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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%

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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: bassmantin on 02-26-2008)
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Photo of Etan


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours a rich garnet with a small pink head.

S. Big tart raspberry, moderately acetic, earthy seed.

T. More acetic sourness, light fruity sweetness. A bit jammy. You can tell they used a lot of fruit but it's still pretty dry and tart.

M. Light-bodied with mild carbonation.

O: Tasty beer. Like the other Upland sours it's good but simple. Probably the best one in the series so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:10:51 | More by Etan
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy raspberry jam color with nary a head though it leaves quite a few dots around the glass

Smell: Slightly sweet but primarily tart raspberry with a lemon and lactic character underlying

Taste: The sweet raspberry tones hit the tip of the tongue but as the liquid spreads across the tastebuds a lemony lactic sourness builds; after the swallow, it turns very acetic and burns on the way down the gullet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: There is a lot to enjoy in this beer but beware of the extreme acidity on the finish

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:47:20 | More by brentk56
Photo of jegross2


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Score: 93

Bottles 10/09/13. Served in a Kate the Great snifter and enjoyed on 01/20/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark and murky purplish red raspberry color, with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing or retention. Nice color, though. 4/5

Smell: Big raspberry here -- juicy, jammy, vinaigrette, candied. Vinegar and lacto, some lemon zest. Faint barnyard notes and a subtle cracker/wheat character too. Bright, apparent sourness on the nose. 4.25/5

Taste: What dominates and hits instantly, just like the nose, is the big raspberry flavor. Tart, juicy and candied, the sour raspberry coats the palate with sharply, followed by a residual sweetness. Has a nice sour bite upfront. As the tart pucker mellows, the juiciness dries out. Finishes with residual sweet raspberry, lacto and a subtle mix of barnyard flavor and wheat. Has a bit of a bitterness towards the finish. Notes of oak and granny smith apples too. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Starts with a puckering sour bite, followed by an underlying sweetness and a light finishing bitterness. Juicy mouthfeel on the palate, a bit more dry on the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: Like a sour warhead candy with a lacto character, the big berry flavor greatly overshadows the the barnyard base characters that are mostly present towards the finish. If you like your sours to be bright and fruity with a big acidic pucker, then this is your beer. Pairs great with goat cheese walnut salad with bitter greens. This is one of my favorite Upland's sours.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 07:20:38 | More by jegross2
Photo of jeonseh


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Cantillon Tulip. 2012 Bottle

A - Color is a deep dark Ruby red that reminds you of the color of fresh raspberries. There is a big frothy pinkish head that sits on top of this one

S - The main note in the nose is fresh raspberries that leans a bit to the tarter raspberry side. There is also lemon, balsamic vinegar and light oak.

T - Taste is pure sour raspberries up front. There is a strong balsamic vinegar and lemon that comes in the middle that makes you pucker up. The finish is mostly this balsamic vinegar presence that lingers on

M - Medium carbonation and it packs a lot of tingle on the tongue due to the sharp tartness. The finish is dry and leaves a tart, prickly feeling on the tongue

O - This is one of the better Upland sours that I've had as it is tart and packs a lot of the fruit flavor. It is definitely a tart lambic as it has minimal funky characteristics to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:31:43 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not a gusher! Pink body with a big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Lots of raspberry and a ton of acidity. Lactic. Grain. Very intense sourness.

Taste - Intensely sour. Good tart raspberry. A little bit of vinegar. Grainy wheat.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Strong acidity.

Overall - Better than I expected but reappy goddamn sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:54:16 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of scottfrie


3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/7/11. Sampled alongside the seven other fruit lambics.

