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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 573
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hrking on 10-02-2008)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-04-2013 16:58:29 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vacax for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 134-08. Bottled on 12/6/10.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some general fruity aromas. Taste is much the same and the kiwi does come out a bit more in the flavor and has a super acidic finish. this beer has a very high level of carbonation with a super crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great taste that is super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:22:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-01-2011 12:53:24 | More by djrn2
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 15:22:27 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:37:21 | More by mikesgroove
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 15:00:33 | More by BEERchitect
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Mark for sending this beer to me. One that I've been wanting to try for quite some time. From the 2010 release.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a finger or so of white foam.

S: The nose is quite fruity with some definite tropical notes to it. Some sweet citrus notes and lactic acidity along with green apple, too. A light bretty funk and oak component. Not really any discernible kiwi.

T: This is on the sweet side for a lambic, which is something I've noticed about most of the Upland lambics. The kiwi is again conspicuous in its absence, but there is a nice tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) component as well as some grapefruit. A nice lactic twang and a hint of acetic acid.

M: The body is nice (medium) with a lively carbonation to it.

D: Probably the best of the Upland lambics that I've had, with the Blackberry being surpassed by this one. Still, a bit too sweet for me, but a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 04:18:02 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-12-2012 03:44:27 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-12-2013 19:28:04 | More by spycow
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

01-13-2012 23:12:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-08-2012 20:13:11 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 16:41:03 | More by emerge077
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-02-2013 17:33:14 | More by JAHMUR
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

01-06-2014 04:21:20 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-06-2014 04:26:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by me and picked up by heliosphann. Served in a Russian River tulip. This was from Batch 2, although I've had Batch 1 before as well.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam settles to nothing. Hazy yellow-orange body, with perhaps the faintest green tinge to it.

S - Smells like kiwis, funk, and a bit of lemon. Very musty and earthy, but with some key lime pie sweetness from the combination of malt, tropical funk, and lactic flavors.

T - The flavor isn't quite as excellent as the aroma. There's an odd soda water and mineral note, but it's mostly earthy funk, kiwi, and some lactic acidity.

M - Moderately zesty carbonation, medium body, somewhat dritty texture, and an extremely dry finish. Easy to drink, and quite style appropriate. Some moderate acidity, but nothing unpleasant.

D - I liked this significantly more than Batch 1 - it seems as if each release of Upland lambics is superior to the last. These always seem to empty very quickly at tastings and they're superb for breaking up an onslaught of heavier beers. I'm looking forward to cracking all the other flavors I have cellared away.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:59:32 | More by MasterSki
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700, not that it matters since I'm just clearing a backlog from this past month's notes.

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks Mike. I really enjoyed this lambic but I was hoping it was going to be more fruity...I guess not though.

Beer is yellow and hazy, almost has a greenish tinge to it, wispy head of tiny bubbles, moderate carbonation, no head retention, no lacing. Looks fine.

Beer smells like kiwis slightly, some acetic character, some lactic and succinic burn in there. Mild funk and oak too, smells pretty damn good if you ask me.

Beer is thin and really bright on the forward palate. Not as tart as the others but a nice acetic and succinic punch gives your taste buds a wake up call. Pretty heavily carbonated on the palate gives the carbonic boost to the lactic smoothness, thinning out the sourness and carrying the beer to the finish. I really enjoyed it. Not as good as the persimmon or the raspberry but definitely in the top few I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:04:49 | More by drabmuh
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Got to try batch 1 and batch 2 side by side thanks to Brad; thanks man!

a - Pours a murky golden orange color with 2 fingers of head.

s - Smells of sour kiwi, other tropical fruits, and oak. Some definite brett/funk in the nose.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, funk, brett, oak, and tart kiwi.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very enjoyable sour from Upland. I think I liked Batch 1 better, and thought the smell of Batch 2 was a bit funkier. Would like to try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:01:39 | More by mdfb79
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a hint of off white head that goes away.

Smell: Light and very sour. Vinegar and a lot of funk. I would say I'm getting a fruity presence, but nothing is screaming kiwi to me.

Taste: Tart and funky. I don't know if I would have been able to tell you this was a fruit lambic if I didn't know what I was drinking. I'm getting lemon and vinegar with a traditional lambic funk. Just a bit acidic. The finish is tart and lemony.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really nice lambic, but I was hoping for more fruit. I'd definitely have more and enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:50:50 | More by oline73
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3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release; Sampled August 2010
Huge thanks to Marc for the chance to try this beer, I definitely owe you one (hit me up any time). A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a large bubbled, off-white colored head that can't quite entirely cover the surface of the beer. The body is an amber tinged, dark gold color that shows a deep gold hue, that is almost clear, when held up to the light. The aroma smells up front of fruit and acetic acid. A deeper inspection yields aromas of urea, musky animal sweat, musty leather, funky butyric acid, medicinal phenolics that are fairly pronounced, . The acetic acid accentuates fruit notes of strawberries more than anything; at first I thought I smelled something that might be kiwi, but that was after just pouring the beer and I haven't been able to capture that since. This definitely smells like a funky Lambic, of the 2008 Upland Lambics this is by far the most Lambic like, but a lot of that might have to do with the fact that this has been in the bottle two years longer than any of the others that I have tried.

Lightly sweet tasting, or perhaps that is just the acetic acid perception, the beer is faintly carbonated with just enough to tickle that tongue as it flows past. This is not nearly as acetic tasting as the aroma might have suggested (though even that wasn't over-board at all). Touches of acetone meld with the mild acetic character in the finish and there is a lingering lactic acidity that sits a bit viscously on the palate. The long finish has me noticing the oak character for the first time; it is spicy, a touch tannic, with a nice woodiness. Now that I have noticed it the oak character is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. Fruit flavors of strawberries, perhaps a touch of sour apple. The beer gets fairly mild tasting after some time, it is interesting how mild it becomes; I think part of this is that this has so little carbonation, which seems to help deliver flavor and aroma when at an appropriate level. The body of this beer is quite light, actually even for a Lambic, and I think this is because this beer really isn't that tart; lactic acid seems to provide a slickness to traditional Lambics that this beer just doesn't quite achieve.

Probably the most Lambic like of any of the Uplands I have had, my guess is that the extra time in the bottle has funk'd this up nicely; though this is still quite a long ways from emulating any of the remotely traditional Lambic blenders / brewers. On the other hand the kiwi influence is pretty non-existent at this point. It is interesting how fast this beer fades in the palate. After a couple minutes presence, flavor and complexity of this beer seems to drop out quite a bit; this is even true after taking a break from the beer for about an hour. Now if Upland can only figure out how to carbonate one of these, capture the vibrant fresh fruit character and have a base beer that is actually funky all at the same time then they will really have something; perhaps some of the new batches have done this.... Hmm.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:04:49 | More by Gueuzedude
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-26-2011 00:44:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-08-2013 09:52:22 | More by beernads
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-17-2011 23:24:18 | More by imperialking
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-18-2013 02:17:47 | More by yourefragile
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

06-15-2014 02:09:40 | More by BARFLYB
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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.