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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 286
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 269
Gots: 53 | FT: 8
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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: emerge077 on 01-01-2008

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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 286
Photo of gkatsoris
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to secret stash @ RB!

A: Nice normal coppery brown. Nice head.

S: Ripe blueberries, and alcohol. Very, very complex. Lots of hints of all kinds of things going on in there.

T: HOLY DELICIOUS!!! This made my tongue curl up and hide. It was like, if you ate a raw lemon, and it was sour times 50. The flavor of ripe blueberries, but the sourness of unripened green blueberries. This is the absolute most complex beer I have ever tasted.

M: Pucker, pucker, pucker! Lips smacking goodness. I could taste, AND FEEL this on my tongue almost an hour later, literally.

D: This is a sipper!!! Enjoy it slowly; savor. This beer is an experience!

Thanks again Mike; you are thee man!!!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 3 bottle thanks to Michael Thorpe, poured into my Narke tulip...First of all, what the heck are all these other reviewers thinking; this beer is awesome?...Pours a stunning dark purple that is clear. Nice pink head, good retention and lacing, just looks awesome...An equally impressive aroma that absolutely nails fresh blueberries, freshly squeezed juice, blueberry muffins. A hint of tartness, wish it was a tad more, however the blueberries aren't sweet or candied so it works...The taste is really good, but somewhat of a let down after how great the aroma was. The blueberries are still there but they don't come through as much, sweet with a tart bite. Too light...Easy to crush.

The best Upland lambic so far, this is really good stuff.

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Photo of khumbard
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Figured I would pop open one of my two bottles of this. After a hefty battle with the cork... pours a very nice reddish/purple. Looks pretty cool. Smell is full of blueberries with a slight lactic sourness. As other reviews state, it does remind me of blueberry cobbler. Taste is actually a good balance of sweet and sour. I would prefer it to be more sour, but the taste of tart blueberries is excellent. This is definitely not in the same league as most belgian lambics... but if you take it for what it is, it's damn tasty. Mouthfeel is a little lacking, pretty thin. Drinkability is high, I had no trouble finishing the whole 750 myself over the course of an hour or two. Not sure how long I'll hold onto my other bottle, I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best of the Upland Lambics IMHO.

A: Looks awesome. Purplish red color and nice ring of head. Beautiful.

S: Nice blueberry pie with graham cracker sweet buttery crust. The diaceytl butter is in there but it actually works well with the blueberry and tartness of the smell.

T: A ton of fresh blueberry mixes with a slight funky barnyard yeastyness. Not overly sweet but fruity. Yogurtish with some lactose sugar. More sour, and it would neatly be perfect.

M: Smooth and great carbo like the others.

D: Nice.

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Photo of bert13tj
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of thetomG
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 buschbeer
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled 11-13-14

This beer pours a purple hue with some amber highlights. A fleeting off white head with a pink tint made an appearance and left no traces of its existence.

I get aromas of blueberry, sourness, and some good old fashioned funk.

The taste is mouth puckeringly sour. The blueberries do little to offset it, but they do add a little sweetness. There is not a lot of that moldy/mildew taste that some lambics have.

Medium with some prickly carbonation. It leaves a feeling of having the back of my tongue coated.

This is a very good sour beer. Most sours fall short of sour and end up being tart. This beer gives me everything that I want in a sour. I get the hype over Uplands sour program now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of hrking
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this twice once at the Broadripple Brewfest and again at the Upland Lambic release last night! The difference being 1 was a year old and the other was fresh. If you want your beer more on the sour side let these celler a year and let the Brett do it's thing.
The year old bottle was much more tart and acidic which isn't a bad thing at all considering these are Lambics!
Flavor is more present on the pallette in the after taste than up front and an almost watery but very easy to drink 6%alc. Very well hidden and non present in the taste.
The oak really jumps out both in the nose and flavor. The blueberry flavor is there but more present after you swallow on the tongue it lingers then you say ooohh yea nice!

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/13/14. Pours a reddish purple with thin foam that persists in a 3F lambic glass. Only faint fruit on the nose. Puckery good sour with modest blueberry. Great sour mouthfeel that sinks into the gums. Overall, a very nice sour.

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Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago, courtesy of thorpe429 (thanks Mike!). This was the latest bottling, batch 3.

It pours a dark blueish purple, no question this is blueberry, frothy colorful head, excellent appearance. And the smell, again no question this is a blueberry lambic. This presents with fresh blueberries much more than Blaebar where they're more muted. Some light funk, but the fruit takes the aroma.

I like the flavor but it isn't as good as the nose. Basically fresh berries and a little tart bite. No barnyard or other things I crave, but the tart aftertaste is appreciated.

Light carbonation, extremely drinkable, I liked it a lot. Persimmon was better in my opinion, but this is no slouch.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle picked up at the brewer by w113raf in a trade. Many thanks again man!

