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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 286
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Axnjxn
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Axnjxn, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had higher hopes for this lambic, but it's just decent rather than transcendent. Pours a beautiful purple, but with no head. Stemmy blueberries on the nose with quite an impact. The aroma fades on the finish. Not quite as lush as I'd like. A little thin and sour to start as far as the taste goes, but the blueberries make an appearance toward the finish as nice, clean fruit. The mouthfeel is thin and a little sour. A little perfumy overall, and a bit stemmy. Could be lush, or could be bracingly sour, but it straddles those lines without really deciding which direction it would like to go and without making a statement. Somewhat pleasant, but could be so much more.

Georgiabeer, May 04, 2009
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up all of the four flavors of the new Upland Lambics. This is my second favorite. This beer is my first experience with lambics. I really enjoy the tart flavor and the bits of fruit in the brew. The taste is there but the sour taste distracts from the flavor. Its fairly drinkable. It just makes it hard on the tongue to drink more than half a bottle! ;-)

Overall, its a good beer with a nice flavor and tart taste. Its a little pricey at 15 bucks a 750mL but its still fun never the less.

iconoklaztor, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BARFLYB, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

kbutler1, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 26, 2014
Photo of joe1510
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml
$15.00
Upland Brewery

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.

joe1510, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dogfishandi, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

threedaggers, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

vermilcj, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

facesnorth, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MikeCactusGordon, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.'

illidurit, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, May 04, 2014
Photo of LopeJuice
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

LopeJuice, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ThePorterSorter, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of RuckusDu
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

RuckusDu, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

maDUECEgunner, May 24, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sweemzander, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ckeegan04, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Viggo, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Soonami, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Nov 23, 2010
Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.