Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 224
Gots: 68 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: merlin48 on 10-29-2007)
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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
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 drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Derek
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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