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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 458
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 30.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 113 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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: 94 | Hads: 458
Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of roger617
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter. I acquired this poor orphaned bottle after a lucky lottery winner did not claim their winnings.

A: Bright golden with a slight copper hue. Very attractive looking beer. Pours with very little head that does not last.
S: Sour and fruity. A huge blast of sour that hits up front and does not let go.
T: Very sour, with a delicate balance of kiwi that compliments nicely. Anyone who is a sour/lambic fan will truly appreciate the flavor that this offers.
M: Need I say again, sour? For no head, this is carbed very well. This style for me leaves a strange yet satisfying dry aftertaste that keeps me craving more.
O: Another great offering by Upland outside of their everyday beer. This ranks just shy of their Malefactor (Gilgamesh) in my books. It's balanced very well, with a strong sour presence yet plenty of other fruity characters to compliment nicely.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 2/6/12

Bottled 12/6/
Batch 134-8

Split with MbpBugeye

A) Hazy, golden apricot is fairly pretty. One finger of soda pop type foam is gone in no time. No lace.

S) Clean aroma over all. Nice and juicy with an air of tartness. Kiwi notes are backed with damp oak and soft musty yeast tones. Tangy and dry. It smells pleasant and lively.

T) Very tart with more than moderate sourness. There's some nippy kiwi but the overall flavor is a tart, light fruit presence. Oak adds a subtle dry wood note. It doesn't taste too musty though - just a little funk on the back end. Very dry.

M) The body is on the light side. Very crisp with steep carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O) Nice little sipper here. Nothing amazing, just really good. The price of admission is really high, though.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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 oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large tulip - bottled 2010

Pours a completely clouded light golden color with a thin coating of white head. Dissolves completely into a minuscule collar, leaving little to no lacing.

Intensely funky and tart in the nose - filled with brett and bacteria with oak. Slightly vinous and fruity with a really soft notion of kiwi and citrus. Hay and horse blanket with grass and plenty of yeasty funk.

The building sourness glides across the palate with touches of white wine, citrus and kiwi. Some of the fruit is definitely lost here, but you can still pick it out during moments in between the mouth-puckering sourness and yeasty funk. Oak with hay and barnyard, touches of straw and grain. Finishes dry, tart and long.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and mouth-puckering on the palate. The kiwi has lost a step due to age, but this is one of those sours you feel in the back of your gums after the first few sips. I'd like to try a fresher bottle next time to see how the fruit comes through, but this was a really enjoyable one.

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Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/6/10.

Pours a semi cloudy dark yellow color with an inch or so of tight bubbley white foamy head leaving minimal lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin quite light and 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. I wouldn't have known it was a kiwi lambic smelling this blind but some of the fruitiness may have faded over the last year and a half in the bottle.

The tastes begin quite dry, with decent amounts of white vinous oakiness. The kiwi is again absent, but there is a nice tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) component as well as some lemon/lime citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a lively amount of carbonation. Finish has a medium amount of lactic twang and a hint of acetic acid.

Overall this is my second favorite of the 5 or so Upland fruited lambics I have tried to date. Still not as awesome as the Persimmon, but heads and tails above the various berry offerings I have sampled. Not sure how this may have changed over time in the bottle but I hope I can sample a fresher bottle down the road.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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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 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 zoolzoo
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy, golden. Looks dull and dirty, lots of tiny floating particles. Three finger white head.

S: Bits of bright citric fruit mingling with musty funk, sharp cheese. Hints of oak are apparent as well.

T: Sour blast, mouth puckering. Some lactic quality and fresh squeezed lemon and maybe kiwi juice. Very bright and fruity in nature, with some earthy undertones. I feel like kiwi is implied, but I cant specifically extract it from the flavor profile.

M: Lots of carbonation, though thicker in body than I expected (as if thickened by pulp squeezed from fresh fruit). Finishes dry.

O: A really nice sour!

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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 Keffa
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.


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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 sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 12/6/2010. Batch 134-08.

(A)- Pours a hazy apricot/peach orange color. Some white froth, but quickly dissipated.

(S)- A nice fruity aroma. Bits of strawberry, peach, and kiwi. Bits of a mild acidic oak. Mostly on the fruity side; maybe even some pineapple in there too.

(T)- A swift fruit profile gives way to some very acidic dry oak. Very juicy fruit up front with a heavy acidic oak middle. Very funky at the end; not necessarily in a lactic sense(its there) but mixed with a woody oak-type finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the balance too, but the fruit definitely takes backstage to the acidic oak and funk this puts out taste-wise.

(D)- I like this one alot. Very heavy on the acidity/oak/funk realm and like on the fruit. Not a ton of discernible kiwi in this, but its there. Definitely one of the better Uplands.

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Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent straw color with a small white cap.

S/T: Honestly I could not detect kiwi in the nose or flavor. Mostly super tart stone fruits and citrus- lemon and lime mainly, along with a touch of funk. At first sip this is pretty damn tart, it will make your face scrunch. The flavor really emerges as this decants, so give it time.

MF/O: Fizzly carbonation and it's dry flavor only intensifies the sourness of this beer- it's like the end of a box of sour patch kids. No kiwi that I could find (kind of disappointing in that way), but overall really good

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