Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 317
Gots: 97 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - cork & cage - Batch 77-08 - Bottled 2/5/10

Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant red. Basically opaque with a half inch of pink foam on top that falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas of fresh, ripe raspberries off the bat along with an underlying lemon tartness. Earthy accents with a great Brett kick. Barnyard funkiness with a nice grainy undertone.

First sip brings a mix of bright, fresh raspberry along with lemon zest upfront. Mild grainy malts meld into an acidic tartness that runs across the palate. Brett and mellow oak tones converge. As it flows down there's a somewhat cheesy flavor along with the barnyard accents. Puckering on the finish and not overly acidic, which is nice. A really lovely raspberry lambic!

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a bright carbonation. This one does go down pretty easily and is quite wonderful. Probably the best batch I've tried. Cheers to Upland for taking the time and effort to brew these lovely lambics. Well worth the effort to seek out.

Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of rudylaw
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch.

750ml bottle and it's another gusher! Opened over the sink but had wine glasses at the ready, so loss was minimal.

It pours a light, red cola with a fluffy white head. This looks so damn good! Like sitting at the end of the counter at the soda jerk, at least, that what old tyme movies have led me to believe.

Raspberry, cherries, lemon zest and slight vinegar and horse funk in the nose.

This tastes amazing! Plenty of upfront raspberry with the rest of the berries co-mingling with the star of the show. It's a little puckering, but nothing more than say, NG Cran-bic. There seems to be a bready quality here as well. It's mostly a fruit party though.

This lambic has a medium, dry finish and drinks very crisp.

This is my second experience with Upland lambics, first being the last batch of Strawberry, which was atrocious. Compared to that bottle, this one blows it out of the stratosphere. I will be getting more when the wider release rolls around!

Photo of jeonseh
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks! This is the original (at least what I think is original) batch, released two years ago.

Pours a hazy bright red color that turns red-orange near the top of the pour. The head is made up of a half-finger of slightly off-white foam that dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of ripe and moderately tart raspberries along with sweeter strawberries. Also present are slight hints of vanilla from the oak and slighter hints of funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Indistinct malt flavors kick things off along with light amounts of wheat and are joined quickly by large raspberry and strawberry flavors. The berry flavors are tart up front but midway through the sip they sweeten up a bit and allow small amounts of funk into the profile. Soft vanilla flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip before fading out into a lightly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer, as I was of the other sour I've had from Upland. Very well balanced and not much room for improvement - worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle thanks to Jon. I do not know horizontally if better than strawberry but still decent drinker. Sour aroma. Aggressive carbonation, but mouthfeel a=overall still good. Sour in taste, some raspberry and other berries there including strawberry.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 oz pour from bottle at Upland Tasting

A- Hazy pinkish with bubbly head
S- Immediate salivation. Vinigar and berries!
T- Huge wave of sourness. Slight raspberry/ sweet berry profile then more sour. Total moth puckering experience in a good way.
M- Very fizzy

O- This is my first sour from Upland. I enjoyed it for what it was. I wonder if the flavors would mellow with a year or if they would just get more intense. This one is right on the edge of being too sour.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2/5/10, batch 77-08. Poured from a 750ml. corked and caged wine bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with capra12 and schen9303

A: Pours a 1/2 finger, pink head with decent retention. Beer is a bright, stunning, ruby red. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good retention.

S: Oak, fresh raspberries, slight tartness in the back with a distinct fruit flavor. Very simple and aromatic.

T: Slight tartness upfront with a tiny yeasty bitterness in the back and a lactic sour. Extremely clean. Raspberry is prominent towards the middle, bringing a balanced sweet and sour. Very fruity with little complexity. Finish is tart and sweet. Aftertaste is clean and leaves little in the mouth.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Body is lively but still smooth and slightly oily in the mouth. Finish is messy with a sticky, puckering aftertaste.

D: This is, hands down, my favorite sour of all time. Not immensely complex, tart, or overwhelming, but with great balance and clean simplicity. I could drink this one all day long and not get tired of it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a little treat to myself after taking my first BJCP Exam today.

A. Pink and peachy color with little carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass. No head at all and totally clear.

