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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 301
Gots: 93 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bassmantin on 02-26-2008)
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

WheatieBird, Mar 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Rekrule, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: nice light brown, slight red hue
S: more sweet than tart
T: for all the hype I wasn't impressed, thin, a bit of acidity, but just lacks character and has a bit too sweet backbone
M: doesn't dance on the tongue like other lambics, flat, semi- sweet mouthfeel
D: OK but nothing special

wisrarebeer, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of 7ways
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Explosive, ear popping shot when the cork is popped. Immediate foam all over the floor, Jolly Pumpkin-style. At least it's not under-carbonated like some reviews I read. That's forgivable, but the massive chunks of raspberries and seeds is not. I have seen plenty of beers with a ridiculous amount of sediment, but this was 1/2 cm wide chunks of fruit and seeds coating the bottom and floating on top. Beer should not be crunchy. Muddy red color. Overall, it looks like shit.

The aroma is the best component of this beer. Very tart and sweet raspberry and strawberry, some oak.

Pure raspberry and funk, and very simple. Not terribly tart, but extremely sweet. This is the world's most expensive wine cooler.

Very prickly, almost too much unless the beer settles for 15 minutes. After that it's pretty nice, as long as you ignore the seeds.

After thoroughly enjoying Upland's Peach and Persimmon, I am pretty shocked at what just happened here. This is a fail for me, possibly the worst "framboise" style beer I've had.

7ways, Sep 24, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Kurmaraja, Aug 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

fsck, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 7MAR11

A: pours a beautiful pink with a peach hue. Pretty pink foam cap disappears quickly to a clean surface. Really a pretty beer with murky clarity which lends well to the colors.

S: raspberry and lemons with a hint if mint.

T: sour with rapsberries and yeast. The beer tastes nice until I swallow. The finish on this is really yeasty and warm with a odd salinity to it. The finish is really destroying this beer for me.

M: medium bodied and full carb with a really slick and coating finish for me.

O: everything was great until I put it in my mouth. Then it was downhill.

harrymel, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle received in a trade with sprinkle, also took this to Beachwood BBQ and shared it with Kyle, Justin, Gabe and Ivan on Sunday afternoon, reviewed from notes I took on my phone before I started dinner after finishing the Cherry Lambic, poured into a small flute glass

A-Murky pinkish red color, 1/2 inch fiizy off white head that disappears quickly, no lacing, some legs
S-Raspberries, oak, raw veggies, perfume, cranberries, soap, oranges, and grapefruit
T-Starts off with syrupy sweet raspberries, soft malt in the middle, finish is also sweet with more berries, too thick of a flavor and overly tangy, some woody flavors come out later when it warms
M-Syrupy, sweet, and minimally tart mouthfeel, medium bodied, average carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could possibly drink the bottle, not boozy just thick and sweet, does not go down smoothly, not exactly a light feeling lambic

Gabe interestingly noticed that the label said aged in strawberries rather than raspberries on the front of label, it was certainly raspberry though and was similar to the Lindemans Framboise, not one of Upland's better lambics, would not trade for again, still worth trying

Floydster, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to either hrking or sprinkle (or maybe even someone else?) for the trade. i forgot which one - sorry guys! please feel free to correct me.

750ml brown bottle. (was this capped or corked or both? i didn't record that down...) no date found.

NOTE: there seems to be a big typo. the descriptor on the front label reads "belgian-style ale aged in oak with whole strawberries".

tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip glass.

quite pop from the cork, seems like low carbonation...

hazy, almost cloudy. red grapefruit cocktail (ocean spray) color and appearance, with a lean towards the red side of the spectrum. thin sudsy head fades quickly to wisps and thin ring. only 3-6 little dots of "lacing" ever really stick.

aroma: hints of old, aged raspberry, but more towards... ocean spray grapefruit cocktail! really!? hint of wood. trace of funk.

taste: very similar flavor, but watery. hint of bitterness. hint of wood. strawberry?

a bit thin, with acidic and tannic textures. very mild carbonation helps only slightly with some body and flavor lift, but that's it.

did i get a bad bottle?

tai4ji2x, Aug 29, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

montrealbcr89, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

CJS, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of brdc
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks photekut for this one.
Large corked and capped bottle.

Not a lot of pop when opening, golden with a very slight pink tinge, minimal off white head, no retention or lacing.
Aroma is a little lambic, a little raspberry. Musty, leathery, raspberry, all very subtle.
Light bodied, unfortunately lacking carbonation, with a slightly acid note, sour raspberries, not a lot more.
Somewhat disappointing.

brdc, May 25, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottles 2/7/11. Batch 52-09.

The cork comes of with a thundering pop. It pours with a huge pink head and a hazy rubyish brown body. The head quickly fizzles away with no lacing. Freakishly carbonated.

There is definitely some sourness in the nose. The funk makes you cringe almost one first big whiff you get. There is some lemon and raspberry in there too. There is a slight hint of oak.

The flavor is intense and sour. Not overwhelmingly though. There is also a ton of funk. The high carbonation is almost over the top. It makes the flavor of this beer just engulf your mouth and throat. IT really prickles the tongue. The flavor is lemony with some barnyard and almost a mint flavor. There is a reminiscence of tart raspberry but it is mostly overtaken by the bacteria. It isn't overly sweet but it creeps in as you dirnk.

If you like your sour beers full-on and unsubtle I would suggest this.

crossovert, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label says Raspberry lambic, aged in wood with whole strawberries?

A: Hazy orange with no retention or lacing.

S: Acidic aroma with some Raspberry and a hint of funk.

T: Some acidity (not as much as I anticipated from the aroma or the style), with hints of berries (could use more raspberry), some cotton candy fruity esters and a light sweetness.

M: Light to moderate body is surprisingly smooth, almost creamy, with a light acidity.

D: For a lambic, this one's quite drinkable... just not overly enticing.

Thanks Sammy!

Derek, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A capped 750ml bottle brought and shared by me at a recent tasting. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. The lambic appears a clear brownish-red color with about a finger of off white head. The flavors and aromas consist of mild, mild funk, a touch of berry, some vinegary acidity, fruity, somewhat sour. A notch or three below medium bodied with decent carbonation. Kind of fell a bit flat on the palate. I hope the other flavors have fared better.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of antoines15
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 version carefully poured but still had some sediment sneak through.

A: i would describe the color as "raspberry." Very active carbonation and the bubbles continue all the way through the glass.

S: faint raspberry and a lot of funk. I was hoping for more raspberry in the nose than what I am getting.

T: Sour, not much raspberry really, very drying and clean on the palate.

M: Bubbly and nice.

O: Not my favorite lambic and I would say I was expecting more from Upland. I also have the kiwi and persimmon so hopefully those are better than this. Not terrible but not really one I would recommend either.

antoines15, Oct 09, 2011
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

funkel81, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Phobicsquirrel, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Holland, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

pixieskid, Jun 29, 2012
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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.