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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Strawberry LambicStrawberry Lambic

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very good

110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 221
Gots: 71 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 361
Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml of the recent 2013 release of Strawberry, generously opened up by Brian to finish off our night. Poured into a snifter today, 1/24/2014.

App- Pours similar to Sour Reserve- hazy yellow-orange body, with flecks of strawberry pureé on the glass. This was the third initial pour so there is a good bit of cloudy sediment. Not much lacing, Ok retention with a less than 1 finger white head.

Smell- Fresh strawberries mixed in with a good bit of acidity. Not faint but not overwhelming. Really delicious nose, acidity does not overwhelm the delicate strawberry. A little Upland funk (i.e. quite restrained).

Flavour- Strawberries, a little bit of oak, cheesiness. Starts out with a nice fresh strawberry flavour that becomes tart, transitioning into a full on sour. 6/10 acidity. A nice enjoyable transition of flavours that is actually quite juicy, but overall not the most complex.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit thicker than most lambics but not overly so, nice dryness on the backend with some strawberry fruit lingering.

Overall- Very nice fruit lambic; being the first I've tried from them it's quite delicious and I'd love to try more of Upland's lambics.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chris was kind enough to split a bottle with me

A: Clear light orange until I pour the yeast in at which point it turns turbid as hell. Thin, choppy head that recedes fairly quickly

S: Acetic but pleasant. Not very funky. Strawberries are mild but are pleasant and noticeable. Mild oak and tannic presence. Sweetness comes with the last pour.

T: Opens up with a ton of acetic tartness followed by a fruity sweetness that disappears, leaving a dry, tart finish that's acidic. Yeast cuts acidity but it's still noticeable.

M: Light dry finish, solid carbonation and a nice dry, tart finish

D: I'm enjoying this, thanks Chris!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Oglmcdgl, thanks for opening this one. Caged & corked bottle with some quality control issues with the cork.

A- Upland SL has a mix of burnt orange and amber not really resembling a strawberry. A steady pour produced a faint cap of loosely constructed bubbles with an off white look. Not much lacing at all, just some looose thin lines.

S- The smell was my favorite part of this beer. It has some strawberry with a backdrop of vanilla. Some tartness but nothing I would call funky. Some light wheat/yeast and a bit of an acidic scent towards the end.

T- The taste does not live up to the smell, but I find that common with most American brewed lambics. The strawberies are the focus but some other berry flavors come to mind. Getting some light candi sweetness as well with some cane sugar taste. The wheat/yeast round this one out with some oak on the tounge. Not funky but damn sure tasty.

M- I got a light body from this but with further sips I would say a small step up from light bodied. Cant help to get some acidity from this style so I was expecting that. A bit high on the carbonation which hinders the smoothness of this, nothing that I cant handle.

D- This is a great lambic and I would have no problem polishing off a bottle to the head. Not the most complex but good enough for an american version. Not very funky and finishes a bit dry. I can see this going great with many food additions plus being a hit with the ladies.

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to pittsburghkid66 for throwing this in as an extra a while back. He knew how badly I wanted this.

Bottle from '09, if not earlier. Corked and capped.

Pours a peachy, golden juicy looking hue. Small, fizzy off-white head disappears very quickly, until not a trace remains.

Smell is quite intense. Strawberries and strong funky acidic qualities inform me of what I'm in for. This one's wild, baby.

Taste is quite reminiscent of the aroma. Instant tartness, funky, SOME strawberry, but not a whole lot. Some light vinegar. Lingering sourness on the back of the tongue and throat. Almost wish I could have had this fresher, assuming the strawberry presence was more lively when youger. Still, very tasty, just not quite what I expected.

Pretty tingly on the tongue, but not too aggressive. Definitely more carbonated that the appearance would suggest. I see no movement when looking at it, yet it's bubbly stuff when consumed.

Pretty drinkable, considering it's tartness. Time will tell as I work my way through the 750ml bottle on my own.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from an Upland retail location today.

A: Pours a cloudy blood orange color with little head, lots of bubbles, and seemingly endless carbonation. Fun in a bottle.

S: Strawberries, funk, vinegar, extremely acidic.

T: The strawberry flavor takes a back seat to the funk, sourness, and almost citrus peel like acidity. It's good, but it's not a heavy strawberry taste. Tart, puckering, but there is a vibrant juicy fruitiness in there.

