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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 458
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 30.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 113 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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: 94 | Hads: 458
Photo of hrking
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the privilege of having one of these at the Upland release with a select group of beer enthusiast. Seeing as how only 48 bottles made it out of the barrel this is without a doubt the rarest of the lambics released.
Drinkable right there with the other Lambics. very easy to drink and palette friendly. Some barn yard character as hold true with the others but this one has a distinctly different flavor. Sourness is kept to a minimum at this point but is there but will only increase over time as this bottle continues to age.
The fruit taste is not as present up front as it jumps out on your tongue after you swallow leaving a pleasant after taste.The oak is very present both in the nose and taste and it is very fresh.
I think these could use a little more age to really jump out both in sourness and flavor not in a bad way but in the best way!
Wish more of these could have made it through the barrel explosion but minus the 2 bottles I seen drank there are still 46 more bottles

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Photo of joefuzz
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent to me by a very generous normyk, poured into 2 tulips

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head. Smells of the very destinct lambic funk with some great fruityness coming in. Taste is pretty tart up front with some nice kiwi fruit tastes coming through in the aftertaste, this is like nothing else I have ever tasted. Mouthfeel and carbonation are lambic all the way. Overall amazing beer.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far my favorite beer from the Upland sour series.

I should preface, however, by saying that most of Upland's offering are quite polarizing. While I quite enjoy the flavor of Upland's sour series, many of those with whom I trade describe their beers as "one dimensional lacto bombs" that they almost always "drain pour."

Now, onto the beer.

Imagine opening a special bag of kiwi flavored Warheads that dissolved rapidly and mixed cohesively with a bottle of pretty basic and straightforward lambic. That is what you get with this beer.

It is overly sour and very, very acidic. It even begins to hurt your tongue after a few pours, the way eating too many kiwis can when self restraint has boldly walked out the door.

It is uniquely good in a nostalgic way. Definitely one of my favorite sours, regardless of its simplicity and lack of balance.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike, I have been wanting to try this since I first heard of it.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued, with a small, fizzy, white head.

The aroma is stellar and detectable from a few feet away. Mouth watering lambic-like funkiness and an assortment tropical fruits (though I wouldn't necessarily have guessed kiwi, had I not known) really heighten my anticipation to taste this long sought after brew.

Outstanding flavor, though perhaps not as exemplary as the aroma. Kiwi really emerges in the flavor, much more so than the aroma. The fruit component is fresh, wonderful, and complex. Delicious.

Carbonation level is a bit high, and the beer is rather zesty on the palate. Nice balance of funk / fruit / sour.

Overall, a terrific fruit lambic. Along with Persimmon lambic, this is my favorite offering from Upland Brewing Company thus far.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the Upland lambics for me to tick. Huge thanks to Rempo for all his help. Bottled 12/6/10, Batch 134-08.

2.5 A: Like all of his brothers, this is not a good looking brew. Deeply hazed yellowish brown color. The head that forms falls almost as quickly as it is made. Particulates collect at the bottom of the glass.

4.5 S: Good amount of pucker to this. Plenty of acid in the nose, but it isn't overly aggressive. Even more funk is present. Musty basement, dry-rotted gym socks, decaying wood, and plenty of lactic acid fruitiness. Then we come to the kiwi. It's earthy and fruity and manifests in a not-quite-ripe tartness.

5.0 T: The kiwi is a good bit stronger in the taste but again it is of the sharp, tart variety. Acetic acid affords this a moderate pucker. Plenty of lactic acid tanginess with hints of apple and generic berry. Lightly oaky with touches of vanilla. Again, tons of funk. Sour apple, musty basement, barnyard, rotting wood, and gym sock. I dare say this is the most complex of the Upland lambics.

4.0 M: Medium body. Perhaps a touch more carbonation that is necessary. Regardless, it gives a nice spritziness. Good creaminess and smooth with an acetic finish.

4.5 D: One of my favorites. I think I would appreciate this just as much if it didn't have any kiwi. It really doesn't need it. Tons of flavors with a solid moderate acidity make this a great beer.

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Photo of JustIPAs
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Backlog from Zwanze Day 2014.

2010 Bottle - sourness was over the top. Kiwi was way in the back but was still slightly present. Very good but I think a bit past it's prime.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 5.13.14 into a Burgundy glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm (acquired via trade—thanks DMaCATO).

