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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 301
Gots: 92 | 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 jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Sean, batch 3...Pours a darkish purple, tons of carbonation but not a gusher. Dark pink head, good retention and lacing. Very dark overall. There appears to be lots of yeast chunks in here, very weird. There are also bits of raspberries, like I'm drinking a fruit smoothy, but in a beer I find it annoying trying to pick things out of my teeth...A light aroma, that has me bored. Not bad, just not giving me enough of what I'm looking for, give me tart but sweet berries, bring out the funk. Sweet to start and only light funk...The taste slightly redeems but this nothing but average. Raspberries, oak, lightly tart but nothing crazy. A wannabe fruit beer, in between a lambic and a true fruit beer like an amazing NG...The mouthfeel is the highlight, its full, sticky, coating, a liquid peanut butter.

Like the effort from Upland but just hitting the execution yet.

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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours pinkish/red, a fingers worth of pink head, some chunks of raspberries in there as well. Some large bubbles remain on top and some lacing is present along the sides of the glass.

S - Nice sour/tart, slight funk, raspberries.

T - Sour/tart, raspberries, nice lip-puckering fruity finish.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - Really liked this one. Not overly complex, but it really doesn't need to be. It's as-advertised, sour/tart notes and raspberries. Upland keeps getting better and better with every batch they release. Recommend.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle opened by the guys at Upland at the GLBF. He pulled the cage off the bottle and set it back down. Moments later the cork came shooting out and almost took his cheek off. 2 oz pour into a taster.

A - Pours a clear bright red with a low light pink head. Low retention from the acidity. No lace left over, just a ring of little bubbles.

S - A light lactic aroma compliments the equally light but fresh raspberry aroma. It's fairly simple in aroma but just awesome anyway! The fresh bushels of raspberries are fantastic.

T - Lactic raspberry flavor is all that comes out. No real malt presence, no hops. Just lambic acidity and tart raspberries.

M - Light-bodied and somewhat thin, there isn't much of a feel to it. Tart and sour but bland-ish here.

D - Decent, actually, fairly good, it could be much better though. The lack of a body is disheartening. It's still decent and the nice tart finish is very good.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - cork & cage - Batch 77-08 - Bottled 2/5/10

Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant red. Basically opaque with a half inch of pink foam on top that falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas of fresh, ripe raspberries off the bat along with an underlying lemon tartness. Earthy accents with a great Brett kick. Barnyard funkiness with a nice grainy undertone.

First sip brings a mix of bright, fresh raspberry along with lemon zest upfront. Mild grainy malts meld into an acidic tartness that runs across the palate. Brett and mellow oak tones converge. As it flows down there's a somewhat cheesy flavor along with the barnyard accents. Puckering on the finish and not overly acidic, which is nice. A really lovely raspberry lambic!

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a bright carbonation. This one does go down pretty easily and is quite wonderful. Probably the best batch I've tried. Cheers to Upland for taking the time and effort to brew these lovely lambics. Well worth the effort to seek out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2/5/10, batch 77-08. Poured from a 750ml. corked and caged wine bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with capra12 and schen9303

A: Pours a 1/2 finger, pink head with decent retention. Beer is a bright, stunning, ruby red. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good retention.

S: Oak, fresh raspberries, slight tartness in the back with a distinct fruit flavor. Very simple and aromatic.

T: Slight tartness upfront with a tiny yeasty bitterness in the back and a lactic sour. Extremely clean. Raspberry is prominent towards the middle, bringing a balanced sweet and sour. Very fruity with little complexity. Finish is tart and sweet. Aftertaste is clean and leaves little in the mouth.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Body is lively but still smooth and slightly oily in the mouth. Finish is messy with a sticky, puckering aftertaste.

D: This is, hands down, my favorite sour of all time. Not immensely complex, tart, or overwhelming, but with great balance and clean simplicity. I could drink this one all day long and not get tired of it.

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

2009 version received from lightindarkness over a year ago...thanks! Typo on the label says it has whole strawberries in it.

a - pours a deep orange with ruby red highlights, half-inch white head with little retention or lacing, fairly hazy

s - lots of barnyard funk and manure mixed with tartness on the nose, only the faintest scent of raspberry

t - decent tartness mixed with some raspberry sweetness up front, midpalate and finish are very funky with a good deal of barnyard-type flavors, some tartness lingers along with light raspberry notes and sweetness, finish is a bit truncated

m - medium-to-light bodied, slightly low carbonation, tartness and sweetness make for a well-balanced (though short) finish on the palate

d - not overly drinkable for the style, not as interesting as many other lambics and American wilds I've had, but definitely a step up from the typical Lindemanns offering, not overly tart, which is a plus for drinkability, but also not very refreshing

Decent offering from Upland -- probably the second best sour I've had from them behind the blackberry. The raspberry really isn't all that evident, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Probably a better beer than my rating may reflect, but nobody's going to be confusing this with something from Russian River or Cantillon.