S. Peaches, raspberries, lemons, strawberries, horseblanket, and must.

T. Sharp sourness of lemons and orange zest with a phenominal raspberry and strawberry blend. Light bubblegum and strong lactic sourness on the back of the tongue.

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D. Quite a pleasant surprise. It is very sour but has good complexity. The blend of the fruit tastes really work well. I'd definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and full red. A quarter inch of fizzy head.

Smells like unripe raspberries and vinegar.

Way sour. Raspberry and cider vinegar. It's more dry than sweet.

Thin mouthfeel, but works. Heavy carbonation.

It was ok. I would have liked more sweetness to cut the acidity but otherwise a decent raspberry lambic.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Holy crap, this one was a GEYSER! The cork literally removed itself once the cage was off! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a pinkish red with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really hate that half the bottle ejected itself into the sink as most people really seemed to enjoy this one the most of the lineup. I can see why as the combination of the raspberries with the sour/tart notes just simply worked together. While this was not the most complex beer of the lineup it definitely stoodout in enjoyment for most at the tasting out of the other Uplands.

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from cork and cage. Good stuff here!

A- Pours a reddish orange color with some floaties in the beer. Two finger white head rises and falls rather quickly I think for a lambic. Nice spotty streaking lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S- Nice lactic raspberry aroma from the get go. Light horseblanket barnyard funk to this along with some vinegar notes. This is a newer bottle so I suspect these aromas will only get bigger as the beer ages a little more.

T- Nice big sour raspberry kick in the front end with a little lemon tartness as well. The lactic acids bring out this tartness all together. The fruity flavors in this bring about a light straightforward flavor. Still this is a young beer and should be sat on a little longer. Some light horseblanket funky taste as well.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style right now. Nice raspberry upfront left on the palate with a light tartness in the aftertaste. Flavors are crisp and tart while blending overall together.

D- This beer is drinkable now and will only get better with age. I would hold onto this beer a little longer if I had more of them. But a standout beer from Upland.

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous raspberry color with an immensely fizzy head. Sour, tart nose with a natural earthy raspberry and a mineral aspect. The flavor is a pucker factor times ten with strong tart and sour raspberry. The raspberry is a very natural freshly picked flavor with some earth tones and maybe a bit of mineral. The puckering flavor obviously translates to feel but it's without the vinegar feel. This is a straightforward, unabashed raspberry sour!

Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch, corked & caged.
Pours pinkish red with a pastel pink head, actual bits of fuzzy raspberry skins floating on the surface!
Very effervescent, and pleasantly tart with distinct raspberry flavors and a minor Brett presence.
Bringing up my A/S/T score to 4.5...

12-20-2008 - bottle
2008 batch, served cool at 55-60º Overall score 4.25

Under the cap there was no sign of life...then a slow bubble began to form at the rim, between the cork and glass. A sign of carbonation, thankfully. Poured into a Duvel tulip. this lambic formed a finger of white head, but quickly subsided. Nice ruby red jewel tone, that is more orange when backlit. A chunk of fruit skin plopped out into the glass, which was pretty entertaining watching it dance around in the glass.

Aroma is very nice, if not a little too restrained. A swirl unlocks unmistakable seedy raspberries with a touch of sweetness, mild wet pasture, and the rudimentary beginning of something musty. In the end the sweet fruit dominates the nose, leaving me wanting more funk to be perfect.

Tart raspberry, seeds and all, very mild astringency with a good amount of dry oak barrel flavor. Soft feel of mild carbonation, at least there is some. Very tasty and drinkable, but it could probably use some more cellar time...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 3/7/11, Batch # 52-09. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy ruby red color with a couple inch light pink head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like sweet and tart raspberries, vinegar, funk, lemon peel and some oak. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the sour flavors are much stronger compared to the sweet ones. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has high carbonation (a bit too much carbonation for me). I think this is a good overall beer, it's pricey at $19.79 a bottle but I'd buy this again in the future. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10/9/13 bottle.

Pours a rice rich red with so many rooby tonez. Thin, pale pink head that bails fast. Some chunks floating around despite my expert pour. Very sour raspberries on the nose with a bit of wood and musty funk.

