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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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89
very good

118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 480
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 4.74%
Wants: 318
Gots: 100 | FT: 11
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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: bassmantin on 02-26-2008

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Photo of DigitalDude
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ajzy for the trade. 750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Dark reddish/maroon color, medium cloudiness. Nice 2-3 fingers of light pink head that settles rather quickly.
S: Raspberries, raspberries and raspberries. A little funky on the nose.
T: An aggressive tartness on the front. More raspberries. Carbonation really stood out in this one. Sweet, but not overly so. It's a shame I couldn't pick up the oak from the barrels.
M: Big carbonation. Very full with acidic finish that lingers.
O: Great beer. If you're a fan of sours, this one's for you. (561 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. I personally like these better if you warm it up to room temp. The taste seems to jump out more so on the raspberry than the other lambics and was one of my favorites without a doubt. Right on the money with the fruit and just the right amount of lambic pucker. Fruit is present both from first taste to after taste. Worth seeking out . Without a doubt one of my Upland favs.! (428 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is red / dark pink almost purple in various lights. No head, no lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is incredible, very tart and sour with a strong raspberry presence, smells awesome. Good oakiness, wonderful fruits, nice acetic character, some citric acid too. Very strong.

Beer is thin and bright, heavily carbonated on the mouth, you get the fruit immediately and then you get the sourness with a very tart finish that hits you in the corners of your mouth. It's strong, very strong, almost overwhelming...but I powered on. It is very sour, very bitter and tart but it is a wonderful collection of flavors. I would definitely drink more of this. (693 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Many, many samples of this tried at SAVOR 2010. One of the first beers of the night and one that we came back to several times throughout. Glad they had it there and I didn't have to open up any of my bottles.

Served in a mini snifter. Pours a light pink color with a nice white head and moderate lacing after a few good swirls. The nose pulls through some really, really excellent and fresh raspberry notes along with some good levels of sourness as well as a bit of oak. The taste is strong raspberry with really nice levels of acidity. Good oak component. The sourness level is really great with the fruit flavor and this is one delicious brew--by far my favorite of their lambic series. (712 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 71-09. Bottled 3-17-12. Beautiful looking beer. Clear. Tartness became bracing a little too quickly for my liking, otherwise a fantastic beer. A 4.75+ beer as a first impression. (187 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml C&C. Bottle 12-20-13. Celalr Temps.

Appearance- Beautiful ruby with quick off-white bubbly head that left no lacing.

Smell- Tons of raspberry! Lots of funk and oaky smells. It's pure raspberry jam.

Taste- Holy jesus. Raspberry, vanilla, oak, tons of vinegar. Very sour raspberry jam. A good bit of funk.

Mouthfeel- Sharp carbonation with bracing acidity. Light body with tiny amount of heat.

Overall- Extremely sour, as I imagined it would be due to what I've heard, but tons of raspberry and oak. Very nice birthday treat. (548 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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... (1,286 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent release. Bright pink with a huge light pink head. SOUR POWER! The lactic acid is ridiculous in the nose. Biting and sharp with a underlying raspberry. The sourness in every sip stings the tongue. Swishing makes my eyes water. Super carbonated. Hate to sound like a broken record but Upland has nailed it again. I will be collecting these like a hoarding douche bag next time they come out. (417 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours the color of ripe raspberries, a dark shade of red. a finger or so of a pinkish white head with a weak retention and lacing. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: super sour raspberries and lemon acidity. slight notes of oak

Taste: opens up with juicy, super sour raspberries, a touch of sweet raspberry jam to it. a lemony, vinegary acidity comes through along with slight oak to earthy qualities.

Mouthfeel: mouth-puckering sour. strong acidity, some dryness.

Overall: did I say this one was sour? it may easily be the most sour beer I have tried, and still pretty delicious at that. (606 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 1 courtesy of MrBendo.

Light gusher. Poured a deeper orangish-reddish-golden-amber (can you tell I couldn't quite nail down the color) with a large sized head. Some floaters.

