Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 359
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 222
Gots: 74 | FT: 11
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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: merlin48 on 10-29-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottled 11/12/13.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, strawberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour malt, strawberry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great strawberry aroma and super sour flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Late 2010 batch. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

This one was a bit of a gusher. Chilled in the freezer for 15 minutes or so after being in the fridge. Still popped pretty good and spewed foam forth from the bottle for a few minutes. A decanter was the way to go for this. Poured a slightly-reddened light copper color with a very thin head and not much afterward. Probably had quite a bit to do with the aforementioned gushing. The nose is pretty interesting with some mild funk as well as lactic and a slight acetic character. Mild strawberry in the background as well.

The taste is also a bit mild with some fruity funk. Sourness is at a pretty low level, and the difference between this and the Peach was quite striking. Mouthfeel was light with might hints of wild character; nothing too exciting. Out of all of them, i think this is the one I'd most prefer to age as it's not drinking all that great right now and could really use some time for the wild character to develop.

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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 largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a mild white head and some tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: A bit of sweet, sugary strawberries along with a mild tartness. The nose is somewhat jammy overall.

T: A good fruit component to the beer, though the amount of strawberry could be up for debate. A bit on the sweet side up front with a nice tartness toward the back end.

M: The body is light with a moderate carbonation. The beer actually seems a bit sugary, which is odd for a lambic.

D: An interesting take on a lambic. The fruit seems to have provided some residual sweetness that I really was not expecting.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.87/5  rDev -27%
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.

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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 jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erric for this gem. Been wanting to try some Upland lambics for a while now.

Crack the top with a typical pop, when it suddenly and without warning erupts all over the room. Literally about half the bottle is gone when this finally finishes erupting. Holy shit!!! Minus some points since I'm minus half my damn beer, and sharing with a few people that are now partly wearing the beer, they only get a small sample.

Super hazy murky pale pinkish colored with fizzy fluffy head.

Nose nice light funk, strawberry, funk, tart fruit, fresh and fermented strawberry, sour malt, light bready funk and hint of acidic,

Taste nice, tart fruit, lots of fresh and fermented strawberries, nice tart funk wild, sour malts, tons of fruit, light bready malts, fresh strawberry juicy, light acidic. Finish is more acidic, lingering tart fruit and bready malts, nice strawberry, little flemmy, dry.

Mouth is med to lighter, tart light acidic, good carb.

Overall really nice, except losing half the bottle in the eruption.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note to others. Don't open this with a hinged wine key. Had a difficult time popping mine open and actually was digging into the bottle and sending shards of glass who knows where.

Pours a foggy gold. Almost no head. Nose is lactic and funky. One sided and not very complex. But hey, it smells like a lambic. Flavor is lactic. Little bit of wood there. Citrus acidity is there, but the acid is not too high. Touch of vanilla. Not overly complex IMO. Fairly biting carbonation. Typical liquid tone. Okay. It's a lambic. Don't really get the strawberry on this, but it's funky like a lambic.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden orange color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strawberry, funk, oak, tart fruit, and acidic.

t - Tastes of oak, funk, tart strawberry, and sour, fruity malts.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - A very nice lambic; I enjoyed this one a lot. Would like to have again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/23/10. Served in a flute while failing at Oscar prognostication.

A - Wow, this one was a ridiculous gusher. Took about three glasses to catch all the foam. Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and not much else. Murky orange body with tons of visible fast-moving bubbles.

S - Wow, this is super funky, with a hefty dose of slightly rotten strawberry flavor. Musky, sweaty, with perhaps a hint of diaper and sulfur.

T - Taste isn't quite as good, with more lactic acidity, wet oak, and carbonic acid. Not as much strawberry presence as in the aroma - more of the base 'lambic'.

M - Moderate carbonation, even after all those bubbles erupted from the bottle. Medium body, super dry and oaky, with lots of residual candy texture.

D - This is pretty solid, but it's one of my least favorite Upland lambics along with Blueberry. and Peach There's more strawberry than I was expecting based on some of the other reviews but it kinds of lacks in complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Paulaner Munchen stein because it was suppose to be a gusher, it was not, beer is amber with a big head that falls quickly, hazy, head doesn't leave lacing and the carbonation is high.

The brett character in the nose is higher in this beer than in the other beers. Some fruit in the nose, a mild acetic note and some lactic in the nose.

Very dry, very oak and funky in the finish. The Brett b in the finish is super strong, it's mildly sweet with some fruit in the front, mild strawberry flavor. Overall decent but really strong.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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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 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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.


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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle...Pours a cloudy light brown, with decent retention and lacing...The aroma is distincly strawberry, sweet but not generic a little yeast and oak...The taste is mostly oaked strawberries, its still pretty sweet making it drinkable. Not the best of the lambics I've had to date but decent enough to give a shot.

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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 ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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