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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 221
Gots: 71 | 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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 361
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is dark hazy orange and thin bubbly white head. The nose is heavy band aid and plastic. Dusty Brett and seedy strawberry with a light lactic note. The taste is solid, strong seedy strawberry, light band aid, dusty Brett, fairly sour, light lactic note. Assertive carbonation, fairly dry, light body.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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 AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a couple of times, but reviewing from a bottle pour at FoBAB because that is the one that did not explode all over the place (at least in my presence).

A - Reddish copper colored beer with a little bit of an off-white head that faded to mere bubbles pretty quickly.

S - Somewhat tart strawberries, very sweet, little bit of funk. Reminds me kind of dirty strawberry preserves, although it's not necessarily bad.

T - Out of all the Upland lambics I've had, this is probably my least favorite one. Fruity strawberries, little bit of funk, fairly sweet, not particularly sour. It's not bad tasting, but it's kind of boring.

M - Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not one I'd probably drink again and would be hesitant to purchase on their next release, although the Upland lambics do seem to get better every batch. As far as strawberry beers go, probably one of the better ones.33

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seemed like a good time to crack this. Nice orange color with a good and healthy funk of a smell, barnyard and urine. Easy flavor with a sugary strawberry finish but not what I would call sweet, funky and tart but not sour. I would love to try a bottle of the base lambic used for these beers or maybe one day an Upland gueuze. The carbonation is a little low but still has a nice feel to it.

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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 woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes; ashamed to say I can't remember exactly when I had this, but thanks to whoever shared it!

A: Cloudy pale orange body with a cap of fine off-white foam. Light lace. Ok.

S: Lactic tartness, citric acidity, grassy funk, and just a hint of strawberry. Nice, but not as fruity as I was expecting.

T: Juicy, fruity sweetness up front, with pineapple and strawberry giving way to sharp citrus sourness. Lingering lactic burn. Pretty good.

M: Soft medium body, almost no carbonation. Not great.

O: Enjoyable, but probably the least impressive of the Upland sours I've had.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/23/2010. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

Gusher bottle bomb.
A: Pours a hazy golden peach color with a huge white head that quickly faded to a thin collar.
S: Tart citrus nose with just faint hints of strawberries and peaches. Floral and perfumey smelling.
T: Mellow flavors of strawberry jelly or jam with a citrus peel finish.
M: Medium-full body, chewy mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation, low acidic bite.
O: Good but definitely a difficult flavor to impart. Not my favorite of the bunch, perhaps better fresh.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother picked this one up for me in Indiana.

A: Pours a light golden hue with tones of light red showing thru. Very little head and no retention or lace.

S: Very light sourness with hints of wild barnyard funk. Very light hint of yeast and a touch of tart.

T: Crushed sweet tarts up front with very muted strawberry hiding beneath. A touch of sour and wild yeast as well.

M: Medium in body, with a nice tartness.

D: I enjoyed the level of sour/tart in this beer, but the fruit taste is nearly abscent. I would have liked a nice blast of strawberry. Guess I will move on to the others and see if I can find any more fruit flavor in them. It's drinkable, but not the most tasty.

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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 hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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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 Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchase at release. Split with the fiancé.

A - Huge gusher! Literally spray my sink for a coupe of minutes before chilling out. Pours a pinkish light red color, white frothy head, lots of lace and retention.

S - Light sweet fruit, light sour/tart, kinda muted. Not a whole lot going on.

T - Light tartness, light strawberry, some lacto, slight brett. Really though, just "okay" and muted in many aspects.

M - Light, frothy carbonation, dry finish.

O - Not my favorite of the various lambics. Really muted and not the best I've had from Upland. The explosion of this one was disappointing as well. Slightly above average.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of Floydster
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with sprinkle, thanks for the opportunity, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip glass tonight and currently drinking it

A-Color is a hazy golden yellow with some orange and red, good amount of stuff floating around, 3/4 inch slightly creamy head that does not last long at all, small amount of retention and lacing
S-Tartiness, strawberries but not as many I had hoped, little bit of funk, some citrus, other light fruits that were on the verge of being tropical, and mild vinegar
T-Flavor starts off with a sweet fruit taste that is made up of strawberries, and what seems to be lemons and pineapples, middle is pretty soft, but there is some aggressive tart in the finish, aftertaste is somewhat dry but has that nice sour bite sticking around, strawberries come out more and more as it warms in both the aroma and taste, I also taste a large amount of oak later on that lasts a good amount of time on the tongue, great mix of fruits and tartiness make this beer one to remember
M-High level of carbonation that was refreshing, thin to medium body, acidic, tart, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, taste lingered and that is where the strawberries made a difference
D-Drank the whole bottle myself and probably could have had more, ABV seems low and this brew is light on the tummy, not overly tart or dry, quite enjoyable

Huber Orchard produces some good strawberries by the looks of this brew, Upland was lucky enough to use some of their fruit in this lambic, nice tart lambic that will probably improve even more on that end because of bottle conditioning, would like to drink again once it gets some age under its belt, recommended

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Photo of siege06nd
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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

Bottle opened over the sink - fired two feet into the air. Pours big bubbles into a orangey-pink color with a large head. Smells funky, lactic and a touch medicinal. Not really much of any strawberry in the nose. The taste is funky and sour, but not overly so with just a hint of a strawberry presence. Not really as much as I would like. Moves it way down somewhat easily for a sour. Kind of a let down, but not bad. Mouthfeel is really hugely carbonated as the first sentence elludes to.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with mistakebythelake. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Bottle opened as a gusher that sprayed across my kitchen counter...approximately half of the bottle was rescued through some quick pouring action...pours a cloudy and yeasted filled pale golden orange color. A thin white head forms and leaves behind lots of foamy lacing over the surface of the glass.

S - This is as barnyardy a beer as I've ever encountered. Horse manure aromas are over the top...feel like I was deposited in a barn. Super funky and very pungent...feel like I'm about to pass out from the aroma. Underneath the funk, there is a sweetness and tart strawberries and some wet hay - all of these are secondary to the funk.

T - Tart, very funky, mild fruity strawberry flavors...lots of lactice sourness.

M - Thin, tart and puckering with a a very high carbonation level.

D - Taste is way better than the aroma (too much funk - never thought I'd be able to say that!). I could easily have more of this. Too bad the bottle was such a gusher - a little disappointing

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