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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 457
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 570
Gots: 114 | FT: 15
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: 457
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 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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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 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 andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this nice tick! Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy orange color and is poured with a nice spritzy one inch head.

The aroma has a nice blend of wheaty malt followed by lots of sour tart flavor. The more I get to smell, the more I can faintly detect the kiwi fruit aroma, which gives a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

The taste is harshly sour with a bittersweet aftertaste. This appropriately resembles the taste of kiwi, though it doesn't give much kiwi flavor.

This is very light in body with some nice sharp carbonation.

I like this one; it's super carbonated and super duper sour. I'm starting to like these Upland Lambics.

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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 MasterSki
4.16/5  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.

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

Hazy orange, big white head drops down quickly.

Horsey funk nose. Barnyard animal pens. Slight vinegar. Exotic fruit and lemon in the background.

Big sour kiwi flavor. Like trying to eat an unripe, hard kiwi. Salty mineral flavor lingers on the tongue. This beer is very sour but still holds it's drinkability. I like the clean finish on it.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to seeswo poured into a tulip.

A - Thick muddied dark yellow with hints of orange. Extremely bubbly soda pop head that disappeared without a trace.

S - Lots of funk and lemon. Some nice earthy tones and the kiwi is there is you strain for it.

T - Much sweeter than expected, followed by some slight lactic flavor and a nice funky finish. Don't get much fruit, but solid.

M - Quite thick, low carbonation and an extremely buttery mouthfeel. i definitely want the beer to feel drier in my mouth.

O - A solid beer, especially if I wasn't expecting a fruit lambic. There's some nice flavors from the fermentation and I think the Upland lambic program has potential, but this beer isn't quite world class. Still tasty, though.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 AgentZero
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The rare batch 1 bottle somehow acquired by spycow and shared with CCR.

A - Golden brown color that looked pretty flat, no real head and only minimal carbonation.

S - Slight amount of funk and some tartness, the kiwi is actually pretty easy to distinguish and has the acidity you would expect from a ripened kiwi. Actually smells pretty nice if you are looking for a Kiwi beer.

T - Tastes like kiwi, or even sour strawberries a little bit. Because of it's natural acidity and sourness when ripe, some of the less sweet kiwis are a really good choice to make a lambic out of. Pretty good stuff.

M - Fairly low carbonation, although that wasn't surprising, medium bodied.

O - Nice beer, not one of the best, but it's good and delivers on what you think it should be. Gets a bump up in overall because kiwi itself is a unique beer to make and they did a good job. Expecting even better as they continue to make these.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This... Is a special treat. Thanks Ben for bringing this!

Pours a highly carbonated hazy yellow. A good amount of head that dissipates quickly. Smells lightly fruity. Not so much kiwi but something light and fruity. A nice sour funk but this is a beautiful beer. Tastes very unusual. Kiwi i suppose but not what i expected. Almost a butter hint. The funkiness is great and melds well with the base beer. Overall very tasty. Something I'm very happy to have tried

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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 drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 koopa
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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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 LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of nkersten
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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