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.

Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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...

Photo of rudylaw
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch.

750ml bottle and it's another gusher! Opened over the sink but had wine glasses at the ready, so loss was minimal.

It pours a light, red cola with a fluffy white head. This looks so damn good! Like sitting at the end of the counter at the soda jerk, at least, that what old tyme movies have led me to believe.

Raspberry, cherries, lemon zest and slight vinegar and horse funk in the nose.

This tastes amazing! Plenty of upfront raspberry with the rest of the berries co-mingling with the star of the show. It's a little puckering, but nothing more than say, NG Cran-bic. There seems to be a bready quality here as well. It's mostly a fruit party though.

This lambic has a medium, dry finish and drinks very crisp.

This is my second experience with Upland lambics, first being the last batch of Strawberry, which was atrocious. Compared to that bottle, this one blows it out of the stratosphere. I will be getting more when the wider release rolls around!

Photo of beachbum1975
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 2/5/10
Batch: 77-08

Serverd fresh from the fridge and shared among good friends on this lovely day on my back porch...

After a huge pop, this one started gushing pink fizz immediately. Pours raspberry in color with a nice 1/2 inch pink head.

Smells of tart raspberries and moderate funk.

The taste reflects the nose. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. The raspberry is more tart than fruity.

Like all of Upland's lambics; very nice!

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from cork and cage. Good stuff here!

A- Pours a reddish orange color with some floaties in the beer. Two finger white head rises and falls rather quickly I think for a lambic. Nice spotty streaking lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S- Nice lactic raspberry aroma from the get go. Light horseblanket barnyard funk to this along with some vinegar notes. This is a newer bottle so I suspect these aromas will only get bigger as the beer ages a little more.

T- Nice big sour raspberry kick in the front end with a little lemon tartness as well. The lactic acids bring out this tartness all together. The fruity flavors in this bring about a light straightforward flavor. Still this is a young beer and should be sat on a little longer. Some light horseblanket funky taste as well.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style right now. Nice raspberry upfront left on the palate with a light tartness in the aftertaste. Flavors are crisp and tart while blending overall together.

D- This beer is drinkable now and will only get better with age. I would hold onto this beer a little longer if I had more of them. But a standout beer from Upland.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with Jay23. thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled march 28/2010.

pours hazy reddish orange with a small cap of white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a few spots of lace. there's also some serious dark chunkies floating at the bottom of the glass.

aroma is good. raspberry, strawberry, bit of cherry. lemon and grapefruit. bit of horse blanket funk. touch of alcohol. light malt vinegar.

taste is good. nice sour raspberry character. bit of strawberry and cherry. very light fruity sweetness. white bread and cracker. bit of spice. light horse blanket funk. touch of leather. fairly straightforward, but tasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. not overly deep or complex, but with a great raspberry character.

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A capped 750ml bottle brought and shared by me at a recent tasting. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. The lambic appears a clear brownish-red color with about a finger of off white head. The flavors and aromas consist of mild, mild funk, a touch of berry, some vinegary acidity, fruity, somewhat sour. A notch or three below medium bodied with decent carbonation. Kind of fell a bit flat on the palate. I hope the other flavors have fared better.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to sigma23 for hosting the first SMBDC meeting and cracking open this bottle from this collection. 2008 vintage, typo on the bottle listed ingredient as strawberries in one part, found that funny, if it was a stamp it'd be worth quite a bit for such an error.

Pours a mostly clear golden color, good sized fizzy head that fades fast, no noticeable lacing. I was told this used to pour a more pinkish color, maybe the age reduced that, later pours (to someone else) showed a hazy beer with hints of more color though.

Smell is mostly sweet with a strong fruity raspberry presence.

Taste is less tart than most lambics although there is some tartness so not to completely disappoint, a sweet and fruity is the head theme with hints of funk, the raspberries shine through quite nicely, soft carbonation that doesn't get in the way.

For me, this was best of show for the meeting. Never thought I'd get to try one of the Upland lambics that I've heard about, didn't think they'd be as good as I've heard, guess I was wrong.

Photo of Cakanator
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. At turkey dAy dinner. Pours a cloudy red color reminds
me of rosso. Smells of sour fruits especially rAspberry. Mouthfeel is thick with sour raspberry, so smooth and sour I love the mouthfeel and finish. Glad I got fo have this one it's so sour and delicious. Uplands best so far the strawberry was great as well.

Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my last of the six. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching game 6 of the World Series (New York vs. Philly).

