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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 589
Gots: 62 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

BGsWo22, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/13/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. This was a delayed gusher (but luckily I didn't lose too much). Pours a super cloudy dirty orange with a thick white head that quickly subsides. Tons of yeast sediment. Aroma of potent funk and sour fruit (kiwi I guess). Flavor of sharp citrus, kiwi, and sour funk in the finish. Great palate for a lambic-- just a touch of acidity but overall very drinkable. This was one of the most enjoyable lambics/sours I have had in awhile.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -5%

kscaldef, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1%

BMart, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

tom10101, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

warnerry, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Sean9689, Sep 19, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

MSandahl23, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottled, generously shared by Theo at a recent 'sour' tasting. Cleansed the palate and made a point to take notes on this one, as I'm 99.999% sure I won't ever get to try this ultra-rarity (apparently just 4 cases/48 bottles were salvaged and released). Poured 2-3 ounces to a snifter, mid-bottle.

A: Golden-orange, with a clouding haze, shows some tiny carbonation. A frothy little whitish head, maybe a quarter-finger at best, no retention. Flecks of slippery lace.

S: Bready aroma, with a sweet/sourness reminiscent of an orange-glaze. Grassy, hints of sweet wood barrel. Hard to find the 'kiwi' scent...

T: Tartness held vastly in check, subtle fruit. What I keep finding is ginger and an Asian-inspired sweet/sourness ('Orange Chicken' is what I keep thinking...). Maybe a little apple/pear cider, slight vinegar. Earth grains, mildest oak. Flavors are good, satisfying, but are on the sweet side of the spectrum.

M: Creamy feel, velvety, but overall feel is a bit weak/watery. Refreshing, would pair well with a spicy-sweet dish.

D: Of all the varieties of fruit out there, kiwi is one of my LEAST favorite, though it's probably the texture more than the flavor I dislike. That said, I was happy with this 'lambic' and found the subtleties of the fruit usage pleasing. Not an amazing beer, but a good one and one I'm glad to have been fortunate enough to try.

msubulldog25, May 23, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


ehammond1, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin for cracking this one open.

A- Murky golden and I swear there is a hint of green but probably just imagining it. Noticeable lack of cork pop and no bubbles rise during pour. No head, no ring, no clouds and no lace. Juice appearance.

S- Pretty clear sourness is apparent right away. Lactic sours, lemon juice and a hint of kiwi is light at the end. Some funky Brett in the back end. Major barnyard with time.

T- I thought Beatification was sour, this brings sour to a new level. This is like atomic warheads back in the 90s sour. This doesn't mask the nice flavors of white grapes, lemons, oak and Bretty funk. Kiwi is nice, notes of the flesh and skin are subtle but enough to satisfy.

MF- Pretty much flat and a medium consistency. Just a tiny bit of bubbles and a sourness that rivals drinking pure citric acid. Watery side of things due to no bubbles.

Insanity sour level with a super subtle but nice kiwi note. Flatness hurts it for me.

cbutova, Nov 25, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/16/10. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

A: Pours a lightly hazy lemony color with no head except a faint white collar.
S/T: Definitely not picking up any kiwi but it’s a tough flavor to impart. I get notes of tart citrus, lemon and earth. There’s something else in there too but I wouldn’t call it kiwi. Maybe just a hint in the finish.
M: Super frothy bubbly carbonation, very acid and very tart mouthfeel. Medium body.
O: Almost gueuze-like, this beer is just earthy and sour. I feel like kiwi would be a tough flavor to impart into a beer, but I wish I could get some fruit from it. Maybe it would be fruitier fresh.

scottfrie, Jun 20, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 77-08 bottled 2/5/10 shared by beerloco at an epic tasting last night thanks!

Appearance: Pours a light orange with pale wheat folds and a 1 finger off white crown that displays both moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Mot much discernible kiwi but a nice citrus over wild yeast medley none the less.

Taste: Same as nose but not as sour / wild

Mouthfeel: Moderation carbonation and fairly spritzy.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

I really preferred the persimmon

koopa, Jan 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

akang, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 26, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

jsanford, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Carlos, thanks a lot for brining this rarity buddy, cool to try something that there was only forty-eight bottles of, poured this into my Stone sampling glass, reviewed from notes

A-Golden orange, 3/4 inch white bubbly head, lots of tiny bubbles in this one, no retention, minimal lacing
S-Kiwi, vinegar, brettanomyces, mild vanilla, cream, oak, slight tartiness, citrus, and grapefruit especially
T-Sweet at first, a little tart in the middle, more sweet citrus in the finish with a small amount of kiwi but it is barely detectable, not nearly sour enough, I expect some funk from a lambic and it was minimal in here
M-Sweet, slightly sour, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, too much carbonation, light and watery, taste does not last long
D-Could drink the bottle, light overall and no alcohol shining through, can be refreshing at times, good drinkability but its taste suffers as a result it seems like

I now believe that a lot of the hype on this one was because of how limited it was, continuous trend of this brewery's lambics being too sweet, far from what breweries in Belgium has to offer, might drink again, worth trying but wait until next year when more of it is released and you do not have to trade too heavily for it, do not think this one will age and become any better either, I actually think it will do the opposite

Floydster, Apr 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

ADTaber, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3/5  rDev -28.7%

ncaudle, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

nickd717, Oct 22, 2010
Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.