer. no head--looks like a mixed drink. Really great looking for a beer with no head or lacing.

Smell: not too much in the nose here--it's faintly sour, and somewhat one-dimensional. It's nice, but not particularly exciting in the nose....a bit of funk in a friend's glass who got it closer to the bottom of the glass which makes it more dimensional, though less sour. The difference between the two glasses, by the way, is huge.

Taste: Not too sour--enough, with plenty of white vinegar, but it's very diluted and crisp, with a nice strawberry sugar note. The strawberry particularly comes through in the aftertaste....This beer starts out with a light white vinegar and some acidity. In the middle of the sip and aftertaste, it gets a nice and sugary strawberry sweetness....sort of like a super acidic strawberry lemonade. Near the top of the bottle is quite more vinegary and abrasive than the bottom, which is mellow.

Mouthfeel is great. it's got a ton of bubbles but isn't too abrasive. As it sits it loses a bit of the carbonation and I have to bump it down a bit.

Drinkability: highly drinkable, incredibly refreshing, and could imagine drinking this one in the sun on a hot summer day.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden/yellow/sun color with nearly none existent head.
Smell is highly fruity-like seedy strawberry smell.
Taste is highly acrid with an under-rip strawberry flavor.
Finish is wet with a great soury/tart after-taste.
Drinks very well here- wish I knew the ABV

Photo of hrking
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another great lambic from Upland. The strawberry taste comes in along with the oak and lays on you tongue nicely as it goes down. These Lambics almost leave you wanting more and more after you drink it. I'm not sure if it's the sour tartness or the funk from it. GREAT none the less. It's a shame the total run is only 50 cases a year of each flavor if you're luck enough to get some. The Peach is less it's only 25 cases but this one is worth seeking out and a treat for sure! I had this fresh at the release review is taken from fresh batch!

Photo of jbaker67
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours an opaque cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of strawberries, acidity, and moderate funk. Flavor brings out shitloads of strawberry, like a puree or jam, with moderate acidity, and low funk. Huge strawberry jammy notes, without much funk, but without a decent amount of acidity.

Photo of Luk13
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Hill Farmstead. Very fruity aroma, strawberries are very present with a nice little funky touch. Fruity sourness nicely balanced with oak and lactic notes. Could have leaned more towards the fruit. Light mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Very good beer, I wish I could try more of their offerings in the future.

Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Upland sour! Thanks Mike!

Pours a hazy cedar with shades of orange. Thin beige head.

Nose has sour citrus fruits, oak, barnyard funk, sweet candy malts and oak. Very nice.

Taste is a nice balance of strawberry, tart fruits and woody funk. Would have liked a little more sourness, but still a nice beer.

Clean body drink well, but a bit thin in the finish.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 HosP
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open with friends during poker night. First time having the Upland Lambics. Luckily mine didn't overflow, so got to enjoy the entire bottle.

A- Pours nice hazy orange/golden color. Big frothy white head on it. Leaves rather quickly and down to a nice thin head.

S- Tart aroma coming from it. Mostly funky smell, not much strawberry aroma. Do get a hint of wood note from oak aging.

T- Starts out with the funky, brett taste. Tartness throughout. Very mild strawberry flavor until the end. Thought there would be a little more fruit flavor to it. Some oak flavor thrown in as well. Funk lingers with you in the aftertaste.

M- Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Tartness has a crisp finish.

D- Good first lambic. Tasted more along the lines as a wild ale though. Would have hoped for a bit more strawberry flavor, but still very good. Can't wait to get some more of their lambics.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Based on previous reviews I got this really cold and opened it up over the sink. In retrospect I didn't have to do that.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden orange color with a nice but small bubbly white head that disappears rather quickly. Smells of lemons, old cheese, gym socks and a hint of berry if I strain a bit. Yeah there's some funk in here.The flavor is nice not as harsh as I was expecting. There's a solid dose of lemony tartness prickling the front of the tongue and the strawberry comes through subtly. There's some still a hint of sweet malt a solid funky flavor and a lot of lactic acid. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart acidic mouthfeel. This is quite a nice sour, I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of Wadsey
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750-ml of Upland Strawberry Lambic bottled on 9-23-10. This is apparently batch 42-09.

I refrigerated my bottle overnight and then put it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before opening the bottle at my kitchen sink. Strawberry Lambic still foamed out of the bottle, but I had a picher on hand. Decanted the beer and then poured it agressively into another pitcher. The head dies fairly quickly this time around so I think the beer is ready...poured into a New Belgium tulip and allowed to warm for a moment.

A: Hazy, deep gold with yeast and tiny strawberry bits in suspension. A very thin head rests atop the beer.

S: Brettanomyces commands the nose: smells like musty hay in a barnyard in rural Indiana. It must be late spring because I also detect unripe/tart fruit in the background.

T: Taste follows smell, but additional elements are present, including aspirin, a bit of oak, a more pronounced sourness, probably fueled by lactobacillus, and a subtle fruitiness. The interplay of funk and sour is wonderful. This beer is well attenuated and has a profoundly long, barnyardy finish. At the tail end of the finish, strawberries make a surprise appearance. Reminds me of strawberry-rhubarb pie.

M: After knocking out the excess carbonation, this feels medium bodied and drying. Appropriately light carbonation.

D: Complicated yet refeshing. Not overly sour and has a low abv. This lambic scores handsomely for drinkability.

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.