Look: murky golden tangerine, with lots of carbonation but no head.

Smell: tangy fruit (kiwi of course, also citrus rind), confectioner's sugar, some wood/dirt.

Taste: tart fruit, confectioner's sugar/marshmallow, savory/funky cheese or meat. Sour at first, but quickly transitions to sweet. Pretty reminiscent of almost-perfectly-ripe kiwi, which also has a lot of biting tartness, but plenty of sweetness and a bit of an earthy element.

Feel: tingly carbonation, particularly in the throat, but a surprisingly creamy feel. Medium bodied and dry, but not overly so.

Overall: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, especially after seeing some of the other reviews complain of rampant sourness and minimal kiwi flavor. This is less sour than, say, La Folie, and has a lot of flavors other than "sour" going on—it hits the kiwi perfectly, but there's also some creamy sweetness and funk. Superb.

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Photo of parris
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelled a tiny bit of sulphur, not unpleasant. Super sour, a gold standard of enamel killing, puckery goodness. Worth sharing since it's so powerful.

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Photo of brystmar
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/6/2010, Batch 134-08. Thanks to funkyaudio for the bottle!

Pours a murky (and honestly ugly) gold-orange hue with a surprising amount of fruity pulp in the mix. We're talking Homestyle levels of pulp here, not Grovestand craziness.

Pungent aroma of freshly squeezed fruit and funky yeast lets you know this one's gonna be tart. Slightly oaky. More citrus here than I initially detected.

Fresh tropical fruits lead the way, puckering sourness spurs up as the funky yeast makes itself known. Huge salvo of fruit and acidity assault my palate. If you don't love your sours with extra sourness, turn back now! Flavors get delivered courtesy of a full, creamy body. Pulpy kiwi solids mingle around my mouth. Finish is a touch watery, though, which is true to its kiwi roots but remains ever so slightly disappointing.

The fleshy kiwi particles really surprised me here, as I strongly dislike pulp in my orange juice, though they weren't prevalent enough to invoke displeasure. Instantly reminded me of Cable Car Kriek, which is the only other sour I've tasted that still had fruit solids milling around in the finished product.

Steer clear if you dislike enamel-melting sourness. Otherwise, Kiwi is the strongest offering from Upland yet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was interesting. Nice big and very fizzy head of white capped what was a white grape juice colored liquid. Lots of carbonation coming up the surface initially, but then it all simply vanished as quickly as it came. No really side glass lacing to speak of, just the clear liquid gold throughout the rest of the night. Huge aroma here, lots of sour grapes,kiwi, other sweet fruit notes but really very tart with hints of light woody notes and a touch of what I can honestly say was like a chardonnay aroma that just oozed off of this one. As I take my first sip, I get exactly what I came for, a huge, lip puckering sour experience. Ripping through the taste buds, this was definitely a good way to end the nice. Loaded with grape notes, tiny touches of a vinegar like flavor, and a huge biting dry finish that really just capped the show for me. Smooth, easy, with no hint of the high ABV in here at all. This was really a wonderful sipper.

Overall this was about what I expected

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle from the most recent batch is being shared with
(Zep9865, Kyle). This one pours a dark and murky, dirty gold in color. It smells both lactic and tart and is on the verge of gueuze, interestingly enough. I even get some California Chardonnay notes from the oak. Unlike the Persimmon, I don't get fresh fruit let alone any kiwi. The flavor is nice and tart, almost a sweet and sour. The kiwi fruit doesn't really show itself. It eventualy does pick up some melon character though. It's an interesting beer to say the least. It is somehow fruity without showing the premiere fruit. It finishes like it should, like a dry lambic with soft fruit character. It features really nice and interesting flavors. Overall this is a fine beer and is easily one of Upland's best.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent batch. Orange gold, huge white head. Great sweet and sour aroma. Lactic sour bites the nose but the sweetness of the fruit is just as potent. Flavors are wonderful. The sour is eye crossing at first but the sweetness of the fruit cuts it like a knife. Great balance. Tons of carbonation. Yet another great lambic from Upland.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

review from notes on 11/11/11.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: golden yellow beer with what looks like kiwi pulp collecting in the bottom of the glass. Small white head that falls quickly.

