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Kiwi Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%

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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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:29:54 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of nickd717


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 18:26:19 | More by nickd717
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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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New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:42:34 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 16:48:03 | More by AgentZero
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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:01:12 | More by roger617
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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:15:52 | More by cbutova
Photo of jeonseh


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 18:39:56 | More by jeonseh
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:11:17 | More by andrewinski1
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 15:16:42 | More by msubulldog25
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 00:45:58 | More by nkersten
Photo of ChrisPro


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:21:36 | More by ChrisPro
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:06:40 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Floydster


3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:44:55 | More by Floydster
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1!!! Shared by Spycow, served in a tulip...Pours light golden brown with very little carbonation. For some reason I was hoping/thinking it was going to have at least a little green so I'm a little disappointed...Lighter aroma giving off only a tiny bit of funk. The kiwi comes through pretty nicely which is very surprsing. The kiwi is sweet and acidic but comes off distinctly on the end more as coconut...Taste shows off the kiwi more as coconut as well, its a good and unique flavor that I've yet to have yet. Missing out on the sour component that makes it a lambic though.

An easy to drink unique sour worth trying. I tasted the rareness in batch 1 but I'm looking forward to tasting the improvement in batch 2.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 14:58:05 | More by jrallen34
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-18-2012 review:
New batch, much improved! Old rating is below
Appearance: Still not much to look at, murky with some floaters
Smell: lots of kiwi here! Other fruits like melons and a nice acidity and funk
Taste: Kiwi, limes, melons, nice sourness and a touch of funk
Overall: This one has really improved, much more kiwi. I'm adjusting my score upwards

9-26-2010 review:
Many thanks to kkipple for sharing this bottle, I didn't realize how rare it was till I went in for the tick

Appearance: This was one nasty pour, murky orange-peach mississippi gumbo of yeast and some other particulate matter.

Smell: Not much kiwi, mostly yeast with a light funky sourness with some vinegar and oak.

Taste: Slightly sweet, not much kiwi. I wish it were more sour. THere are some other fruits present, I think pineapple and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Well done, smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks fairly easily. I don't think that I could pick out any kiwi on a blind taste. I have been much more impessed by their other lambics.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 23:56:42 | More by craytonic
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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with the Upland Lambics, including this rarity that I didn't think I would be able to get after the tragic news came out about the bottling accident. I took this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th.

Poured a hazy apricot color, zero head...seemed flat.

I was afraid this one would blow after the last lambic I had from these guys (blueberry) which wasn't good enough for a lambic. I was pleased that this one had some funk and cheesy aromas, fruits, lemon, sweet toast and caramel in the background. Not sure if I can say the fruit I smell is kiwi but there is a sweet and tart lemony aroma. Decent aroma and along the lines of the Blackberry which is my favorite.

Fruity upfront with a light brett leathery taste and tartness in the finish. Acidity in the back. Toast and crackers in the end. Not bad tasting but nothing outstanding.

No carbonation and kind of watery in the finish...the lack of carbonation wouldn't be too much of a problem if there beer had a drier finish, still it's pretty easy to drink and more brett character to keep it from tasting just like juice (like the blueberry).

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 22:46:17 | More by seaoflament
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3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours darkish straw with a small white head. I was hoping for green!

S. Acetic and lactic, a little cheesy, lots of acid. This one's going to be sour.

T. Very sour, lactic, moderate vinegar. Kiwi comes out subtly around the edges with some rindy tart fruity notes.

M. Light-bodied, very light carbonation. Dry and very tart on the tongue.

O: This is probably the most sour of the Upland "lambics." A toned-down acidity and more kiwi character would have been nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:16:03 | More by Etan
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3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 06:22:19 | More by Ryan011235
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3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sea O'Floydster epic tasting, post PP Belgian Fest. Thanks Carlos for bringing this bottle.

Unfortunately, one of the bigger letdowns of the night.

The flavor, quite simply, falls down way too quickly. Sweet. Minimal sourness and tartness. Fruity notes, but you'd be hard pressed to peg it as being kiwi. Some funk in the nose. Watery finish. Basically no mid or back palate. Slightly creamy/smooth in the mouthfeel aside from the watery character.

Easy to drink though, with a few pleasant qualities. An interesting idea that held potential..but was a definite letdown. Too bad.

That said, pretty cool to try one of only 48 bottles in existence.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 06:46:24 | More by rallison
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 14:51:17 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.