Appearance- Pours a light pinkish orange with a small bubbly cap that fizzes and hisses quite violently. No cap is left but a thin collar is left with zero lacing and a small piece of random raspberry.
Smell- Wow loaded with fresh vibrant raspberries that are clean and bright and really nice. I don't get any of that Lambic funk as the raspberries seem so potent that I think it sort of drowns everything out. Something that reminds me of crayons as well. Something sort of waxy. Maybe a big of grainy maltiness but that's about it. I guess it's fairly one sided but I love raspberries so it smells good to me!
Taste- Well that little chunk of raspberry was sort of gross, the seed was intact though. Starts off with a fairly lactic bite that is lightly quenching and puckering. The raspberries are pretty strong as well (probably stronger fruit-wise than any of the other Upland Lambics) and are pretty tart. Like the nose I don't get a whole lot other than the raspberries. They are so fresh and clean that no funk is really discernable. It's lightly tannic though and the wood is just barely noticeable although it does show a bit more as it warms. Finishes with plenty of lingering raspberries and a kiss of vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and almost watery the beer could use a bit more oomph. The carbonation is sort of light too and I could definitely use a bit more.
Drinkability- If you're a fan of raspberries like I am than you'll probably really like this. It's lightly sour and somewhat tart and very quaffable. Maybe not the full Lambic experience but I'm not the style police and I enjoyed this. Thanks much Matt!!

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: nice light brown, slight red hue
S: more sweet than tart
T: for all the hype I wasn't impressed, thin, a bit of acidity, but just lacks character and has a bit too sweet backbone
M: doesn't dance on the tongue like other lambics, flat, semi- sweet mouthfeel
D: OK but nothing special

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to either hrking or sprinkle (or maybe even someone else?) for the trade. i forgot which one - sorry guys! please feel free to correct me.

750ml brown bottle. (was this capped or corked or both? i didn't record that down...) no date found.

NOTE: there seems to be a big typo. the descriptor on the front label reads "belgian-style ale aged in oak with whole strawberries".

tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip glass.

quite pop from the cork, seems like low carbonation...

hazy, almost cloudy. red grapefruit cocktail (ocean spray) color and appearance, with a lean towards the red side of the spectrum. thin sudsy head fades quickly to wisps and thin ring. only 3-6 little dots of "lacing" ever really stick.

aroma: hints of old, aged raspberry, but more towards... ocean spray grapefruit cocktail! really!? hint of wood. trace of funk.

taste: very similar flavor, but watery. hint of bitterness. hint of wood. strawberry?

a bit thin, with acidic and tannic textures. very mild carbonation helps only slightly with some body and flavor lift, but that's it.

did i get a bad bottle?

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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 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.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass.

A - Pours a pale orange color. Thin, sodalike, almost non-existent white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bubble activity here - bubbles constantly rising out of the center of the glass and forming a good coating in the bottom of the bowl of the glass. Good looking beer. Was expecting more of a pink/red tone to color, but not disappointed at all with what I am seeing.

S - Strong fresh raspbery aroma. Some tartness and funk in there as well. No doubt about this one being a raspbery beer. I could just smell tis all day long.

T - Tart and sour base. Raspberry flavor sits on top and is the dominant flavor here. Raspberry is the star here, but doesn't have the really fresh, strong tartness I was really looking for. This seems to have some sweetness in it that tames the sour/tart flavors of the raspberry. Interesting and tasty, but not up to the best raspberry lambics out there, for me...

M - Mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment for me in this beer. Mouthfeel is quite thin - practically water-like. I almost feel like I am drinking a Vitamin Water, or similar. Flavors are good and strong enough, but it is still just like flavored water. Although the carbonation makes a good showing in the glass, it is on the weak side in the mouth...not much tingle, to added body.

D - I feel like I am being overcritical of this beer. I think I had overly high expectations for this one coming in. I find myself enjoying this beer, despite the flaws, and I am having no problem getting through the whole 750ml on my own. Alcohol presence is not detected at all, flavors are smooth and refreshing on a warm day. Easily drinkable, may be a good entry fruit lambic for those not used to the more sour flavors typical of the style.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

The cork opened with hardly a sound, but I was pleasantly surprised that there was a bubbly inch-thick head that doesn't stick around very long, but it's definitely carbonated. The body is a hazy orange with hints of reddish pink in there.

The aroma is dominated by the sweet raspberries with some sugary sweetness on top. There is only a hint of light funk in the nose and its sweeter than I was expecting overall.

The taste has a lot more things going on. It's got a tart zing up front in combination with the sugar-coated raspberries. The finish is dry, slightly acidic and shows much more funk than the aroma. It's not a lot of funk for a beer of this style but the aroma just had none to speak of.

The mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated with a medium body and a dry in the finish.

This is a very good lambic and probably the best I've tasted from Upland. The funk is started to show itself in the taste and I think this one might actually get even better with another year on it.

Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.