Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company
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2.28/5 rDev -41.5%
750 ml bottle acquired in a trade a few months back, opened last night with my girlfriend, poured into my Belle Vue flute glass, pretty much flat with a miniscule head that disappers immediately, no lacing or anything, just a still body that looks like the cranberry juice I had with breakfast, would have thought it would have been darker with it being a blueberry lambic, smell consists of mild tartiness, soft berries, vanilla, light oak, and funk, taste is quite weak and I kept thinking over and over to myself, where is the fruit, very light tart at the beginning, then it turned into pretty much juice without a sweet or sour fruit flavor, just bland and starightforward, did not change once it warmed, too mild for a lambic, just dry in the finish with no taste to go along with it, it is like barely flavored juice with a tonic water finish, not much of a mouthfeel, dry and once in a while mildy tarty, low level of carbonation was one of its main problems, for something that was both corked and capped, you would expect the contrary, taste did not linger at all, taste more like it was aged in a ziploc bag than a wooden barrel, could drink more of this stuff because of how light it is but would not want to, no complexity and is not anything close to other interpretations of this style, this was the worst of the Upland lambics I have had so far, almost half the bottle ended up being poured down the drain, very limited fruit flavor and the lack of carbonation pretty much ruined it, would not drink again, this was the second time I had it and it was the same each time, so can eliminate the idea of it being a bad bottle, certainly not worth what I traded for it, not recommended
03-20-2009 14:16:08 | More by Floydster
2.33/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
10-14-2011 02:11:38 | More by Verecund
2.38/5 rDev -39%
Poured a murky reddish browny orange (despite the blueberry name). Almost no head: just a thin film.
Smelled like tart vinegar and ... funk? Not much blueberry in the nose.
Not much blueberry in the flavor, either. The blackberry definitely had a much stronger "berry" component. Mostly acidic vinegar that was a bit thin, some citrus zest, and the faintest hint of blueberry. Not sure if I had a bad bottle, or what, but the mouthfeel was unacceptably flat.
11-17-2008 10:15:46 | More by Overlord
2.53/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
07-10-2011 03:09:05 | More by muttyd
2.75/5 rDev -29.5%
Bottled on 09-27-10. Batch 42-09
Poured into a tulip. Nice mauve color. Not quite hazy but not exactly clear either. I can see a few bubbles racing upwards to a light-lavender lacing. There is a bit of stickiness.
The smell immediately reminds me of blueberry pancakes. A nice amount of sweetness is noticed among the powerful blueberry aroma.
The taste is very dry, and there is a lot of cracker and biscuit flavor here. The finish is dry and reminiscent of croutons. The tart blueberry flavor resides somewhere in the middle, but only to leave a bit of medicinal flavor. The aftertaste reminds me a little bit of burnt rubber.
I like the lively mouthfeel. The sharpness of the bubbles works well with wild ales. Not a terrible beer but it noticeably falls short of other similar versions. My 8 ounce share is enough for me, and I'll enjoy it.
02-20-2011 04:45:38 | More by andrewinski1
2.98/5 rDev -23.6%
I got this beer from Gcurlow in Secret Santa 09. I believe it is from the 2008 batch. Thanks Grant.
Upland Blueberry pours a rosy blue color very similar to the color of blueberry juice. The beer is dead flat; there isn't even a speck of a head.
The aroma is pleasant but somewhat understated. There is a hint of tartness and a more powerful scent of blueberry.
A tiny bit of sourness pairs with blueberry and then Upland Blueberry finishes pretty quickly. This beer certainly isn't bad, but it's a touch bland and it's completely without carbonation. I really feel that with some more carbonation this beer might open up more, but currently it is somewhat underwhelming.
I enjoyed this beer, but was disappointed by it at the same time. The carbonation issues are no fun, and they ruin what could probably be a decent brew.
12-04-2010 17:17:31 | More by Hojaminbag
3/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
07-06-2011 22:09:47 | More by corby112
3.03/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
10-22-2011 00:44:40 | More by brian44556
3.08/5 rDev -21%
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.
07-20-2009 07:26:16 | More by nkersten
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
05-05-2009 15:43:33 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
Thanks to my buddy SPLITGRING for the Upland lambic hook-up. I opened this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza with Joey and Danny.
Pours a dark rosy color, looks pretty flat too. Dark purple once it's in the glass and to me it reminds me of beet juice. Cloudy white after the yeast pour.
