Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 579
Gots: 96 | FT: 13
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hrking on 10-02-2008

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Reviews by Keffa:
Photo of Keffa
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review, thanks Steve. Batch 134-08, bottled 12-6-10.

Pour into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow, very slightly hazy, small head settled super fast and no lacing. Kind of disappointing, but not terribly bad.

S: Sour acidity dominates, funky cheese, hay, and earth behind that. Not much in terms of kiwi here. Good aroma for a lambic though.

T: Gah! My palate! Sour! Fucking sour! Strip enamel off my teeth sour. Cheesy funk, acidity, sourness, lemon, and strangely kiwi skin. Amazingly sour, but the flavors under it are fantastic. No abv hints and finishes long and a split of bitterness and sourness.

M: Light carbonation, lighter body, slightly oily. Good though.

O: Good. Surprising that it's not a Belgium made lambic, this one is easily as good a some of the Cantillon I've had. Must try for sour fans.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just when you though you've seen it all- this, Kiwi Lambic! From a semi-rural brewery that has garnerred its reputation from the production of ordinary American-style ales, out springs a rustic and spot-on Belgian-style Lambic with the back sweetening of, all things, kiwi. How does this delicate fruit hold up to the sharply sour flavor of Lambic...?

With a pour that's typical of Belgian sours, the murky yellow-ish gold color seems to display the same tone and tenner as bruised pears. A dainty and delicate airy white head develops on the beer confidently, but quickly succumbs to the acidity of the beer quickly, and with little lace. Kiwi's low lying carbonation seems caught somewhere less zesty than Gueuze but not as still as traditional Lambic either.

Tart fruit, cider, and white wine aromas fill the nose with nearly the acidic tones expected from vinegars. Limes, mellons, under rippened berries, and crabapples give a glimpse into the slightly funky and estery mix. But the underlying wood notes of sandalwood, dry oak, and lighlty mossy scent carries an undeniable earthy tone to support the sharp fruit and acid.

Flavors begin to balance toward the fruity and sour notes that rise as limes early on but grow into the more finesse melon, kiwi, and papaya flavors late as the wheaty finish and aftertaste reveal a softer and more palatable element without impeeding drinkability. Slightly bitter, salty, and brine-like, the mid palate delivers a flavor that's interestingly similar to salt water taffy.

Perhaps closer to medium bodied than light bodied, especially when considering style parameters; but the beer retains a slightly richer malt body that provides a welcome buffer to the sharp acidity that pangs at the jaws. This creamier effect tampers the onslaught of acid until the palate acclimates and finishes with a moderately astringent feel and malty-dry finish and minimal alcohol warmth.

There's an overall clean, nearly all lactic sourness that commands the beer and shows restraint with the complexities of heavy must, horse hair, or mushroom earthiness- this all allows the actual kiwi to shine through the more aggressive sour flavors. Though the fruit flavor seems melon-like, I can also see the influence of kiwi playing a pronounced role in the flavor spread. Well done Upland, well done!

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/6/10

A - Pours a hazy orange-tinges golden brown with very little head and no lacing to speak of.

S - Substantial funkiness and a nice tart lactic nose. Kiwi is there as well, but a bit faint.

T - Nice lactic tartness, followed by some oak, kiwi and some other fruit, and yeasty funk. Also faintly buttery. Finishes with lingering tartness, but not particularly dry.

M - Fuller mouthfeel than I was expecting, but nicely carbonated to give a lusciousness.

O - My first of the Upland lambics, and this definitely has me looking forward to the others. Sour and funky, but also a nice fruit presence.

Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Clear goldenrod and dark yellow with a thin near-white cap. Spots of stick down the glass.

Lots of earthy funk in the aroma pressed up against bright, lactic sour character. There's definitely a white and green fruit presence as well, though it'd be tough to say "kiwi" without the obvious prompting. Regardless, this smells wonderful.

And the taste is just as good as the aroma. Lots of bright lactic sour character, earthy funk, and white and green fruit flavors. Exceptionally drinkable. Crisp, refreshing, and very sour.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.


Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was the "sour" beer we picked out to drink if Lesnar lost, and he did, just like my other 2 picks that night.

Good dull yellow pour, there are actual fruit flesh from the kiwi floating in the beer as well as a grip of sediment and yeast and whatnot in this beer. Pungent sour aroma, much like a gueuze, big time lactic notes, you would think there was pear, apple and kiwi to this one, but was layered, there was some bretty aspects as well.

The taste is extremely sour, I cracked up reading some of the reviews that said theirs wasn't sour enough, jeez, I love a beer as sour as possible pretty much, and this was fantastic upper echelon for that. Not too sweet, the sour was definitely so dominant. A chalky, bretty moment in the mouthfeel, goes nice with the fruit and sour notes. Big time acidity, tastes like equal parts orange juice and kiwi. Fat carbonation seems a pro pro here.

What really impressed me was how much flavor this had, this beer followed Black Tuesday and cut quite nicely through it.

This is a beer I can see drinking again and again. That was my only bottle, so anybody reading this with a bottle, I'd prolly trade you something good for it.

Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden color with a few floaters on it with a small white head

S - Sweettarts and white vinegar. Slight kiwi fruit presence. Slightly reminds me of sauerkraut 4

T - Lemon, white vinegar and sweettarts up front. Slight kiwi presence in there that shows up but doesn't cut the tartness.

M -Not that much carbonation but slightly prickly from the tartness. Lingering dryness in the finish

O - Really tart lambic from upland that reminds me of Sour Reserve with a hint of kiwi to it

Photo of nkersten
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Batch 1, a big thanks to Chris for sharing this. Poured into tulip, color is golden yellow with no head. Smell is hay, berries, sweet malts and bready dough. Taste is very interesting - Coconut, kiwis, cloves. The kiwi is suprisingly good, not a flavor I thought would come through in a beer this well. A tiny hint of sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and near still, some acidity in the finish. A very good beer but I wouldnt exactly say it is a lamic. Good drinkability for whatever the style actually is.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TPatuto (Tom) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (batch 77-08, bottled 2/5/10) into a Darkness snifter. Paired with the fruit.

Beer pours no head and leaves no lace. Nearly still. Color is a cloudy orange-peach pastel. Score would be lower if not for the style which isn't highly carbonated to begin with.

Nose is a musty lemon tartness. Hay and wood combine to create a slight Brett presence. Very mellow overall and no hint of kiwi.

Opens lemon and a tartness that comes from the white in the center of the kiwi (made clear from the fruit pairing). Hay, Brett, and band-aid accompany an indistinguishable sourness. Finish is tart and slightly sweet with near no aftertaste save for a touch of sour. Pretty plain.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and smooth in the mouth and semi-dry going down. Tart finish with a subtle but sticky aftertaste. Appropriate.

Having them side by side, this is clearly the worst of the Upland lambics. The kiwi taste is not overly strong in the first place and placing it in a beer doesn't help that flavor come through. A decent beer overall but nothing like advertised.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RATING #1100 on BA! The tick train rolls on, taking no prisoners. Bottle shared at a tasting thanks to jhenry04 I believe.

Pours a hazy medium golden color with a decently-formed white head with average retention.

The aroma is tart and funky, pretty nice, with light fruits (apple and kiwi) and wild yeast.

The flavor has medium sourness. Pretty standard but well-done wild ale with a little pale malt sweetness poking through the bretty, lactic sour funkiness. Kiwi presence is definitely there, if not too assertive. Tasty, with a considerable rarity presence that doesn't seem quite as strong as that which others picked up in the original (60 bottle?) batch.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and nice lively carbonation.

A good wild ale overall. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Kylo76
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sourest beer I've ever had, not in a terrible way but is overpowering.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Hazy. Bright orange. Almost no head. A tiny collar.

Smell - Acidic. Whoa. Fruity. Lots of oak and some vanilla.

Taste - Really sour. Strong kiwi. Gets extremely sour very quickly. Tropical fruit sourness, like passionfruit. Woody, but that is also overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Silly sourness.

