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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Strawberry LambicStrawberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 222
Gots: 67 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: merlin48 on 10-29-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

DustinSWB, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

brystmar, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Hugonaut13, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

craft_shannie, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Mikeypnh, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and capped bottle into a snifter. Eberges Hazy and dark golden in color. A very thin and wispy head dissapears with great rapidity into nothing. No lacing. Doesnt really look like beer at all; more like orange tea or something.

Aroma is sour and funky with no hint of strawberry. Sour and tart is about all that is in this one, which is about right for a lambic. Although, since this one is aged with strawberries and in oak barrels, I get neither of those.

Very tart and mouth puckering. Slightly sweet but bitter and salty as well. More funkiness. Lemon rind and some strawberry.

Not bad I guess. However, at $16 a bottle, there are much better examples of lambics, with or without strawberries. Based on reviews, this one let me down pretty hard.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 15, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

fredmugs, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

shadetree67, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split the 750 bottle with the lady.

Well I guess I should say I split half of a 750 bottle because that's about how much was left after it spewed all over the place upon opening. Pours hazy orange with no head or lacing.

Sweet tart aroma. Loads of funk, blue cheese and serious must. Mild fruit aroma, but wouldn't pick it out as strawberry.

Very tart. More of a lemon presence as the strawberries aren't very assertive on the palate. Very sour and finishes very dry and puckering.

Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side with obviously more than ample carbonation.

Aside from only getting to drink half the bottle, a decent sour although far from Upland's best offering.

jmarsh123, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a champagne flute. 750 mL brown bottle, caged and corked. Dated 9-23-10, batch 42-09. This beer gushed like I’ve never seen a beer erupt before! It had been gently resting in the refrigerator before discharging a dark foamy mess on the counter when opened. After capturing the remaining beer in a flute it retained its modest head. The body was a cloudy golden color.

The smell was acidic, strawberry, and vinegary, very promising. Wood, but with unpleasant hints of plastic, which became stronger as it warmed.

The taste was powerfully sour. Lip puckering sour, wonderful! Fresh strawberries and oak. There was a Sweet-Tarts candy like character in this one. However, there were enough grainy malts to give it a solid core. A nice, bone-dry finish to this one. The mouthfeel was effervescent, with a medium heft to the body. I enjoyed it despite some off notes in the aroma.

Cresant, Apr 25, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

seeswo, Apr 18, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Sean9689, Jun 24, 2011
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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.

drabmuh, May 03, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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

AgentZero, Jul 26, 2011
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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful cloudy rose brew, with a white head tinted with pink which vanishes almost immediately.

S - Strong funk elements of grass, hay, barnyard and wet rind cheese, with a sour core, and only a slight fruity hint.

T - Smart sharp hit, fruit comes in first, but I cannot really identify any clear strawberry flavor. This is followed with a rapid stab of acid, that washes over any hint of sweetness. Funk in the close comes across as grass and decay, but it is still secondary to the aggressive acidic sourness.

M - Strong carbonation goes a long way to lift the roughest elements away and keep the tongue clean.

O - This is my first Upland sour. I am not wholly won over by this one. The funk and the sour eclipse the fruit, leaving the namesake strawberry to play a secondary role. If the balance of the fruit and funk were reversed, and the fruit played top bill while the funk was underlying with highlights, this would be a world-class brew, but as it is I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again.

Tsar_Riga, Jun 06, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan (mdfb79) for this one.

Really hazy orange with sediment at the bottom. Nice small head retention. Was hoping for a little more pink or reddish color, doesn't look strawberry to me.

Smell is a great funky barnyard aroma ala cantillon but not quite as powerful or refined. Bright fruit, lighter wheat notes. No strawberry?

Taste has a little strawberry seed but I have to really try to get it. Bright fruit, small tart funk (not very sour). Vinegary bitter back and some buttery tastes too. Most of us thought maybe a little diacytl got in there.

Nice mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Pretty smooth, solid but not amazing lambic.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 26, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gal is a squirter.
Popped open and fizzed up with a splurging, bubbling, sprawling white foam.

Got this from Backfat and shared it with Oreo, DrewBa, and the soon-to-be-a-first-time-dad: khazadhum!

The beer is peach colored. Slight rose hint. Big white head. No lacing... Strong retention.

The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but it isn't bad.

As far as strawberry... If I wasn't TOLD this was strawberry, I wouldn't know. The strawberry can be easily overlooked. Some nice lactic notes are sour and tart. Little sweetness up front. This beer needs more fruit. The funkiness is nice.

This beer is ok. It is tasty and easy drinking. Is this worth the pricetag? Probably not. Was it fun to try? Yeah.

AleWatcher, Feb 19, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Took the cork off and this foamed up quite a bit, glad I was over the sink and had a glass ready to capture this eruption. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy, hazed orange amber color with a big fluffy off white head that quickly settles. Muted fruit notes but has some brett floral type notes. I would say the strawberry aroma is mild at best. Light mouthfeel. Light strawberry flavor as well with lemon, wheat, and florals. I was looking for and hoping for this to be a little more strawberry forward but that’s not what you really get. The wood barrel treatment imparts so earthiness notes as well. Mildly sour overall but not overpowering.

kbutler1, Jun 20, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy and golden. There is a small white head.

The aroma is very unique. There is a musty fruity aroma. It is a little bit of an odd aroma, only hinting vaguely at the sweetness.

The taste is very sour up front. The taste appropriately resembles a very under-ripe strawberry. There is a bit of sweetness in the finish.

The body is medium with an average amount of carbonation.

I like his, but it takes some getting used to. The sourness is heavy up front.

andrewinski1, Aug 17, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and shared by Andrewinski1. Thanks homey! Huge gusher here. Pours a reddish orange aroma with a huge head that dissapears right away.

I get lots of strawberry in the aroma but it almost smells a bit artificial. Pretty sour in the aroma but there seems to be a bit of must. Tart strawberries on the pallet with a little bit of sweetness. Seems a bit more straightforward than the aroma.

The feel is light but the carbonation is just a bit sharp. Overall, not bad here. The aroma could use some work.

Bendurgin, Aug 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Gonzoillini, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

montrealbcr89, Mar 20, 2014
Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.