A: A slow gusher of a bottle that poured a deep purple brown color with a bubbly off-white head.
S: Huge raspberry filled nose. Smells solely of fresh raspberry puree.
T: Tart as hell and full of flavors of smashed raspberry preserves mixed with tart un-ripened raspberries. Great acidic/citrus bite.
M: Foamier than the other flavors and tarter than the others. Mouthfeel definitely makes you gleek.
O: Not as great as the traditional Belgian framboise but definitely a crazy acidic sour raspberry beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:35:59 | More by scottfrie
Photo of rlee1390


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear pink while pouring, Deep bright ruby in the glass, highly carbonated.

S-Lots of raspberries, not much oak and a tad bit of funk.

T-Sweet raspberries, maybe some sugar, or just overly sweet raspberries. Slight tartness. The Raspberries really dominate here.

M-Medium bodied, a lot heavier than I was expecting, not much carbonation either.

O-I love raspberries but this was too sweet and didn't have enough funk/sour/tart whatever you want to call it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:16:16 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Treebs


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle served in a Half Acre tulip. Thanks to pmoney for the share. Bottled 3/17/12, batch 71-09.

A: Pours a solid ruby, grapefruit color with an off white head forming on the pour. Recedes pretty quickly to nothing, but you can still some life in the body. Probably a dirty glass after all the other beers sampled.

S: Very tart raspberry, lemon grass with a light malty sweetness. Restrained funk, but obviously the raspberry is the star of the show.

T: Sweet raspberry with a tart raspberry jam aspect to it. Cracker malts with a sweet, cracked wheat flavor to it. Extremely acidic and sour finish to it.

M: A ton of carbonation with a nice light body. Super drying finish with an enamel stripping feel to it. Lots of pucker with a saliva evaporating dryness.

O: Definitely one of the most sour lambic style beers I've hever had. I definitely enjoyed this one however as I'm a fan of raspberries and I enjoyed the sweet, jammy-like qualities to this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 13:42:24 | More by Treebs
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The lambic was sampled at Winterfest 2013 in Indianapolis on 1/26/2013. Props to Upland for bringing several lambics.

Poured into the sampler glass from the bottle, the beer was a reddish hue like Cherry 7up with a nice tinted white head. The aroma smelled of sour fruits with a variety of berry notes observable. In the initial taste, one can immediately tell this is a raspberry lambic. The acidity seemed to mellow toward the aftertaste as the beer became sweeter. One also could detect vanilla with the modest sour notes. The aftertaste further displays quite a bit of natural seedy raspberry flavor. It is easy to tell his is made with real berries.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:33:21 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of cfrances33


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass. Cork dated 3-11.

Pour: Murky ruby, with a finger and a half magenta head that fizzes out quickly. No lacing. Head remains in a faint rim. Quick a bit of carb grabbed onto the glass on the first pour.

Smell: Big raspberries up front, along with a faint pear and green apple. A light must and funk, but still quite light.

Taste: Lightly tart raspberry juice. Some tart pear and green apple. Fruit juice owns the majority of the taste until a light funk comes in on the back, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Really nice a juicy, but lacking in tartness. Leaves quite a thick bit of coating. The most enjoyable aspect of this beer.

Overall: A bit of a disappointment, I must confess. I was hoping for more lambic qualities, but instead I got something very, very similar to Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:03:05 | More by cfrances33
Photo of tobelerone


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better American fruit lambics I've tried. Pours a vividly raspberry red color with a smallish, frothy pink head that settles quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh, tart raspberries, lemony acidity, and not a little cheesy funk. Oak and barnyard notes are subtle but present and are also detected in the flavor. However this one is all about the tart raspberry flavor. Medium strength sour power; acidic, lemon juice, minor vinegar, leaves the teeth a little bit squeaky. Again there's a fascinating musty funky cheesiness I really liked here.

Medium light bodied and a bit more aggressively carbonated than expected but the feel works and helps to make this almost refreshing. Overall this will be an eye opener for fans of Lindemans or Raspberry Tart but should really appeal to sour and funk fanatics.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 13:32:31 | More by tobelerone
Photo of brystmar


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Joel! Bottled 3/7/2011.

