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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 356
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 5.93%
Wants: 222
Gots: 75 | FT: 10
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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: 356
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of yeastsipper
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragged this one back with me from Indiana. Pumped to give it a try.

Pours a honey mustard color. A bit odd and unlike the golden straw-like color of other (though admittedly few) lambics I have had. Head disappears very quickly.

Smell is pure barnyard fun. Acidic, earthy and really funky. Not really picking up the strawberries.

Taste, like the nose, is funky. It is a bit sour, quite acidic with some citrus flavors. Not as 'dry' as others I have had. The strawberries are very faint. Not sure I would have noticed had I not known they were there.

Carbonation is a touch light.

Strange review for me, as overall, I enjoyed this beer much more than the elements of my review would indicate. Perhaps I am not extremely familiar with the style and need to have more of a benchmark. However, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Sour but not overly so. Not overly complex, but supremely enjoyable. Very much worth seeking out. (932 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy orange with a small bubbly white head that disappears instantly.

S: Funky brett, slightly acidic with notes of strawberry-like fruity notes. The strawberries are actually quite hard to detect.

T: Taste is quite strange. It's somewhat tart and acidic with decent fruity notes. Lots of funky notes of horse blanket, brett and barnyard that doesn't blend very well with the tart fruit notes. Some notes of malts, oak barrel and vanilla. The strawberries are noticeable, but hard to distinguish. The finish is dry and mildly bitter with notes of oak and fresh herbs and grass.

M: Medium body, very sparkling and lively carbonation. Bone dry finish.

D: A good beer, very interesting but a bit tangy. Perhaps it's a little too bretty. It's clean yet murky at the same time. Hard to get a grip on. (809 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by the lovely whiterascal into a tulip. Been wanting to try an Upland lambic for a while, so this is a special treat.

Upland makes eight styles of fruited sour ale, and this here’s the strawberry, hopped with 3 year old Hallertauer and aged in white oak casks for over a year until the brewery decides it’s time to toss in whole strawberries from Huber's Orchard in Starlight, Indiana. The beer then ages several more months in the barrel before it’s bottled.

Gusher! Tons of foam escapes, but we do our best to salvage what we can and pour it into our glasses. The liquid we salvage is a milky pineapple yellow, filled with creamy yeast (gushing will do that). An off-white head sits atop the brew for a few seconds and fizzles away after that, leaving behind a simple thin ring.

Super funky nose imparts hay and horse blanket aromas. Light hints of sweet strawberry and wheat bread. Subtly tart, but balanced by a soft, fruity sweetness.

The flavor is similar: very, very funky, with added hints of fusel alcohol, maybe like WD40. It’s crazy tart, with similar funky hay notes and only a bit of strawberry. For a beer billing itself as a strawberry lambic, there isn’t much of the fruit here.

The carbonation seems to have been lost in the eruption — this is pretty flat. The body, however, is a silky medium that’s quite nice.

Overall: funky! A tasty lambic that would be improved if the brewers stepped up the strawberry involvement. (1,490 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost a quarter of the bottle to over carb.

A - pours a strawberry straw color with a foamy head that wilted quickly.

S - Brett, Nail polish, hint of strawberry, some fusel alcohol and an off funk smell.

T - Bandaide brett, with some mild strawberry flavors. Really not much going on. Some what disapointing.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Easy drinking (351 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks photekut for this one. Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a Lindemans flute.

It opens with a relatively minor pop, suggesting low carbonation which is not the case.
Murky golden in color, frothy white head that does not hold very well.
Aroma is heavily "Brett", leathery and funky, barnyard notes, tart, with a soft strawberry note.
Light and refreshing, with more carbonation than I expected based on other reviews.
Acid and tart, prickly carbonation awakens the tongue to receive a mild, yet persistent strawberry tartness, sweet and sour, but more sour than sweet. Strawberry here is just an added flavor, not the overwhelming majority.
Another nice lambic style by Upland. (697 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice hazy amber blondish color... dare I say strawberry blonde? Small fizzy one finger head that dies fast and leaves no lacing. The color is great though.
S= sour and leathery. There's a touch of strawberry that teases my nose.
T= light stawberry like a strawberry popsicle almost with a semi sour lemony finish and a small amount of what reminds me of chapstick.
M= light as hell. Medium and average all around.
D= great love this beer. I wish I could find it more. Really impressive taste. Ill be searchin it out again. (533 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with either hrking or sprinkle, i think. someone please feel free to correct me.

750ml brown bottle. (was it capped or corked or both? i forget.) no date. tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden peach honey color, slightly hazy. small sudsy head soon fades to just wisps and sudsy ring. no lace.

aroma: vinegary w fermented fruit upfront, as the strawberry gets very distinct towards the back and then later on emerging throughout from underneath. hints of oak and vanilla. gentle funk and hay, slightly more footy funk in the back.

taste: cider and champagne vinegars with again a distinct strawberry presence to the tartness. faint woody oak, gentle to moderate barn and foot funk, hay and grass, and a mild, subtle hint of bitterness. acidity can be sharp and astringent, especially accentuated by the carbonation. ever so slightly watery overall, but not as bad as the raspberry. ripe strawberries linger in the aftertaste.

light and thin body, but with lots of acidic and tannic textures to compensate. acidity is again, quite accentuated by the otherwise moderate carbonation. the finish is strangely almost flat however.

ok, this is better (than the raspberry). the clearly identifiable strawberry notes help too. (1,254 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19 tasting.

Poured hazy orange amber color with an average fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Good tart strwberry & woody aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate sour&sweet fruity flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration.

Very good beer. (354 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.0/5 (437 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 11-22-11

P: 750 ml c&c bottle into a snifter.

A: SRM is harvest/straw yellow. Semi-translucent, bubbly, hazy. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to the outsides of the top of the beer. Medium/heavy carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Classic lambic flavor. Pronounced tartness with very full natural strawberry flavor. Very balanced. Aftertaste is tart and light strawberry.

M: Medium body. Initial feel is very tart, but this is nicely smoothed out by the strawberry finish. Semi-wet finish.

O: Excellent lambic. I am continually impressed by Upland's lambic series. The sour/tartness of this beer is very well balanced by the presence of strawberry. I will buy these whenever possible. (707 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled on 09/23/10. Batch 42-09. Thanks Kyle for picking this up!

(A)- Slow gusher. Pours a cloudy golden orange/pink color. Produced a nice effervescent white head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky lactic strawberry fruit acidity. Some barnyard funk in there. Not a ton of fruit, but it is still there. Very nice lactic bits.

(T)- Woah, this. . is. . sour. A large puckered lactic acidity up front on this. Very subtle tart strawberry fruit. Lots of dry oaky funk on the finish as it warms.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Very sour and acidic, though that actually starts to subside as it warms. Fruit has mostly fallen off, but the oak sure shines through now.

(D)- Definitely the most sour of the Uplands I have had so far. Fruit has been quick to disappear, but this sure has already matured into a rather nice sour/oaky example. (928 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,776 characters)

Photo of mdm46410
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a cloudy, bright orange with some gold highlights and a bubbly head of foam that quickly faded into a ring. The aroma included strong oak and tart strawberries. The flavor was a bit on the sweet side. It was made up of macerated strawberries, oak, and some mild funky notes. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and refreshing. Lightly carbonated. I would have prefered a little more funky sourness, but this was still pretty nice. (501 characters)

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