M: Feels like a carbonated explosion in your mouth. Light, bubbly, and lively.

This is good, but Upland makes many other products that are less labor intensive and don't cost $27.50 a bottle. Consider this a once or twice a year treat.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went to Uplands released and purchased the max of 6. This is by far my favorite flavor however they are all well done.

The smell is great. The smell of strawberry is definately there. Other than that sour, sweet, and fruity smells make up the nose.
The taste and mouthfell are great. This is my first lambic and I understand it that lambics are supposed to have a sour taste. Holding this true to lambics, this brew doesnt dissappoint. The taste is a tart strawberry. Simple as that.

Overall this is a very drinkable and flavorfully brew. The cost is a little much which will probably make it hard for me to pick up another. at 14.99 a bottle I might get another.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very fizzy pale yellow with a lot of carbonation and head (near champagne). Good scent, hints of strawberry with a nice sour aroma. Good taste, nice and sour, not overly malty or hoppy, good traces of strawberry, I just wish there was more fruit in both the taste and the aroma. Goes down fine, if a little rough from the carbonation.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from sprinkle. Poured from 750mL bottle into a Cantillon chalice. Beer was a hazy, grapefruit color with a small, diminishing white head. No lacing, light carbonation.

Aroma was funky, barnyard and brett. Great aroma.

Taste was tart. Moderately dry, very light strawberry taste in the finish.

Very nice beer. Nothing overpowering about it. Well balanced and highly drinkable. Thanks to sprinkle for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, cloudy, dirty straw; very little head, retention or lacing.

S: Huge tart funkiness, very acidic, hints of strawberries & pineapple. Sometimes I'm not fond of the sour funk, so the aroma had me worried.

T: Surprisingly light acidity and not much funk at all. Strawberry cotton candy and tropical pineapple dominate the flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, some acidity, good carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
Served at about 60°F / 15°C, the beer pours with a frothy, fairly quickly disappearing, initially one finger thick head into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer has a murky, gold tinged, amber color to it that shows a fairly hazy, honey gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an up front, signature Brettanomyces note to it, but finishes with a soft, yet distinct, strawberry aroma. A light tartness permeates the aroma, but musky, sweaty, cured leather notes, barnyard mustiness, plastic-like yet spicy phenolics; this really has quite a bit of funky fermentation character to it in the nose, definitely an enjoyable smell. A lactic sourness, along with some esters creates aromas of grapefruit with perhaps a touch of Meyer lemon. The strawberry ends up being pretty subtle, it was most noticeable during the first smell of the aroma, but does peak through just a touch during some other draughts of the aroma.

The tasted is tart up front, but actually has quite a bit of strawberry flavor to it that adds an almost sweetness to this beer. The strawberry, while not strong, definitely plays a much bigger role in the flavor than it did in the aroma. That characteristic strawberry character plays a role from the beginning through to the end of each sip. I think this does still have some fruit sweetness to it, it is just enough to be noticed over the soft, lactic tartness and it is this that seems to boost the strawberry flavors just a bit more. Pretty light bodied, though it does have some body to it that almost seems a product of a lactic viscousness and perhaps a touch of tannins. Speaking of tannins, the oak character here was unnoticed by me until I thought of the tannins; the oak does play a role here, not only by providing some tannic structure and bite, but also with a touch of spicy oak in the finish and perhaps a hint of butterscotch. This has a light, but persistent carbonation to it that really helps add to the character of this beer (flat fruit Lambics just don't do it for me).

My second pour had quite a bit of sediment mixed in by the carbonation as it sat in the bottle. This adds a touch of a yeasty bite to the flavor and a raw, yeasted dough not to the aroma, both of which are not a major player, but contribute to the overall effect of both the nose and flavor. The funkiness of the aroma is much reduced in the flavor (the tartness is much more noticeable in the flavor), but there are some light notes of phenolics, some cotton mouthed mustiness and just a hint of musk. The strawberry character is much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. I am not a big strawberry person, but it definitely adds a nice touch here, especially since it has a fairly soft influence overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Tart-smelling, lightly acetic aroma of pureed strawberries, fresh hay, and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Tart, ripe strawberry flavor with a juicy sweetness and pop of puckering sourness (but not too too sour). Hint of citrus. Dried, crisp finish that has you refexively saying "good stuff!"

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Another delightful lambic from the folks at Upland.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled on 09/23/10. Batch 42-09. Thanks Kyle for picking this up!

