Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
750ml bottle poured into some wine glasses.
A- Dark blue sort of purple looking beer here. A hard pour yielded nothing in terms of head, with no head comes no lace.
S- A nice blueberry scent with some earthiness and very mild tart scents. Nothing in terms of malts or hops, just blueberries, low sour and some accidity.
T- One of the best blueberry beers i've had because I don't get many. This one tastes good but really is not that all complex. Some slight funky yeasty things going on. The berries are the forefront but are not overpowering. Taste like tart fruit juice.
M&D- Well this one is flat as can be. Nothing lively under the tounge which takes away from the drinkability. It has a nice taste but the lack of any ummphh keeps me from wanting more.
08-11-2009 02:41:35 | More by BARFLYB
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
06-14-2011 13:03:18 | More by kbutler1
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-26-2014 02:51:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Upland's Blueberry Lambic pours burgundy with the look of fruit juice when backlit, glowing red with a purple tint. An aggressive pour only yielded a thin, mostly bubbled head that quickly fizzled out to absolutely nothing. This lambic looks almost still but when backlit I notice a couple streams of very slow moving carbonation. Not a very good start.
The aroma is faint. The blueberries are mildly noticeable and are both sweet and somewhat peppery. The nose is slightly acetic with a sharp note here ad there of blueberry although that's not all that often. Pretty straightforward aroma but I enjoy what's there. The tartness is minimal in the nose.
The flavor comes along nicely and this beer seems to get better as I drink. There's a mild peppery note right off the bat (from the blueberries) with a dry woodiness mid-palate that lingers through the finish. The blueberry adds a touch of sweet but only for a second. Notes of red wine vinegar pop up here and there that are tart but don't quite reach sour. Slight lactic sourness as well but it's tough to pick out. I'd love to see more sourness on this lambic it's pretty good where it is.
The body at first seemed much too watery but as I drink it seems to pick up a little slickness and a mild tartness sticks to my cheeks. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and moves fairly quickly.
I can and have been putting this beer away pretty easily. The light body and tartness keep the glass tilted in the pouring position.
I have to say this lambic was a bit of a disappointment. The flavor is there but the lack of carbonation really knocks this one back on most categories. A few more bubbles and this would have been a really good beer.
01-11-2009 03:57:02 | More by joe1510
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle shared at Woodshop 5.0. Pours the color of ripe blueberry flesh, sort of blueish pink, with no head. Aroma is reminiscent of blueberry maple syrup but with more sharpness to it. Tastes like overripe blueberries, the kind that if you eat they're a little too soft and mushy and don't taste as bright and sharp as ripe ones. Pretty tart but the acidity/sourness is toned down here compared to any expectations one might have for a 'lambic.'
02-23-2010 21:47:05 | More by illidurit
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Recent batch. Huge thanks to Kyle for sharing!
(A)- Pours a deep ruby red, almost blue color and produced some white foam/bubbles.
(S)- Some nice dry dark fruits. Mild funk and tartness. Plenty of Brett coming up.
(T)- Again, dry and very brett-driven in the funk category. Nice tart fruits and sourness.
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Lots of a funk driven Brett character in this. Nice tartness of the fruits.
(D)- A nice lambic. I look forward to see what time will do, but this is quite nice coming from the states.
03-22-2011 17:04:27 | More by sweemzander
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Very purple in color with lighter pinjish/purple shades around the edges. Fizzy white head forms but only about a 1/2 inch thick. Quickly fades to a thin white ring. Lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Certianly not well carbonated, b ut not near as flat in appearance as some of the stories I have heard. Maybe I just got lucky here.
S - Very strong aroma of tart fruits. Mix of barnyard and dark berries. Blueberry does not stick out as a dominant aroma but is certianly present in the nose. A little lemon zest as well.
T - Very tart fruitiness initially. Blueberry taste is present but not strong at all. A little bit of funk (call it barnyard or horse blanket or whatever it is you like) lingers underneath but is more just tart and sour. Becomes rather earthy as the beer warms. Not sure why, but the tastes just dont quite come together for me.
M/D - Rather fizzy in the mouth and the beer leaves the mouht very dry. Maybe blueberry just isnt my flavor of choice, but this one just did notquite do it for me. Certainly not bad, just not great in my book.
