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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 295
Gots: 92 | 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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zhanson88

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:56:34 | More by zhanson88
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stbo101

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-25-2012 00:16:50 | More by stbo101
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red color, bordering on garnet but not quite burgundy.

S: Burns the nostrils with the natural carbonation. The scent behind it is a delicious blend of tart acidic raspberry, oak, and hints of yeast.

T: Very tart and dry flavor. A light raspberry flavor is pervasive from start to finish, but it really is light (almost reminiscent of Crystal Light?). Seriously tart and acidic, though.

M: Puckers the mouth with a combination of acidity and almost tannic characteristics leaving a chalky feeling. Very ample carbonation, bordering on champagne levels of bubbliness.

O: If you want a very puckering and tart, not overly sweet lambic that is undeniably raspberry in origin, then this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:24:33 | More by jnn4v
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Miamilice

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2012 13:36:42 | More by Miamilice
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-12-2012 19:01:15 | More by EROCK75
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 750 cork and cage into snifter glass.

vintage 3/2011.

Appearance: It looks like liquid raspberries! Amesome medium red bodied beer with a huge white head with a red hue to it. Easily 2 fingers head after a gentile pour.

Smell: You get lots of fruit and funk with this one. Raspberries still smell fresh!

Taste: moderate funky and sour notes. Get just a little bit of hay. You can get a decent taste of the fruit, but it is not the predominant flavor in this beer. Finishes with a sour note.

Mouthfeel: light beer that is crisp, clean, and delightful. Super easy to drink. High carbonation levels in this beer and the carbonation levels are near perfect.

Overall: Another wonderful Upland Fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:10:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2012 03:33:04 | More by acurtis
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Careful all, this one's a gusher!

This beer pours a murky, hazed pink and light ruby with a pillowy, thick, quickly forming pink head that eventually leaves webs of lacing down the glass. A bit lighter in color than Upland's Cherry Lambic, but similar in appearance.

The aroma is bright and acidic and very fruit-forward, with lots of authentic raspberry aroma. There's a mild hint of funk, but the sour acidity and raspberry aromas are dominant.

As has been my experience with other Upland sour lambics, this one is hugely sour. Along with the aggressive sourness is a lot of bright raspberry flavor, and little else--exactly what I was hoping for.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A joy to sip on.

Delicious raspberry sour, though not as complex as the cherry variation or simply delicious as the persimmon.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:08:17 | More by ehammond1
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-19-2012 20:23:57 | More by nmann08
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:40:12 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for sharing this tick! Poured with a giant rose pink head that disappears immediately. The color is a nice deep red color.

The aroma is full of raspberry, with a hint of dirt.

The taste starts outwith lots of sweet raspberry. The finish injects a dose of tartness; balancing out the sweetness.

The carbonation is very subtle. The body is medium.

This is tasty. It is a full on raspberry bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:33:57 | More by andrewinski1
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-17-2012 06:28:00 | More by Diomede
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Fvernon as an extra. Very generous.

A: Cloudy, light red. A good amount of white head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of fruit and vinegar.

T: Very tart. This one is a mouth-puckering blend of sour and raspberry. Very tasty!

M: Light and refreshing. Very well carbonated.

O: Great sour-fruit lambic. Upland knows what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 15:13:40 | More by camil1mj
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DigitalDude

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ajzy for the trade. 750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Dark reddish/maroon color, medium cloudiness. Nice 2-3 fingers of light pink head that settles rather quickly.
S: Raspberries, raspberries and raspberries. A little funky on the nose.
T: An aggressive tartness on the front. More raspberries. Carbonation really stood out in this one. Sweet, but not overly so. It's a shame I couldn't pick up the oak from the barrels.
M: Big carbonation. Very full with acidic finish that lingers.
O: Great beer. If you're a fan of sours, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:28:50 | More by DigitalDude
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Spider889

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 08:55:20 | More by Spider889
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cfh64

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-07-2012 18:35:44 | More by cfh64
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indieraycer2

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-01-2012 18:26:06 | More by indieraycer2
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-27-2012 19:11:48 | More by PhineasGage
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grownfool

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2012 01:36:30 | More by grownfool
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kaips1

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 02:29:40 | More by kaips1
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 03/07/11. 52-09 Batch#.

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- Big burst of ripe raspberry jam. Subtle dry oak and tartness.

(T)- Plenty of raspberry fruits with mild funky oak and acidity.

(M)- A rather high carbonation level. A good balance too, though primarily sour fruit and oak.

(D)- A solid example, though the carbonation level could be toned down a bit. Otherwise, a great sour fruit profile despite it being very straightforward. Could maybe use more oak and funk to balance the scales, but time could certainly help that.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:21:29 | More by sweemzander
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-13-2012 23:15:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2012 06:53:22 | More by ThirstyHerf
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Soonami at the Dark Intrigue Release

A: Muddy red pour with a very fizzy pink head. No retention or lacing at all. The head gushed out of the bottle a bit upon popping the cork 4

S: Very oaky smell with a nice amount of raspberries and barnyard funk mustiness. The balance is quite nice, but seems to be a bit on the sour side 4.5

T: The oakiness seems to hide underneath the funk and raspberries. The fruit isn't particularly strong, as this seems to be a bit more funky than anything else. I very much like how the taste develops: fruity, then a lot of funk that finishes off the taste dry with oak and booze throughout. 4.5

MF: The body is medium with an extremely dry finish. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, as shown with the gushing bottle (that I remember, in hindsight, occurred with the Peach Lambic I had before). The bite of sour-ness I didn't find offensive at all. 3.5

O: This was very good. I thought it would be a bit more fruity, but the overall taste is well above average. Easily enjoyable, very glad I tried it. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 20:08:39 | More by russwbeck
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent release. Bright pink with a huge light pink head. SOUR POWER! The lactic acid is ridiculous in the nose. Biting and sharp with a underlying raspberry. The sourness in every sip stings the tongue. Swishing makes my eyes water. Super carbonated. Hate to sound like a broken record but Upland has nailed it again. I will be collecting these like a hoarding douche bag next time they come out.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:37:29 | More by beerwolf77
Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.