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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 224
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 333 | Reviews: 109
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of afausser
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of Bankhead at the summer Cville beer tasting event.

Appearance: Pours a peachy color, looks pulpy. A bit on the orange side. another glowing beer. no head--looks like a mixed drink. Really great looking for a beer with no head or lacing.

Smell: not too much in the nose here--it's faintly sour, and somewhat one-dimensional. It's nice, but not particularly exciting in the nose....a bit of funk in a friend's glass who got it closer to the bottom of the glass which makes it more dimensional, though less sour. The difference between the two glasses, by the way, is huge.

Taste: Not too sour--enough, with plenty of white vinegar, but it's very diluted and crisp, with a nice strawberry sugar note. The strawberry particularly comes through in the aftertaste....This beer starts out with a light white vinegar and some acidity. In the middle of the sip and aftertaste, it gets a nice and sugary strawberry sweetness....sort of like a super acidic strawberry lemonade. Near the top of the bottle is quite more vinegary and abrasive than the bottom, which is mellow.

Mouthfeel is great. it's got a ton of bubbles but isn't too abrasive. As it sits it loses a bit of the carbonation and I have to bump it down a bit.

Drinkability: highly drinkable, incredibly refreshing, and could imagine drinking this one in the sun on a hot summer day.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of xdtfx
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a peachy red-orange, lots of bubbles but no real head to speak of. White ring of foam around the glass dissipates quickly.

Smell is a whole lot a funk. More strawberry in the nose as it warms. A bit of salt and watermelon on the nose. You can tell this is going to be sour.

Taste is all sour. Like face melting/teeth grinding sour. As my palate adjusts or maybe as it warms, I can taste a lot of strawberry mid sip. Finish is like white vinegar.

Feels fairly carbonated but the sour is pretty distracting. I can feel the acid hit the back of my throat when I swallow.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I wish it was a bit less sour so that the strawberry was at the forefront. I would like to try this fresh to see if it's the age that has made this beer so sour.

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4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of younger35
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my third of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching The Fiesta Bowl (Texas vs. Ohio State).

Appearance- Pours a really hazy light peachish yellow with a half finger foamy white head that recedes very quickly. The cap is non-existent the collar is fairly thin and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell- Definite quite fruity in the nose with loads of berry and lactic sour. I'm not sure I'd directly guess it was Strawberry I smelled but I'd be close. Very light funk from the Brett in background but not overly so. The fruit and lactic sour tartness are fairly fresh and inviting. The oak is definitely present as well adding a nice woody vanilla aspect.
Taste- Starts very puckering and acrid with a slightly tart burst of berry. Like the nose I'm not sure I'd guess strawberry but it's definitely berry. Fairly lactic and very quenching the oak does a fairly good job of cutting the vinegar acidity a bit. A bit of light funkiness but nothing crazy, could honestly use a bit more. Finishes very dry with a light vanilla woodiness and slight fruitiness that lingers.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light with some fairly aggressive carbonation with the tiniest little prickly bubbles. Fairly dry and quenching.
Drinkability- Pretty damned good! The fruitiness is apparent and full of delicious berry goodness. These Upland Lambics may not be 100% true to form but they are very approachable and really very tasty. Really nice stuff. Thanks again Matt!

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden red color with a medium sized, pinkish white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, light vanilla, and strawberries. Taste was wild yeast, sour, light vanilla, wood, and a pleasant berry finish. Thanks for sharing John!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.