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Raspberry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 310
Gots: 99 | FT: 13
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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 thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Holy crap, this one was a GEYSER! The cork literally removed itself once the cage was off! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a pinkish red with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really hate that half the bottle ejected itself into the sink as most people really seemed to enjoy this one the most of the lineup. I can see why as the combination of the raspberries with the sour/tart notes just simply worked together. While this was not the most complex beer of the lineup it definitely stoodout in enjoyment for most at the tasting out of the other Uplands.

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Sean.

A - Dark red beer with a foamy pink head that had rasbperry "stuff" floating in it. Looked appropriate for the beer and flavor type.

S - Raspberries, sugar, some tartness. Not tons going on, but it smells pleasant.

T - Quite a fruity beer, lots of raspberry flavor and very fruity. Some nice tart and funk notes, taking it out of the "fruit beer" realm and into "lambic." Kind of one-noted, but easy to drink and tastes good.

M - Lighter bodied, over carbonated, dry finish.

O - Good beer, easily drinkable. Not a world beater, and not the best of the ones that they produce, but this is good stuff and I enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

we have our first gusher!

A-it pours a dark mahogony red with tons of sediment and extremely cloudy with a fluffy dark pink head. Yeast sediment sits on top.

S-the nose has some tart acidity up front, lots of dry oak and some hints of sawdust, the raspberries are subtle and lighter in the nose and somewhat past their ripeness.

T-the flavor is subtle and rather light. the oak is very strong in this beer with plenty of an earthy yeast. the raspberries have a hint of tartness to them and are softer and understated. not vastly flavorful but very integrated and subtle.

M-light body, very smooth on the palate and has some creamy aspects to them. the carbonation is lower and the finish is pretty wet.

D-this is extremely drinkable and very light in flavor. the flavor is a little light but it makes for a very easy to drink beer. the fruits are subtle and the most dominant flavor is the oak especially in the nose.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
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.


Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gusher, pours a murky crimson with a small soapy head. Nose is oak, mineral, light horsey brett. Flavor is fairly light, a lot of mineral, red berries. I really enjoy how simple and fruit-forward this is, as there is little sourness and no acidity to kind of skew things. Very dry. it's refreshing in its simplicity, which I respect in the Upland lambics I've had, and made better through the lack of acidity.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with zero head. The smell is rather a sharp raspberry tart nose with some slight barnyard types. Slightly sweet upfront with a nice tart raspberry sourness. Some apple notes as well. Slightly mouth puckering. Ends rather cleanly. Very drinkable. I'd like to see the raspberry flavors a little more prevalent.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.