A bit of funk at first, blueberry, plastic, various berry aromas like strawberry notes here an there...not that complex though.
Tasted of blueberry juice with some funky plastic, not much complexity at all. Just juice later on. As a lambic, no, it is not that great.
Low carbonation, a bit syrupy initially but there is a dry finish that balances out the beer well.
Easy to drink since it tastes like old blueberry juice.
03-18-2009 08:11:47 | More by seaoflament
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a nice blueish color, some carbonation, not much of a head, not much sticky lacing either. The nose is malty with scents of raspberry/cherry, not much blueberry at all. The taste is malty, soury, with some raspberry/cheery, again not much of a blueberry taste. Medium body. Drinkable, dissappointed with this brew.
12-24-2008 06:11:36 | More by Wasatch
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
I have been sitting on this one for about 3 months now as I heard it does well with a few months to mature.
A_A fairly vigourous pour produced a dark cherry coloured beer with no head or foaming. It is literally devoid of visual carbonation save for a few bubbles on the sides of the glass.
S_A fairly complex mix of perfume-like and tart blueberries, a general barnyard mustiness, vanilla and honey.
T_Not quite as spot on as the smell. The taste is a mild sourness and a faint hit of blueberries. The finish lingers slightly with a nice floral bouquet. Still it is rather mild overall and the funky lambic notes I was looking for are almost absent. There is a pleasing vanilla like oak quality that is nice.
M_Fairly flat with a rather light feel.
D_The potential is here but there are some definite faults. not sure where they went wrong but it needs the flavour component amped up a notch. I preferred the Blackberry to this one.
02-15-2009 01:54:37 | More by sleazo
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
A: The appearance of this beer is beautiful. The beer is the color of pureed blueberries underneath a thin, pink cap of foam that delicately coats the glass with lacing.
S: The aroma is of homemade blueberry pie. The aroma also carries an odd wave of sweet and sour scents that perplexes the olfactories.
T: A lot of fruit really comes through in the flavor. The beer is slightly sweet, and not at all what I had expected. Barrel aging is normally very detectable in both the aroma and the flavor, but I don't get a good sense of that here. Also missing is the funky, wonderful, intriguing scent and taste of lambic. While there are some positive aspects to this beer, the various taste components are too disjunct and lack any sort of cohesion to make this a great fruit lambic.
M: Adequate carbonation and light on the palate.
D: I was honestly a bit disappointed. I was really looking forward to the possibility of another great blueberry lambic, but this one did not deliver. This is a decent beer, and I would be willing to try it again, but I won't seek it out.
01-27-2011 01:45:14 | More by Huhzubendah
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
Pours very little head. Color is a hazed pale purple pinkish color.
Aroma: Blueberries, brett, and other bugs. Oak, some sourness. Pretty straight forward.
Taste: More sourness than blueberries. Oak and spike. Some malts. Straightforward sour.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.
Overall, an easy drinking sour. Nothing special, but still very enjoyable. I have liked the others a bit better, but I do like this one.
06-07-2011 13:33:32 | More by mothman
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
750ml bottle thanks to tjthresh. Interesting purple-pink color and a smell nothing close to blueberries. It is close to funky fruit lambic though and the aroma is one of the qualities most of these uplands get right. Flat mouthfeel, fruit juice flavors, too juicy not enough sour or blue berry or funky enough but the aroma is cool and misleading.
02-23-2009 00:26:53 | More by ArrogantB
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
Beer poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is awesome, seriously, looks great. It's purple, like you'd expect, it has a decent head with some staying power, it's carbonated but definitely not overcarbonated. It is steady and wonderful.
Aroma is VERY INTERESTING. It literally smells like blueberry pie. It has this sweet, blueberry, biscuit aroma, I can almost smell the crust too. It is a trip. The lactic character in the aroma is underplayed...which does this beer a dis-service.
The lactic is underplayed because the beer itself is not very sour unfortunately. I'm really rooting for Uplands but so far their lambics have been mediocre. Beer is thin with only a hint of tartness at the corners and back with nothing really to prop up the rest of the beer. It is nearly a flavorless lambic.
01-27-2011 17:22:41 | More by drabmuh
3.29/5 rDev -15.6%
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!
06-20-2013 01:54:47 | More by scottfrie
3.33/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
01-10-2011 01:08:54 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
06-21-2010 23:08:23 | More by WeisGuy
Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.