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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 279
Gots: 56 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-01-2008

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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by thetomG:
Photo of thetomG
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice appearance - very dark purple/blue color with some streaky lacing left around the glass.

Smell is wonderful as well - subtle fruity aromas mix in with the sour/funk to form a very pleasant bouquet of scents.

If you're a fan of blueberry you'll love this as the blueberry flavors come through incredibly well. Not overly sour but definitely enough tartness to make you pucker up a bit.

Its not all that carbonated, but that doesn't negatively affect anything in this case - just super smooth, easy to drink, and VERY tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

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.

Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of nkersten
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of BeerZack
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 purplish red with a half finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blueberries, funk, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberries, funk, tart, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was my second favorite from this tasting which included all of the Upland fruit lambics and Sour Reserve Batch 1 (which took #1). We figured no one had brought Blåbær so this would make a decent substitute. We were right on that aspect. While not as funky like most Cantillons, this one definitely carried a similar flavor profile. With this one being MUCH easier to obtain I would not think twice about pick as many of these up as possible based on my two experiences with this brew. A definite must try for anyone who calls themselves a sour fan. If you haven’t tried it before, you need to do so…

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle. Split with Lukafer. The only bottle out of the 3 Upland Lambics that didn't gush that night.

A- Pours what I would say a plum color with some light blue highlights. There is a light 1/4 figner purple head that dies to nothing in about ten seconds. No lacing on this beer which would have looked pretty in my opinion.

S- This had a light musty sour scent right off the bat. No real wood notes at all which I thought maybe this one would have. This isn't all vinegar and there is some light funk that goes along well with this beer. Blueberry did come out when I held this glass a little more high than I normally would when sniffing. Not bad smelling at all.

T- Blueberry in the front was a lovely surprise. This dies down toward the middle where there is a light funky vinegary sourness to the beer muddled with hints of bready base malts. This follows through to the ending where there becomes a light sugary blueberry flavor. The very end of this ends with a kiss of alcohol and a touch of vinegary sourness.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the beer. There is some funky vinegar notes with blueberry on the palate. The aftertaste is mostly sugary sweet blueberry with light warming alcohol that compliments the full aftertaste. This beer was the best blended from the Upland Lambics. No off flavors were present. Medium drying on the palate itself from the alcohol in each sip.

D- This beer was the only Upland Lambic that night that held any sort of light in the lambic world. It's flavors could have been a little brighter and more full but I think the fullness would come out more in a aged bottle. See Upland if you get your shit together you can make a decent lambic!

Photo of TWStandley
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. 2012 vintage.

Appeared a dark purple color with minimal head and carbonation. Slightly see through.

Smelled of tart blueberries, orange, lemon, and white wine.

Taste is solid. Very sour - typical of Upland. Not much funk but more tartness. A bit of champagne taste.

Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation.

Overall a mouth-puckering sour that is solid.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample courtesy of Jay23...this is batch #1 (2007).

Deep scarlet-magenta tone in the glass, with a ring of darker pinkish-white foam. Fairly murky. Looks pretty unique for a Lambic.

Aromas of leather, some wood, and mystery spices. First thing it reminded me of was JP Roja by it's nose only.

Taste had a nice citric sour pucker to it, stimulating the salivary glands fully. There was only a hint of berry in the aftertaste. It had a fairly low carbonation, with a thinner body. This may be traditional, but a little more spritz may liven it up more.

Overall, this was a great Lambic, suprisingly good coming from the Midwest and not overseas. One for warm weather, or if you're craving something sour. Maybe not as approachable to Lambic novices, but great for those with a taste for the sour side.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours purple with pretty much no head at all. It smells tart, like oak, blueberries, and some funk and vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste vinegar, blueberries, oak, and some vanilla. However, the taste is subtle, and I wish it had a little more kick to it. Mouthfeel is thin, seems a bit watery to me. Not much carbonation either, however there is some slickness which is nice. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough beer, but there's definitely some room for improvement with this. I'll have to try another batch in the future and see how it is.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of a freaking awesome trade with Bobby91w ... Bobby threw down in a big way. Thanks homeboy and I hope you're safe... Thanks for serving.

