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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 273
Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,102 characters)

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

Thanks Kevin for sharing!

A- Body is a cloudy, dynamic, dark fuschia hue. Pour is completely flat with no resemblence of a head.

S- Nose is full of berries-blueberry, raspberry-mostly sweet but slightly sour. Fruit is all Im getting here.

T-Flavor is quite fruity with lots of berry flavor coming through as well as a hint of bready yeast in the backbone. Flavor is consistent throughout and good-but pretty simple overall.

M-low carbonation and a thin slightly watery body.

D- Consumed in a tasting with several blueberry lambics and this-though a decent, enjoyable brew overall-was the at the bottom. Great opportunity to try this rare brew-but there are many others out there much better. (696 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 version -- thanks to lightindarkness for picking this up at the brewery well over a year ago.

a - pours a deep ruby color, no head, just a few bubbles up top, somewhat hazy

s - really funky aroma, much different from any other sour ale I've had, kind of reminiscent of a bad milk, light blueberry and oak aromas

t - moderately tart and sour up front with only a light blueberry flavor, fairly vinegary and acidic, not as funky on the palate as in the nose, but nice barnyard flavors along with light oak on the finish

m - medium to light bodied, minimal carbonation, light sweetness on the finish

d - not overly drinkable for the style, not too harsh on the palate, but not as complex or pleasing, really

Another interesting lambic from Upland, but nothing really spectacular. Would be great to get a little more of the blueberry character - perhaps these flavors diminished over the past year. If only I could get a Blabaer to compare. (947 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks to drseamus for the share.

A: Reddish tinge with no head and plenty of visible carbonation. There was plenty of carbonation just zero head retention.

S: Bret up front. The blueberries were there but really faint. The bret smell was quite funky.

T: Bret. Not sour or tart just more funky than anything else. It is good but it was just missing something for me. The cantillon blueberry makes everything else seem meh. This was a nice beer though.

M: Very dry. Super dry. Well carbonated.

D: This was an easy drinker but compared to the few other examples out there it just does not stack up. I did thoroughly enjoy this beer though I just wish more blueberry came through. (694 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (999 characters)

Photo of grub
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

rhinos00 hooked me up with this in a trade at DLD'09. thanks alex!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled march 28/2010.

pours hazy purplish red with no sign of any head or lace.

smell is great. sour cherry. lemon. touch of vinegar. raspberry. bit of blueberry. lots of fruit. hint of alcohol. there's a nice sweetness to the fruit too - not syrupy at all though. bit of spice. horse blanket. leather.

taste is good. great fruity character. raspberry, blueberry, cherry. light pie spice too, making me think just a little of montmorency cherries. lemon and malt vinegar. horse blanket funk. bit of leather. white bread and cracker. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is ok. this is its biggest flaw - dead flat. even just a little carbonation to give it life would certainly have improved this one. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. alcohol is hidden very well. balanced sourness. nice funky depth. great fruity character. (952 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.' (445 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,886 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Foo Faa for sharing a bottle of this.

A-Hazy purple tinted amber with a bit of fizzy white bubbles. Not really any head at all but the look of being like a alchemists potion makes it look cool.

S-A nice tart pop with subtle berry tart/sweetness with a touch of light biscuit malt sweetness. A combination of dry oak and balsamic vinegar in the background.

T-I found this to be straight forward not overly complex but yet quite enjoyable. Tart blueberry flavours with a touch of oak astringency and balsamic vinegar sourness.

M-Medium-light bodied with (as most have stated) almost no carbonation. This certainly takes away from totally enjoying this. The flavours don't seem to linger as long as the could and overall it seems dull.

D-While this brew has it's short coming overall it is a pleasant tasting and nicely done brew. I certainly enjoyed my pour and wouldn't hesitate to try it again. With some tweaking and proper carbonation this could becomes a truly stellar beer. (994 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Oud Beersel glass, thanks Todd for the chance to try this one!

A - Pours a very flat dark purple tint with no haze. Other then the lack of head, this beer has an amazing color.

S - Extremely sour lemon with a bit of funk. Not a lot of blueberry, but the aroma is similar to some of the most puckering brews I have ever had.

T - Good, but not great. No where near as sour as the smell would lead one to believe, but still some excellent lemon characteristics, with small hints of blueberry skin. Mostly lambic flavor, a little more blueberry would have been welcomed.

M - Body is good, but it lacks any kind of carbonation. The style doesnt always require it, but I feel this beer could have benefited from some bubbles.

D - Due to the mouthfeel, I don't think I could have more then my 8 oz pour before I craved something a little more lively. The flavor is very drinkable, but as a whole this beer just doesn't deliver.

I think this brew has a lot of potential and will re-review if I get to try another batch. (1,047 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 6.13 included in an epic tasting. From notes. Batch 1.

