Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 445
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 30.07%
Wants: 574
Gots: 115 | FT: 16
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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: 92 | Hads: 445
Photo of gueuzer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle

App- Golden orange color. Lots of lactic lacing.

Sm- Some funk/barnyardiness but not over powering. Son't really get kiwi but three are definite citric tones.

Ta- Sweet, but not too bad. At the far end of the "good" range. There are tropical fruits, namely pineapple, but nor real kiwi. A nice amount of minearlity on the finish that may come form the kiwi seeds.

MF- Sweetness is nice an balances the sour.

DR- Great. Could have a lot of these if it was possible. Would drink again given the opportunity, but not seek it out. Given the rarity I would go with a Belgian anyday, but great to see an american brewery progressing so well in this style.

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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 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 JohnnyHopps
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was golden yellow in color with apparent carbonation.

Smell - The beer smell like a fairly run of the mill sour.

Taste - This is a very potent sour. The sour masks most of the kiwi notes with an almost syrupy texture. The sourness never really fades until a dry aftertaste becomes apparent.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this seems unusually thick.

Overall - This sour is more sour than average, but is very enjoyable.

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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 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 tmoneyba
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19.

Poured a cloudy yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing.

Moderate to heavy tart citrus, herbs and yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout lambic.

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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 squaremile
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a recent BA tasting event courtesy of hannot, this is the '10 vintage. Pours a very unique cloudy off-yellow color with a foamy head. Pretty to look at. Some mild and earthy fruit characteristics on the nose. Taste is 6/10 on the pucker-meter with fruity tartness dominating and some hints of kiwi in the aftertaste. Best part is the chunks of kiwi lining the glass and accumulating for a nice finish. Very refreshing and bright.

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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 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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Dope
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy...tangerine? Mid-sized and soda-like fizzy pale orange head. Head fizzes out fast leaving zero lacing or head retention at all.

S: Kiwi. Very sour. SUPER sour. Almost smells like acetone.

T: More or less the same. Super sour kiwi and citrus. Like pure lemon juice concentrate. A little bit of acetone in the finish but not as harsh as the aroma. Long lingering burning sour lemon aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied, very sour.

O: One of the most sour beers I've ever had. Hurts my teeth. So acidic and sour it stung a small cut that I had on my lip. Nice flavor of mostly sour lemon but a bit of kiwi. Not as much as I was expecting, however. Must-try for the sour bomb lover because this one is serious.

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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 msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was by far the sourest Upland I've had to date. Not sure I was getting much kiwi in the taste or smell, but it was enjoyable for someone that likes enamel stripping sourness.

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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 johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Brewery
Slightly hazy straw color with a decent white head. Tart acidic citric and lactic with hints of earth and what I perceive as a hint of lime. Solid puckering, I'm not sure if I would pick out kiwi in this blind, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.

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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 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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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.