07-10-2009 15:56:23 | More by ckeegan04
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
11-26-2011 06:04:56 | More by MasterSki
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
750 ml corked and capped bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing this rarity.
Pours a hazy dark reddish purple, a pretty neat colour, some burgundy and orange highlights, some big bubbles form but virtually no head, pours pretty flat, a few bubbles rise up.
Smell is nice, pretty classic lambic, lots of lemon acidity and toasted wood, blueberry sweetness, nice sour fruit character, lightly spicy, some oak, more blueberry, a bit of cherry, very fruity and lightly sour.
Taste is nice, cherries and spice, some cinnamon, lightly sour and fruity, dry and woody, acidic lemon character and some oak, blueberries, lots of fruit character, strawberries and cherries, pretty nice, and very close to a real Belgian lambic, neat mineral character in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to almost no carbonation, this is virtually flat. This has some great traditional lambic character vs. American wild. But I think the flatness takes away but this is still good stuff. Thank Russ!
03-28-2010 20:36:18 | More by Viggo
3.83/5 rDev -2%
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.
04-10-2011 21:42:30 | More by Soonami
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this brew on 11/13/10.
Poured into a snifter, it appears a hazed ruby red color. This brew pours progressively more sediment filled and cloudy with each 5oz pour regardless of how careful you are. Little to no head appears and swirls create a thin spotty coating of lace.
The smell of this brew has some notes that will warn you that you are in for something sour. It has funk to the point of being lightly cheesy and some minor berry indications that are not distinguishable.
The taste is tart and lightly acidic. Somewhat cheesy in flavor just like the aroma indicated. A faint touch of vinegar and barely any fruit indications are present outside of the perceived acidic/tartness that is there.
This is a light bodied offering with a lower than expected carbonation level. It is easy drinking and is approachable without too much puckering quality. I think the general consensus about this brew is that if you took away the blueberry stained appearance of this brew, you would probably not be able to figure out the fruit addition based on flavor and aroma.
11-23-2010 15:20:42 | More by stakem
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to Foo Faa for sharing a bottle of this.
A-Hazy purple tinted amber with a bit of fizzy white bubbles. Not really any head at all but the look of being like a alchemists potion makes it look cool.
S-A nice tart pop with subtle berry tart/sweetness with a touch of light biscuit malt sweetness. A combination of dry oak and balsamic vinegar in the background.
T-I found this to be straight forward not overly complex but yet quite enjoyable. Tart blueberry flavours with a touch of oak astringency and balsamic vinegar sourness.
M-Medium-light bodied with (as most have stated) almost no carbonation. This certainly takes away from totally enjoying this. The flavours don't seem to linger as long as the could and overall it seems dull.
D-While this brew has it's short coming overall it is a pleasant tasting and nicely done brew. I certainly enjoyed my pour and wouldn't hesitate to try it again. With some tweaking and proper carbonation this could becomes a truly stellar beer.
07-27-2009 11:40:00 | More by Deuane
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-02-2009 17:09:01 | More by BeerZack
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
poured into a tulip
Beer is a dark red/purplish color. A little murky. About 1 fingers worth of frothy light pink head that dissipates rather quickly.
Aroma of fresh blueberries with a little brett. I could use more of the brett...that musty barn, horse blanket associated with your traditional lambics but still blows a lindeman's out of the water.
sour blueberries up front, moving on to a little of the funk associated with a lambic. Some very slight sweetness to the blueberries but not overpowering. I opened a blueberry back in December and that one had a more pronounced blueberry taste than this. I was hoping for a little more barnyardy taste but maybe it needs more age?
light bodied...carbonation kind of fell flat, which was surprising as I thought it had decent carbonation from the pour. I could use a little more of that effervescent feel in the mouth as well. Slightly dry finish but there is that little bit of sweetness that makes it like a dry wine.
For the price, availability and taste I think I'd rather grab some 3F or Cantillon in Chicago and pay a little more. I remember having this a couple months back and thinking it was great. I got slight more blueberry and the funkiness was more pronounced. Maybe my palate has changed and I'm getting used to that brett, funkiness...who knows
(*after checking out my other reviews for the upland beers, my palate definitely has changed. I gave the strawberry not so high marks because it was more brett than fruit. this one didn't have enough brett..I've been lucky enough to have a lot of good authentic lambics and I enjoy them more and more each time*)
....I think more carbonation may have made this a little better for me.
