Blueberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 275
Gots: 58 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of joe1510
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,741 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,797 characters)

Photo of mdm46410
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy, dark red with a thin head of pinkish/tan foam that quickly faded into a thin film. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma consisted of oak, sugary blueberries, and a hint of funkiness. The flavor was made up of muted blueberry notes, wet wood, and a very light brettiness. Finished mostly dry, but was not very acidic or puckering. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and minimally carbonated. Almost still. Goes down like uncarbonated fruit juice. After trying their strawberry lambic, this was a bit of a letdown. (614 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.37/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky reddish browny orange (despite the blueberry name). Almost no head: just a thin film.

Smelled like tart vinegar and ... funk? Not much blueberry in the nose.

Not much blueberry in the flavor, either. The blackberry definitely had a much stronger "berry" component. Mostly acidic vinegar that was a bit thin, some citrus zest, and the faintest hint of blueberry. Not sure if I had a bad bottle, or what, but the mouthfeel was unacceptably flat. (460 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, reddish golden color, with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, light berries, leather, funk, and hay. Taste of dry berry skins, some sweetness, tart, funk, and a lengthly, sour finish. Good, but just short of Cantillon's. (277 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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 (276 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Into the glass this looks pretty much the same as blueberry juice. Purple-mahogany in color. With a very vigorous pour I managed to get a bit of a light purple colored skim, but it quickly sinks down to a few bubbles and a ring. Some swirling brings it back for a few seconds.

The aroma of this is quite good. Straight blueberry with a dose of sour. A bit of wood.

The taste is mildy vinegary, the blueberries are definitely there but they don't stick out as much as the aroma. It's nice and subtle behind the tartness, which isn't really too sour. Comes off a bit watery probably due to the low carbonation.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is way too low. I don't know if they didn't use enough priming sugar or if it needs more time or what. Still, it's quite drinkable.

I am betting this would be better if there was more carbonation. The flavor and mouthfeel might go up a half point just based on that. If you have a bottle of this I would suggest sitting on it and keeping it in the 70s to encourage a bit more carbonation. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark magenta color with no head. Terrific aroma displays the purity and glory of freshly picked and crushed blueberry, along with a light hint of oak and funk. Flavor is initially dominated by the essence of real blueberry, followed by a light hint of pie and then some nice tartness on the finish. While not Blabeur, this is a very nice blueberry sour. (353 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. These have black caps. Purchased yesterday at the brewery. Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant purple/red color with a few light bubbles on top and no real head to speak of. Somewhat hazy. The colors from the real blueberries really shines through. Aromas of light grain malt bathed in a barnyard funkiness. Sour acetic notes mix in with fresh fruity blueberry notes and oak. Pretty nice, but its a bit mellow compared to traditional Belgian counterparts.

First sip brings a light crisp grain upfront that leads way to a fruity blueberry flavor. Sour, acidic notes move in with the trademark lambic, barnyard funkiness. Vinous notes on the way down with mild oak astringency. Not as sour as expected and nearly non-existent carbonation. Maybe some age will help this?

Mouthfeel is light and smooth here. Goes down easy with a subtle puckering sourness. I have to fault this particular bottle as it almost had no carbonation whatsoever. I'm really hoping my other blueberry bottle doesn't have this problem, as it does take away from the overall brew. Cheers to Upland for creating all these lambics! (1,115 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

Pours murky ruby with a purple hue and zero head. A few minute bubbles at best.

Aromatics lead off with tart blueberries, baryard funk, and a lemon twang. Hints of red wine vinegar, horseblanket, cherries, and wine follow through.
Undertones of fruit-laden cheese, dried pineapple, and oak finish the nose.

Light bodied, a bit thin with an almost flat mouthfeel.

Ripe blueberries, red wine, light acid, and mild oak start the pallet. A peppery warmth follows through along with red fruit and lemon pith.
Mildly tart and barely sour, with a trace of residuals that counterpoint the acid.

Finishes with ripe, red fruits, light acid, oaky tannins, and a peppery warmth.

Tasting quite young, and similar to a Flanders Red. Hopefully this will develope much more acid in the cellar to bring it more in the realm of an authentic lambic.

Mad props goes out to BA HRKing for the hookup.
Thanks Bob! (912 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this twice once at the Broadripple Brewfest and again at the Upland Lambic release last night! The difference being 1 was a year old and the other was fresh. If you want your beer more on the sour side let these celler a year and let the Brett do it's thing.
The year old bottle was much more tart and acidic which isn't a bad thing at all considering these are Lambics!
Flavor is more present on the pallette in the after taste than up front and an almost watery but very easy to drink 6%alc. Very well hidden and non present in the taste.
The oak really jumps out both in the nose and flavor. The blueberry flavor is there but more present after you swallow on the tongue it lingers then you say ooohh yea nice! (720 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to secret stash @ RB!

A: Nice normal coppery brown. Nice head.

S: Ripe blueberries, and alcohol. Very, very complex. Lots of hints of all kinds of things going on in there.

T: HOLY DELICIOUS!!! This made my tongue curl up and hide. It was like, if you ate a raw lemon, and it was sour times 50. The flavor of ripe blueberries, but the sourness of unripened green blueberries. This is the absolute most complex beer I have ever tasted.

M: Pucker, pucker, pucker! Lips smacking goodness. I could taste, AND FEEL this on my tongue almost an hour later, literally.

D: This is a sipper!!! Enjoy it slowly; savor. This beer is an experience!

Thanks again Mike; you are thee man!!! (688 characters)

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (806 characters)

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