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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 302
Gots: 93 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bassmantin on 02-26-2008)
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Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a little treat to myself after taking my first BJCP Exam today.

A. Pink and peachy color with little carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass. No head at all and totally clear.

S. Peaches, raspberries, lemons, strawberries, horseblanket, and must.

T. Sharp sourness of lemons and orange zest with a phenominal raspberry and strawberry blend. Light bubblegum and strong lactic sourness on the back of the tongue.

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D. Quite a pleasant surprise. It is very sour but has good complexity. The blend of the fruit tastes really work well. I'd definitely seek this one out again.

MMAJYK, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Iconoklaztor.

Pours an interesting amber orange with reddish tones. Doesn't look very raspberryish to me.

Smells like whole raspberries (mmm...fresh). Quite a nice aroma. There's an acidic/lemony/vinegar aroma that promises some biting sharpness to the taste.

Enjoyed the flavor quite a bit. Perhaps my favorite of the upland brews, although none of them have really stood up the classic gueuzes/lambics/wild ales that are out there. Fresh raspberries tinge the flavor, but they aren't predominant. The biting acid and vinegar take center stage, with some balancing sweetness from the raspberry.

While there was little to no head, very nice carbonation level. This is a lambic I'd use to introduce people to the style.

Overlord, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

ArrogantB, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy as hell with a slight wispy lace. Some of what appears to be box jellyfish swimming in the bottle.
Smells super sweet, tons of raspberries.
Bitter, sour and sweet at the same time. Coins a new word "swour". Very champagne like and well done for the style.
Highly carbonated and fizzy.
If you like sour raspberries in your beer, this is the brew for you. It's exactly what the style should taste like but it's some work to drink it.

kirok1999, Dec 22, 2008
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 Goliath
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear, amber color with nearly no head on the pour.

The aroma is quite nice. Of course the obligatory tart components are available, as well as a nice dash of raspberry.

The taste is where it's at for me with this beer. Really quite good, with a nice tart note, and a very authentic raspberry flavor. Having a very natural raspberry flavor is really key in making a beer like this so I certainly appreciate that.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. A very nice lambic. Tasty, not too complex, easy to consume, not overwhelming on the tartness. Just all around a winner and enjoyable to drink.

Goliath, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy reddish pink body with no head. It reminds me of ruby red grapefruit juice.

S: Ow, we want the funk. Give up the funk. Ow, we need the funk. We gotta have that funk. No raspberry though.

T: Not nearly as tart as the aroma would lead me to believe. There is a slight pleasant sweetness and a good bit of raspberry up front that fades in the mid palate. This is tasty but it would not hold up in comparison to a true belgian lambic. Not enough funk or boldness of flavor.

M: Thin body but where it should be.

D: A good american lambic for sure, and a good beer, but I still prefer the oude belgians.

drseamus, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of egajdzis
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pinkish color with a large white head which quickly dissipated, leaving a ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma of brett, raspberries, leather, wood, and vanilla. Taste of sweeter raspberries, vanilla, some acidity, wild yeasts, some toffee, and a sour finish. Thanks to Clark for sharing this one!

egajdzis, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 1 courtesy of MrBendo.

Light gusher. Poured a deeper orangish-reddish-golden-amber (can you tell I couldn't quite nail down the color) with a large sized head. Some floaters.

Aromas of raspberries, woody, vanilla, and some brett funkiness. Tastes of raspberries, vanilla, lighter woodiness, and again some brett funkiness. Nice sour and tart finish. Yep, raspberries is still my favorite for beer...

Notes from and tasted on 10/25/08

hopdog, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright light orange color with a small collar of white foam. Fairly nice nose with hints of leather, wood, earth and funk, along with a dominant hint of Pinot Noir.
Flavor is very, very complex and has a really succulent and delicious raspberry character. Other notes of leather, funk. Very nicely balanced beer. Mostly impressed with the quality of the fruit.

Crosling, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still trying to understand the misprint on the label that states this raspberry lambic was aged in oak on whole strawberries...

Corked and capped 750mL bottle. Pours a glowing orange-red with some pinkish highlights. A few bubbles on top, but no visible carbonation. Color is pretty nice though.

Nose has whiffs of sour horse blanket and hay funk, nicely offset by soft sweet raspberry. A nice floral bouquet from the fruit, with a hint of citric tart punch. Light on the nose, but nice.

Admittedly, the taste has moments of thin weakness, but what's there is great. Nice lambic balance, with plenty of yeasty funk and fruit character. Starts with a soft sweetness and a little citric acid tartness over light raspberry. Sour taste fades as a grain background comes slightly forward, lifting into an almost artificial fruit taste with just a touch of funk left hanging. Again, somewhat delicate and light, but very tasty.

Feel has just a splash of light tingle on the tongue, spicing an otherwise lighter bodied beer. Seemingly nice for the style.

Phantom sweetness doesn't interfere at all with drinkability, resulting in a nicely balanced wild yeast and fruit beer that sips quite well. My wife enjoyed this one, which is saying a lot. I found myself wanting a little more presence from the flavor, but it's very tasty as is.

lightindarkness, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of hrking
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. I personally like these better if you warm it up to room temp. The taste seems to jump out more so on the raspberry than the other lambics and was one of my favorites without a doubt. Right on the money with the fruit and just the right amount of lambic pucker. Fruit is present both from first taste to after taste. Worth seeking out . Without a doubt one of my Upland favs.!

hrking, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice offering from a local brewery.

The look of this beer is that of a ripe, red, raspberry. The smell is tart and fruity. A littl thin.

The taste is tart and full of berry flavor. I really like this brew. Its a sweet tart.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. Pick up some of the new batch if you can.

iconoklaztor, May 19, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

bassmantin, Feb 26, 2008
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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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