Loud pop from the cork but no gushing. Murky red body, fresh raspberries in the nose. Sharply acidic, fruit is concentrated and delicious. Nails the taste of chewing on a handful of raspberries. Bite from the fruity tartness is reminiscent of LP Framboise.

Heavily carbonated, but while this is usually a turn-off for me, it works in this context. Upland nails it once again!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 17:56:22 | More by brystmar
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed reddish pink color with a tall light pink head. Intense raspberry aroma. Lightly acetic with a very intense lactic acidity. Lemon juice, lemon zest, and plenty of fruit. Mild oak with a touch of sweetness. A bit of a funky blue cheese thing to it, too. The flavor is really very sour. Heavy on the lactic acidity and quite a bit of raspberry flavor. The blue cheese funk is there, too, which I like quite a bit. A touch of oak and maybe a bit of must.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 22:45:06 | More by womencantsail
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of UnknownKoger at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark red with no head and no lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with lots of raspberry and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:23:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of thecheapies


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500th review.

Bottled 03/17/2012. In a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Pours a very cloudy, sediment-riddled, vibrant mulberry color with a fizzy pink head that fell to a thin ring. The color is halfway between red wine and fruit punch. 3.5

Huge smacking sourness with loads of tart raspberries, funk rot, oak, and light acetic aroma. Great trio of fruit, Brett, and sour. 4.5

One of the most sour beers I have had to-date. Rifling acidity and a sturdy load of barnyard funk is the big intro. The oak brings out a very vinous cabernet quality that is excellent. The raspberry character is unripe and full of skins and stems, which really works for the tart profile. Some stalky/reedy notes in here, too. 4.0

The pucker is pretty intense. It's short-lived on the tongue yet very drying and puffy on the insides of the cheeks, but there's a burning in the back of the throat from this kind of acidity. It's actually really awesome. However, swallowing it the wrong way can be very unpleasant. Medium-bodied with medium carboantion. 3.0

Very nice framboise. So cool that it was brewwed in Indiana. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:07:30 | More by thecheapies
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, dark pinkish-purple color with a white spritzy, fizzy head.

Aromas of tart raspberries mixed with stonger than expected distinct vinegar, acidic notes that emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet, fruity raspberry with ever-growing amounts of sour tart flavors. Funk and acidic flavors also join the party and continue to grow and begin to overpower the fruit sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a medium-thin body with medium to high champagne-esque carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and acidic.

Overall a very good lambic but by no means the best from Upland or anywhere close to the best Raspberry fruited one. Upland seems to do a much better job with their lighter fruited lambics than the darker berried ones from my experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 17:08:01 | More by claspada
Photo of xnicknj


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large snifter

Pours a clouded, burning bright red color with some pinkish hues. A thin tuft of bubbled white head rests on top before fading into some wispy film. A few spots of lacing are left on the glass.

A pleasant blast of funky, sour raspberry in the nose. Faint sweetness from the fruit with plenty of natural sourness. Notes of oak with some lingering wet funkiness.

Starts off with a liquified raspberry feeling, mixing the lactic sourness along with some more natural fruit flavor. Tart and funky notes build throughout the profile with some underlying oaked tannins. Raspberry sourness towards the finish with a light fruit sweetness. Finishes funky and dry.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I'm beginning to like these Upland lambics more and more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:24:18 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Pencible


4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2011 bottling.

A: This poured an opaque pinkish garnet with fizzy white head.
S: It smelled like super tart raspberry with sweet jam and funky oak and apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like sweet and tart raspberry, with lots of funky oak and apple cider vinegar. It had a clean and puckering tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily and very bubbly. Nice champagne-like body.
D: This was one of the best framboise I've had. It was perfectly balanced between sweet and tart with delicious natural raspberry character. The body was just right for the style, and the finish was nice too, so it was great to sip. Fresh, this beer might be too fruity, but it was wonderful after a year, and could surely keep aging forever. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:32:50 | More by Pencible
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby color with 1/2" of off white head. Decent head retention that eventually reduces to nothing, and no lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet and tart raspberries, lemon tartness, and some funkiness/grassiness.

