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Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
88
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 278
Gots: 49 | FT: 5
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 91
Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +14.8%
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.

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared during the big Upland sour tasting amongst a large group of BAs! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a purplish red with a half finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blueberries, funk, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberries, funk, tart, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was my second favorite from this tasting which included all of the Upland fruit lambics and Sour Reserve Batch 1 (which took #1). We figured no one had brought Blåbær so this would make a decent substitute. We were right on that aspect. While not as funky like most Cantillons, this one definitely carried a similar flavor profile. With this one being MUCH easier to obtain I would not think twice about pick as many of these up as possible based on my two experiences with this brew. A definite must try for anyone who calls themselves a sour fan. If you haven’t tried it before, you need to do so…

Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark purple colored beer with pretty much no head and no real visible carbonation.

S - Tart and funky aromas. The blueberries are pretty subtle, but at least they smell real. Little bit of oak, pretty solid smelling beer for what I was expecting.

T - Decently sour and funky, the blueberries are there, but a little bit subtle. I enjoy blueberries quite a bit and it comes through enough to be a good blueberry lambic.

M - Smooth, fairly full bodied, not a lot of carbonation, but it's fine for this beer.

O - I liked this one quite a bit, seemingly more than most who have reviewed it here. Another solid offering from Upland.

Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  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.

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 750mL bottle courtesy of SirSketch.

Story of two pours on this one. First pour is a deep, clearish red with some big bubbles on the top that fade quickly leaving the thinnest of rings and leaves spotty lacing. The second pour was a cloudy, almost milky purplish color with no carbonation at all.

Smell is slightly acidic and tart with only the faintest hint of blueberries. Some funk presence in the nose as well.

The taste was subtle but I definitely got a little more blueberry bitterness, especially in the finish, where I can definitely get some blueberry presence. After the small initial barnyard funk tang on the tongue, there wasn't a lot of sour to it.

The mouthfeel is very slick and oily with almost no carbonation at all, which is odd considering the sour and funk presence is very understated.

Because it's less funky than many lambics, it's also very drinkable and finishing off the bottle was no problem at all, which I can't honestly say about some lambics. A decent effort but would benefit from more carbonation and/or funk.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark grapefruit purple color with no head and a hazy depth to it.

S-fertilizer up front, notes of cheese, touch of barnyard funk, blueberries in the back.

T-pretty sweet, lots of blueberries throughout with a light tartness to accompany. there is a hint of fertilizer in the middle, a very faint funk, some more sweetness in the back and a little watery.

M-soft, smooth, and a little thin, light body and light on the carbonation with a touch of crispness in the finish.

D-not bad, drinkin after blabaer so pales in comparison. quite sweet and lacking the tartness I was hoping for. little complexity as well. not bad, but falls well short of the previous beer.

Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  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.'

Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thegerm87
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a cloudy reddish / brownish color with small sized off white head. Aromas of brett, funky, leather, and tart berries. Tastes of tart blueberries and all around funky. Tart and semi-sour finish. I really liked this one!

Notes from and tasted on 12/16/07

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes on 1/14/2012

Vintage 2010 poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark purple / indigo bodied beer with a one finger high dark purple head.

Smell: Lots of funk upfront with a vinegar note to compliment it. Faint blueberries.

Taste: This one is all about the sour part of the beer. Did not get a huge amount of fruit off this sour, but its is there about mid palate that you get some of the blueberry fruitiness. The beer starts and finishes with sour and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with carbonation that is on the high end of moderate. The beer finishes dry and it also refreshing.

Overall: This is Upland sour is in the middle of the road. Blackberry and kiwi are still my favorite Upland sours!

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.