Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 274
Gots: 57 | FT: 7
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for muling bottles of the most recent release. Shared at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really magnificent blueberry color with a nice pink head. Really attractive coloring. While this was quite nice, I was immediately distractive by the overpoweringly-assertive nature of the blueberries in the nose. It was a symphony of blueberry breakfast items with loads of blueberry syrup and pancakes plus a slight amount of tartness. Really well done. The taste nails the fresh blueberry as well and adds in a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and a bit sweet. Drinks incredibly well. I think the blueberries are the highlight of this one and I won't be waiting long to drink my other bottle. I think the fruit character that really makes this beer will be gone well before this really sours up, if that happens.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample courtesy of Jay23...this is batch #1 (2007).

Deep scarlet-magenta tone in the glass, with a ring of darker pinkish-white foam. Fairly murky. Looks pretty unique for a Lambic.

Aromas of leather, some wood, and mystery spices. First thing it reminded me of was JP Roja by it's nose only.

Taste had a nice citric sour pucker to it, stimulating the salivary glands fully. There was only a hint of berry in the aftertaste. It had a fairly low carbonation, with a thinner body. This may be traditional, but a little more spritz may liven it up more.

Overall, this was a great Lambic, suprisingly good coming from the Midwest and not overseas. One for warm weather, or if you're craving something sour. Maybe not as approachable to Lambic novices, but great for those with a taste for the sour side.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one at the Bruery yesterday.

A: The pour is a reddish-purple color with almost no carbonation or head.

S: A strong acidic note to the nose along with a mild acetic quality to it as well. The blueberries are muted, but there and a mild funk to it. Lemon and oak round the nose out.

T: A somewhat fruity flavor, but not overtly blueberry. Good acidity and tartness with a pleasant dryness from the brett, wood, and fruit skins. Some mild cherries, vinegar, and lemon as well.

M: The body is medium with almost no carbonation. A nice slick feel to the beer with a light dryness.

D: A pretty decent lambic/American Wild with a nice sourness and balance. Not the best, but certainly good.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mothman
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of a freaking awesome trade with Bobby91w ... Bobby threw down in a big way. Thanks homeboy and I hope you're safe... Thanks for serving.

Shared this with a few of the Boise peeps a while back... reviewed from paper notes.

No head really.. the brew is sorta a lightly hazed deep red/purple .. surprise surprise.. Sorta looks like a Pinot Noir in my little glass.

Nose has a bright blueberry essence and a mild funk to it.. more dusty than really funky ... tart fruits tend to dominate.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a tannic element to it that I assume comes from the fruit skins (doesn't strike me as oak tannins) .. there is some oakiness to it that adds more of a vanilla component.. some acetic notes add complexity.. The body is lite with a very lite carbonation.. if the carbonation was dialed in, I think this would be very nice... The funk never really translates on the palate... However, I could have easily enjoyed this entire bottle over a couple of hours.

I think the funky yeast and bacteria probably didn't have the appropriate time to really do the damage they do. If I still had one, I would age it for a couple of years before breaking it out again.

What I truly appreciated about this beer is the "real fruit" character.. there is no mistaking it.. reminds me of the distilled essence of the blueberry pie at the diner in my home town.

I actually really enjoyed this brew for what it is. Don't try to compare it to a traditional fruit lambic.. it just doesn't stand up, but the bones are there and I hope to be lucky enough to score this batch and future batches again.

If you're reading this, and have an extra bottle... please contact me.... no joke. Message me now, before you go back to work, to bed, take a nap, or check your beermails... message me now.

3/3.5/3.5/3/4

Edit: Again... big thanks to Bobby91w ... Bobby is a great trader.

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was generously shared by backfat at Goose Island's Stout Fest, thanks Dave! I had really been looking forward to trying this after having the other three lambics from Upland's December release. This beer poured a murky violet in color with a light off white head which laced the glass. It had red rose highlights when put up to the light. The aromas let me down. I wanted blueberry, any blueberry. All I could pick up were other dark fruits, tart and sour notes, and funk. It had this lactic acid acidity which threw me off. I didn't get any blueberry at all. Nooo! The flavor kind of let me down too. It featured a fruity, marmalade like sweetness initially before fading into a sour and tart dark fruity potpourri. God, I just wanted some blueberries. Again it had this lactic component which really rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I was getting moody, I don't know. It drank with the consistency I prefer in a lambic but left behind this odd after taste that their other lambics have. I don't think I'm a fan of the yeast that Upland uses for their lambics. Something was off on this one. I still have a bottle so I guess I'll save it for awhile. Hopefully that bottle is a better experience.

Update: I shared a second bottle of this last night with my girlfriend. This bottle actually did give off slight and subtle blueberry aromas. They were still disappointing but at least they were present. The flavor too only gave slight blueberry, leaving me wanting more prominent blueberry.

Photo of AlexFields
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

6.9/10

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours purple with pretty much no head at all. It smells tart, like oak, blueberries, and some funk and vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste vinegar, blueberries, oak, and some vanilla. However, the taste is subtle, and I wish it had a little more kick to it. Mouthfeel is thin, seems a bit watery to me. Not much carbonation either, however there is some slickness which is nice. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough beer, but there's definitely some room for improvement with this. I'll have to try another batch in the future and see how it is.

Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 3 bottle thanks to Michael Thorpe, poured into my Narke tulip...First of all, what the heck are all these other reviewers thinking; this beer is awesome?...Pours a stunning dark purple that is clear. Nice pink head, good retention and lacing, just looks awesome...An equally impressive aroma that absolutely nails fresh blueberries, freshly squeezed juice, blueberry muffins. A hint of tartness, wish it was a tad more, however the blueberries aren't sweet or candied so it works...The taste is really good, but somewhat of a let down after how great the aroma was. The blueberries are still there but they don't come through as much, sweet with a tart bite. Too light...Easy to crush.

The best Upland lambic so far, this is really good stuff.

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.