Taste: Mostly tart, and fewer sweet raspberries hit up front. Some funk and grassiness comes out, as well as some lemon tartness. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but when comparing to some exemplary beers of this style, it just doesn't have that pungent and intense flavor that make them so good. It's definitely sour enough, just lacking in some of the other areas of complexity. This beer is good, but not great.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very high carbonation; nice feel. Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Pretty good effort at brewing a lambic by Upland. I would definitely have again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:56:34 | More by zhanson88
Photo of jnn4v


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red color, bordering on garnet but not quite burgundy.

S: Burns the nostrils with the natural carbonation. The scent behind it is a delicious blend of tart acidic raspberry, oak, and hints of yeast.

T: Very tart and dry flavor. A light raspberry flavor is pervasive from start to finish, but it really is light (almost reminiscent of Crystal Light?). Seriously tart and acidic, though.

M: Puckers the mouth with a combination of acidity and almost tannic characteristics leaving a chalky feeling. Very ample carbonation, bordering on champagne levels of bubbliness.

O: If you want a very puckering and tart, not overly sweet lambic that is undeniably raspberry in origin, then this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:24:33 | More by jnn4v
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 750 cork and cage into snifter glass.

vintage 3/2011.

Appearance: It looks like liquid raspberries! Amesome medium red bodied beer with a huge white head with a red hue to it. Easily 2 fingers head after a gentile pour.

Smell: You get lots of fruit and funk with this one. Raspberries still smell fresh!

Taste: moderate funky and sour notes. Get just a little bit of hay. You can get a decent taste of the fruit, but it is not the predominant flavor in this beer. Finishes with a sour note.

Mouthfeel: light beer that is crisp, clean, and delightful. Super easy to drink. High carbonation levels in this beer and the carbonation levels are near perfect.

Overall: Another wonderful Upland Fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:10:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Careful all, this one's a gusher!

This beer pours a murky, hazed pink and light ruby with a pillowy, thick, quickly forming pink head that eventually leaves webs of lacing down the glass. A bit lighter in color than Upland's Cherry Lambic, but similar in appearance.

The aroma is bright and acidic and very fruit-forward, with lots of authentic raspberry aroma. There's a mild hint of funk, but the sour acidity and raspberry aromas are dominant.

As has been my experience with other Upland sour lambics, this one is hugely sour. Along with the aggressive sourness is a lot of bright raspberry flavor, and little else--exactly what I was hoping for.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A joy to sip on.

Delicious raspberry sour, though not as complex as the cherry variation or simply delicious as the persimmon.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:08:17 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Bendurgin


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Alec. Poured into a chalice. Pours a vibrant ruby with a huge quickly dissipating head that has a nIce pink hue.

There is no hiding it. This is a raspberry bomb. Tons of sweet and tart raspberry flavor with a little bit of a doughy aroma in the background. The flavor is nice and rich with great rapspberry flavors. Nice and sweet with a good tart finish.

Good light body with nice carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish. Real enjoyable. So far all of the Upland lambocs I have had have been real enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:40:12 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for sharing this tick! Poured with a giant rose pink head that disappears immediately. The color is a nice deep red color.

The aroma is full of raspberry, with a hint of dirt.

The taste starts outwith lots of sweet raspberry. The finish injects a dose of tartness; balancing out the sweetness.

The carbonation is very subtle. The body is medium.

This is tasty. It is a full on raspberry bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:33:57 | More by andrewinski1
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Fvernon as an extra. Very generous.

A: Cloudy, light red. A good amount of white head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of fruit and vinegar.

T: Very tart. This one is a mouth-puckering blend of sour and raspberry. Very tasty!

M: Light and refreshing. Very well carbonated.

O: Great sour-fruit lambic. Upland knows what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 15:13:40 | More by camil1mj
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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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