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Strawberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

257 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 212
Gots: 68 | FT: 10
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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Overlord

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 07:22:06 | More by Overlord
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-09-2013 16:54:50 | More by ncaudle
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-03-2014 19:06:26 | More by tommyguz
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seeswo

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 12:54:19 | More by seeswo
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-07-2014 03:31:41 | More by threedaggers
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 09:34:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours an opaque cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of strawberries, acidity, and moderate funk. Flavor brings out shitloads of strawberry, like a puree or jam, with moderate acidity, and low funk. Huge strawberry jammy notes, without much funk, but without a decent amount of acidity.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:17:46 | More by jbaker67
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rye726

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Upland sour! Thanks Mike!

Pours a hazy cedar with shades of orange. Thin beige head.

Nose has sour citrus fruits, oak, barnyard funk, sweet candy malts and oak. Very nice.

Taste is a nice balance of strawberry, tart fruits and woody funk. Would have liked a little more sourness, but still a nice beer.

Clean body drink well, but a bit thin in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:51:40 | More by rye726
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-07-2013 20:35:40 | More by IrishColonial
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:23:02 | More by rlee1390
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-01-2014 01:42:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of Bankhead, split five ways at the C'ville Throwdown #3 - thanks! Poured in to a tulip. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: I got the dregs on this one, and it's a doozy - thick, yeasty, almost like peach or mango juice, sort of a nice orangey, slightly-pinkishly hued. Maybe ruby red grapefruit juice? Yes, that's it - ruby red grapefruit juice, a nice garnet salmon, absolutely opaque, with no hint of head, surface lacing, side lacing, bubble collar .... anything. The only hint of anything completely faded inside 5 seconds of the pour, a thick, fizzy, bubbling mass of head that disappeared far more quickly than it came (it seems).

Aroma: Very mild on the nose ... until you agitate. Tons of funk, with hints of cat urine and generic light fruit notes - perhaps they're strawberry-esque, but they also hint at peach, mango, unripe pear, and sour apple. A few nice honey-golden, slightly cinnamony bready notes compliment the fruity funky notes well, as do hints of freshly baked bread. Sort of like a strawberry creamsicle at some points.

Taste: Very nice and easy-going. Not terribly flavorful - just sort of a generic honey-golden base beer, with hints of cracker, biscuit, and honey, under a very mild amount of acidity and funk and a slight array of fruityness. It's not terribly funky - only a kiss of barnyard, a kiss (plus) of acidity - and the fruityness is fairly neutral, which I imagine is not a process issue, and is really mostly the result of the use of strawberries, which don't seem like the best fruit to lend to a lambic. That being said, I do definitely get strawberry out of this beer, along with those aforementioned light notes - peach, mainly.

Mouthfeel: Slow, light, still, and thick at the very finish with the addition of that yeast kick - almost like a milkshake. I imagine that's partially the bottom of the bottle (the thickness), but the low amount of carbonation is not unusual for the style, mellow, mild, and drinkable.

Drinkability: Strawberry doesn't seem like it's the best beer to infuse a lambic with - it's almost neutrally fruity, when you're using the actual fruit, and I imagine you have to use a lot of strawberries to actually get an effective "strawberry"-esque note out of the fruit. And, that being said, a lot of these notes weren't strawberry-esque - the yeast (in conjunction with generic fructose, I imagine) contributes lots of other stone fruits. But it was drinkable, low in abv%, and fairly bright and refreshing, even though that's partially the result of a neutral profile. Worth trying, though not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:29:18 | More by CrellMoset
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-16-2014 06:38:40 | More by akang
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JamesS

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very fizzy pale yellow with a lot of carbonation and head (near champagne). Good scent, hints of strawberry with a nice sour aroma. Good taste, nice and sour, not overly malty or hoppy, good traces of strawberry, I just wish there was more fruit in both the taste and the aroma. Goes down fine, if a little rough from the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 17:35:20 | More by JamesS
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:20:54 | More by Phelps
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split this 750ml caged and corked bottle with Lukafer. This thing put out a 12 foot gushing fountain once it was opened. Thanks a lot Upland!

A- Pours a hazy dirty orange color. No head on this bad boy. No lacing at all on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty lifeless to me after it shot out like a fountain. Buzzkill!

S- This one was very vinegary smelling in the front of the aroma. I mean it actually tingled my nose! There was a faint hint of strawberry when my nose was stuck to the glass. I let the glass get away from my nose and this strawberry seemed to get stronger but not by much. More of a fresh strawberry aroma and not so much processed. There was some light bready malt in the very back but this got covered quickly by that damn vinegar like aroma which just started to get annoying after a little while and I'm one who really likes lambics!

T- Very acidic vinegar taste in the front of this with a hint of musty strawberry. The middle of this has the vinegar sourness die down and lets the strawberry come out a little more along with some more of the bready malt backbone. This is starting to taste nicer until the vinegar comes through one last time blanketing the strawberry almost completely. The ending on this beer has a little sugary like sweetness that I found not really out of place but it didn't quite fit fully.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking as a whole with this beer. There was a vinegar like flavor with hints of strawberry left on the palate. Aftertaste is medium sourness and sugary light strawberry. There is medium drying on the palate. Flavors were blended to the best they could I suppose. Clean might be the most clear word here but no real off flavors that I could tell.

D- This beer was good but like the Peach Lambic was just a vinegar bomb. I didn't mind it but it started to take its toll on my palate mid beer. Upland I think messed up the newest release of this beer and I kind of feel ripped off for the $20 plus tax that this beer cost me to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:58:04 | More by alleykatking
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-19-2014 00:09:39 | More by mrebeka
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dar482

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-19-2014 03:43:15 | More by dar482
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Onenote81

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 9/23/10. Split with a friend; imbibed on 7/30/11 to celebrate my daughter's 1-yr birthday.

The bottle was a gusher all the way, triple rainbow-style. Thankfully I was forewarned and opened over the sink. Poured my allotment into an Allagash chalice. Nice hue to this beer, and a nice bubbly head rests atop. The nose is tart and fruity, curling my nasal passage a bit. The mouth is popping and full of zip. Big tongue-twisting lactic tartness greets me straight away. Wow. Funk's in the house. The sourness of this beer trumps everything else, but there's a dry hay-like character to it, and the mildest of fruit fights through for recognition.

This beer was what I expected when I traded for it, but it's not something I'm a huge fan of. I liked the Blueberry version from these guys better, but this one may be closer to what the boys at Upland were going for. Glad I tried it, but even more glad I split it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:01:08 | More by Onenote81
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:33:14 | More by AleWatcher
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-23-2014 10:52:20 | More by fredmugs
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-15-2014 00:47:36 | More by mltobin
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:32:05 | More by portia99
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-16-2014 18:30:23 | More by CoolEthan
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 19:37:15 | More by SpeedwayJim
Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.