A- Pours a clear violet/purple with a fizzy "light urple" head. Scattered lacing, medium retention. Decent carbonation.
S- Mainly blueberries and slight lactic sourness. Nowhere near as much (if any) barnyard as the Strawberry I had last night.
T- Fresh blueberries and crisp lactic sourness. Very clean flavors, but I wish they were a wee bit more bold and pronounced.
M - Very thin/light body, tart. Not quite watery. Zesty, but not as effervescent as the Strawberry. Dry.
D - High. The Blueberry is an easy drinking lambic, no issues finishing my bottle. Definately got better the more I drank.

Overall - I was a little bit let down with the Strawberry lambic last night, but the Blueberry got me back on track. The fresh blueberry flavor plays well with the lactic backbone, yet I can see this aging well as it gains more sourness. Recommended, and I may be trying to obtain more bottles.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes on 1/14/2012

Vintage 2010 poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark purple / indigo bodied beer with a one finger high dark purple head.

Smell: Lots of funk upfront with a vinegar note to compliment it. Faint blueberries.

Taste: This one is all about the sour part of the beer. Did not get a huge amount of fruit off this sour, but its is there about mid palate that you get some of the blueberry fruitiness. The beer starts and finishes with sour and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with carbonation that is on the high end of moderate. The beer finishes dry and it also refreshing.

Overall: This is Upland sour is in the middle of the road. Blackberry and kiwi are still my favorite Upland sours!

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Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, reddish golden color, with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, light berries, leather, funk, and hay. Taste of dry berry skins, some sweetness, tart, funk, and a lengthly, sour finish. Good, but just short of Cantillon's.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

Pours murky ruby with a purple hue and zero head. A few minute bubbles at best.

Aromatics lead off with tart blueberries, baryard funk, and a lemon twang. Hints of red wine vinegar, horseblanket, cherries, and wine follow through.
Undertones of fruit-laden cheese, dried pineapple, and oak finish the nose.

Light bodied, a bit thin with an almost flat mouthfeel.

Ripe blueberries, red wine, light acid, and mild oak start the pallet. A peppery warmth follows through along with red fruit and lemon pith.
Mildly tart and barely sour, with a trace of residuals that counterpoint the acid.

Finishes with ripe, red fruits, light acid, oaky tannins, and a peppery warmth.

Tasting quite young, and similar to a Flanders Red. Hopefully this will develope much more acid in the cellar to bring it more in the realm of an authentic lambic.

Mad props goes out to BA HRKing for the hookup.
Thanks Bob!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting.

a - Pours a deep red purple color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of blueberry pie, sour fruit, tart, funk, and lactic. I really enjoyed the blueberry pie smell; pretty great.

t - Tastes of blueberry pie, tart blueberries, funk, oak, and tart fruit, and lactic again.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - Overall I think this was my favorite of the Uplands we tried that night (we tried Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Dantalion). Would love to have again.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam H for sharing at his birthday tasting.

This pours a strange hue of purple with a small fizzy head rising and falling to a ring. The nose is unreal, a great mixture of blueberries, sweat, and general funk. There isn't a massive combination of flavors going on, just an amazing mixture of a few things. In the mouth it didn't impress as much, but there is a great tartness backing up the blueberries. The body is medium light with a long, dry finish.

Overall, this is a fine beer. If somehow Upland could figure out how to get the nose into the mouth, they'd have something really special on their hands.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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…

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Photo of TWStandley
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland's Blueberry Lambic '10 release was our second tasting in the home collection series. This was brought in by my buddy, 'Lil Bear who was given this beer by my brother & myself as a "Thank You" for driving down to Bloomington with us to pick up our reserved lambics last December. We all agreed it was a little premature to open this bottle so early in the aging process, but it was a grand symbolic gesture we all enjoyed. Poured a fizzy pink/purple. There was a very surface souring that just kinda teased my taste buds. Like I mentioned this may have been too fresh, but that worked well with the fresh Michigan blueberries used in making this drink. My overall impression was of Greek yogurt with unripened blueberries on top. I can't wait to open my second bottle of this in a few more years.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of roadhouse
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Into the glass this looks pretty much the same as blueberry juice. Purple-mahogany in color. With a very vigorous pour I managed to get a bit of a light purple colored skim, but it quickly sinks down to a few bubbles and a ring. Some swirling brings it back for a few seconds.

The aroma of this is quite good. Straight blueberry with a dose of sour. A bit of wood.

The taste is mildy vinegary, the blueberries are definitely there but they don't stick out as much as the aroma. It's nice and subtle behind the tartness, which isn't really too sour. Comes off a bit watery probably due to the low carbonation.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is way too low. I don't know if they didn't use enough priming sugar or if it needs more time or what. Still, it's quite drinkable.

I am betting this would be better if there was more carbonation. The flavor and mouthfeel might go up a half point just based on that. If you have a bottle of this I would suggest sitting on it and keeping it in the 70s to encourage a bit more carbonation.

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.