Overall - If you like excessively sour beers, you'll like this. I get the kiwi up front, but then it's all sourness.

Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, kiwi, funk, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, kiwi, BIG funk, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. The sharp funkiness of this one really threw me off a bit as I was expecting the kiwi to dominate on this one. However, it was a pleasant surprise for sure. While the funk was definitely the star of the show, the kiwi did manage to add some sweetness to the brew while the sour notes helped to cut it a little too. This made this brew quite drinkable and enjoyable. Really glad I got to try this one, but not my favorite of the series that I've had.

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a recent tasting...thanks once again for busting this out Luke! Review from notes. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The yeast just doesn't settle down in the glass and I don't mind it. One finger white head that shows good retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Stronger Brett funk right off the bat. Kiwi doesn't standout very much and to be honest you need to bury your nose in there to even find it. Green apples and light almost citrusy aroma in there. Oak comes through but the Brett is a nice undertone through everything. Light bready notes buried in the back of everything else.

T- Flavor profile is pretty much like the aroma but I found the Kiwi more in the aftertaste than when I drinking the beer. This one was puckering more than anything else. Interesting as I thought more citrus notes shined more than the Kiwi. Woody oak flavors came through in more of a undertone through the middle to last half of the beer. Brett funk shined with this beer from start to finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is big with this beer and I think it fits it perfect. Brett funk from start to finish with this beer. Very well blended lambic with a light drying from the alcohol. Flavor profile is great and some individual flavors shine overall.

D- This beer is fantastic. This years was better than when I have had it before. I am glad I really got to try this one out and wish I had a bottle for the cellar. Do yourself a favor and seek this one out. It just shows you that even a good lambic can be brewed in the midwest. Upland..your beers may be a little balnd at times but your lambic shine through and through.

Photo of zep9865
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed with aasher. I believe the third upland lambic we've had in our tastings. Poured into new belgium snifter. No real foam head with a typical belgian ale apricot color.

Very hard to make comments about the smell. I mean who knows what a kiwi smells like? Tart up front with a little bit of sweetness. All things said, smell is positive.

Super tart, lots of lemon with a backbone that almost presents some pineapple believe it or not.

Upland lambics are very hard for me to separate from wilds and sours, but they have a quality that the latter lack, because you can at least detect a slight taste of the given fruit. This beer was tart from start to finish with a distinct sweet note.

Loved this beer. Im partial to anything that makes me pucker without leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, batch #2 of Kiwi.

It pours a murky orange into a tulip glass. Solid sheet of foam, no lacing, with a pastel orange body. Despite attempts to keep the yeast settled, it clearly got mixed in over the course of several pours.

Signature Brett funk, tropical fruit, orange juice, bright and juicy. Hard to identify a clear kiwi aroma, but it's certainly fruity with a nice funky component from the Brett yeast.

Tart and clean lacto sourness, very juicy with drying oak and lingering funky Brett traces in the aftertaste. It drinks like fresh squeezed OJ almost, puckering, borderline sour. Bright and tart, clean and dry. Rapidly dries up on the palate like champagne.

It's a refreshing incarnation of lambic, more of a success than the last batch, and definitely something i'd drink again.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 12-6-10, Batch 134-08. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch carbonated white head that fizzled away quickly. No lacing, either. Aroma is mostly tart fruit, along with some funk, lemon peel and a bit of kiwi. The taste is nice and tart, the brew tastes like lemon peel, funk, tart apples, kiwi and oak. This is definitely a tart and acidic brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high but soft carbonation and it's very easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good brew, and it's my favorite of the Upland Lambics I've tried so far. $19.79 a bottle and worth every penny!

Photo of DrewZ926
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy but brilliant golden orange, about an inch of eggshell head that fades quickly to a collar. unbelievably loud carbonation! beads are shooting up the glass like mad.

S- tons of funk and must, nectar sweetness, tropical fruits

T- wonderfully complex, from omg sour to sweet. kiwi seeds and lemon rind. lactic bliss. so sour and acidic, wonderful contrast to the aftertaste which is strong in sweet citrus and kiwi rind.

