Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
01-27-2011 04:43:35 | More by mdfb79
2.9/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
07-10-2013 13:29:24 | More by mendvicdog
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-17-2008 01:37:29 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-19-2008 03:26:28 | More by weeare138
4.08/5 rDev +1%
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.
06-17-2009 20:09:49 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-02-2010 16:01:03 | More by Huhzubendah
3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-27-2010 08:54:25 | More by JohnGalt1
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-07-2008 14:35:07 | More by Derek
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-19-2012 00:39:01 | More by johnnnniee
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
07-09-2010 07:07:20 | More by ccrida
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Drank from the bottle...Pours a cloudy light brown, with decent retention and lacing...The aroma is distincly strawberry, sweet but not generic a little yeast and oak...The taste is mostly oaked strawberries, its still pretty sweet making it drinkable. Not the best of the lambics I've had to date but decent enough to give a shot.
11-15-2010 18:35:23 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-06-2012 10:59:33 | More by thagr81us
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
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
07-26-2011 19:58:01 | More by AgentZero
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
01-05-2009 04:10:26 | More by DefenCorps
Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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