Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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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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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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  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.

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 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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes. Bottle shared by someone at the FW Bretta Rose release in Buellton - thanks.

A: Pours a dark red/berry-ish under a thin (1/4") pinkish head which fades quickly to the edges and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Bright raspberries dance around the barnyard and get tarted up. Faint oak, musty and earthy.

T: Follows nose with more funk and tartness. Fruity and musty.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes fruity, tart and funky.

O: A treat and enjoyed and would have again and again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a hazy reddish pink hue, with sediment particles meandering about. The head is small in stature and leaves little lacing upon the glass.

The aroma is primarily of tart raspberries and a light funk.

The flavor is pleasant, not overly sour. The oak presence is subtle. The beer is quite acidic and finishes with some sharp vinegar-like notes. Fruit is very present throughout.

The feel is a bit sharp on the palate, with a slight pucker factor.

An enjoyable brew. I am very happy at the opportunity to sample a new sour / wild ale, and I would certainly have it again.

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle. Bottled 2/5/10, Batch 77-08. Poured into two tulips with only minimal gushing. Mildly apprehensive having sat on this for so long and not trying it fresher.

Pours a hazed crimson pink color with a fizzy, thick bright pink head that quickly fades to thick ring of bubbles and splotchy film. Aroma is tart and fruity, with raspberry and lemon zest. There is some mild barnyard funk and acidity, but is mostly fruit forward. Flavor has a rich, sweet real raspberry fruitiness hiding behind the strong carbonation and pleasant sour acidity. Unfortunately the fruit isn't as strong as the nose or as imagine it was fresh. Body finishes dry and overall this is very refreshing, though mildly overcarbonated. Not complex, but not as one dimensional as I expected from other reviews. Nice.

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 chippo33
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super juicy, but really acidic.

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.

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/4

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

One of the better American fruit lambics I've tried. Pours a vividly raspberry red color with a smallish, frothy pink head that settles quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh, tart raspberries, lemony acidity, and not a little cheesy funk. Oak and barnyard notes are subtle but present and are also detected in the flavor. However this one is all about the tart raspberry flavor. Medium strength sour power; acidic, lemon juice, minor vinegar, leaves the teeth a little bit squeaky. Again there's a fascinating musty funky cheesiness I really liked here.

Medium light bodied and a bit more aggressively carbonated than expected but the feel works and helps to make this almost refreshing. Overall this will be an eye opener for fans of Lindemans or Raspberry Tart but should really appeal to sour and funk fanatics.

Photo of Derek
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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!

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

750 ml bottle, corked and capped, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy and chunky orange, tangerine colour, some dark gold, thin white head forms and settles to a medium size ring around the glass before almost disappearing, no real lace sticks, looks slightly flat.

Smell is nice, pretty intense fresh raspberries, raspberry seeds, some stawberry, lemon juice, light vinegar, some light toast and lots of woody character, oak and some light spice, a bit of vanilla, light sourness in the finish, lots of fresh fruit character.

Taste is real nice, very fresh and fruity, lots of raspberry and raspberry seeds, lemon acidity, some solid oakiness, big wood and some vanilla, very fruity, some strawberry, fruit salad, some nice tartness and sourness in the finish, salty with some vinegar, real nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, just enough to keep it going. Neat minerally and salty finish. Real nice lambic, thanks Russ!

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.

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