M- perfect for the style, not too thin, highly refreshing yet robust. perfect amount of carbonation, was worried there would be too much based on the pour.

O- fantastic fruited lambic from upland. absolutely seek this one out if you are a fan of the style. not as kiwi forward as I had imagined, but the complexity and pucker factor make this one a cant-miss.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.6/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lambic with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of paint thinner is pretty intense with quite a bit of acidic notes and sour notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by paint thinner notes with intense sour notes and quite a bit of acidic notes. Kiwi is quite hard to distinguish. Body is light with good carbonation. The paint thinner notes were a big turn-off for me.

Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this brew!!

A: A light hazy pear color, with very little white head.

S: Strong vinegar and very acidic. So much that is makes your face flush a little when you take a deep smell. This one is going to be pucker..

T: WOW! That is a lot of sour! Tart and acidic, burningly so.. There are some earthy notes beneath the sour. The finish is Kiwi-tastic!

M: Light and bone dry. Effervescent carbonation.

O: A very interesting brew. Blisteringly sour. Intense, strong, and complex. Although small amounts would probably be best. A great beer to share with friends.

Photo of johnjohnbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6%

This is the most sour beer i've ever had.

Photo of TrueRates
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-cloudy orange like color with a frothy white head that dies down rather quickly. The nose is of funk, sour tart fruit, a small amount of kiwi, and more funk. The flavor is just brilliant. The kiwi is extremely well integrated without taking over from the base funk with this sour. The mouthfeel is full with bubbly carbonation all around the palate. Probably one of my favorite Upland lambics and can't wait to try the rest of them.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair provided this at a tasting a short while back.... Thanks a ton Sammy!! Pours a hazed pale orange .... white head, decent retention and lacing.

Yeasty funk and honest to god kiwi... smells of light barnyard and nice sour bite.

Flavor begins sour.. more lactic... green grape skin and even some strawberry.... ripe yet dry kiwi essence ... a little lactic... nice puckering throughout... lemon peel and brett funk on the finish.

Body seems a touch heavy for a "lambic", but I forgive.... great spritzy small bubble carbonation..

Pretty well done.... I am pleased... I appreciate Sam jumping through the hoops to get this bottle.


Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Score: 93

Batch "02-09", bottled 06/12/13. Served in a Fantome tulip and enjoyed on 03/25/14.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color that's relatively clean in appearance until you get to the later bottle pours. Minimal lacing or retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge kiwi, plus lacto and vinegar. The nose radiates sourness and kiwis. 4.25/5

Taste: Hugely tart kiwi flavor, plus lacto and vinegar. Not complex, but tasty in small doses. Big acidity and sourness here. Tasty, but the acidity/tartness layers heavily. The dregs of the bottle just might be the most sour thing I have ever drank. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, nicely carbonation. Very tart, with a little sweetness. Very dry finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a really tasty beer, but it is so tart and acidic that it can only be reasonably handled in small doses unless you are inclined to consume an unreasonable amount of Tums with the beer. This is the Chocolate Rain of sours; share it with a group of friends and be forewarned about consuming solo.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/6/10

Pours a cloudy gold with a very small head, surprising considering the reputation the Upland Lambic have for being gushers (I did chill it for about 20 minutes in the freezer). Aromas are tart and funky, with lots of oak, lemon juice, and a definite tropical fruit aspect. I don't think "kiwi" would be my first guess, but I can see it. Taste is similar to the nose, tart and tropical with a good amount of oak and funk. Surprisingly refreshing, with a crisp mouthfeel, medium body, sharp carbonation, and dry, puckering finish. Definitely one of the most sour beers I've tried, very well-crafted and delicious! Can't wait to try the others!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a medium amount of head fading pretty well.

Kiwi is somewhat subdued with lots of barnyard yeasty funk.

Holy sour Batman. As with all other Upland lambics, this one is very sour. Intense sourness hits off the bat with some kiwi flavor, but sour and barnyard funk dominate.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with high carb levels.

One of the better sour offerings from Upland. Caleb's got this program dialed in.

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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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