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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 304
Gots: 91 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Sammy, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, May 04, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Texasfan549, May 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

GRG1313, May 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.2%

kjkinsey, May 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
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 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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale, reddish-purple body with a foamy, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Tart-smelling aroma of raspberries mixed with a distinct odor of funky cheese.

Taste: Sweet, fruity raspberry taste quickly boards the one-way train to Tartville. Big mouthful of stink cheese. Exceptionally acidic!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very fine, very interesting lambic. Good work, Upland!

ChainGangGuy, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +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...

emerge077, May 09, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for providing this one to our impromptu tasting. Bottled 2/5/10, batch 77-08, corked and caged 2010 release. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

A - This one was a slight gusher that poured with light pink huge foam that quickly settled to a thin cap and no lace. Murky hot pink-fuchsia body with chunks of yeast and berries in it.

S - Huge slightly under-ripe raspberries, some other sugary malt, and slight sour and tart notes. It's like a slightly more sour and funky Raspberry Tart.

T - Taste is a bit chalky, and features less of the great raspberry flavor from the nose. There's some tart dryness and a bit more fruit at the back end when the carbonation dies down.

M - Very tingly, zesty, and dry. Light crisp body, and quite refreshing. It's appropriate to style but slightly overcarbonated.

D - Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Wish they made more of this as I'd purchase it regularly for parties and as a light drinking alternative.

MasterSki, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this at Jackie O's before the bottle sale this weekend. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red color with a lot of really bubbly pink head. The head fades quickly.

Smell: Very funky with lots of sweet, natural raspberries. Quite crisp.

Taste: Loaded full of fresh raspberry flavor and fairly traditional lambic funk. There seems to be some citrus sourness in there as well. The finish is acidic and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really aggressive carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely tart, sour beer. The fruit addition is very welcome and well done. I'm glad I got to try it.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 12, 2010
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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.