Pretty over the top sour, but not as bad as the cherry I had the other day. Good raspberry taste is there with a bit of wood and a touch of dry funk.

A bit too sour for me, but enjoyable in a small amount.

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color wise this one sows the fruit tone in the body very well. A bit of an orange red tone makes up the body on this one. Head is a skim and even then just barely, but the bubbles do hang on to the walls of the glass. The sour raspberry feel does shine through on the nose. It includes a horse blanket funk that adds a nice complex smell. Sour feel is quite soft as you take first sip. The fruit profile is prickly and juicy all over the tongue with a nice raspberry feel. There is a powdery sweet feel that hangs on to the back of the tongue and mixes with the sour feel nicely. Considerably yeasty throughout. Mouthfeel is pillow like soft and very enjoyable. Super drinkability for the style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle opened by the guys at Upland at the GLBF. He pulled the cage off the bottle and set it back down. Moments later the cork came shooting out and almost took his cheek off. 2 oz pour into a taster.

A - Pours a clear bright red with a low light pink head. Low retention from the acidity. No lace left over, just a ring of little bubbles.

S - A light lactic aroma compliments the equally light but fresh raspberry aroma. It's fairly simple in aroma but just awesome anyway! The fresh bushels of raspberries are fantastic.

T - Lactic raspberry flavor is all that comes out. No real malt presence, no hops. Just lambic acidity and tart raspberries.

M - Light-bodied and somewhat thin, there isn't much of a feel to it. Tart and sour but bland-ish here.

D - Decent, actually, fairly good, it could be much better though. The lack of a body is disheartening. It's still decent and the nice tart finish is very good.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 from Bobby91w.... Bobby hooked it up.. very cool trade.. I pulled this one out at a "big boy" tasting a few weeks back... I am amazed this bottle held up this well.. surprising... I want the next batch bad.

A couple of years old now.... damn..

Glowing orange.... descent white head.. Nice looking brew....

great funk in the nose... surprising really... lactic and lemony... earthy funk... tart fruity and good oak... the raspberry is out in the background... but really, that isn't terrible.. really, this is a great smelling "American" lambic...

Raspberry is only a bit better on the palate... some spicy cinnamon notes combine with a hefty oaky presence.... a little lactic... but some acetic notes come swinging.... I want alot more musty character... cellar funk would be appreciated... Nice but not awesome.

body seems a tad high... carbonation is lite... Overall, all the bones are there, but I want to see the 2nd batch dialed in with some more continental funk and balance.


Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of going into the second of the Upland Lambic series. After the wonderful sourness of the strawberry, I was quite shocked to find none of that carrying over to here. Served chill and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was nice enough, light pink tint to a very cloudy and sediment filled golden liquid. Smooth head of white came up over the top and settled down slowly but finally left the top bare. The aroma was light raspberries, hints of oak, and only a touch of sour. Mostly grainy with hints of fruit. Too light for me and it lacked alot of complex, deep esthers. The flavor was I have to say a bit bland. I was searching for when this would come together for me, but it never really did. Definte raspberry hints in here, a touch of like oak or wooddy type flavor going on in the back, but everything was light and fleeting. Not really the outstanding flavor I am used to in a good lambic. Very easy to drink, but not really complexx enough to make me come back again.

Overall I feel a bit let down by this one.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to sigma23 for hosting the first SMBDC meeting and cracking open this bottle from this collection. 2008 vintage, typo on the bottle listed ingredient as strawberries in one part, found that funny, if it was a stamp it'd be worth quite a bit for such an error.

Pours a mostly clear golden color, good sized fizzy head that fades fast, no noticeable lacing. I was told this used to pour a more pinkish color, maybe the age reduced that, later pours (to someone else) showed a hazy beer with hints of more color though.

Smell is mostly sweet with a strong fruity raspberry presence.

Taste is less tart than most lambics although there is some tartness so not to completely disappoint, a sweet and fruity is the head theme with hints of funk, the raspberries shine through quite nicely, soft carbonation that doesn't get in the way.

For me, this was best of show for the meeting. Never thought I'd get to try one of the Upland lambics that I've heard about, didn't think they'd be as good as I've heard, guess I was wrong.

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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.