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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 284
Gots: 43 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djrn2, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

mikesgroove, May 05, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

womencantsail, May 23, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 26, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 27, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

imperialking, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

orangesol, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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
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3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

corby112, Jul 06, 2011
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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.