Shared this with a few of the Boise peeps a while back... reviewed from paper notes.

No head really.. the brew is sorta a lightly hazed deep red/purple .. surprise surprise.. Sorta looks like a Pinot Noir in my little glass.

Nose has a bright blueberry essence and a mild funk to it.. more dusty than really funky ... tart fruits tend to dominate.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a tannic element to it that I assume comes from the fruit skins (doesn't strike me as oak tannins) .. there is some oakiness to it that adds more of a vanilla component.. some acetic notes add complexity.. The body is lite with a very lite carbonation.. if the carbonation was dialed in, I think this would be very nice... The funk never really translates on the palate... However, I could have easily enjoyed this entire bottle over a couple of hours.

I think the funky yeast and bacteria probably didn't have the appropriate time to really do the damage they do. If I still had one, I would age it for a couple of years before breaking it out again.

What I truly appreciated about this beer is the "real fruit" character.. there is no mistaking it.. reminds me of the distilled essence of the blueberry pie at the diner in my home town.

I actually really enjoyed this brew for what it is. Don't try to compare it to a traditional fruit lambic.. it just doesn't stand up, but the bones are there and I hope to be lucky enough to score this batch and future batches again.

If you're reading this, and have an extra bottle... please contact me.... no joke. Message me now, before you go back to work, to bed, take a nap, or check your beermails... message me now.

3/3.5/3.5/3/4

Edit: Again... big thanks to Bobby91w ... Bobby is a great trader.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep ruby almost purple some carbonation

S-Oak, rather funky, some blueberry, semi sweet.

T-Nice bit of funk, good deal of blueberry and other fruits, balance between the sweet and the sour is good.

M-Medium to lighter in body slight carbonation.

O-One of the better blueberry sours out there, not world class but very solid.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 version -- thanks to lightindarkness for picking this up at the brewery well over a year ago.

a - pours a deep ruby color, no head, just a few bubbles up top, somewhat hazy

s - really funky aroma, much different from any other sour ale I've had, kind of reminiscent of a bad milk, light blueberry and oak aromas

t - moderately tart and sour up front with only a light blueberry flavor, fairly vinegary and acidic, not as funky on the palate as in the nose, but nice barnyard flavors along with light oak on the finish

m - medium to light bodied, minimal carbonation, light sweetness on the finish

d - not overly drinkable for the style, not too harsh on the palate, but not as complex or pleasing, really

Another interesting lambic from Upland, but nothing really spectacular. Would be great to get a little more of the blueberry character - perhaps these flavors diminished over the past year. If only I could get a Blabaer to compare.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Rempo for this. Bottled 09/27/2010. Batch 42-09.

3.5 A: Deep amber, almost plum color. Three fingers of pinkish purple head with soda-like retention and no lacing. I got some yeasties at the bottle of my first glass.

4.0 S: Not surprisingly, this is full of blueberry. The big fruitiness is acccompanied by a healthy bit of oak, subtle vanilla and tannic astringency, and (mainly) tangy lactic acidity

3.5 T: The taste is good, but not any better than that. Again, plenty of blueberry, but only a fraction of what the nose suggests. Otherwise, this is very dry with very little complexity and only a mild acidity. Not much in terms of acetic acid, but some tangy lactic acid. Oak and vanilla again. Despite the simplicity, I still like it for the blueberry burst it offers.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The carbonation isn't as "active" as I'd like and the body isn't thick enough to yield a good creaminess.

3.5 D: By no means a bad beer, but easily the worst out of the four offered for this release. Big hit of blueberry, but not much else.

