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Blueberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic
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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emerge077 on 01-01-2008

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Reviews by mdm46410:
Photo of mdm46410
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy, dark red with a thin head of pinkish/tan foam that quickly faded into a thin film. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma consisted of oak, sugary blueberries, and a hint of funkiness. The flavor was made up of muted blueberry notes, wet wood, and a very light brettiness. Finished mostly dry, but was not very acidic or puckering. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and minimally carbonated. Almost still. Goes down like uncarbonated fruit juice. After trying their strawberry lambic, this was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one down the line. I am slowly working my way through the upland series and here was another one on the block. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 05/04/2009.
 
The pour was rather bland, light pinkish purple in color with a slight haze and cloudiness to it. No head on this one at all, nothing, rather odd to be honest. Just a flat looking light purple liquid. The aroma was light blueberries, hints of what were at one time some nice sour notes, but has now faded mostly into just light fruit notes. As I go in for the first sip, acidic notes of fruit grip the tongue, blueberries and some light vinegar flavors. Not really very striking here, rather this was kind of one sided to be frank. Past its prime I would think with no carbonation and a thin body, this was nothing more then an average interpretation of the style at best.
 
Overall I am getting underwhelmed by this series in general. I have a couple others to try, hopefully they will redeem themselves a bit, but I would pass on this one for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Classy understated label art & design. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. 750ml. Bottled: 01/17/14. Batch: 014.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed live as a blueberry faux-lambic.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1.5-2 inches wide. Fizzy and white, with a thin weak consistency. Retention is pathetic; this recedes fully within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Vibrant red. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast is visible within. Clean-looking.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good look for a fruited (faux)lambic, even if it isn't the purple of a blueberry lambic like Cantillon's or the blue you might hope for. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Berry-skin, mellow sourness (maybe 3/10 in terms of intensity), clean lactobacillus bacteria, tart currants, acid, wine-eagre, timid faint oak, and maybe redcurrant. Notably, no blueberry (or bilberry) is suggested, which is admittedly a bit of a let-down.

The reticence of the oak is also disappointing, as-is the seeming relative lack of sourness. More bacterial complexity would be lovely, and all I'm picking up in terms of sourness is lactobacillus-derived, not lambicus yeast-derived. If it wasn't so boldly identified as a lambic on the bottle, I might wonder if I'd aged it too long...

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: The taste brings *far* more sourness, tartness, and acidity than the aroma suggested, much to the beer's benefit. Lactobacillus bacterial notes, hints of vinegar, acetic acid, lactic acid, and some juicy redcurrants. Could be more tart. The sourness is almost puckering in its strength, coming in at a good 7-8/10 in terms of intensity. What's noticeably absent is any blueberry whatsoever; I pick up on berries/currants and berry skin, but not blueberry.

As I feared, all the sourness is seemingly from lactobacillus; there're no other bacterial strains that are obvious, nor is there any intricate lambicus yeast.

Still, the depth of flavour is stellar, and no sour fan will be disappointed. It's well-balanced, letting the sourness easily eclipse the neutral malt base, and there're no off-notes, nor is there anything out of place (e.g. booze or overt hop notes). There are more complex sours out there (especially in terms of lambics, true and faux), but this is more than sufficient and I find it a very tasty likable beer. Cohesive, if not gestalt in its build. Good execution.

TEXTURE: Has that lovely puckery smackiness on the palate I always adore in a great sour. It's acidic to style, but not too twangy, and is aptly smooth, wet, and refreshing. Aptly medium-bodied, with a nice moderately thick moderately hefty presence on the palate. An even softer, more delicate feel might suit the beer better, but this is well-executed - albeit a biteen overcarbonated.

This texture complements the taste well, but falls short of achieving a perfect harmony with it. The pungent acidity does help accentuate the lactobacillus, elevating the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: It's not an American rival to Cantillon's blueberry lambic by any stretch, nor does it really bring any blueberry. But it's surprisingly not unworthy of the lambic epithet on its label, even if it wasn't fermented in the Senne valley. I'm not sure it's amongst the elite of American-brewed sours, but there's a lot going on here that I love. For a fruited lambic, though, its really missing notes of fruit - as well as the requisite concomitant tartness. Absolutely worth trying, and one of the more sour sours I've had of late. Some drinkers might find its palate-stripping battery acid acidity overwhelming, but I quite fancy it. Proof Upland's sours are worthy of their high reputation (even if their shelf offerings almost always fall short).

I'm glad I chose this as my birthday beer, and will relish devouring the entire bottle.

Would pair very well with a balsamic vinegar-dressed salad. Aging potential seems restrained; the complexity (particularly in terms of the fermenting agents) just isn't there.

B+ (3.79)

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was Batch #3? Bottled 09/27/2010. Batch 42-09. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thick collar, spotty partial cap, and no lace. Hazy dark purple-blue color that gets increasingly turbid as one works through the bottle.

S - Lots of wild blueberries, lactic acidity, spicy wood, and some funky sweetness as well.

T - Taste isn't quite as enjoyable. There's a lactic sourness that reminds me of umpteen other generic American wilds, some unsweetened blueberry skins, oak, and some soda water astringency - perhaps even a touch mineral.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, with a dry, tannic finish. Surprisingly clean aftertaste, and no discernible alcohol. I actually appreciate the lower carbonation as more bubbles likely would have aggravated the astringency.

