Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
08-13-2009 23:56:09 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-24-2012 01:23:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
10-24-2010 15:26:30 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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
02-21-2014 01:47:20 | More by brentk56
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-29-2014 17:24:51 | More by BEERchitect
3.4/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
04-05-2009 14:03:06 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-30-2012 22:45:06 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
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!
12-22-2008 22:03:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.45/5 rDev +7%
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...
05-09-2010 18:10:51 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-19-2010 20:30:07 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
03-21-2011 20:09:32 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-05-2011 02:19:46 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
06-12-2010 14:47:29 | More by mdfb79
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
12-16-2008 02:27:19 | More by Gueuzedude
Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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