Much better than the peach. Beautiful blue color with a periwinkle frothy head. Wow it actually has some carbonation. We all noted that this had more of an "authentic" blueberry flavor rather than what some of us found to be artificial fruit flavors in some of the other lambics we tried. Relatively low acidity- especially compared to a lot of the other beers we sampled. I would definitely like to try this again in the future, although from what I hear the subsequent batches weren't as good. (563 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks photekut fore this one. Large capped and corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

It has an interesting appearance, a lot closer to wine than beer. Absolutely no head, just a few fine bubbles covering the beer that looks like a rose early on, and later in the bottle, as the sediment comes in to some extent, burgundy colored. No lacing.
Aroma is also unexpected, fruity and it has lots of grapes, above and beyond the blueberries, and it feels more like wine again. There are also oak, obviously blueberry and some leathery funkiness and mustiness that is quite nice but disappears quickly.
Medium bodied, no carbonation makes it feel again like wine. But it has a nice fruitiness, multiple wine like notes, blueberries, some spices, mild tartness and astringency.
This is a very stange beer, unique, somewhere between a wild ale and wine, but still disappoints given the lack of carbonation and subdued funkiness. The lack of carbonation plays better here than in other Upland lambics, but I would still love to see it carbonated. (1,039 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head. Rose colored liquid, pink tinges.

Nice sour fruity lacto smell, Red berries & flowers.

Tart berry sourness is not as sour as it smells. Slightly acetic, mostly lacto character. Don't ever really taste blueberry here, more of a cherry or generic "red berry" flavor.

Slightly puckering feel, but overall comes off a bit light all around, which does make it really drinkable. (385 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade a few months back, opened last night with my girlfriend, poured into my Belle Vue flute glass, pretty much flat with a miniscule head that disappers immediately, no lacing or anything, just a still body that looks like the cranberry juice I had with breakfast, would have thought it would have been darker with it being a blueberry lambic, smell consists of mild tartiness, soft berries, vanilla, light oak, and funk, taste is quite weak and I kept thinking over and over to myself, where is the fruit, very light tart at the beginning, then it turned into pretty much juice without a sweet or sour fruit flavor, just bland and starightforward, did not change once it warmed, too mild for a lambic, just dry in the finish with no taste to go along with it, it is like barely flavored juice with a tonic water finish, not much of a mouthfeel, dry and once in a while mildy tarty, low level of carbonation was one of its main problems, for something that was both corked and capped, you would expect the contrary, taste did not linger at all, taste more like it was aged in a ziploc bag than a wooden barrel, could drink more of this stuff because of how light it is but would not want to, no complexity and is not anything close to other interpretations of this style, this was the worst of the Upland lambics I have had so far, almost half the bottle ended up being poured down the drain, very limited fruit flavor and the lack of carbonation pretty much ruined it, would not drink again, this was the second time I had it and it was the same each time, so can eliminate the idea of it being a bad bottle, certainly not worth what I traded for it, not recommended (1,697 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my fifth of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a really flat purplish red with no head what-so-ever. Damnit. The peach was flat and looks like this one is gonna be too.
Smell- A slight bit of a vinegary tartness slaps the nostrils immediately. Lactic with maybe the slightest bit of Brett funk. What funk there is though doesn't seem to last long as the fruitiness of the blueberries lend more of a clean fresh scent. Unlike the other Upland Lambics I can really smell that the fruit in this is blueberry. The rest all just sort of smelled like a mix of berries. The oak really comes through as the beer warms and adds a nice bit of butter and vanilla.
Taste- Starts slightly tart but not near as tart as the nose led me to believe. It's sort of a light red wine like vinegar twang. No funk or anything Brett like but the fruit and wood do a number. The blueberry is tart and fruity and sort of reminds me of a raspberry vinaigrette. I think some carbonation would really help some of the flavors to pop a bit more. The oak is slightly tannic and it adds a bit of light vanilla bean. All these Lambics end with the same woody vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Well... Light and watery with zero carbonation and a bit of spicy vinegary twang.
Drinkability- Really tasty brew but damnit they need to get the carbonation in check. A $15 beer needs to be carbonated, regardless. Gripes aside I liked this one more than all except for the peach (which also wasn't carbonated). The fruit and wood are fantastic accompaniment to the light sour of the brew. Thanks Matt! (1,661 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy SPLITGRING for the Upland lambic hook-up. I opened this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza with Joey and Danny.

Pours a dark rosy color, looks pretty flat too. Dark purple once it's in the glass and to me it reminds me of beet juice. Cloudy white after the yeast pour.

A bit of funk at first, blueberry, plastic, various berry aromas like strawberry notes here an there...not that complex though.

Tasted of blueberry juice with some funky plastic, not much complexity at all. Just juice later on. As a lambic, no, it is not that great.

Low carbonation, a bit syrupy initially but there is a dry finish that balances out the beer well.

Easy to drink since it tastes like old blueberry juice. (712 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been sitting on this one for about 3 months now as I heard it does well with a few months to mature.

A_A fairly vigourous pour produced a dark cherry coloured beer with no head or foaming. It is literally devoid of visual carbonation save for a few bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S_A fairly complex mix of perfume-like and tart blueberries, a general barnyard mustiness, vanilla and honey.

T_Not quite as spot on as the smell. The taste is a mild sourness and a faint hit of blueberries. The finish lingers slightly with a nice floral bouquet. Still it is rather mild overall and the funky lambic notes I was looking for are almost absent. There is a pleasing vanilla like oak quality that is nice.

M_Fairly flat with a rather light feel.

D_The potential is here but there are some definite faults. not sure where they went wrong but it needs the flavour component amped up a notch. I preferred the Blackberry to this one. (938 characters)

Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.