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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 483
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 316
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 wisrarebeer
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
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

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Photo of 7ways
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
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

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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?

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Photo of brdc
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of antoines15
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
You would be hard pressed to find a beer that made less sound when popping the cork / cap on it. Thankfully the beer has a light carbonation to it that musters up some frothy, pale, off-white colored froth that almost covers the beer. The beer is a red / dark pink tinged, light amber color that shows a fairly clear, almost red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a strong note of macerated, fermenting raspberries (it doesn't quite retain the piquancy of fresh raspberries but is close). It is hard to smell anything but the raspberries in the nose; perhaps a hint of dusty malt, but I almost think I am imagining this. Wow the nose is profoundly boring, though not bad if you like raspberries.

Fairly dry tasting up front and there is a nice, though slight, lactic bite to this beer that is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. The raspberry flavors are much reduced from what the aroma was (thank god) and there is actually a couple of other things noticeable besides raspberry notes. The raspberry flavors here seem more an infusion from the aroma than an actual raspberry flavor; it lightly stains the flavor profile with a raspberry seed astringency, a light raspberry flesh fruitiness and a touch of tannic raspberry skin character. Some oak barrel flavors lightly add to the character to, with notes of spicy, tannic oak and a soft boost to the body / texture of this beer. Exceedingly quaffable, the light sourness, coupled with the fairly light body make this quite easy to drink; I could imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer's day. This could definitely use more carbonation though as it only has a light carbonation.

Well this being my last one of these from this years release that I will get to try (send me a Kiwi please), I have to say that I am really starting to miss the funkiness and biting acidity of a real Lambic. These start to get a bit bland after a while, though they are certainly valiant attempts. In particular the super aromatic notes of the raspberry is just to powerful for this beer to remotely stand up to, so the nose is all raspberry. My particular, general apathy towards raspberry beers makes this one a bit less enjoyable than the other Upland Lambics, but it is certainly on the same level as the others.

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Photo of Spider889
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice red color with a tall rosy head.

Aroma was very tart with little sweetness which I liked. Whenever you encounter an American fruited lambic you need to assume super sweet until proven otherwise imo. This one succeeds here.

So so sour, but not overly acidic. There's the bitterness I always associate with green strawberry leaves. The raspberry flavor is obvious (when many fruits are not in other beers) - and it has the flavor characteristic of fresh wet fruit.

Overall nothing phenomenal (little nuance or development over time), yet a very satisfying sour. Would be happy to take another crack at this one in the future.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of these at the release party at the Upland brewery. Pretty expensive but a rare treat in Southern Indiana.

Pours with a thick foamy head and a rich orange color. Smell is very sour, as I expected. This beer is layered with thick, sour raspberry flavors, highly sour. The flavor lingers for quite some time, reminding you of the immense tartness. This is the best lambic I have ever had.

I'm not much of a lambic-head, but I enjoyed the chance to try a home-grown, small batch offering.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 3/7/11, Batch 53-09. Big thanks to Rempo for this.

2.5 A: Opaque cherry plum color. First pour gave me a lot of head. Second pour gave me a full glass with two and a half fingers of fizzy pink head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. Some small floaties pushed around from the constant and intense stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

3.5 S: This is less fruity in the nose than the other Uplands, though the raspberry is still easily discernable. A good hit of lactic tanginess, but not much in terms of sourness. Plenty of oak and vanilla to a lesser extent. Notes of hay and orchard funk. More sweet than the others with just a touch of tartness.

4.0 T: The taste is more attuned to what I expect. Full of tart raspberry that offers a good mix of sweet and sour. Again, lots of fruity lactic acid that gives off cherry and blueberry in addition to the raspberry. Some notes of acetic acid. Again hay and orchard funk. Moderately puckering overall. Not bad.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is spritzy (which I like) and a good bit higher in volume than I'd prefer (which can be distracting at times). Puckering on finish.

3.5 D: Another solid beer in the lambic lineup. This has a pretty good taste and is among the more sour from the series. Smell is strangely more subdued than the taste suggests and the carbonation of this bottle is distractingly high.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A sinking ship, and the sunset a cloudy orange... it's to be a long, wet night on the warm sea and a raft. Little did I suspect this, a darkish aura about the waters, some floating berries, a tartness. There's a balance there, the sweet and sour, as I look to the sky and drink it in.. the flames have yet to die on the hull.
And the flavor of the waters, much like the aroma, a balance, lingering mild light sour notes with the tannins of oak, an ihop raspberry syrup, it's too sweet, these charred waters.
And watery light cleanness, little body here, though there are a couple floating yonder, exploded from the ship at impact, and I have yet to decide upon a theory of the saboteur, though I've little time to do so, and likely no one will know if I do.
The finish is sweet, causing this experience to be less than euphoric, a fitting one for the last, as I will likely never feel her warmth again. The orange sky darkens to dusk, the pain of the realization that it must be over now, and I will never again see the light of day... Give up the ghost, let the salt water wash it away... the blood, wash it away... I've waited wasted years...

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle orange-reddish color, I expected it to be pink. No head. Interesting smell, a little sour and a little funk. Flavor is perfume and fruit. This is quite fruity but no distinct raspberry flavor just a general berry taste. This is better than the blackberry but isn't really sour or tart, kinda disappointing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.


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Photo of portia99
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass.

A - Pours a pale orange color. Thin, sodalike, almost non-existent white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bubble activity here - bubbles constantly rising out of the center of the glass and forming a good coating in the bottom of the bowl of the glass. Good looking beer. Was expecting more of a pink/red tone to color, but not disappointed at all with what I am seeing.

S - Strong fresh raspbery aroma. Some tartness and funk in there as well. No doubt about this one being a raspbery beer. I could just smell tis all day long.

T - Tart and sour base. Raspberry flavor sits on top and is the dominant flavor here. Raspberry is the star here, but doesn't have the really fresh, strong tartness I was really looking for. This seems to have some sweetness in it that tames the sour/tart flavors of the raspberry. Interesting and tasty, but not up to the best raspberry lambics out there, for me...

M - Mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment for me in this beer. Mouthfeel is quite thin - practically water-like. I almost feel like I am drinking a Vitamin Water, or similar. Flavors are good and strong enough, but it is still just like flavored water. Although the carbonation makes a good showing in the glass, it is on the weak side in the mouth...not much tingle, to added body.

D - I feel like I am being overcritical of this beer. I think I had overly high expectations for this one coming in. I find myself enjoying this beer, despite the flaws, and I am having no problem getting through the whole 750ml on my own. Alcohol presence is not detected at all, flavors are smooth and refreshing on a warm day. Easily drinkable, may be a good entry fruit lambic for those not used to the more sour flavors typical of the style.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red, burgundy color, mostly opaque from particulate. Pinkish white head that is minimal and fades immediately to nothing. No lacing.

S - Funk and sour, barnyard with bright raspberry mingled with a more corrupted element, and more subtle woodiness.

T - Primarily sour, but with a welcome raspberry line throughout. A lactic element comes through, suggesting yogurt tang.

M - Very brisk carbonation that scrubs the tongue and limits the fatigue, but there is significant puckering sourness.

O - This, my second lambic from Upland, and it is a major step forward. The fruit is a core, key element, and is well-integrated into the experience. The sourness is strong and forward, but is not overwhelming or unpleasant. While the funkiness is at the outer edge of my preferences, and is perhaps the main element I feel is not entirely to my liking, it is nevertheless consistent with the style. Well done.

Note - revised to reduce score because the sourness produced a stomach ache later that night; still a good beer, but I feel the powerful sour may be a bit over the top based on my later experience.

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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.