Aromas of raspberries, woody, vanilla, and some brett funkiness. Tastes of raspberries, vanilla, lighter woodiness, and again some brett funkiness. Nice sour and tart finish. Yep, raspberries is still my favorite for beer...

Notes from and tasted on 10/25/08 (458 characters)

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice offering from a local brewery.

The look of this beer is that of a ripe, red, raspberry. The smell is tart and fruity. A littl thin.

The taste is tart and full of berry flavor. I really like this brew. Its a sweet tart.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. Pick up some of the new batch if you can. (324 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2-5-10. Batch 77-08.

This bottle was a gusher. The cork nearly put a hole in the ceiling.

Poured into weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a pink hued head. Decent head retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark dark super hazy, cloudy pinkish purple raspberry color.

Aroma: Very sour with lots of raspberry. Very tart. Mouth is watering already. Lots of fruit. The oak flavors are very nice with this beer. It is a little funky. This beer is ready to drink, even though it could be aged.

Taste: The raspberries are tart, but sweet. It also has some other berry flavors. Maybe blueberries. Oak again. Horse blanket funk. It has that medicine flavor that I seem to pick up in a lot of sours. Still trying to figure out what it is.

Mouthfeel: Very sour and tart. Definitely a mouthwatering beer. Lighter to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends fairly clean with some tart flavors.

Overall, this is a great lambic. It is so sour for being so fresh. Very drinkable. All around a good beer. This is what I was hoping for from this beer! (1,047 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Soonami at the Dark Intrigue Release

A: Muddy red pour with a very fizzy pink head. No retention or lacing at all. The head gushed out of the bottle a bit upon popping the cork 4

S: Very oaky smell with a nice amount of raspberries and barnyard funk mustiness. The balance is quite nice, but seems to be a bit on the sour side 4.5

T: The oakiness seems to hide underneath the funk and raspberries. The fruit isn't particularly strong, as this seems to be a bit more funky than anything else. I very much like how the taste develops: fruity, then a lot of funk that finishes off the taste dry with oak and booze throughout. 4.5

MF: The body is medium with an extremely dry finish. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, as shown with the gushing bottle (that I remember, in hindsight, occurred with the Peach Lambic I had before). The bite of sour-ness I didn't find offensive at all. 3.5

O: This was very good. I thought it would be a bit more fruity, but the overall taste is well above average. Easily enjoyable, very glad I tried it. 4.5 (1,062 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a dark ruby red color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, citrus, other sour dark fruits, and a hint of oak.

t - Taste strongly of raspberries. Also some other sour dark fruits. Has some tart taste to it, and I really enjoy it.

m - Light body and light carbonation, this is very easy to drink.

d - I really liked this lambic; it was one of the highlights at SAVOR to me. Loved the sour raspberry smell and taste and would love to try again. (543 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (443 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the lambic fans on the hunt for the type of sourness that'll kick your teeth in, Upland brewers have got your back! Their raspberry infused sour ale has got the taste that will make your face "stick that way".

Its hazy mauve color preludes the berry fruit within. With dainty pink foam, the ale often prefers red wine appearances. That's, of course until the nose draws near. That's when tangy fruit notes and high acidity overcomes the senses with jaw-tightening and saliva inducing involuntary response.

As apple cider, dry wine, lime, white vinegar and unmistakable raspberry dagger the taste buds with its pin-point sourness, a sweeter and mustier tone gradually sets in. Its juicy and vibrant raspberry taste is distinct and easily identifiable; not yet scrubbed away by fermentation. Its sour and sweet interplay is aggressive even as the character of weathered oak, corkish must with elements of brine, sweat and goat layering upon.

Its expressive carbonation prickles at the tongue and enlivens the sour taste of the beer. Though the ale may be slightly fuller than the driest lambics on the market, its carbonation and acidity counters nicely en route to a dryish and tangy fruit-forward finish. (1,211 characters)

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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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