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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic

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very good

94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 287
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 24.27%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 barczar
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big lactic aroma, with blueberry sweetness, but the sourness dominated.

Flavor is definitely lactic dominant, with hints of blueberry. Nice acid character.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very reddish hue on the pour. Pink head. Lots of bugs on the nose. Very biting flavor profile. Probably too much so. Not at all rounded. Beyond sour, it's tart and really grabs the mouth and yanks at every taste bud you have. If you don't like sour beers, you certainly will not appreciate this at all.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Won in Upland sour raffle. Split with my buddy who took the drive. Pours and drinks like a very tart lambic, but neither one of us really picked up much if any blueberry. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Bottled 10/30/13. Batch 2.08.

Pours a murky dark reddish-purple with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a fairly one dimensional aspect with the sourness.

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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 scottfrie
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped and corked old batch. Thank you for giving me this bottle Chad! Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

A: Not a gusher (like most of the other flavors)! Pours a murky deep amber color with a short lived reddish hued head.
S: A very interesting nose with hints of blueberry fruit, blueberry jam or pie filling, fermented ripened fruits. No citrus in this one.
T: Almost woody, no acid (except maybe a twinge in the finish). A touch of citrus up front followed by a bit of mild blueberry. Hard to pick out the fruit.
M: Faintly tart, very mellow, almost muted flavors. Medium body, lower carbonation than the other flavors.
O: Very mellow. Tastes its age. Blueberry is a tough flavor to begin with though. Thanks again cpferris!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish blue. Blueberry sours always have the most unique appearance. Nice head but unlike most Uplands this one doesn't gush.

Smells like a shitload of mouth numbing, medicinal brett and some fruity sourness that is possibly but not necessarily recognizable as blueberry. Fairly appealing actually.

Disappointing flavor...the initial burst of sour brett and mild fruitiness is pretty standard Upland, but it doesn't follow through with as much fruit as I'd like and the aftertaste is kindof off--super bretty in a kind of medicinal vitamin like way. Pretty good while in the mouth, but needs more fruit flavor and could do without the odd finish.

Nice well carbonated mouthfeel.

I like this beer, but expected better. This is the least good of the Upland lambics, and probably the least fruity. Especially disappointing since blueberry is my favorite fruit! Still a good beer but it ain't no blabaer.


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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 Viciousknishs
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 9/27/2010

Batch: 142-09

A- pours a purple color with a lighter pinkish purple short lived head. No lacing.

S- solid funk and oak hit the nose at first with notes of barnyard, horse blanket and tart fruitiness. Some lemony citric quality in the middle with oak and subtle blueberry on the finish.

T- great tart acidity hit the palate at first with lovely funk and oak playing off each other. Zesty citric quality with a touch of earthy Brett in the middle. Finishes with a hint of blueberry and lingering sour, oak and funk.

MF- bubbly champagne like mouthfeel with a light medium body and active playful carbonation.

D- very good drinkability.

Overall a great sour. I just wish the blueberry had been a little more prominate.

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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 rowingbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark blue color with very little light getting through. The smell is tart and funky with A nice blurbery aroma. The flavor is tart not sour and the blueberry flavor is very noticeable. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than expected but good. Overall this is a great beer.

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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 MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 brian44556
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 750mL into a Bell's Tulip. Bottled 9/27/10. Batch 42-09

The beer pours a purple hue with a fizzy, purple head. The head is very thick at the start, but fades quickly into nothing. No head is left and no trace of lacing left. Beer looks flat. Smell is of fresh blueberries and a earthy funk. You can smell a good mixture of tartness from the blueberries. Taste is semi fresh blueberries with a decent tartness. A small hint of funk is present, but this isn't as sour as I would like for a Lambic. Carbonation is very low and this beer is almost flat. Overall a disappointing Lambic offering. I have heard this is one of the weaker Lambic offerings from Upland and without having the rest I hope the consensus is right because I have 5 other of the varieties to drink at some point.

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Photo of Verecund
2.37/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 42-09. Bottled September, 2010. Opened on October 13, 2011.

Pours a plum purple-red with a short-lived, lightly pink head. Almost still after the head settles.

Nose features some balance between the blueberry/fresh blackberry tart and sweet interplay, dirty/earthy funk, and some vinegar. Light oak.

By far my least favorite Upland sour on the palate. Just-past-ripe blueberries, a tiny bit of tartness, and all of the wrong funk notes: rubbery, mostly; band-aidy; somewhat cheesy. The funk just doesn't work for me - it almost tastes artificial - and the fruitiness is too watered down to salvage the beer.

Medium-light bodied, medium-low carbonation. Flat/dead, really.

Like I said, my least favorite of the Uplands I've had. No real sourness, weird funk, and weak fruit. Can't win them all; might be better fresh.

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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 muttyd
2.54/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First experience with Upland. Here goes.

This "lambic" pours a rich plum with a fizzy, crackling head that settles into nothing. No head, completely still, no lacing. Looks like flat blueberry soda.

Aroma is mostly made up of blueberries, some earthy funk, and slight acidity. Flavor follows the nose with a sweet, slightly tart blueberry flavor, some funk, faint vinegar, and oak. Not overly sour, very fruity and wine-like. The low carbonation and stale mouthfeel really detracts from this beer. Finish is slightly astringent, not too dry. Not really what I look for in a lambic...

Okay beer. Rather overhyped, wanted more.

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Photo of corby112
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark purplish plum color with faint mahogany edges.  Completely still with no head or lacing to speak of.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of barnyard, bugs and earthy oak along with some faint vanilla and lots of dark fruit.  Vinous with hints of blueberry, plum and red grape.  Subtle acetic vinegar presence.  

Tart, puckering mouthfeel with slight acidity that lingers into a vinegary acetic finish.  Lots of vinous dark fruit, especially blueberry, ref grape and dark cherry.  There's a subtle oak presence which contributes to the earthy character but the slick, flatness/lack of carbonation hurt this beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, blue/purple tinged copper color with a minimal head that collars around the glass. Nice aroma with notes of tart blueberry, fruit, and slight acetone. Light mouthfeel. The blueberry isn’t as good as what I wanted. Not overly sour. Not too carbonated and wish it had a touch more. Some apple fruit notes as well.

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