Photo of mdm46410
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was generously shared by backfat at Goose Island's Stout Fest, thanks Dave! I had really been looking forward to trying this after having the other three lambics from Upland's December release. This beer poured a murky violet in color with a light off white head which laced the glass. It had red rose highlights when put up to the light. The aromas let me down. I wanted blueberry, any blueberry. All I could pick up were other dark fruits, tart and sour notes, and funk. It had this lactic acid acidity which threw me off. I didn't get any blueberry at all. Nooo! The flavor kind of let me down too. It featured a fruity, marmalade like sweetness initially before fading into a sour and tart dark fruity potpourri. God, I just wanted some blueberries. Again it had this lactic component which really rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I was getting moody, I don't know. It drank with the consistency I prefer in a lambic but left behind this odd after taste that their other lambics have. I don't think I'm a fan of the yeast that Upland uses for their lambics. Something was off on this one. I still have a bottle so I guess I'll save it for awhile. Hopefully that bottle is a better experience.

Update: I shared a second bottle of this last night with my girlfriend. This bottle actually did give off slight and subtle blueberry aromas. They were still disappointing but at least they were present. The flavor too only gave slight blueberry, leaving me wanting more prominent blueberry.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for muling bottles of the most recent release. Shared at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really magnificent blueberry color with a nice pink head. Really attractive coloring. While this was quite nice, I was immediately distractive by the overpoweringly-assertive nature of the blueberries in the nose. It was a symphony of blueberry breakfast items with loads of blueberry syrup and pancakes plus a slight amount of tartness. Really well done. The taste nails the fresh blueberry as well and adds in a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and a bit sweet. Drinks incredibly well. I think the blueberries are the highlight of this one and I won't be waiting long to drink my other bottle. I think the fruit character that really makes this beer will be gone well before this really sours up, if that happens.

Photo of bert13tj
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

A: Beer is a dark purple color. About 1/2 inch worth of frothy dull pink head that disappears in a moment.

S: Smell of fresh blueberries. Missing a little something that other lambics have. Earthy smell perhaps.

T: Tart blueberries at first, then comes the funk you acspect from your lambic. Blueberries are sweet, but not sicking sweet. I would imagine with some age you would get less sweet and more funky.

M: Very light. Well carbonated. Left me with a drier than normal feel, very similar to a dry red wine.

O: It was a bit pricy around $18.00, I'm sure I have had better for less. But, I would still recommend this beer to any lover of blueberries and sours. Give it some age and it could blow you away. I'm going to hold on to one for a year and see what I think this time next year.

Photo of grub
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

rhinos00 hooked me up with this in a trade at DLD'09. thanks alex!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled march 28/2010.

pours hazy purplish red with no sign of any head or lace.

smell is great. sour cherry. lemon. touch of vinegar. raspberry. bit of blueberry. lots of fruit. hint of alcohol. there's a nice sweetness to the fruit too - not syrupy at all though. bit of spice. horse blanket. leather.

taste is good. great fruity character. raspberry, blueberry, cherry. light pie spice too, making me think just a little of montmorency cherries. lemon and malt vinegar. horse blanket funk. bit of leather. white bread and cracker. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is ok. this is its biggest flaw - dead flat. even just a little carbonation to give it life would certainly have improved this one. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. alcohol is hidden very well. balanced sourness. nice funky depth. great fruity character.

Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a cloudy reddish / brownish color with small sized off white head. Aromas of brett, funky, leather, and tart berries. Tastes of tart blueberries and all around funky. Tart and semi-sour finish. I really liked this one!

Notes from and tasted on 12/16/07

Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark purple colored beer with pretty much no head and no real visible carbonation.

S - Tart and funky aromas. The blueberries are pretty subtle, but at least they smell real. Little bit of oak, pretty solid smelling beer for what I was expecting.

T - Decently sour and funky, the blueberries are there, but a little bit subtle. I enjoy blueberries quite a bit and it comes through enough to be a good blueberry lambic.

M - Smooth, fairly full bodied, not a lot of carbonation, but it's fine for this beer.

O - I liked this one quite a bit, seemingly more than most who have reviewed it here. Another solid offering from Upland.

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.