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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
87
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 283
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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: emerge077 on 01-01-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Zack_B, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mrandypandy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

mrandypandy, Jan 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Moc513, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

tsauce2, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Arsenal0328, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of egajdzis
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

egajdzis, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

hopdog, Nov 06, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

maxcoinage, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

brewandbbq, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

alleykatking, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

EricCioe, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TWStandley
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

TWStandley, Sep 14, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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…

thagr81us, Jul 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

rlee1390, Apr 11, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

burnheartsMKE, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 24, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a new beer for me. I didn't personally buy any of the lambics from Upland, so thanks to kruthar for hooking me up with a taste!

The beer didn't really look all that great, a nice red color to it. The smell was definitely fruity and sour, and I was excited to try it. Got a nice hit of blueberry flavor, just like you'd expect, and then it quickly dissipated, and I was left with just the sour aftertaste of the lambic. Overall, it had a really good flavor, but I just wish it would have lasted a little longer. Pretty smooth to put down, I just don't think I'd want to drink blueberries all day.

rhodeska, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark magenta color with no head. Terrific aroma displays the purity and glory of freshly picked and crushed blueberry, along with a light hint of oak and funk. Flavor is initially dominated by the essence of real blueberry, followed by a light hint of pie and then some nice tartness on the finish. While not Blabeur, this is a very nice blueberry sour.

Crosling, Oct 26, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my fifth of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a really flat purplish red with no head what-so-ever. Damnit. The peach was flat and looks like this one is gonna be too.
Smell- A slight bit of a vinegary tartness slaps the nostrils immediately. Lactic with maybe the slightest bit of Brett funk. What funk there is though doesn't seem to last long as the fruitiness of the blueberries lend more of a clean fresh scent. Unlike the other Upland Lambics I can really smell that the fruit in this is blueberry. The rest all just sort of smelled like a mix of berries. The oak really comes through as the beer warms and adds a nice bit of butter and vanilla.
Taste- Starts slightly tart but not near as tart as the nose led me to believe. It's sort of a light red wine like vinegar twang. No funk or anything Brett like but the fruit and wood do a number. The blueberry is tart and fruity and sort of reminds me of a raspberry vinaigrette. I think some carbonation would really help some of the flavors to pop a bit more. The oak is slightly tannic and it adds a bit of light vanilla bean. All these Lambics end with the same woody vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Well... Light and watery with zero carbonation and a bit of spicy vinegary twang.
Drinkability- Really tasty brew but damnit they need to get the carbonation in check. A $15 beer needs to be carbonated, regardless. Gripes aside I liked this one more than all except for the peach (which also wasn't carbonated). The fruit and wood are fantastic accompaniment to the light sour of the brew. Thanks Matt!

younger35, Mar 20, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

roadhouse, Oct 31, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks photekut fore this one. Large capped and corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

It has an interesting appearance, a lot closer to wine than beer. Absolutely no head, just a few fine bubbles covering the beer that looks like a rose early on, and later in the bottle, as the sediment comes in to some extent, burgundy colored. No lacing.
Aroma is also unexpected, fruity and it has lots of grapes, above and beyond the blueberries, and it feels more like wine again. There are also oak, obviously blueberry and some leathery funkiness and mustiness that is quite nice but disappears quickly.
Medium bodied, no carbonation makes it feel again like wine. But it has a nice fruitiness, multiple wine like notes, blueberries, some spices, mild tartness and astringency.
This is a very stange beer, unique, somewhere between a wild ale and wine, but still disappoints given the lack of carbonation and subdued funkiness. The lack of carbonation plays better here than in other Upland lambics, but I would still love to see it carbonated.

brdc, Jun 06, 2009
Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.