D - I remember liking this more when it was fresh - I wouldn't age this batch further to be honest. It's lacking complexity with lactic acidity dominating the other flavor elements. Still, an improvement from the flat early batches. It was really easy to put down a bottle, even with minimal help.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. These have black caps. Purchased yesterday at the brewery. Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant purple/red color with a few light bubbles on top and no real head to speak of. Somewhat hazy. The colors from the real blueberries really shines through. Aromas of light grain malt bathed in a barnyard funkiness. Sour acetic notes mix in with fresh fruity blueberry notes and oak. Pretty nice, but its a bit mellow compared to traditional Belgian counterparts.

First sip brings a light crisp grain upfront that leads way to a fruity blueberry flavor. Sour, acidic notes move in with the trademark lambic, barnyard funkiness. Vinous notes on the way down with mild oak astringency. Not as sour as expected and nearly non-existent carbonation. Maybe some age will help this?

Mouthfeel is light and smooth here. Goes down easy with a subtle puckering sourness. I have to fault this particular bottle as it almost had no carbonation whatsoever. I'm really hoping my other blueberry bottle doesn't have this problem, as it does take away from the overall brew. Cheers to Upland for creating all these lambics!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Soonami
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for sharing this to have a counterpoint to LeBleu. Very greatly appreciated.

My first Upland beer, and it was a good one, Blueberry Lambic. The beer is a ruddy purple-red, cloudy with particulates, it looks like freshly crushed blueberry juice. The beer smells wonderful, pouring out a bouquet of fresh squeezed blueberries. However, the lambic part of this equation is missing, the lack of sour funkiness in the nose was a pretty good indication that those flavors were probably missing in the taste. This proved to be true as the blueberry was the center point of the beer. I have expected to find blueberry skins and seeds in the bottle of my glass! The fresh berry sweetness and tannins were there and well in balance. The acidity was present, but much more restrained than I expected from a lambic, it tasted more like tartness from the berries and not from the wild bugs. I wonder if another couple years in the bottle would really develop the brett/lacto/pedio character in the beer.

The beer was a little undercarbonated for my tastes as I find the bubbles help carry the fruit aromas and flavors while adding acidity. CO2 also makes the beer seem brighter and more lively. Overall this was a delicious beer, but I think more lambic aroma and taste would really take this over the top. Perhaps what this beer is more time in barrels to give the critters a chance to break down even more of the sugars, as I tasted a tiny bit of residual sweetness. I think that more time before fruit addition would help get more wildness and sourness in the beer.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at the Upland Sour Wild Funk Fest 2015! Excellent!

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Photo of nkersten
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Oud Beersel glass, thanks Todd for the chance to try this one!

A - Pours a very flat dark purple tint with no haze. Other then the lack of head, this beer has an amazing color.

S - Extremely sour lemon with a bit of funk. Not a lot of blueberry, but the aroma is similar to some of the most puckering brews I have ever had.

T - Good, but not great. No where near as sour as the smell would lead one to believe, but still some excellent lemon characteristics, with small hints of blueberry skin. Mostly lambic flavor, a little more blueberry would have been welcomed.

M - Body is good, but it lacks any kind of carbonation. The style doesnt always require it, but I feel this beer could have benefited from some bubbles.

D - Due to the mouthfeel, I don't think I could have more then my 8 oz pour before I craved something a little more lively. The flavor is very drinkable, but as a whole this beer just doesn't deliver.

I think this brew has a lot of potential and will re-review if I get to try another batch.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Verecund for this one. Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a crystal snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours nearly still with a couple of bubbles stirring atop the brew. No head, no lacing. Beer is a deep, clear purplish-pink that reveals slight bubbles of carbonation.

S: Nose is simple and mildly aromatic but very deep. Crushed blueberries and oak from beginning to end.

T: Taste is spot on with the nose. Blueberry from beginning to finish. Crisp and clean at the end which gets deeper and deeper as the beer warms in the mouth. Slight semblance of funkiness right towards the middle to end. No tartness whatsoever, this one resembles more of a well-made blueberry fruit beer than a lambic. Barrel-aging is not at all apparent. Finishes fruity with a juicy, blueberry aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and with very little carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and messy and slightly dry at the finish and going down. Aftertaste lingers for a bit.

D: This one is honestly a bit of a disappointment. Not much of a lambic in any sense. No tartness, not really dry, and -bal effect is almost completely missing. A great fruit beer if it were described as such but in the category that it is, average to below average overall.

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4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/30/2013.

Appearance - Looks like juice. Murky purple. No head.

Smell - Smells like it's gonna be sour. Sharp acidity. Wood. Some blueberry, but it's not very strong and not very distinct.

Taste - Strong berry flavor. Really sour. Lemon sourness. Berry flavor comes back as its own sour and oaky flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way too sour for me. Medium light body and medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's a flavorful beer, but overly sour.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head. Rose colored liquid, pink tinges.

Nice sour fruity lacto smell, Red berries & flowers.

Tart berry sourness is not as sour as it smells. Slightly acetic, mostly lacto character. Don't ever really taste blueberry here, more of a cherry or generic "red berry" flavor.

Slightly puckering feel, but overall comes off a bit light all around, which does make it really drinkable.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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