03-28-2011 01:02:17 | More by cetherid
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
This has a very slight carbonation and in order to preserve carbonation I poured pretty softly. I only saw a couple of lonely bubbles on top of the beer that quickly disappeared. The beer is actually quite dark, almost the color of a Merlot, it is quite clear and shows a bright, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of red-wine like fruit to it as well, but notes of oak and a light tartness are a bit more noticeable. The fruit aromatics are quite interesting though, there is almost a spiciness to the nose that seems to be contributed by the fruit as well as from the oak. Bright, blueberry fruit notes interweave seamlessly with spicy & buttery oak, a light mustiness, a definite dustiness, and perhaps a touch of musky Brettanomyces character. Spicy notes of woody black pepper, some leather and even a bit of tobacco contribute, along with the soft but striking fruit character, a definite vinous character to the nose. I really like the nose of this beer, I wouldn't have guessed that blueberries could do this (the spicy fruitiness is just so interesting).
Very lightly carbonated, really almost flat except for a slight prickle as it crosses the tongue. The beer retains just a touch of sweetness that creates a jammy, berry character reminiscent to a fruit red wine. The beer finishes with a spicy oak character, a bit of woody astringency and a soft tannic structure that keeps the beer lingering a bit on the tongue. The beer only has a light tartness to it, you can tell there is some other source of acid besides the fruit, but it is really fairly weakly acidic for a Lambic. That spicy character from the fruitiness is also here in the flavor, I want to say it is a spicy blueberry-skin character. This is almost pepper like in some ways, though definitely has a blueberry edge to it; it is sort of woody with an almost pine / rosemary character (though the oak certainly contributes to this as well); it almost has an artificial, blueberry-soda quality to it at times that is not objectionable at all. This has a nice body to it, both the oak and the residual fruit notes contribute. This is still quite quaffable, but it has some texture to it, that doesn't make the lack of carbonation overwhelmingly apparent.
If this were carbonated and had more of the traditional Lambic notes (acidity and funkiness) then it would be absolutely outstandingly awesome (runaway best from this years Upland Lambic release in all likelihood). The fruit adds such an interesting character to this brew, but without the CO2 and other traditional Lambic notes this is merely interestingly good. I am really digging the similarities to a fruity red wine. Definitely an experience and it is quite easy to polish of the bottle of this.
12-14-2008 04:17:00 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
C&C'd 750ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.
Big ups to robwestcott for sending this my way!
A: Cork comes off w/ a pop. Bottle wants to gush, but thankfully I'm prepared w/ glass in hand. Pours a lovely deep, dark purple hue. Looks almost like sangria. Murky and translucent. Two fingers worth of pink head initially, that quickly dwindles to a thin layer. The color of the beer is really quite beautiful. Streams of carbonation continually make their way from the bottom to the surface. Very pleasing.
S: As soon as the cork came off I was hit w/ juicy sweet and tart scents and a nice dose of funk. Scent is decidedly blueberry. Plenty of sour. Based on the initial burst of aroma I expected a bit more. Not bad.
T: Juicy sweetness up front. Soft blueberry flavor and suggestions of raspberry and blackberry. Moderately tart flavors of green apple, pear, and perhaps white grape. Initially I picked up a little astringency in the finish, but several sips later I'm no longer finding this negative quality. No where near the sourness of Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon, but tart enough that it works. Not terribly complex, but this is a solid lambic. Loads of fruit flavor in this young bottle. I would suggest drinking this sooner than later in order to take full advantage of this blueberry tastiness.
M: Could be a little fuller. This beer would benefit from a little more spritzy carbonation. Not bad, but room for improvement.
D: High in my opinion. No problem finishing this 750 on my own. The flavors are interesting and the lack of a biting sourness means you can drink quite a bit of this.
My first offering from Upland and it is a good one. These seem to be fairly well sought after, but the reviews can go either way. I can say that the '10 version of Blueberry is legit. The best American fruit beers are still made by New Glarus, but Upland may be on to something. Low bottle counts make it difficult, but try this if you can without giving up the farm.
02-13-2011 05:30:57 | More by AdamGarcia
Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.