Smell: Some funk and mild kiwi.

Taste: This beer has serious pucker! It not overwhelming, but its in your face. I would say moderately high pucker factor. You do get a little bit of the kiwi and the beer almost has a salty quality to it. Decent amount of funk keeps the sour notes in balance. Tasty sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with high carbonation. A very drinkable sour that is refreshing and is clean.

Overall: This is in my top 2 of the Upland Lambics that I have tried so far. Blackberry is the other Upland that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The incredibly generous, master BA trader aasher sent this to me in one of our many trades. Upland's Kiwi was beer I'd thought I may never get a chance to try and am very thankful this bottle arrived. Big thanks and cheers to you, Al!

Bottle date: 12-6-10 / Batch 134-08

Pouring into a Cantillon flute. It's a slightly hazy light golden color. Very active, visible carbonation formed a thin, fizzy white head that was more reminiscent of soda or champagne than what you might typically see in your standard ales and lagers. When out of the light, the beer takes more of a light amber/orange hue.

A fruity essence (kiwi) perked to the surface first but was quickly overtaken by sour, lemon-rind tartness. Faint hay lying in the background. Slight peppery spice. Musty aromas make their way into the picture after the beer had some time to sit.

First sips yield an intriguing flavor mix of barnyard, vegetal/onion, and lemon zest. Kiwi fruit stakes a claim in the middle offering up a pleasant contrast to the initial lambic burst. Finish leaves a refreshing kiwi on the palette with a mildly tongue buckling tart/sourness.

Prickly carbonation and a light body on this. Not picking up any harsh/astringent characters.

Overall this one is a treat to drink. Great balance of sweet kiwi fruit alongside the tart/sour, musty and barnyard qualities expected from a lambic. Another great job by Upland and I look forward to cracking the remaining beers Al has kindly sent me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Batch 2. Consumed shortly after the beer's release.

Pours a moderate golden color with a wee bit of haze. There is a slight white head that has some lasting power. The nose brings some tart, light kiwi notes. It's not overpowering, but it is definitely there. I really like what it does to the beer when combined with a bit of funk, oak, and sourness. Kiwi is certainly a fruit that more brewers should be using with regard to lambics. Maybe the flavor fades really quickly and that's why. Either way, this beer combines the fruit with the sourness and mild funky plus oak quite well. Nice feel and drinks incredibly well.

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Photo of Auracom
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My sister finally won an Upland lottery, woot. Old review from notes: 8 oz. into a white wine glass on February 1st, 2014.

A - Very hazy golden, crisp bubbles line the top edge, no real lacing or retention.

S - Lime peel, hay, soft mandarin, oak shavings, and yes - some definite kiwi peel.

T - The fruit component has a wonderfully oily quality about it, as though the kiwi has some real density to it. Lemon, white wine vinegar, super tart Granny Smith apple, honey, and slight candied walnuts.

M - High carbonation, light-medium body, a touch tannic, extremely dry finish.

D - Finally I get to try some of the best Upland has to offer. This is worth the hassle and should be opened very fresh. It's already more bitingly-tart than if expected and I wouldn't want to lose any more balance from the kiwi.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sean for this guy. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw colow with a bit of an orange hue to it. No head here, just a little bit of white bubbles.

Tart fruit in the aroma. Oranges and tropical fruit comes to mind. Nice and tart with a little bit of must funk in the background. Holy sour beer! This one is sour start to finish; nice and clean all through out the pallet. Sour tropical fruit like pineapples and mago here.

The body is nice and light with moderate carbonation. Again, very clean on the finish. Overall this is pretty impressive. Nice and sour with good fruit flavors. Best of the Uplands I've had so far.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, split with friends.

A - Pours a golden color, fizzy white carbonation, thin cap, some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - More funk then i expected from reading the reviews. There's def some kiwi notes in there. Good sour/funk, some oak, kiwi.

T - Very solid here and straight forward. Funk/sour, kiwi, oak. I'm pleasantly surprised how good this is. I'm going to pour a second glass...no, I'm not sharing.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

D - Yum! Very tasty. I only had one bottle so hopefully someone else will share in the future and I'll get to try it again. Recommend.

Edit: Just had a batch 1 and batch 2 blow it out of the water.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.


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Photo of zep9865
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.