(A)- Slow gusher. Pours a cloudy golden orange/pink color. Produced a nice effervescent white head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky lactic strawberry fruit acidity. Some barnyard funk in there. Not a ton of fruit, but it is still there. Very nice lactic bits.

(T)- Woah, this. . is. . sour. A large puckered lactic acidity up front on this. Very subtle tart strawberry fruit. Lots of dry oaky funk on the finish as it warms.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Very sour and acidic, though that actually starts to subside as it warms. Fruit has mostly fallen off, but the oak sure shines through now.

(D)- Definitely the most sour of the Uplands I have had so far. Fruit has been quick to disappear, but this sure has already matured into a rather nice sour/oaky example.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks photekut for this one. Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a Lindemans flute.

It opens with a relatively minor pop, suggesting low carbonation which is not the case.
Murky golden in color, frothy white head that does not hold very well.
Aroma is heavily "Brett", leathery and funky, barnyard notes, tart, with a soft strawberry note.
Light and refreshing, with more carbonation than I expected based on other reviews.
Acid and tart, prickly carbonation awakens the tongue to receive a mild, yet persistent strawberry tartness, sweet and sour, but more sour than sweet. Strawberry here is just an added flavor, not the overwhelming majority.
Another nice lambic style by Upland.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-y orange (am I the only one that is always surprised when a red fruit produces a brown/amber/orange colored beer?). Some white foam. THANKS JERZ!

Smells like ... wait for it ... strawberries. Not much oak or tartness to the nose, we'll see what the flavor brings.

Pretty much sweet strawberries, with some prickling tartness and a hint of sourness and oak. No funk that I detected.

BUbbly mouthfeel. Good.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice hazy amber blondish color... dare I say strawberry blonde? Small fizzy one finger head that dies fast and leaves no lacing. The color is great though.
S= sour and leathery. There's a touch of strawberry that teases my nose.
T= light stawberry like a strawberry popsicle almost with a semi sour lemony finish and a small amount of what reminds me of chapstick.
M= light as hell. Medium and average all around.
D= great love this beer. I wish I could find it more. Really impressive taste. Ill be searchin it out again.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with either hrking or sprinkle, i think. someone please feel free to correct me.

750ml brown bottle. (was it capped or corked or both? i forget.) no date. tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden peach honey color, slightly hazy. small sudsy head soon fades to just wisps and sudsy ring. no lace.

aroma: vinegary w fermented fruit upfront, as the strawberry gets very distinct towards the back and then later on emerging throughout from underneath. hints of oak and vanilla. gentle funk and hay, slightly more footy funk in the back.

taste: cider and champagne vinegars with again a distinct strawberry presence to the tartness. faint woody oak, gentle to moderate barn and foot funk, hay and grass, and a mild, subtle hint of bitterness. acidity can be sharp and astringent, especially accentuated by the carbonation. ever so slightly watery overall, but not as bad as the raspberry. ripe strawberries linger in the aftertaste.

light and thin body, but with lots of acidic and tannic textures to compensate. acidity is again, quite accentuated by the otherwise moderate carbonation. the finish is strangely almost flat however.

ok, this is better (than the raspberry). the clearly identifiable strawberry notes help too.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19 tasting.

Poured hazy orange amber color with an average fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Good tart strwberry & woody aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate sour&sweet fruity flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration.

Very good beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SQNfan. Pours a light yellow, clear, with absolutely no head. Aroma is quite funky, with some sour and oak notes. Flavor is fruitier, with coconut. The strawberry really comes out in the finish as the beer warms. Lots of sour/tart notes and the light fruitiness from the strawberry. A very nice beer! I am glad I got the chance to try this one.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 16/20

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Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 11-22-11

P: 750 ml c&c bottle into a snifter.

A: SRM is harvest/straw yellow. Semi-translucent, bubbly, hazy. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to the outsides of the top of the beer. Medium/heavy carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Classic lambic flavor. Pronounced tartness with very full natural strawberry flavor. Very balanced. Aftertaste is tart and light strawberry.

M: Medium body. Initial feel is very tart, but this is nicely smoothed out by the strawberry finish. Semi-wet finish.

O: Excellent lambic. I am continually impressed by Upland's lambic series. The sour/tartness of this beer is very well balanced by the presence of strawberry. I will buy these whenever possible.

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.